Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

Posted June 11, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 29 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
Ocean Light

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Series: Psy-Changeling #17
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on June 12, 2018
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

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!

Review

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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Romance Roundabout #187 PNR
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Read All the Books #60

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About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I haven’t had my fill of paranormal romance lately and my, this series sure got my attention. The cover gives me a mermaid vibe, mmm, I’m excited to find it out 🙂 Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • This is a great series if you want some good paranormal romance, Vanessa. It’s very unique. Fun that you caught a mermaid vibe since the heroine is an ocean animal shifter. 🙂

  • I read the first book in the Psy-Changeling series and really enjoyed it, but I doubt I’ll continue with the series. Even if it’s interesting, so many books is daunting for me. I wish I had jumped on this bandwagon when the books first came out. They sound so good.

    Great review, Sophia.

    • Yeah, I’ve made that decision on a few series, too. Big name authors, too, but its impossible to get to them all. They look good and I’d probably enjoy them, but I’ve already got several I’m in the middle of and want to finish. Plus, these will still be there waiting if you change your mind later. 😉

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great review just goes to show I really need to read her LOL

    • I second that motion! 🙂 I think you’d enjoy these, Debbie. There are suspense angles throughout the series.

  • I need to get back into this series. I am so glad you are still loving these!

    • Oh, for sure! I can see you really falling for her bears in the last book and her ocean shifters in this one. 🙂

  • I don’t know why I stopped reading this series, It sounds like I should pick it back up.

    • Oh yes! Some of my favorite reads last year were from this series. Her bear shifters in the last book were a hoot.

  • it’s been so long since I haven’t read one of her books

  • Great review. This is one of my favorite series. I’m currently listening to the novels for the first time. Soooo Good!! I had fun getting to meet the Black Sea Changelings. It was nice to get a new set.

    • Yes, it was great when the Black Sea Changelings were introduced. I hope to see more of them.

  • I have not read any of her books. I have a few on my kindle, but can’t seem to get to them.

    • Oh, then you have a treat in store for you, Nadene. 🙂

  • Wow, book 17! It does sounds really good and the series too.

    • It’s hard to believe there are that many. This series was last year’s series challenge. I read two a month (including the novellas) and got myself caught up. It was really no challenge for most of the books. Such a great series, Jenea! 🙂

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Wow, this installment sounds great…and it seems I’m really missing something not having read Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. *hangs head* I’ll have to rectify this issue because the characters seem very strong and the world building seems well done. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia.

    • I only got to them last year, Brandee, so don’t feel bad. I did a series challenge to get caught up. Some were just good, but most were above average reading experiences for me. Love the world she created. 🙂 Hope you get the chance!

  • I love paranormal reads. I haven’t heard of this series, but I’ll def check it out when I get the chance! (My TBR pile keeps growing!)

    • Oh, you are in for a treat if you get into this series, Crystal. 🙂

      • That’s great to hear! Q – I saw that the books feature different couples. Can this be read as a standalone, or do you recommend reading book 1 first?

        • Ordinarily with PNR, a person can just jump in, but with this series, there is a strong series storyline that builds as it goes through each book. Plus a lot is just assumed that the reader will understand the Psy-Changeling world and who several of the characters are and their backstory. So, I definitely recommend starting back with Slave to Sensation. Lots of fabulous books between that first one and here. 🙂 Bowen’s story actually started five or six books back.

  • Lovely review. I am glad to see that you enjoyed this one so much. I do love this series, and I can’t wait to grab this one up which I plan on next so I can’t wait. And yeah I agree, newcomers shouldn’t start with this one first.

    • Super! Can’t wait to see what you think of the sea changelings, Renee. 🙂

  • This sounds like a great book. I love that it jumps right into the tension. Sounds like it would make me keep turning the pages. I hate books that linger and this one does not sound like it does. Great review!

    Mary

    • It really was, Mary. There was no dip after the last book and it just kept it up with the wonderful story threads started in earlier books while delivering lots of fresh material. Hope you get the chance on these.