Yesterday I shared my review of the Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts with you guys and girls and promised you to post a review of book two Bay of Sighs (Baai der zuchten in Dutch) today. Well, here I am to fulfill my promise. As always I’ll first share the description of the book and then I will give my opinion of the book. If you don’t like spoilers then don’t read this review!
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.
In Bay of Sighs we follow the adventures of the six guardians after they have procured the first Star of Fortune, the Star of Fire. The team has moved from Corfu to the Italian island of Capri. Sasha and Bran were pivotal in the capturing of the first star and now it’s Annika’s and Sawyer’s turn to find their star, the Star of Water.
Annika was one of my favorite characters in this series. She’s funny (although she doesn’t try to be), she’s a bit unwordly and doesn’t know how to express or behave herself according to human laws of conduct which results in more than one hilarious situation, she’s really kind and sees the best in everyone and everything. She is one of those innocent souls who keep their sense of wonder despite all the cruelties and hardships in life. Annika has got a major crush on fellow guardian Sawyer, but he doesn’t seem to feel the same for her. Or so she thinks.
I really liked Sawyer too. He’s funny, friendly, loves to tease and offers a helping hand wherever he can. His ability to travel through time and space is also really cool and very handy in times of danger and need. Ever since he saw Annika he’s had major feelings for her, but since she’s such an innocent soul he doesn’t want to act upon those feelings in fear she might get hurt or won’t understand what he wants from her. So he keeps his distance. But Annika makes it really hard for him to be chivalrous because she’s not only beautiful and sexy as hell, but also doesn’t have a problem with prancing around nude. Someone should really tell this mermaid that humans are a bit more prudish about bodies than the merfolk haha.
The romance between these two characters is super sweet and humorous. They keep dancing around each other and have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves. Sawyer because he wants to be chivalrous and Annika because she can’t seduce Sawyer first for fear of her sirenpowers kicking in and ensnaring him in a spell. So it’s up to Annika to convince Sawyer to be a bad boy ;).
The tension in this book is turned up a notch as the evil goddess Nerezza decides to use a human for her dirty work. Her eyes fall on Malmon, a corrupted, dark and evil treasure hunter who tried to kill Sawyer in the past and who had a few run ins with Riley too. Nerezza lures him to her mansion and enchants him to drink her blood. From that moment on Malmon has no more free will and has to do everything Nerezza wants, while at the same time he transforms into an abomination. Something not quite human, not quite demonic, but something in between. The adding of another antagonist ensures that the guardians run into even more trouble while trying to fulfill their quest and Annika and Sawyer will be tested to the limits of their strengths and love.
What I liked less about this book was the fact that the search for the second star was really similar to the search for the first star. Again the guardians have to dive to several underwater caves to see if the star is hidden in one of them. Again Riley has unlimited contacts who can supply them with everything they need from a boat to ammunition and special weapons. Because of this some parts of the book felt a bit repetitive. Luckily the new antagonist added some more tension and gave the protagonists a run for their money.
If you like your romance with a bit of fantasy, a lot of tension and some hilarious situations this book is the one for you ;).