Author: Maureen A. Miller
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Page Count: 340
Format: Print and digital
An overnight fishing trip on the Atlantic Ocean…
It was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill’s family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.
As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.
With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend’s brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.
Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?
On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.
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“Beneath” is one interesting story! It took me by surprise more than once and it left me wanting for much more, not only because of the ending, but as well because I just want to see more of that world and more of the characters.
Since it is just the beginning, we see a lot of world building and character development, but it is not at all boring or at a slow pace. On the contrary, we get to discover bits and pieces of the Underworld and the mysterious people that live there. At every turn there is something new and unique. While I liked it very much, sometimes I felt as if the author even lost herself when preparing the set. I could feel her need to put on paper her images of the ocean depths. This is the part that I enjoyed most.
I could not insist that much on the Romance as it was not one of my favorite points in this first book. The couples are not solid enough yet and I would like to think that in the following parts they will be stronger together. We have Stella with her best friend’s brother and then Jill with one of the guys from the new world. But same as the world, we have characters with different personalities. And that is a bonus point!
Now, I would have liked to give more than 3.5 stars but I think that the beginning was a little rushed. I would have liked to explore more the relationship between Stella and Colin’s family before the accident. As well, I would have liked more from Romance perspective. I know this is not a romance intended book, but the couples were kind of sudden.
All in all, this was a great lecture and I am very interested to find more. I hope you’ll give it a shot, as this world is something else entirely! You will not be disappointed. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Enjoy J
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About Maureen A. Miller:
USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.
Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.
Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!