Saturday, April 12, 2014

Beached by Ros Baxter

Title:  Beached
Series:  Aegira Chronicles #2
Author:  Ros Baxter
Published:  April 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing
Length:  237pgs
Format:  ARC ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

How far will a gentle sea princess go to save the home she loves?

When the clerk at a burger joint is assaulted for trying to sell a fish burger to a hot blonde, it’s just the beginning of a clash between Land and Sea. The world is going mad, and Princess Lecanora is on a special mission to stop it. There are just a few complications…

First, life on the land is a bit harder to adjust to than expected, what with the wearing of clothing and the consuming of delicious (but pointless) calories. Second, the most evil magician the world has ever seen wants her as his bride — consensually or otherwise. Finally, a completely inappropriate gun-toting mercenary who goes against every one of her pacifist principles keeps rocking her world.

As the forces of darkness gather, Lecanora must come to terms with the lengths she will go to in order to save the sea home she has always known, and the land she has come to love.

My Review:

I didn’t think it was possible but this novel is even better than the first in the series. This novel is vividly real and extremely realistic. Baxter draws you all the way into this world, with no chance of escape. It’s also excitingly suspenseful. The story line grabs you and doesn’t let go, not even at the end. I found myself so drawn in that I didn’t want it to end. Baxter works action, suspense, and love in without ever sacrificing parts of the vivid and immaculately presented world that she has created for the audience.

I found myself falling further and further in love with this cast throughout this novel. Characters who seemed aloof and unapproachable in the first novel of the series took a more prominent role in this story. They didn’t all of a sudden become approachable, likeable characters but as a reader you really got to understand how they became who they were. I found myself feeling for them throughout, and becoming closer to them. And don’t even get me started on the main characters. They are absolutely phenomenal. As individuals they are far from flawless, yet they are ideal individuals. So real and captivating. And Baxter has nailed character growth without changing who those characters are on a fundamental level. Not only does it make it easy to identify with the characters, but you also get to know them without losing the fantastic storyline in the midst. Yup, that’s right. The cast of this fantastic novel becomes your friends and family, making it next to impossible to let them go at the end.

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