What the Sea Wants
Author: Karin Cox
New Adult Contemporary Romance (with paranormal elements)
Date Published: January 29, 2016
Juliette Brewer can’t face the truth,
Ash Gordon can’t bear another lie,
A passion for surfing brings them together,
But will the sea and all its sorrows tear them apart?
“There’s something about me you need to know—something I’m not sure I can tell you.”
Juliette Brewer has always been different. From the age of four, she’s endured frequent premonitions of tragedy, but the one thing she never saw coming was the thing that would send her under. When she catches the ocean-coloured eyes of surf-lifesaving heartthrob Ash Gordon, Juliette’s life changes for the better … until a tragic accident destroys their dreams. Everyone else has given up, moved on, and put Ash’s loss behind them, but Juliette can’t—and perhaps she shouldn’t. Not all who are missing are lost, but if she refuses to accept reality, will the sea claim her sanity as well as her lover’s life?
This isn’t my first book by Karin Cox. A couple of years ago, I’ve read Cruxim and Creche, two paranormal fantasies that defy the norm about angels, vampires and sphinx. (Yes, you know that Egyptian creature beside the Great Pyramid? Yeah, that’s the Sphinx).
What The Sea Wants is another new milestone for Karin Cox. A story with magical realism that delves on the life of Juliette Brewer, the girl who had the Evil Eye. Juliette or Julz could see disasters or misfortunes right before they take place. Like a school bus accident where some kids died. Or a shark attack in the beach. She saw them happening in her dreams, but she didn’t know when or where those unfortunate events would happen. Until it was too late for her to act upon them. Such a curse, indeed.
Ash Gordon, the man who can’t be moved, the apple of every ladies’ eyes. He’s got the reputation, alright, but nobody knew the real him: the man he truly was. And when he encountered Julz, his world (and the ocean) turned upside down.
What I actually loved about this book is the environmental awareness that the main characters disseminated throughout the story. That the ocean deserves to be treated with care and importance. That dolphins are our friends, that we should take our part in making sure the fish in the sea swim with garbage-less water. Because what the sea wants, the sea gets.
The characters, Ash and Julz are strong and deep. There’s more to them than just toned body, pretty face and adoring/raging fans. Their flawed personalities make them believable and real. I even found the sexual innuendos quite a treat. And that thing that happened to Ash was something that tore a piece in my heart.
And lastly, what I liked about this book is the glossary for the Aussie words and phrases used in the story. At first, the reader might get confused with these words, but trust me, you’ll enjoy the slang and twang that is apparent to Aussies. (My sister-in-law’s husband is from the Land Down Under and believe me, I get an earful every time we talk, ayt mate?)
Overall, I was pleased with the outcome of the story. I’ve said before (in my previous review of her books) that Karin Cox is talented and witty. Two years later, my high regard for her writing is still at the top. She knows how to keep her readers happy and crave for more.
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Karin Cox is the author of an Amazon #1 bestselling paranormal romance and dark fantasy series (DARK GUARDIANS), among other titles, and officially has too many words in her brain, usually all swimming around in wine. Often they come out in dribs and drabs, sometimes in poetic explosions, but mostly she has to coax them out one at a time and manually wrangle them into line.
She lives in sunny Queensland, Australia, where she occasionally hits the beach in an effort to avoid a vitamin D deficiency from shutting herself in a dark room to converse with fictional people. She comes with all the usual accessories: cat, dog, kid, full-grown man-child, several outfit changes, and shoes she can’t seem to walk in (so swaps for thongs/flip-flops). She would also like a “dream house,” a hot pink camper with a waterslide, and an unrealistically proportioned waist, but Barbie beat her to it.
She enjoys camping, bellydancing, folk music, poetry, writing, wine and Facebook.
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