Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Deep Water
SERIES: Olympic Cove #3
AUTHOR: Nicola Cameron
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 298 Pages
Poseidon, God of the Sea, has spent millennia alone due to a single terrible act. His consort, Amphitrite, has sworn never to forgive him, and he’s forced to live with the knowledge that he drove an innocent girl to her doom.
But when one of the Olympic Cove cottages gains an occupant with an all-too-familiar soul, Poseidon discovers that the Fates have given him a second chance. Now he must try to right the wrongs of the past and win back both his beloved consort and the mate he betrayed.
Assuming, of course, that the Mad Nereid Thetis doesn’t interfere…
I really enjoyed the continuing saga of Olympic Cove. Olympic Cove is a town somewhere on the coast of Florida where some Greek Gods, Demi-Gods, Goddesses and other mythical beings have set up house. It all began in book one, continued into book two and now into book three. The underlying reason for this buildup of Gods on the coast is the threat from a mutuated Nereid, Thetis, the elder sister of Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon. Thetis happened to be in the Gulf of Mexico during BP’s disastrous oil spill and she was mutated by the chemicals and turned into something awful and evil. The mythical beings have been battling her and her creations since then.
In book three we are introduced to Griffin. Griffin has a very deadly form of brain cancer, from which he is expected to die within weeks. Since I’m personally still undergoing treatment for my own brain cancer, it is kind of a trigger issue for me. If I had known it was in the book, I might have skipped it. I’m glad I didn’t though, because I really enjoyed the story.
Griffin has come to Florida for one last two week holiday, to soak up some sun, do some sailing and enjoy what time he has left. He didn’t count on meeting the big bloke whose sons live next door though, and even less expected that he, a confirmed heterosexual, would be instantly sexually attracted to the man. What he doesn’t know is that the man is actually Poseidon, God of the Sea.
When Poseidon meets Griffin, he recognizes him as the reincarnation of his agapetos, or beloved. Millennia ago, Poseidon and his wife Amphitrite discovered they had a third in their fated relationship, but things went horribly wrong and the third ended up exiled and killed. Now the third is back…reincarnated as Griffin and things are about to get good!! What can Poseidon do? Amphitrite hasn’t spoken to him since that event millennia ago. And what about Griffin’s extremely short life span?
As I mentioned at the top, I really enjoyed the continuing story in this series. The books should not be read as standalones. You will want to read them all so that you understand the world building, and back story. Ms. Cameron does a great job with character development and story building. She has managed to take the Greek Gods, move them to the coast of Florida, and make it sound plausible! One word of warning to the squeamish. There are girlie bits in this one. There is some f/f action, some m/m/f action, and a lot of m/m action. I don’t usually do girlie bits, but in the context of this book it was fine.
I highly recommend this book, and the entire series. I recently reviewed Books 1 & 2, so if you missed that review, check it out here. If you are into a contemporary fantasy with a Greek God flair, these books would be for you.