Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SEA CHANGE by Cindy Spencer Pape

Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Date published: December 2014
ISBN: 9781419993381
Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 5

Dr. Heidi Eriksen is a marine biologist studying dolphins under a special research project with her best friend Brad Van Dorn. They are in the wrong place at the wrong time when an important drug deal goes down. Heidi is shot and left unconscious in the water to drown and Brad disappears.

Jake is not your average boat bum. He rescues Heidi and searches unsuccessfully for Brad. But he’s hiding a huge secret of his own. He’s a merman, exiled from his people and cursed as well. Despite his story and the drug runners he’s determined to save and protect Heidi. It proves to be quite a challenge.

I have been a huge fan of Ms. Spencer Pape’s books for many years. I genuinely enjoy her unique method of throwing all sorts of normally disparate items together into a book, stirring well, adding fights, drama, and humor, and ending up with amazing stories.

This book, while quite different from her usual erotic romances, and her steampunk series, is nevertheless almost one hundred thousand words of pure delight.
Ms. Pape’s characters are never run-of-the-mill. Her heroines are invariably feisty and smart. Heidi is no exception. Heidi is six feet of ocean loving, determined, smart-talking, strong-minded scientist, able to give other people wise advice while ignoring the danger facing herself.

Jake is an amazing hero. Strong, smart, caring for his woman and those she cares about even when he knows he should be putting his own needs higher up on his to-do the list. Together they scorch the sheets in the bedroom, and have the reader alternately laughing out loud at their dialogue, and wanting to slap the people around them upside the head on their behalf.

As always the minor characters are a joy and a delight. So many of them just jump off the page filled with life and color. All of them are completely individual.
Technically for such a huge book this was very clean. There was one startling POV shift in the middle of a paragraph and a few tiny niggles such as comma splices or misplaces words, but in such a long book it is very easy to ignore them. Mostly even I, a very picky reader, was too busy wanting to turn the page and find out what happened next to even write them down.

Tucked away deep inside the story is a truly beautiful one-hundred-percent pure Cindy Spencer Pape surprise. It’s totally brilliant. The ending is also absolutely brilliant. It’s an intense rollercoaster of emotions, drama, personalities, tears, and even a touch of humor. Outstanding writing indeed.
I have no hesitation in giving this book five hearts. As an erotic romance, as a mystery-suspense romance, as a paranormal romance, it couldn’t be improved on at all.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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