Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Surrender to the Sea by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Surrender to the Sea
Series: Lords of the Abyss (#4)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Romane, Paranormal, Fantasy
Release Date: 9th February 2016
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

When Laurel went on vacation looking for an adventur the last place she thought she'd end up was the bottom of the ocean in a city full of Merr. Merr, Brutus, thinks he'll always be alone, until he saves Laurel from certain drowning. Returning with her to his home he finds himself growing more and more attracted to her, though after too long without women around he's not all that sure how he should interact with her...

I found it very easy to get back into the Lords of the Abyss world. Each of the previous stories came back to me and all I had to do was slot them into the plot of Surrender to the Sea. Technically this could be read as a standalone as the main plot points and the lore of the Merr are explained in sufficient detail. However I do believe that the series works better when read in order.

I liked Brutus, and his brother Demon. They were definite alpha males, and had the warrior vibe, and yet when it came to women they were absolutely clueless. Poor Laurel didn't know quite what hit her! But at the same time they definitely managed to be unintentionally cute, and I found myself laughing aloud at one point because of Brutus' idea of capturing a giant squid.

Laurel was the right blend of woman and independant. She did the damsal in distress thing a little bit, but it was actually very equal between her and Brutus. I didn't feel like she was diminished as a character or that Brutus over-alphaed her. Plus there was the point near the end of the book where she proved what she was made of.

The Olympians who appeared in one of the earlier books (and were mentioned in the others) made an appearance in this one again, and I was interested to learn more about them. It adds more to the world as well as creating an issue for the Merr to solve, and I really want to see how they do it!