Title: Trapped in Your Storm (The Village #3)
Author: Darien Cox
Publisher: Dusk Notes
Release Date: October 16th 2016
Page Count: 320
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Autumn has local DJ and disinformation agent Elliot Nicholson feeling renewed. He’s moved past the depression and anxiety that plagued him over the summer, and lately his job has been blessedly free of crisis. But for Elliot and his colleagues, nothing remains peaceful for long in Singing Bear Village. Baz, their outlandish ambassador, may be missing. Strange anomalies in the forest suggest something’s amiss with their neighbors under the mountain. And an online conspiracy theorist claims to know all the team’s secrets, and is threatening exposure. Thankfully, Elliot has Nolan, his loyal friend and teammate who’s always kept him grounded. But one night an innocent lark goes too far, and Elliot is knocked off-balance when Nolan starts looking at him in a different way.
“It had gone from being a gentle breeze to a raging storm, and Elliot was trapped in it. Battered about, out of control. Yet somehow unable to break free of it. Somehow, not wanting to.”
Reading Darien Cox’s books feels like watching a favorite TV show. There is always the right amount of action, a great connection between the MCs, and a strong secondary cast.
The conclusion to The Village Serieswas everything I wanted, and then some. My personal favorite in the series.
“…I’ve loved you for a thousand years, Elliot.”
We know from the previous books that Nolan and Elliot are best friends. What we don’t know, is that underneath these friendly feelings there’s slow burning passion, and it only takes a moment to explode. After that, there’s no turning back. Elliot is afraid, Nolan keeps pushing, until it’s the other way around.
I loved the dual POV here. I admit that Nolan wasn’t my favorite person in the previous books, but I understand his actions now.And Elliot might seem calm and collected, but there’s a lot more going on inside of him.
The progression from friends to lovers was so real and natural. The sex scenes were so hot and emotional…It was never just sex between Elliot and Nolan.
“I don’t love you despite our history. I love you because of it.”
If you know me, you know that I deteste everything sci-fi. I have no way to explain how Singing Bear Village and its people found a place in my heart. And a certain someone named Baz will forever be one of my favorite book characters. I wish there was a way for him to get his own story.
As far as the mystery/action is concerned, there is a surprise at every corner, and the introduction of some new interesting characters. I truly think that the author did a great job with the world building, the detailed description of
- everything extraterrestrial
The group of friends…
The way the four friends interacted with one another was one of my favorite things in the story. Their banter was natural and hilarious, it just flowed. It wasn’t all fun, though. They went through stuff, relationships got tested and came back stronger than ever.
The last 15%…
Blew my mind and slayed my life. It really evoked all kinds of feelings in me: I cried, I panicked, I swooned, I laughed like a lunatic, I was amazed. Remember my words, the last part of the book is everything!
You can’t read this book as a standalone. You have to read the first two books. If you haven’t already, what are you waiting for? Very highly recommended!