An underwater adventure on the high seas!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌎🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Goddess Isles (Indonesia) and aboard Calypso (Mega Yacht)
The Hero: Sully – He used to run a business for wealthy men who would come to his island for a fantasy. He developed an elixir that works in tandem with Virtual Reality called Euphoria (a harness, contacts, earphones, finger pads, etc.) The drug was like ecstasy times 100. He owned the women and called them Goddesses. Jinx changed him and now they are married. He changed the formula for the drug to lessen the strength so it wouldn’t be dangerous. The new elixir is called Cinta and it just enhances the experience in Euphoria.
The heroine: Jinx (Eleanor) – was bought from human traffickers by Sully to be one of his Goddesses on his island, but slowly changed his mind and they fell in love. Her and Sully live on the island full time and just bought a huge Yacht for their business called Rapture. The business is on another island and it uses a combination of Euphoria and counseling to save marriages that are in trouble. The business was Jinx’s idea and they have a very high success rate.
The love story: Sully had a difficult childhood and a huge love for animals. He owns a Pharmaceutical company and works to save animals from laboratory testing. At one time he empathized much more with animals than with people. He had no problem owning women because he figured if animals can be owned then so can people. Owning Jinx and falling in love with her is what turned him around to see that what he was doing was wrong.
I really liked this book, it was continuing the story of Sully and Jinx which I just can’t seem to get enough of. But also introducing or bringing back some of Pepper Winters other characters. I haven’t read all of her books so it is certainly wetting my appetite for those books. This one included references to Q and Tess (Monsters in the Dark series) but also included Elder and Tasmin (Dollar Series). Elder runs a boat building business and was the one that built the yacht for Sully and Jinx.
Pika and Skittles, the two parrots also came along on the cruise. They always seem to add a little bit extra to the stories and make it so easy to picture the paradise Sully and Jinx live in, whether it be on an island or on a mega yacht.
We also got another chance to see Jess and Cal who live on the island with Sully and Jinx. Cal used to be the security specialist on Goddess Isles when they were in business and now is Sully’s number two guy. Jess used to be a “Goddess”, meaning she was owned by Sully and served the men in Euphoria. Now she is free and married to Cal. There was a side story about Jess and Cal, which I wish went a bit further at the end of the book, but aside from that, this novella was terrific.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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