"Fans of shape-shifters & magical creatures, rejoice! Excellent trilogy!"
SEA CHANGE by Karin Huxman When her husband dies, Marianne
Shore decides to return to her childhood home in Jamaica.
Sea Captain Jonah McAdams has exceptionally good luck --
he's never lost a ship and he's never had a woman on
board. However both their lives change when Jonah agrees
to take Marianne back to Jamaica and along the way a wave
breaks the ship apart, stranding the two on an isolated
island. Jonah needs to return to the sea, but he can't
abandon Marianne who he is starting to think might be more
than she seems.
This is an excellent mer-story by Karin Huxman. At first I
had a hard time understanding where she was going, but she
never lost me as a reader. Marianne wants to be the
dutiful widow in mourning, but she is very attracted to
the captain, even before they are marooned. Jonah needs to
return to his underworld kingdom and name his consort. But
there is something drawing him to Marianne beyond his duty
that has the story ending in a bit of a shock. The good
news is that this appears to be the beginning of a series,
and I can hardly wait!
LADY OF THE LOCH by Taylor Manning Aeryn lives in the Loch
by the Clan Campbells land. When she finds a baby boy
abandoned by the waters edge, she adopts him as her own.
Only the very mortal Leith MacEwan quickly shows up and is
adamant that the baby belongs to someone else. Not caring
about mortals who would toss a child away and then want it
back, she returns home into her home in the loch. Thus
begins the battle for the baby and Aeryn and MacEwan loose
This is a really cute story. Aeryn is bound and determined
to have her child and MacEwan promises to give her another
one to replace the one that belongs to the Clan
Campbell... while he spoke out of context, she took him
seriously. Their relationship is actually very tender,
even though it really is a battle of wills. Aeryn has a
protector, Nib, a kelpie (shape shifting horse), that made
me laugh because he wanted to eat MacEwan.
CURRENTS RUN DEEP by Shelley Munro Asia Bolino sings in a
nightclub where she draws the attention of Roman Anderson.
While she has had a crush on him since she was a girl and
they are both orca shape shifters, he is forbidden...they
are from warring tribes. Because he doesn't recognize her,
Asia can't pass up the opportunity to go on a date. Only,
when Roman picks her up, he is violently attacked and a
head wound brings on a bout of amnesia. Waking up, Roman
assumes they are man and wife...which Asia wants more than
There is a lot that happens in this short little story!
Wow! Shelley Munro certainly has a way with words. Her
story takes place off the coast of Australia and is full
of passion as well as action. Roman is the head of his
family, which is in the middle of getting torn apart
because of greed. He may not have the time to fall in
love, but when his memory returns, he is a better person.
I loved the idea of shape shifting into an orca and can
only say Wow! I really had good mental visuals throughout
*** I originally wanted to read this book because of the
cover (funny actually considering it's in electronic
format). The colors drew me in. The stories are sweet and
romantic, and while short, have great plot lines. Language
wise, each tale gets progressively steamier however none
of the stories came across as overblown, nor did it jar me
from enjoying what I was reading.
I really can't say which story I liked better because FROM
THE DEEP is a very well put together collection of
stories, and a rare treat for fans of the watery realms!
Posted March 8, 2006
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted January 12, 2007