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Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

oceanlightPhew! I did not mean to go so long between reviews. I’m a youth librarian and in summer, well, I am busy at work. Like it’s normal work times a thousand. I haven’t had a lot of time for reading and reviewing but I’m hoping that will change as my library’s summer reading program is finally winding down (hallelujah!). I read Ocean Light early this summer and I’m finally getting to review it so, you know, it’s been a long summer.

Ocean Light is the second book in Nalini Singh’s spinoff (of sorts) of the Psy/Changeling series. This is the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. As with most of her books, you definitely want to read the other stories first, especially when it comes to the hero. Bowen has been long involved in the Psy world and you’ll have a deeper understanding of him if you know what he has been working toward as a human surrounded by changelings and Psy.

Bo wakes up in a mysterious place. He has no idea where he is or how he survived the bullet that ricocheted through his body. Of course, he also knows his time on Earth is limited as the implant in his brain is racing to end his life. It was a risk he willingly took at the time and not one he thought he would ever regret. Except, things have changed. When he wakes up in his mystery location, he meets beautiful Kaia Luna. She is a chef, taking care of her fellow changelings. It is a great joy in her life. But she also feels the pull towards Bowen. She is supposed to hate humans. After all, they caused some of the greatest pain in her life. But how do you hate a man who is becoming someone special to her?

Ocean Light is set in the ocean, obviously. And it’s a thrilling world to visit! I was so excited when Nalini started carving out the ocean changelings. To finally get an intimate view into at least one group’s ocean world is beyond amazing. Like her other changeling settings, the ocean world Nalini creates is complex, dangerous, and breathtaking. I could have stayed immersed in Ocean Light for a lot longer than it took me to read this book. And honestly, I had been putting this book off for awhile because I wasn’t super excited about the prospect of Bo as hero. He was very bland and blah in the previous Psy/Changeling books, despite his heroic nature. However, he really comes alive in Ocean Light (which is funny considering he is close to dying).

I really, really enjoyed his connection with Kaia. And I loved Kaia. She is a very special woman. She is a changeling and is definitely a caretaker of her particular underwater world. She is busy watching over her pregnant cousin, helping a shy and awkward lab tech, and being a friend to everyone aboard their submerged home. She is also a bit lonely, even if she cannot say that aloud. Kaia has had a lot of loss in her life and Bo is starting to help her maybe make a fragile, permanent hopeful connection. (Side note: I loved Kaia’s relationship with her grandmother aboard the island, when her grandmother is a turtle. That is the kind of thing I would have enjoyed as a child.)

When I’m reading a Nalini Singh book, I always wish the world of the Psy and Changelings actually did exist alongside that of humans. That feeling continued as I read Ocean Light. There is so much wonder and amazement in our world and Nalini Singh taps into that feeling so well. Exploring Ocean Light was truly like a grand adventure for me and I look forward to more stories set in the ocean.

Ocean Light gets a rave review from me. I’m not a water person by any means but this is a swimming adventure I was happy to “dive” into this summer.

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Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one. . . .

Sophie: Numbers are my comfort zone, which explains why my sex life is a big fat zero. Then again, if I’m smart enough to earn a PhD, why can’t I calculate a way to get a guy into bed, just to see what all the fuss is about? With my prima donna sister, Bella, getting married in Maine, I figure her wedding is the perfect opportunity for my little experiment. And Cain Jordan seems hot enough—he’s certainly drunk enough—to show me what I’ve been missing. Judging by the body of evidence, it’s a lot. . . .

Cain: Being stuck in the same town as my lying SOB twin brother, Christian—who may or may not be the father of the son I’m not allowed to see—is a hell of a reason to drink myself silly after the lobster boat docks each day. Any port in a storm . . . But Sophie’s different. She doesn’t play around. And she’s becoming a habit I don’t want to break. Because the smartest woman I’ve ever met is also the sexiest—and the only one who makes me want to change.

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Cover Reveal: The Chase by Elle Kennedy

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Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.

And that his best friend has a crush on me.

And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.

Review: Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen


One of my favorite romance storylines is the twin switch. I attribute it to my love of Sweet Valley High books growing up. But twin switch storylines can be tricky, particularly when it comes to romance and forming new relationships. That being said, I think Cindi Madsen does a nice job of convincing me that this twin switch was worth it in the end.

Ethan, the more responsible brother, has been convinced by his twin, Evan, to take Evan’s girlfriend, Gwen, on a weekend road trip to a wedding. Evan wants to hang out with a group of friends. Ethan is not impressed but it’s always been hard to say no to his brother so he dutifully agrees. He meets Gwen at a local coffee shop to talk about the road trip and well, Ethan is thrown for a curve ball by gorgeous Gwen.

Gwen came to the coffee shop determined to break up with Evan. He’s a nice guy but there isn’t much of a spark between them. She had hoped to make the wedding in her hometown less awkward by bringing a date but now she just wants to break up with Evan. Or she did. Until she meets… Ethan. Unexpectedly, there is chemistry.

Cindi Madsen creates some nice tension between Ethan and Gwen, even if she is a bit mystified as to why she is suddenly really attracted to “Evan”. Romance readers, take note, Gwen and Evan never had sex. Just kissing so for me, that really helped to forgive the twin switch a bit. Like most times when this trope is used, I always wish that the person switching had the guts to tell the other person a bit sooner what was going on, and that’s definitely the case with Ethan. But I thought the grovel scene was a nice touch at the end and it is very apparent that Ethan comes to care deeply for Gwen, very quickly.

Yes, this is kind of an insta-love story with a deceitful twist but I did enjoy it. Counterfeit Boyfriend will not be every reader’s cup of tea but I think for people who appreciate this twist, they may enjoy it. One content warning: there is a scene involving Gwen’s peanut allergies that is… not great.

I had never read Cindi Madsen before this book so I am excited to add a new author to my roster. I really enjoyed her writing style and found it very readable and well-paced. I’m excited to try another story from her.

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Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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My twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and brains.

And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name.

I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.


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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, and one overly-dramatic tomcat.

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