Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Release Day Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

Ocean Light
(Psy-Changeling Trinity #2)
Nalini Singh
Release: June 12, 2018
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh dives beneath the surface of her Psy-Changeling world into a story of passionate devotion and selfless love...

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there's a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment--taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he's at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling...

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won't hide the facts of Bo's condition from him or herself. She's suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine...

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back--even if it means striking a devil's bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy...

I'm going to be real honest here. I've been wanting a Psy-Changling book about Bowen Knight since he made his first appearance in Branded by Fire. I've been dying to know his backstory because something pretty traumatic had to have happened to make him hate the Psy so much. Sadly, that little insight of mine was dead on. I've also wanted to know what kind of person his mate was going to be. I was kind of hoping he'd end up with a Psy partner but I'm totally happy with where the romance went. I ship it pretty hard actually. 

Ocean Light worked for me on so many levels. If you read Silver Silence, then you know that our favorite Human Alliance security chief/leader is in bad shape and not just from the failing chip in his brain. I loved how BlackSea came into play with that. Plus, we got to finally learn more about BlackSea and the underwater deep sea station some of them reside in was absolutely fascinating!

BlackSea was more intriguing than I ever thought possible! They have so many different kinds o changelings in their pack and honestly the options to what creatures there could be are unlimited. I found it intriguing that they all are very secretive about what they changed into but nonetheless are fiercely protective of each other. It was a beautiful thing to read. The sea changelings aren't as charismatic overall as say the bears from the previous book but they were fascinating in their own way. I really hope the author writes many more books about BlackSea in the future.

Nalini Singh is a master of her craft and I was sucked into this book as soon as I picked it up. I just love this world she has created and how she continues to expand it. I was really into the sweet romance between Bo and Kaia from the start. They've both had some seriously traumatic things happen in their pasts and the learning curve for them to over come them is a steep one. Add in some treachery and deception that threatens to resolve the alliance between the two groups and the literal ticking time bomb in Bo's head and you have one hell of a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat until you turn the last page.

I instantly fell in love with Kaia's character. She has a very playful and loving nature that has a bit of an edge to it. She's tough but she's also kind of a big softy when comes to the people she views as hers. I loved that her way of taking care of her pack was to cook them their favorite foods! Kaia has issues aplenty but she made me laugh and smile. I was also very intrigued to find out what her changeling form was and I kept trying to guess as the clues were dropped. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book before I could finally have my suspicions confirmed on what her other form was. I did find her animal form to be very fitting. You'll just have to read to find out what she is. :)

I loved that we got to learn more about Bo and see a completely different side of him. He's still the paranoid security chief but he has a softness and protectiveness when it comes to Kaia that made me love him even more. I will admit that I am completely intrigued by so many of the side characters in this installment and I want to know more about them. High on that list is Miane and Malachai. They definitely need their own book(s) and soon so I can know what the heck they change into! I also want to see Kaia's other cousins get books or novellas! They remind me very much of Mercy's brothers in DarkRiver and I need more mischievous and lovable rogues in my life.

Ocean Light wasn't the book I imagined it would be when I first heard who it was going to be about but it was a perfect addition to one of my all-time favorite series! I'm dying to know who it's going to be about! I want more BlackSea but I also want a WindHaven falcon book or a Rainfire book. Sadly, we have another year of waiting for the next book when I just need it in my hands already. I guess it's time for another reread, right?

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.


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