Series: Gemstone Chronicles 03
Author: Serena Yates
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Alternative World
Length: Novel (175pgs)
Publisher: Diversity Novels (15th February 2013)
Heat Level: Low – Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4½Hearts
Blurb: “Courage is like a cut gemstone: multi-faceted and surprising at every turn.” — The Collector
Nico escaped a fate of running his rich family’s business empire to follow his real calling: discovering ancient artifacts. As a modern-day treasure hunter, he lives for the adventure of researching a lost object, pinpointing its likely location, then hopefully retrieving it. When he finds a mysterious stranger washed up on his beach one day he is intrigued and more than ready to help him find the Aquamarines of Courage. That quest proves to be his biggest adventure yet.
Nayder has a family obligation to find his soul-partner and become the Chief Stabilizer on N’Tyre, making sure water and land are in perfect balance. The entire N’Tyrian culture depends on maintaining the foothold on land their underwater heritage has only recently allowed them to gain. There is only one problem: his father expects him to partner with a woman and produce offspring. Nayder has different ideas and thinks he can do his job without a soul-partner. Defying his father’s orders, he instead attempts to retrieve the Aquamarines of Courage by himself.
But fate has different ideas. Nayder ends up on Earth to discover that Nico may be his soul-partner. Only once they have found the Aquamarines of Courage will they know if they are truly meant to be partnered…
Review: Nico is living the life he loves, searching for lost treasure. Discovering a naked man on his beach, he listens to the man’s strange story and offers his help to embark on an adventure to retrieve the Aquamarines of Courage. Nayder has a duty to find his soul-partner, his female soul-partner so he can continue on the family name and stabilize his planet. Discovering the Aquamarines stolen he sets off to find them, but discovers a man who may just be his soul-partner; together they search for the gems. Finding the gems is the least of their problems when they return to N’Tyre and discover that someone will do anything to prevent the Aquamarines from returning to its safe place.
Oh, this is a fantastic addition to the Gemstone Chronicles with its twists and hidden turns. Nico and Nayder are a wonderful pair. Nico has already shuck off his family responsibilities to live life the way he wants to, while Nayder has no choice but to face up to his. His whole planet depends on him doing his duty. Nayder lives in a society where women rule and gay men are frowned upon. When he discovers that Nico could be his soul-partner, it shakes him up and he doesn’t know what to do. Nico is okay with embracing Nayder and what they could have, but first they both have to survive.
This storyline is fantastic. I never saw the latter part with all its twists coming and it keeps you on your toes as you try to grasp the swift turns that seem to come out of nowhere. There is much more going on than just recovering the Aquamarines of Courage though, there is also have a hidden faction in the N’Tyre world that don’t want the Aquamarines returned and will do anything to stop Nico and Nayder. We also get to visit the Collector and the Chroniclers and we see how they are getting on. Their story interests me as much as the stories that are being created for the Collector do. All the characters in this story are wonderful and although I want to rave about the storyline I don’t want to take away from the pure pleasure of readers discovering all the twists, turns, betrayals and secrets that come up throughout this book.
I am going to recommend this to those who love alternative worlds, hot mermen, hot treasure hunters, great twists and turns, some hot sex and a very happy ending. Oh don’t forget that we get to look forward to the Diamonds of Victory!!