Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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...
Ocean Light is the second book in the Psy-Changelings Trinity series and it follows the leader of the Human Alliance, Bowen Knight, as he finds himself falling in love with Black Sea cook, Kaia Luna.
Bo was gunned down at the end of Silver Silence and I thought for sure he was a goner but I was wrong because he survived, thanks to the science and smarts of Dr. Ashaya and Amara Aleine and Dr. Atalina Kahananui. He’s got a lot of rehabbing to do and that’s pretty much all of the first half of this book. Sure, while he’s rehabbing, he’s falling in love with Black Sea’s cook, Kaia Luna. Bo has a lot on his plate and doesn’t have time for a romance but that doesn’t stop him.
Kaia Luna hates humans. She is not a fan of the head of the Human Alliance either. She holds him and the rest of his kind responsible for all of the bad things that have happened in her life. The death of her parents, the disappearance of her best friend, all of the bad things in the world so it only makes sense for her to fall in love with the head human of the world, right? Haha.
Much of this book takes place underwater in the thick of the Black Sea while Bo is recuperating from his injuries. He’s trying to piece together what he’s missed since he got shot and he’s spending a lot of time with the cook, Kaia. He’s drawn to her and her to him and their attraction is mutual. They don’t understand it but unlike Kaia, Bo doesn’t question it. He goes with it. Having your life almost cut extremely short makes you take stock of what’s important and what’s not. Kaia is important and he’s not running from it.
Kaia is hoping and praying that her best friend returns home safely but she has a bad feeling about Hugo’s disappearance and she’s deathly afraid that he’s going to come back in a body bag. She’s scared that the humans who are kidnapping Black Sea changelings has Hugo and it’s going to be all bad. She’s got proof that it was the humans behind all of the bad stuff going down with Black Sea and that proof condemns the Human Alliance…and Bo. The more she gets to know the leader of the Human Alliance, the more she starts to doubt everything that Hugo said about the humans.
There’s a lot going in this book and because of that, you’d think that the book would have moved at a faster pace than it did but I thought the beginning of the book dragged a bit. It felt like so much was happening and nothing was happening at the same time, if that makes any sense. I did come to enjoy both Bo and Kaia and their romance but it took a little bit for me to warm up.
My favorite thing about this book was hearing little tidbits from our old Psy-Changelings friends and seeing them come through. From Mercy to Hawke to Kaleb, I loved seeing them again and I loved seeing them come together to fight the bad guys. I’m curious about the other Black Sea changelings even though I got super annoyed with how secretive they are about what they are. I mean, I’m sure they all have their reasons but as a reader, I didn’t connect with that. The beginning may have dragged but once the story picked up, it really picked up. I enjoyed the second half of the book far more than the first half and because of that, I’m giving the book a 4 instead of something lower.
I’m looking forward to more from the Black Sea folks but I’m also looking forward to seeing how the main plots from the series plays out.
Grade: 4 out of 5