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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    Reviewed by: Robin Book provided by: Publisher Review originally

    Reviewed by: Robin
    Book provided by: Publisher
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    Mermen, an Atlantian Prince, giant seahorses, dolphin spies…yes I said dolphin spies. This all included in a refreshing book that belongs to the series Seaborne by Ms. Irons. Taking us to the deep depths of the sea where we find the city of Atlantis.

    The story takes us between beautifully depicted world underwater and the human/civilian world. Alex an Atlantian Prince is on a mission to kill a civilian when he comes across beautiful Ree, an assassin out to kill a very bad Russian. Ree’s is injured in the process of her job. Alex not wanting to just leave Ree’s to die he takes her back to his home in Atlantis where he helps her to heal. Ree’s has given up on relationships. Her fiancé/partner was killed and she is still dealing with the loss. But, as she heals she finds herself falling for headstrong Alex. She loves his family and all that comes with life under the sea. Later as there is an attempt on Alex’s life Ree’s they find themselves working together for the same common goal. Hot Merman sex…hmmm…

    I found out after choosing this book that it is a part of a series of which I didn’t read the first two. I do want to say that although this book can defiantly stand on its own I think that some questions could be cleared up a little with the reading of the first two books. Sometimes there is just a need for a little background info and I found this to be one of those times.

    I liked the whole way that Ms. Irons had of bringing to life a whole new world but…yes there is a but…I didn’t feel that strong connection between Alex and Ree’s that you usually find in books where romance and sex is involved. They are perfectly matched for each other but the build-up just didn’t happen. I kind of missed that chemistry. I think it may have been that they were both so strong and independent that the connection just didn’t seem real. I did enjoy the feel for Atlantis with the whimsical Seahorses and the Dolphin spies. It brought the thought to mind that perhaps dolphins are spies and we just don’t realize it. Ms. Iron’s touched on the fact that Ree’s has an ability; but didn’t explore it further (which I feel would have been fun). The story seems a little unfinished making me think that 1. I should have read the other two or 2. Ms. Irons may have another story in store to tie it all together.

    Whichever it is, this story holds allot of action, mystery and hot mermen that will keep you engaged even without that spark of chemistry. Taking you to another realm that opens up the possibilities of more stories of roads or should I say waters not traveled. For those who enjoy something different.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    I have wanted to read this series for a while now. So I jumped

    I have wanted to read this series for a while now. So I jumped at the chance to read the third book in the series, Waterborne.

    Alexandros has watched both his brothers recently fall for human women. Humans have never done much for him, but for some reason Ree stirs something in him. At first glance she seems like an unassuming woman. She also seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Only Ree is not what she appears.

    From early childhood, Ree’s life has been shaped and controlled by a secret agency. She was never a normal child and upon the death of her parents she has been in training to be more, much more. She is a proficient killer. Even though she knows there’s a different side to the world, she never expected to find a new dangerous world underwater. Now she must trust a man to save her life, but the last time she trusted and loved a man, he died. She will not allow that to happen again.

    Alexandros is an assassin. He has protected his family and Atlantis for countless years. His current assignment is no different; kill a man found guilty of crimes against nature. But when things go horrible wrong, he is forced to save a human. Intrigue, deception and danger are around every corner. Alexandros is now in a race to save Ree and the kingdom.

    I think what helped this novel was Ms. Irons’ choice to spread the story amongst more than just the main couple. There is a lot going on in this series and it was nice to see how some of the plots from prior books played out. While all three brothers have found their mates, I am actually unsure if this series is complete. It does have a finished feel to it, but the window for more is there.

    The story in general was fine. Nothing fantastic, but it was still engaging. I had that feeling with most of the series. There was just a little spark that was missing to make it great for me.

    For instance, Ree never lived up to her title. She was supposed to be an unparalleled assassin. I just couldn’t see it. She had a strong presence, but her skills were never really highlighted. Yes, a majority of the book she was trying to survive, but when push came to shove, I expected more.

    Alex was very heroic, but he took a bit to warm up to. It even took Ree awhile too. I enjoyed him, but he was just ok. Morgan is probably still my favorite of the brothers. I will say, without giving anything away, Morgan made the right choice in my book. Alex is perfect for the job!

    While their love story was pleasing to read about, their adventures were more enjoyable. I was actually hoping they would be more involved with some of the other background battles that were going on, but it was not meant to be. Ms. Irons has written a unique underwater world. If you crave a new paranormal world, this series might be for you. The creatures are diverse and she has developed a fascinating universe that is right under our noses. I do have to give her credit for her colorful and amazing abilities to world build.

    Personally, I think Waterborne does not stand alone. There are too many details that are enhanced by having the back story. I feel it is necessary to read the prior books to fully appreciate this novel.

    Ms. Irons has taken the tale of Atlantis into a remarkable new direction. It is distinctively hers and for anyone who enjoys oceanic tales, Waterborne and this series might be for you.

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