Deep Waters by Rose Wulf

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Deep Waters by Rose Wulf
Elemental Series Book 1
Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (201 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Part-time waitress and student Brooke Munroe lived what she considered a fairly normal life. The kind of life that was predictable and safe. Until she met Blake Hawke.

Native to the small, Northern California coastal town of Darien, Blake was the kind of guy who seemed to have everything going for him: wealthy background, charming smile, calm confidence, and the good looks to match. The strangest thing Brooke noticed about him upon first inspection was that he genuinely seemed to enjoy the dreary rainy weather. But, as the semester pushes on, Brooke comes to discover that Blake has a secret. A big, ancient secret.

Everything changes when Blake’s little sister is attacked by an enemy no one even knew they had. And Brooke quickly finds herself thrown into the thick of an ages-old family feud that could change her life forever; if it doesn’t kill her first.

How can Brooke and Blake fight an enemy they know absolutely nothing about?

Brooke is a very easy character to like. She’s hard working, polite, independent, and strong. Between her college schedule and her shifts at the diner, she has very little time for friends or romance. Brooke is friendly with everyone, yet I get the impression that she doesn’t make truly close friends easily. She is very guarded. She seems happy enough with her life, and yet I get the impression that she is a little lonely.

When Brooke meets Blake, she thinks she’s finally met a nice “normal” guy. Her past boyfriends were nothing but trouble. I have to admit that I was surprised to learn that Brooke normally went for bad boy types. She seems like such a level-headed individual that it was hard for me to picture her dating some of the guys she describes. Though Brooke is immediately attracted to Blake, she isn’t in a hurry to rush into a relationship. Brooke is determined to take things slowly and get to know Blake a bit first.

Blake is definitely a popular young man in his home town. He is smart, good looking, and extremely loyal to his family. Blake radiates a calm and confident vibe most of the time, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that he’s a little shy too. He finds Brooke attractive, but is hesitant to go beyond friendship. He wants to be sure that Brooke is the right woman for him, and I admire his patience. When Brooke finds herself in trouble, Blake opens his heart and home to her in a way that she’s never experienced before. Blake’s gentle spirit is very touching.

I must admit that I found Brooke and Blake’s relationship to be a bit awkward at first. When they were assigned as partners for class, I definitely got more of a friend vibe from them rather than a romantic one, especially over the course of their first few meetings. Ms. Wulf kept saying that Brooke and Blake were attracted to each other, but I didn’t have any sense of real chemistry between them, at least not at first. As Brooke and Blake spent more time together, I gradually began to sense a shift in the dynamic of their connection. Considering the slow start of their relationship, I was surprised at how quickly things became serious between Brooke and Blake once they made the move from friendship to dating. However, I do feel that they are on the path to a well deserved happy ending

I would have liked the secondary characters to be a bit more rounded. Everyone in Deep Waters seems to be either really good or really bad with nothing in between. Consequently the other characters and their interactions didn’t strike me as very realistic. Despite this issue, I enjoyed getting to know Brooke and Blake and am looking forward to having a deeper understanding of the other members of Blake’s family in future installments of the series.

Blake’s secret is pretty easy to figure out and he reveals it to Brooke very early in their relationship. I found his openness surprising because his secret isn’t just his own. His entire family is involved. I am definitely intrigued by Blake’s powers as well as those of the other members in his family. Even more interesting, there is another family lurking in the shadows with powers just as strong. Blake’s family knows nothing about the ancient feud between the two families, but if they want to survive, they are going to have to learn fast.

Deep Waters has a very satisfying ending, but it is also very open ended. I have a lot of unanswered questions about Blake’s family, the enemy they face, and some of the people in their hometown. I plan on picking up the next book in the series very soon in order to learn more. I have a feeling that Ms. Wulf has only just begun to expose the conflict between these supernatural families.

I enjoyed reading Deep Waters. Ms. Wulf has crafted a tale of romance and danger that left me hungry for more. Readers looking for a unique paranormal should give Deep Waters a try.

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