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These Hollow Shores

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A gripping continuation of a captivating fantasy romance series that will delight and devastate.

In book 2 of Tides of Fate, we catch up with Anna, Trevor, and Markus as they brave the high seas to stop a determined foe from waking a fabled sea beast. Charming pirates, deadly islands, and a romance to rattle the stars await in this swoon-worthy fantasy adventure.


This Savage Sea walked so that These Hollow Shores could run. Book 2 delivers on many of the promises made in book 1 and with great success, building on the characters and world in interesting, layered ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the worldbuilding in this book and how it all interconnects; Anna's background as an archeologist becomes more relevant as we get deeper into the pirate lore and it never feels too convenient. It was very easy to immerse one's self in the world of this story and each setting had a flavor all its own.


But what we really need to talk about is our main couple. Their chemistry throughout this book is fantastic; if you're a fantasy romance fan, you will be both delighted and devastated. Anna is a nuanced, believable heroine and even when you question her decisions, you still root for her in the end.


And then, of course, there's Trevor. I already said in my review of book 1 that Trevor has made my list of favorite fictional men and book 2 has served to reinforce that claim. He is also nuanced and, while completely swoon-worthy, is an alpha male in the best possible way: simultaneously the baddest mother and biggest cinnamon roll you will ever have the pleasure of reading about. I want only good things for him and Anna. Author, please, I beg of you!


As for criticisms, there were some weird scene jumps in this book, particularly in the latter half, and a lot of descriptions that I, personally, found repetitive. I still feel vague on some of the characters' backstories, but overall, the writing, the pacing, and the plot in this book have improved dramatically. As they should!


This book is everything a fantasy romance should be: swoon-worthy, exciting, immersive, and sexy... but not at the expense of the plot. If you are a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, then this is the series for you. Book 3 needs to happen post-haste because that cliffhanger had me internally screaming. And that's all I can say about that!

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About the author

A.P. Walston is the author of This Savage Sea. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found binge watching culinary competitions. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two Saint Bernards on the West Coast. To find out more, follow @author.apwalston on Instagram. view profile

Published on August 01, 2022

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150000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Fantasy

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