Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft
ACRO series, Book 1
Bantam Dell
Paranormal Romance
ISBN 978-0-385-34080-9
Reviewed by Amelia




Former Navy SEAL Remy Begnaud can really make a girl feel all tingly inside. Literally. All his life, Remy has been able to call storms. Lightning, rain, hail, tornadoes and hurricanes come at his command, and sometimes without it. Mother Nature is very demanding of him. He never wanted the gift, but he’s got it. When a storm is brewing outside there’s also a storm brewing inside Remy, which can only be released by intense sex which has always frightened the women in his life.

Parameterologist Haley Holmes works for ACRO, the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. Although she doesn’t have a rare gift such as telekinesis, or being a medium, she loves her job. Her boss has sent her to Bayou Blond, in Louisiana, to investigate Remy Begnaud to see if the reports of his abilities are true, and if so, to see if he can be recruited for ACRO. She’s heard that he’s a firecracker in a storm and Haley have never shied away from sex, and she doesn’t plan to start now.

Remy and Haley meet with a bang, and it doesn’t let up from there. He’s skeptical at first, but when ACRO’s rival, the Itor Corporation, shows up to try and recruit Remy, all hell breaks loose, and Remy realizes that he’s found the one way he can control his gift: making love with Haley.

This is a tough review for me to write. When I started reading Riding the Storm, I thought, “If this is going to be a lot of sex scenes mixed with a little bit of story, then I’m going to be mad.” But the more I got into the book, the more I realized that the early sex scenes were the perfect way for Ms. Croft to showcase Remy’s talents, and the troubles that those talents have given him.

The morning after the storm, when Remy and Haley were getting to know one another after their night of passion, I settled in for what became a fantastic read. I liked these two characters separately, and loved them together. Their chemistry is electrifying and will sting the reader, in a good way.

Riding the Storm is full of hunky alpha males and strong, independent women who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it. For me, Riding the Storm went from a I-have-to-read-for-review book to a I-can’t-wait-to-finish-it-and-start-the-next-one book as quickly as a tornado moves through Texas.

Ms. Croft has crafted a Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read for me, and I’m anxiously awaiting the second book in the ACRO series.


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