The second book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series (Psy-Changeling #17) didn’t start with a bang, but rather a gentle, easy getting to know you as readers are finally introduced to the Blacksea water changelings.
If you’ve followed this series through the years, and yes I consider it all one series even though there has been a shift to a new series title, you will recognize the name Bowen Knight. He’s the head of the Human Alliance and has been presumed dead after jumping in front of a bullet meant for his sister. Not that he wasn’t on limited time to begin with, since the chip in his head meant to keep out the Psy is literally a ticking time bomb. He wakes up from a coma to find himself at the bottom of the ocean, in the middle of a Blacksea stronghold and at the mercy of a brilliant doctor who thinks she might have a way to save his life.
Kaia Luna is a beloved member of the Blacksea community. Orphaned at a young age, she was taken in by her extended family and doted on by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is a scientist, a chef, a friend and is intrigued by the human man who is under her cousin’s care. She only knows Bowen from rumors and suspicions about how his Human Alliance might be involved in the disappearances of her clan mates. Her heart and body know him almost immediately as someone different. Her mate.
I always enjoy diving back into this world and will admit that I’m a sucker for Ms. Singh’s changelings. It doesn’t matter which kind of changeling, I just like reading about skin privileges and mates and families that are families by choice and love. The Blacksea world is fascinating and I loved how well thought the underwater station of Ryujin was. Transparent walls where changelings in human form can watch their brethren swim, areas to rest and work and descriptions of how this tight-knit community comes together to eat and play and find comfort. The secondary characters introduced were interesting and there are quite a few I hope to see in the future. cough Malachai cough
Kaia and Bowen have an easy, soft, quiet love that begins almost from the first chapter and steadily builds throughout the book. Despite knowing Bowen may only have a short time left, and that Kaia has a few secrets she isn’t quite ready to share about how her past has effected her, they don’t fight their attraction for each other. There are a few bumps in the road, but they really weren’t that large or hard to get around. Kaia and Bowen won’t make your reader’s heart frustrated or worried, you might sigh a few times, just be prepared to fall in love with this hero and heroine as they fall in love with each other.
The pacing doesn’t really pick up until the last 25%, which is when some of the mysteries from the previous books start to come together and the identities of the villains kidnapping and killing water changelings are finally unmasked. There are even several appearances from familiar and much-loved faces. While there is a definite HEA for our main couple, one of the bad guys remains at large so I’m guessing that the ongoing plot of disappearing changelings and the involvement of the Consortium will continue in the next book in the series. I look forward to it and whatever comes next. Final Grade- B
“Bridges are built over thin air. Someone must lay the first plank, the first brick, take the risk.”