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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on June 12, 2018
Things ended on rather an ominous note the last time human Alliance Security Officer, Bowen Knight, was in the picture and now he turns up down deep in a Black Sea Changeling facility. I’ve always liked Bowen since he got his act together, but I have to confess that I was most intrigued when I learned that we were finally getting to pull the curtain aside on these most mysterious of the Changeling races. I was not disappointed. Just Magical!
Ocean Light is the second installment of the Psy Trinity series which is the second season of the overall Psy-Changeling series. This is not a good place to jump into the series as much about it is already in play from previous books.
From the get go, Ocean Light has tension. Bowen’s mind is a ticking time bomb since the chip he has installed there to shield from Psy mental attacks is malfunctioning and will kill him when it goes. Now, he has been kidnapped with the aid of his sister to this deep underwater Black Sea facility where one of their leading research medical scientists is trying a long shot experimental treatment. Bowen learns that if it fails, he could be alive, but a vegetable. He wants no other human in the trials so he agrees to press forward.
Meanwhile, Kaia, the facility cook is angry and hates that this particular human is there. She sees Bowen Knight as the embodiment of all evil since, not only is he from the race that killed her parents, but her friend Hugo fingered him as the guy responsible for the disappearances of their people before he, too, disappeared. Only, things aren’t adding up when she observes Bowen and interacts with him.
The pair feel a sizzling undercurrent of attraction in their enemies to lovers romance, but Bowen’s got less than a five percent chance of surviving and he is from the land and she, from the sea. Doomed, or are they?
This one doesn’t get as action-packed as others in the series with the built in conflict of potential enemy and the deadly life situation with Bowen. There is building tension in the romance, but also in the intrigue going on as Black Sea slowly starts to realize that they might have Consortium moles.
There are a few character-driven plot threads including Kaia’s struggles now to work through her prejudice against humans that is rooted in fear and grief from losing the people she loves. Bowen, too, has to face his worst nightmares while he is vulnerable that lead back to traumatic past events. I was rooting them both on.
Beyond the insular romance and personal growth threads, the setting, backstory, and intro to a large new cast of characters to love in the Black Sea pack. Each time I get introduced to a new Changeling pack group from the leopards to the wolves, and most recently, the bears, I fall in love with the whole familial group. The Black Sea pack with all its different sea shifter types is no exception. Kaia, her large group of cousins, aunts and uncles, and her grandmother along with her best friends were all a delight. From whales to sea turtles, they were fabulous.
The end had some great twists and reveals, heartbreaking moments mixed with such lovely swooning times that I was not ready to close the last page on this wonderful, touching, and suspenseful story. Yep, already feeling the need for the next book. If you haven’t started, these are great for those who enjoy a marvelous blend of paranormal, sci-fi, and action-suspense.
My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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