Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Ocean Light
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #2; Psy-Changeling #17
Hero/Heroine: Bowen & Kaia
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 416 pages
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment–taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…
Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…
But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back–even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy…
This series is my ALL TIME FAVORITE series so I’m a bit biased but this book was amazing. I was sucked in right from the start and couldn’t put the book down. I literally read this in just a few hours, which is rare for me nowadays because I just don’t have the time. But I definitely made the time for this one and when I paused, I was jonesing to get back to it. I won’t go too deep into the book because I don’t want to give any spoilers. What I will say is this one explores more of the BlackSea changelings and the Human Alliance but also the fledging bond that stands between them and how easy it is for betrayal to run too close to home. It’s set deep in BlackSea territory and deals mostly with Bowen’s current condition after the shooting (if you don’t know what I’m referring to then you definitely need to read Silver Silence). It was fascinating to see how the BlackSea changelings differed from the other changelings in this series so far. Not drastically but you could definitely tell their dynamics were different than the changelings on land.
I was honestly extremely intrigued with the situation Bowen was in and how he recovered from the shooting and the degeneration of the chip in his brain. It’s been a while since we’ve had a human as part of the couple so I liked that we were able to see that POV again and not just in a few snippets. It was interesting to see the different side of worries that Bowen had to deal with that the other leaders haven’t had to deal with. They might seem mundane to a changeling or a Psy but humans are the most vulnerable and Bowen has the most responsibilities because of that and he takes those responsibilities very seriously. With that said, it was great to finally see a water changeling but even better that Kaia didn’t instantly fall for him or show her attraction. In fact, she hated him at first because of something she heard from a friend. But she made Bowen work for it and the bond they created had me so emotionally invested, I couldn’t help but feel what they felt. I loved that Bowen and Kaia sorta knew things wouldn’t last long because of their situations but they still took a chance anyway and I loved every minute of it. They were both such strong characters and they had their differences but their strengths complimented each other. I loved the banter between them and ultimately how Bowen was able to charm his way into becoming part of the BlackSea changeling family.
My only issue with this one was I was confused on how Kaia was once a scientist. It’s mentioned in the beginning that she stopped being a scientist to become a chef but in the timeline that was mentioned, there was no hint of when she switched from being a scientist but instead it seemed like she’s been a chef for years, since maybe she went to college after coming of age, which conflicts with the mentions of her handling the medical part of Bowen’s recovery and being able to monitor him during his recovery. So every time it was mentioned that she was a chef or scientist, my mind would shout WHEN did this happen. Especially since she it was mentioned she hadn’t left the station in like two decades so how did she even go to school to be a scientist, let alone a chef. I was very confused with that.
Overall, this was another great addition to an already phenomenal series. I loved getting Bowen’s story and getting more involved with the BlackSea changelings. It was intriguing to see how things played out after Bowen’s incident but I adored the chemistry between Bowen and Kaia. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series and hope it’s another BlackSea changeling because, honestly, I want ALL of Kaia’s brothers stories. Right. Now!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*