Reviewed by Dennis
TITLE: Deep Dive
SERIES: Tidal Crest #1
AUTHOR: Jeff Erno
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
LENGTH: 114 pages
Former Olympic diver Sam Lewis sometimes feels like a has-been. His celebrity status has faded and he now works as a stunt diver at Water World, a southern California aquatic theme park. Sam’s lived his entire life sheltered from most of society, and he’s guarded the secret of his sexual orientation for the sake of his celebrity reputation. But Sam yearns for love, and now that he’s not so much in the public eye, he allows himself to begin dating. When he meets a coworker named Percy in the Atlantis Kingdom museum at Water World, Sam thinks it just might be love at first sight. But the more he interacts with Percy, the more perplexed he becomes by the young man’s strange behavior. Sam soon discovers Percy’s not an ordinary gay man, and Sam’s eyes are opened to a whole new fantasy world he never imagined could actually exist. Together they must fight forces intent on separating them if they’re to have any real chance at love.
Sam Lewis didn’t have the best upbringing growing up. Sure he was an Olympic diver but that didn’t give him much freedom being able to live his life as an openly gay man. He was out to his family and coach but they didn’t feel it would be good for his career if it was known to the public. Now that he is a “has been” in his eyes and works as a diver at a aquatic theme park, Water World, he is able to live his life as he wants.
Percy works at the theme park in the Atlantis Kingdom museum. He helps with the mermaid tank in making it look as real as possible, maybe a little too real when it comes to Sam. Percy has been following Sam’s career and has been infatuated with him since he was a kid and has a little secret that he has been keeping himself.
Deep Dive is a good start for Jeff’s Tidal Crest series. I think it gives you just enough to make you want to read it and keeps enough that you want to read the future books to come. Being from southern California it was interesting to be able to know exactly what the characters were talking about and being able to sort of pin point where they were. Jeff did a wonderful job at creating enough of a background for both characters but leaving enough out that I can’t wait to see what happens in the future. I would recommend picking up Deep Dive by Jeff Erno to find out if Sam and Percy’s love for each other can withstand the barriers that their backgrounds can create and to find out what happens in the books ahead.