Title: Owned By The Sea
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Length: 164 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Storms pass and, in their wake, new beginnings can be found.
Talented young artist Jonty Trelawn paints the sea as self-inflicted punishment. For almost a year he has hidden away from life, survivor’s guilt consuming him, but the time has come to move on. He conceives the idea of a charity art auction in support of the local lifeboat station and the men and women who saved his life. He hopes the tribute to his family will release him from the sea’s invisible chains.
Carpenter Jed Curnow is bound to the water in a different way. As deputy coxswain of the Govenek, the local lifeboat, his world revolves around the close-knit crew. He thinks nothing of risking his life to save others. Saving Jonty is less dangerous but just as important to him. He wants nothing more than to give Jonty the love and security he needs.
Jed’s dominant personality calls to Jonty’s more submissive nature but will he ever allow himself to be happy? It’s up to Jed and his best friend Marmite to help Jonty put his tragic past behind him and live for the future.
I am always so pleased when I pick up a book by a new to me author and fall madly in love with their writing style and story telling ability. I've never read anything by L.M. Somerton, but after reading Owned by the Sea, I most definitely will be checking out more of her books! Low on angst, with characters I really liked, and a setting that is worthy of a post card or a made for TV movie, Owned by the Sea was just the book I needed to get me out of a book funk.
From the blurb, you'd think Owned by the Sea might be a bit on the depressing side. After all Jonty Trelawn loses his entire family to a storm while out at sea and is rescued just in time so he doesn't suffer the same fate. A year later and Jonty is struggling to move past the tragedy. As an artist, he's an introvert and has turned into a bit of recluse as he tries to paint his anger and sadness ... and loneliness away. He gets the idea to hold an art auction and include some of the local artists as a way to thank the local lifeboat station that saved his life. Jonty finds himself at Kelly's Pub one night as he starts to make plans and crosses paths with Jed Curnow, a local carpenter who also, unbeknownst to Jonty, is the one who rescued Jonty from the ravaging sea all those months ago. Jonty isn't the most self-confident of guys, and Jed's size and charismatic personality is completely opposite from him, but Jonty can't help but be intrigued ... and attracted to Jed. For his part, Jed hasn't been able to forget the white-blond haired man he rescued and hopes helping Jonty with the auction will let them get to know one another. Jed's dominant personality calls to Jonty and Jed can't resist the innate submission he feels from Jonty.
The BDSM in Owned by the Sea is on the very light side, just enough to spice things up a little bit but it's not the sole focus of the book in any way. This book is more about hope and finding your way after a tragedy. Jonty and Jed are so wonderful together. Jonty is quirky and adorable and flighty and the loss of his family has affected not only the way he looks at the world now, but his art as well. Jed gives him the space and the support to navigate his new world while offering direction he desperately needs to feel safe once more. There are some pretty swoony moments between these two. I have to say though, every scene Marmite--Jed's rambunctious and lovable Newfoundland--is in, he completely steals the show. I adored him and the thing I really liked so much is that the dog isn't there merely for cute points, he plays a pivotal role in Jonty's healing. The art aspect was fascinating, and I've gotta say the local artisans are super talented! I really enjoyed the secondary character's as well-Kelly, Shaw, and Steve to name a few.
I'm so glad I picked up this book. Yeah, it was a little sugary sweet at times but the characters are so lovely that I didn't mind. The setting is breathtaking, a character in and of itself, and I would absolutely love to visit a village like Polruthan someday! I would love to see more from these characters so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Owned by the Sea is the first book of a series ... a girl can dream any way! Check this one out, y'all, you won't be sorry if you do!
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