Ms. Arend ramps up the sexuality in Book 2 of the Pacific Passion series, as noted in the book synopsis, the otter clan are extremely sensuous and playful and Laurin and Matt must make it known they are a couple to fend off any number of well meaning suitors vying for both their attentions. This short story also about relationship growth and how Matt particularly has underestimated Laurin’s abilities, she is very clever and quite savvy. I liked the fantasy element of this story in that Matt and Laurin's passion for one another enhances their magical abilities thereby strengthening their connection and love.
As the synopsis eludes, there is a scene depicting a fertility ritual that is part of the otter clan’s heritage. Ms. Arend pulls out all the erotic stops, and be forewarned, there is a menage involving multiple partners, voyeurism and exhibitionism, and the entire clan is part of the festivities. This is one hot scene and I found it unique and appropriate given the nature of these shifters. Matt worries about Laurin’s reaction to the ritual, however she surprises them both by embracing the festivities in a very, um ‘positive’ manner. lol
Using stellar descriptive prose Ms. Arend continues to depict the beauty of the British Columbia coastline, and using it as the setting for a people who are one with the land and water adding for me what was a special 'feel' to the story. I’m really looking forward to reading what comes next for Matt and Laurin in the final story of Ms. Arend’s Pacific Passion series, Silent Storm.