Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.
The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian
Under Poseidon’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.
Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.
Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said
Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn’t love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It’s a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.
The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams
Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters. When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.
Review: This was one of those anthology’s that just totally blew me away! Each and every story had it’s own unique twist and each author added their very own touch of brilliance!
I am not going to give away anything on this one but I will tell you that you will be swept away be the brilliant Julie Reece in her Heart’s Desire, where we meet Cameron and Tessa. They have been in the throws of passion before but had to let go only to be brought back together by Tessa’s terrible accident. Can they overcome the powers that threatens to tear them apart yet again or will their love be enough? Get ready to shed some tears on this one; I sure did!
Then there is also the wonderful The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian that swept me away to a whole new world and had me feeling like I was inside a tale of the Little Mermaid only with a lot more passion, romance, secrets and a very surprising twist that no on screen undersea romance movie can come close to!
Those are just two of the amazing books in this incredible anthology that really had me entranced and I gained a whole new perspective for the other side of romance (fantasy). I loved how each author gave their own unique ambiance to the book and not one story seemed the same. And yes I do mean not the same which in some anthologies the stories are the same: boy meets girl and they fall in love here and there a little upset and ta-da the end, and it does not really seem like your reading different books but one long book about more than one couple!
I highly recommend this read for every reader out there. It is without a doubt one of the best take me away to another world books of our time!
Favorite Quote: “You’ll retain your legs while in the city.They are for dancing …with me” The tail is for the sea”.