Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on September 7, 2010
She wanted an adventure her last night before medical school and he gave it to her. There were consequences. Now, they meet again years later on the other side of the world. I was curious about the finfolk and the rival for Prince Conn’s rule so was glad to get Morgan’s story.
Immortal Sea is the fourth of the Children of the Sea series and moves a bit beyond the story of the three Hunter siblings so it could be read standalone in a pinch. That said, it has a natural series arc flow to it that makes it better read in order.
Elizabeth Rodriguez is a widow with two children. She suspects her teenage son has been getting into drugs and struggling so she takes the doctor’s position on World’s End, an island town in Maine for their family to start fresh where memories of Ben aren’t so painfully keen. Then she meets Morgan and knows that one night stand from her past is going to change her future.
Morgan is finfolk, a shapeshifter of the sea and a warden to protect their underwater kingdom from the fire elementals and the damage humans are doing. He comes to World’s End under orders to assist Dylan in protecting this place where fire elemental activity is strong. He encounters a human from his past, but then he sees her oldest child and knows- the boy is finfolk mature enough to change and he is Morgan’s son. Their people treasure the young because they struggle to have them. He will take his son when he leaves.
As I said in my earlier review of the first book read out of order after reading the second and third books a few years ago, it was going to be rough picking the series back up and finishing. I had forgotten a lot, but it came back as I read so I was back in the picture.
Now, that said, this was still a slow starting book for me. I was ready to lay it aside, but about half-way through, it finally started moving forward with Elizabeth and Morgan talking, their relationship, his relationship to his son, and how being finfolk would affect them all. The demon activity kicked in, too, which made things exciting.
The romance was one of those sudden ones. I could have liked for more of a foundation than attraction and mutual need to protect the kids and each other. I think it was because Elizabeth was a widow. She’s no sooner struggling with anger and grief at Ben for dying than she’s wanting Morgan and needing him to choose her and stay. I enjoyed the feels of the romance and cheered them on even while I wasn’t buying it on another level, if that makes sense.
As individuals, I liked Morgan and Elizabeth, and I liked the plot of this one with lots of scenes with Morgan’s son coming into his maturity as fin folk and starting to figure things out. I felt there was more in that plot thread that could have been teased out particularly with Morgan. But, there was enough to pull me in and engage me.
It was fun to catch up with previous couples and see where they are at with their newly started families. World’s End sounds like a nice small town community and just the sort of place where merfolk would come ashore.
While this one had its shaky moments, I liked it and will press on to the last book in the series. Those who enjoy paranormal romance with a sea setting and focused on the magic from the sea should give these a go.
Mt. TBR #82
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