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I Belong

Review: Oceanborne by Katherine Irons


Author: Katherine Irons

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Seaborne (Book 2)

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 075826142X (Kensington)

ISBN-13:  978-0758261427 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Kiwi


Underwater archaeologist Elena Carter has always loved the sea. But when she pulls a handsome stranger from the water in the midst of a storm, she realizes there is much she still has to learn. Taking shelter from the tempest, they experience pleasure different from any she has felt before. Then the stranger, her intoxicating Prince Orion, disappears, leaving only an ancient artifact.

Reluctantly returning to her land bound life, Elena finds more pieces to a puzzle that baffles her even as it hints at greater discoveries yet to be made. Who – or what – is Orion? And once she has known the touch of the sea, can Elena return to the world she left behind?

Quick & Dirty: Need I repeat myself? Hot. Atlantean. Prince.

Opening SentenceIt wasn’t a good day to die.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

In this book, we return to the fabulous underwater kingdom known to all as Atlantis. We are this time in the mix of a brutal war and governmental coup of sorts. So things are a bit stressed in the great city. We also spend some time in Crete, where the heroine is spearheading an underwater dig in search of some major archaeological finds.

In Oceanborne, the second installment of this series, we get better acquainted with Prince Orion, second/third in line for the throne of Atlantis. There is a slash there because he has an identical twin, and they could take each others’ place in line, depending which one their father, Poseidon, likes better that day.  Prince Orion is later born than the crown prince, but no less, well no less anything, really.  He’s just as hot, heroic, and willful as his older brother and also equally as adept with his weapon…*blush*! Did I mention he has a twin?

Our heroine is underwater archaeologist Elena Carter. Archaeology runs in her veins, from her grandfather, to her father, to her, but life hasn’t always worked out as she planned. For her whole career, it seems that she had to overcome a shadow cast over the Carter name by her father, who was lost at sea on his search for the mystical city of Atlantis, something all humans know does not exist. Also, she is being courted by a rich (insert insult here) heir to an oil empire, who is begging her to wear his ring, and just maybe Elena doesn’t want to be tied down, or tied down to him anyway.

On the search for something fantastic, Elena happens upon a handsome stranger, saves his life, then he returns the favor. What follows these extraordinary circumstances is a stream of events worthy of today’s best soap operas. You see, in an effort to protect his race, Orion must wipe her memory after each time they are together, so she meets him over and over again, each time she grows more aware of his nature and what he is actually doing to her. Actually, he is trying to save her from the dark force she has uncovered along with that ship off the coast. And in the course of his rescue attempt, he takes her to the very center of the Earth for protection, assuming that the fairies whom inhabit that realm will take care of her. While they are there, we take the time to look in on the happenings of Atlantis, and the ever present malicious scheming of King Poseidon’s former minor queen and her pathetic whelp, to use her phrasing. There is a major kicker though. When Orion is refused his request of sanctuary for Elena, he must bring her home with him for her own safety, and there we discover that past events are altered as if we never read them, and the fate of a whole race is changed, some for the better, others not so much.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as I did the first, especially once I figured it all out. All in all, a fitting next chapter in what I still feel is a great series with awesome potential.

Notable Scene:

Wake up, she told herself. It’s time to wake up from this dream, this nightmare, whatever the hell it is!

Sheer terror locked her joints and chilled her flesh. It could only be a dream, and yet nothing had ever seemed so real. Still, she found herself unable to move a muscle… until the thing turned and propelled itself through the water toward her.

Half on hands and knees, half swimming, she fled toward the only refuge she could imagine—the man with sword. The beast shot out of the hole, larger and more terrifying than any demon, and bore down on her, legs reaching, uninjured tentacle poised to wrap around her…to lift her high and plunge her into that pitiless, tooth-filled mouth.

“Orion! Help me!” she cried. But when she raised her head, he was gone. He’d abandoned her to be devoured alive. The tip of the tentacle slapped against her bare leg, and she screamed again as white-hot fire seared her skin. She kicked and twisted, squirming away, landing on her back. The snakelike tentacle reared back and time stopped.

Elena closed her eyes, wanting to wake in her bed with the sheets damp around her and moonlight spilling through the window onto worn floorboards, wanting but knowing that would not be. Impossibly, this nightmare was real, more real than anything she’d ever experienced. She screamed again as death in its most terrible form plunged toward her.

The Seaborne Series:

1. Seaborne

2. Oceanborne

3. Waterborne

FTC Advisory: Kensington provided me with a copy of Seaborne.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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