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Under the Surface

[A quick note: I won this book via a giveaway. It wasn’t one I would necessarily choose, as I don’t tend to gravitate towards mermaid or maritime type books. They are slightly outside my preferred genre. But I’m really glad I read this one. Moreover, it’s done by an indy author and I LOVE supporting indy, duh. So it was a pleasant surprise and it’s also a first in a series. So more to come!]

“𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆𝗮𝗿𝗲...𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵, 𝗼𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘁.”—Sonya Blake

When Kaia returns to main to sell the family home she inherited, she doesn’t anticipate all the secrets buried there. Or the enigmatic Sam, who has plenty of secrets of his own, and a curse. When a storm nearly kills both of them, Kaia saves Sam’s life and discovers she’s a Siren. This leaves her questioning everything.

This paranormal romance set in Maine was filled with plenty of excitement. Spicy love scenes, maritime legends, vindictive witches. It has it all! Not only that, there’s plenty of action that keeps you turning pages. And, its short chapters give way to a quick read. I liked Kaia’s fiery personality and her red head of hair to match. The chemistry between Sam and Kaia was sizzling from the first pages, leaving my naughty heart delighted!

While the romance between Sam and Kaia takes front center, there are two storylines woven into the pages. Sam is under a curse and at the mercy of a witch who controls him. This presents Sam with a number of challenges. Meanwhile, Kaia must contend with a bloodthirsty siren and shortly thereafter, a whole gang of them, intent on keeping her locked in their underwater world. Both Kaia and Sam must fight their own battles, rather than a joined effort. I liked that they each had their own fish to fry, so to speak (pun intended, hehe). We often see stories where the big show down is linked between characters. But for these two, they are both on an individual journey of personal growth and discovery. I liked that because it deviates from the typical.

My only critiques were that as much as I loooove lots of sex, it definitely took front and center. I wouldn’t have minded a bit more storyline and a smidge less sex. BUT it was done well. And that’s just a personal preference. Also, I don’t tend to be a huge fan of the instant love trope, which takes place here because of Kaia and Sam’s instinctual connection. Again—another personal preference. Neither of these issues translate to everyone.

Overall, this is a perfect book for those who love mermaid stories, self discovery, and tons of spicy love woven into the pages. It’s the first in a series, and I enjoyed it enough that I’ll definitely be reading Sonya Blake’s next release to see what happens next. 𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: 𝟰/𝟱⭐️


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