Series: The Guardians #2
Published by Berkley on June 14, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy
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To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…
Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star.
Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground...
And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled—the mermaid’s in the water and the traveler’s on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.
The journey of the six continues following the collection of the first star. This time, the locale is the Isle of Capri in Italy and Nerezza eventually discovers them. But this time, she enlists the help of a rogue known to the group. Sawyer King and his famous compass are the focus, as is the beautiful Annika, the siren from the sea.
Though plagued with a terribly slow start, Annika made this a captivating and fun story. Her naïveté and innocence, overlayed with a joyous and playful spirit, provided much comic relief among the dark and violence. Sawyer’s attempts at resistance were also laughable but just made their romance more endearing.
The fight scenes were brutal and there are some very tough moments. But, it made the story exciting and I just wish they’d occurred earlier. It was a slow build in developing the team strategies and relationship bonding, all necessary but it was tedious at times. However, the payoff at the midway point made it worthwhile. I loved the ending and where they end up next.
This is a really good trilogy and I’m anxious to read the final story.