Cleo reviewed this novella for the RITA® Reader Challenge, and despite a rough start ended up enjoying it.
And now, Cleo’s review:
In chapter one, Jack and Morwenna meet and fall into bed immediately, with little conversation or foreplay. It’s initially from Jack’s POV and though it’s written in 3rd person, it reminds me of a regency era letter to Penthouse – “Imagine my surprise when a beautiful woman invited me into her cottage, took off her dress, and undid my breeches.”
Then the narrative switches to Morwenna’s POV, and the reader learns she’s an immortal finfolk who likes seducing humans, because they don’t interfere with her independence (uh oh). With that set up, plus the BIG SECRET of her being finfolk, and my general skepticism about a believable HEA between mortal human and immortal faerie, I was prepared to dislike this story.
But I was wrong. The rest is touching and sweet. After their initial romp, they get to know each other, and their romance becomes compelling and believable. I enjoyed Morwenna’s surprised pleasure at being courted – used to men too distracted by sex to ask questions, she doesn’t know what to make of kind, decent Jack, who wants to know all about her AND make sweet love. By the end, I was rooting for them to make it as a couple. I completely believed the ending, HEA and all.
I almost didn’t finish Shifting Sea because I was put off by the first chapter. I’m glad I stuck with it; it’s a beautiful, touching story and well worth reading. But I have to warn you – the beginning isn’t promising.