Water to Burn
Author: Katharine Kerr
Title: Water to Burn
Series: Nola O'Grady 2
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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Just when Nola O'Grady thinks she has it all...
Nola's the new head of the San Francisco branch of the Agency, the Psychic organization so secret that even the CIA doesn't know it exists. What's more, for some mysterious reason, Interpol has assigned her lover, Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, to her new bureau as her permanent "bodyguard."
But everywhere she looks she sees a Chaos manifestation spying on her. Inexplicable "rogue waves" are sweeping innocents to a water death before she can save them. She has two increasingly dangerous searches on hand, for Reb Ezekiel, the supposedly dead prophet from Ari's past, and for the mysterious "Brother Belial," head of the Chaos cult they had managed to take down.
To top it off, her brother Michael is dragging Nola and Ari into his attempt to rescue his girlfriend from a radioactive alternate dimension.
How is Nola supposed to serve the forces of Harmony and maintain the balance between Chaos and Order when she can't even keep her own family under control?
Nola's new job means new responsibility, but it doesn't change the fact that her family is the source of most of her problems. This time, it's Ari's past that is stepping in, with a crazy prophet his family followed during his childhood suddenly appearing. All of that combined might just be too much chaos for Nola to be able to continue doing her job safely.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the focus it put on providing additional depth to Ari's characterization. Readers were provided enough to get to like him in book one, and this book continues on that vein with his backstory. That provided a much better understanding for why he acts the way he does and that only made me like him and his relationship with Nola even more.
The best part of learning about Ari was the fact that Kerr was able to provide all of that depth without skimping on the rest of the story. The plot was engaging and kept me hooked, Nola and her family continued to grow as characters, and all of it came together in a very enjoyable book.
The characterizations really took flight in this story, which gave the book a nice amount of depth and helped move it along in the series. I really enjoyed reading the story and that is why I recommend it.
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