Diana Wells is an Elemental, a human with the power to control the four basic elements of nature: air, water, fire and earth. Unfortunately she is completely unaware of her potential. The power lies dormant inside her, as it has since birth, and only an ancient, violent ritual can awaken it.
Enter Diana’s blind date for the evening. He’s handsome, successful…magically-inclined, psychotic. Before she is halfway through her after-dinner drink, Diana’s got a butcher knife stuck between her ribs and raw power seeping from every pore.
Diana escapes into the magical, dangerous underbelly of Slip City, where the credo is: rule, be ruled, or get the hell out of town. She catches the attention of Dimitri Ebon, a local tyrant who “collects” supernatural beings, and the hunt is on. Diana must learn to control her power and fight dirty if she has any chance of eluding capture.
But just how scary is a guy who keeps his lair in the basement of a bowling alley? The answer, Diana finds, is very. The last Elemental Dimitri collected wound up dead.
I like this a lot.
It's not quite the zippy, energetic writing thata makes me leap up, clutch my heart and call for the contract file, but it's definately worth a read.