"This was a page-turner with action, tension, and questions I desperately need answered in the sequel. [...] I LOVED this book. It was all things yummy with romance, adventure, and nail-biting. This was such a fun read, I cannot wait for the next book to come out!" - Rachel, Goodreads
Published: January 9th, 2017
An award-winning YA adventure-packed romance steeped in Middle Eastern culture and set in the Asian Pacific amongst dangerous oceans and tropical islands.
Seventeen-year-old refugee Lux plots her escape from the island where her family is stranded, denying that her home was lost in the Floods. Lux is determined to get her old life back by any means possible. But before her feet even leave the sand, she’s taken hostage by a vengeance-driven pirate nearly as young as she is.
Her capture is the key to his freedom…
Captain Draven’s scarf veils more than his face. Underneath, he struggles between morality and survival. When Lux sees deeper into his motivations, she’s torn. She can commit mutiny to escape to a home that may no longer exist, or she can try to help Draven escape the clutches of the person responsible for the deaths of half the world. Staying would mean entrusting her life to a pirate. Helping Draven would mean losing her heart to one.
Who had fallen in?
The ship rolled in the other direction. Not good, not good, not good.
“Lilou,” I screamed over the rain. Before I could pull her to me, a third wave hit the hull. Lilou’s limp body flew over the side like a stuffed doll. Horrified, my whole body froze, even the breath that was on its way to my lungs. A thud and distinct sound of human flesh hitting water forced me into action.
“No,” I cried. Still holding the rope, I ran to the railing. Relief washed over me, stronger than the wave that had washed over the boat. Lilou was safe. She dangled on the side of the ship, fiercely gripping a fishing net. I searched the waters below.
Who had fallen in?
A brown head bobbed with a wave. Adrenaline pumped through my veins. Feelings of helplessness and failure spun out of control. Impulsively, I climbed onto the railing and jumped.
I slid down, the rope burning my palms. When I reached Lilou, she clung to me like a drowning cat.
“It’s okay,” I assured her. But I didn’t know if it was. Ahmed, who had only been trying to help us get to safety, was in the water below. If he hadn’t already drowned, the moment the ocean calmed, he would be food to the animals lurking there. I used the net and rope to climb back to the deck. Lilou clawed me, and it was like knives digging into my back rather than fingernails. When I was far enough up, I pushed her over.
“Grab that extra rope. Tie it around yourself and do not let go. No matter what,” I yelled at her through an opening in the railing. I didn’t wait to hear her answer. I barely had time for another breath before a new wave hit the hull.
About the author:
Jenna graduated with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and International Studies. Blue Tide was the recent winner of RWA’s Romancing the Lake contest.
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