Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs #2
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Publish Date: November 20, 2013
Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.
The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home after years of waiting to be reunited with his wife, Vienna. Only to find out that Vienna didn’t wait for him. She traveled to the evil realm of Harte years ago, hoping the legend of another gateway to Earth’s realm was real, but she was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he’d go through hell to be with Vienna, and now he must prove it.
Yara wanted to bask in the glow of her happily ever after in the magical realm of Rathe. She planned to explore Medusa and Poseidon’s world and dive deeper into her relationship with Treygan, but as the new leader of Rathe, her powers are needed to save more than one member of her own kind. Treygan vowed to always be Yara’s guardian, but long ago he also swore to go any lengths to protect his brother Rownan. Now, he must fulfill his promise to both of them.
Rownan, Yara, and Treygan are about to put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of the worlds. Love should conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte.
#1 Yara’s POV
“I like seeing you like this,” I told Treygan.
“Proud of who and what you are.”
He stood taller, his shoulders spread wider. “You helped me realize my gorgon side is nothing to be ashamed of.”
“Good.” I threw my arms around his neck. “Now teach me how to turn things to stone.”
He lifted me off my feet. “Later. First, we have a date with Koraline and Pango.”
“I’ve decided I want to swim there.” I bit my lip, fighting back a smile. “So we can race.”
Treygan kissed me while carrying me into the water. Confidently—bordering on cocky—he said, “I apologize in advance for leaving you in a cloud of bubbles.”
#2 Rownan’s POV
Vienna and I had sat on this beach, and so many others in Rathe, more times than I could count. I turned my head and the glittering sand turned into a mirage of a young Vienna. I wasn’t delusional, I knew it was just me reminiscing, but there she was, skipping down the beach several yards away. She saw me, waved, and ran over to me.
She looked so real. My mind retained every detail, right down to the sand in her black, windblown hair. “Have you seen all the shells that washed ashore?”
Of all the conversations we ever had, this one was my favorite. One of the first times we discussed being more than friends. “Yeah.” I smiled. “How many have you collected?”
She bent down and picked up a piece of sea glass, holding it up and admiring it in the moonlight. “Only one. The rest belong here, on the beach—or in the ocean, if the tide chooses to carry them away.” She tossed the sea glass back into the sand and sat down beside me. “I don’t keep them. I just like admiring them, holding them between my fingers and feeling how different each one is. Except for this one.” She removed a shell from her armband. At first it looked all white, but then I noticed the hints of green and silver. “Feel it. It’s hard and soft at the same time. The edges are ragged, but run your fingers along the silver veins—they’re soft as silk.”
I rubbed it, noting all the different textures. “You’re right.”
“It reminds me of you.” Her ivory cheeks blushed and she looked down, studying the shell in my fingers. “Something so unique should be treasured. Forever.”
She leaned toward me—barely an inch—but it was enough to feel the energy building between us. “You, Rownan. I would treasure you forever.”
It was the first time I kissed her. The first time I had kissed anyone. We were barely teenagers, but I remembered it like it happened yesterday.
I pulled away and smiled at her.
She groaned, frustrated. “I was afraid that would happen.”
“What’s wrong?” Panic flooded me. Had I turned some part of her to stone like Treygan had done when he kissed Kimber?
“I knew if you kissed me, I’d be forever ruined for anyone else. No other selkie, or any creature for that matter, will ever top that.”
Sweet relief. “Good. Because I hope you never kiss anyone else.” I handed her shell back to her. “I want to keep you—I mean, treasure you. Forever.”
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DANGEROUS DEPTHS PLAYLIST
Song list in chronological order of when they take place in the story.
WARNING: Some vague spoilers!
1.) Waves of You– Eric Turner (Rownan to Vienna beginning of book)
2.) Sail– AWOLNation (drunk Rownan in his dark place on the beach)
3.) Drifting– Plumb feat. Dan Haseltine (Yara & Nixie to Rownan–another way)
4.) If I Lose Myself– One Republic (Treygan to Yara the morning of their trip)
5.) The Sea– Morcheeba (Traveling and arriving)
6.) Storm– Lifehouse (Rownan to Vienna when he’s alone in Harte)
7.) I Want You Here– Plumb (Vienna on her beach with the driftwood)
8.) Waves– Blondefire (Yara and/or Vienna)
9.) Little Talks– Of Monsters and Men (Yara & Treygan in the last half of the book)
10.) Together Again– Evanescence (Yara when she becomes separated from Treygan)
11.) Hazy– Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons (Vienna & Rownan duet)
12.) Down– Jason Walker feat. Molly Reed (This one tugs ta my heartstrings. I picture each character: Rownan, Yara, Treygan, and Nixie, on their own singing this song. It flashes between each of them during seemingly hopeless times during their fight to get out.)
13.) My Last Breath– Evanescence (Nixie & Yara)
*BONUS SONG: Hero– David Crosby & Phil Collins (This was a song from my TANGLED TIDES playlist.)