Melia is an undine, or water elemental.
Sheís lived in the lake for a long time, watching the family
that owned the land grow and change. She felt especially
close to one of the family members, Adam, because she saw him
most. Once when he was eighteen, she even came to him in
human form. Now, sheís counting on Adamís attraction to her
to help her convince him not to allow developers to build on
the land, which will hurt the lake and possibly kill her.
Adam has moved to the lake house
permanently after his stressful job caused him to have a heart
attack at forty-four. He needs money so he can pursue a
writing career, so he is reluctantly considering selling some
of his familyís land. When a strange woman with bluish skin
and green hair appears, trying to seduce him and convince him
not to sell the land, he isnít sure what to make of her. Is
she crazy? Is she a liar? Or is she exactly what he needs?
Aquatic Ardor was an
unusual read. I had never read a story about a water
elemental before, but the book was quite interesting. Meliaís
character was a strange mix of naÔve, almost childish outlook
and a deep connection with the water and the land. Neither
Melia nor Adam really expects anything lasting to come of
their attraction, but to Meliaís dismay she finds herself
becoming increasingly attached to her human lover. I enjoyed
reading about the coming together of these two very different
characters, and the paranormal elements made the story more
entertaining. The only thing that disappointed me was I
didnít feel as if I truly knew Adam by the time the story
finished. I would have liked more back-story and
characterization for him. Other than that, Aquatic
Ardor was a creative, quick, and interesting tale
about an unusual heroine.