Gathering Storm is the fourth book in Alexa Land's Firsts and Forever series. Each of these books have been terrific and this one may well be the best. While characters from the previous books appear in this one, especially Christopher and Kieran, each of the books can be read as stand alone. What I find remarkable is that Alexa is able to carry three very diverse themes and intertwine them flawlessly. The principal story is the love that grows between Hunter, a famous porn star, and Brian (who is Kieran's brother), a marine back from deployment having had both legs amputated and suffering from PTSD and as a result looking like one of Duck Dynasty characters but with a nasty disposition at least until he meets Hunter who will not allow himself to be afraid of him but instead becomes a joy to be around. The entire book literally thrums with danger and suspense because Hunter is being hunted by a psychopath who thinks that he is in love with Hunter, having seen him in his numerous porn movies. Both of these plots are further interwoven with Nana, who is the grandmother and dominant personality of the Dombrosco crime family. Whenever Nana and her eight 80 year old cronies enter the plot, the romance and the dangerous portions of the book give way to such hilarity that I could not stop laughing. There is also quite a bit of exceedingly hot sex scenes, though fairly far into the book, and they include some very mild BDSM.
Altogether, this fabulous book is a delight to read from the first to the last page and should not be missed by anyone who enjoys this genre. Happily, Alexa states at the end that there will be another book in this series, Salvation, in early 2014 in which Trevor, who plays a minor role in this book, will take center stage, while the story of Hunter and Brian will continue and Christopher and Kieran will get married. I truly hope she means very early in 2014 since I will be sitting on pins and needles waiting for her next superb offering. Do not miss this gem.