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Sink or Swim: Part One (Aria & the Seven Seas, #1) by Gwyneira Blythe

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#Paranormal, #Romance, #MultiPartner,

Caught between the land and sea, I’ve always been the spare. The misfit. The siren. Salt, magic, and royal blood run through my veins, for better or for worse. When I’m summoned below the waves, I’m tasked with taking my cousin’s place in a fishy treaty. With it will come nautical peace, but there’s a catch—I’m the lucky tuna served up on a platter. My whirlwind tour across the globe to collect seven reluctant sea-heirs to form a royal pod may be the least of my worries.

Am I meant to be a royal bride?

Or am I bait on a hook?

I’m quickly in over my head facing an unknown future and a past that won’t be forgotten. For what lurks at the edges of the map but ill-warnings: here be sea monsters. Am I ready to sink or swim? We’re just getting our sea legs in this first act of Aria & the Seven Seas. Sink or Swim is a 46K romance novella set in a fantasy-historical “why choose” world, where magic goes hand in hand with technology and people don’t have to settle for just one lover. Recommended for mature readers.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

SINK OR SWIM is Aria's story. Well, the first part of it at least. We first met her in the Wildeward Academy series but you don't need to have read those - although I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you do!

Aria is happy with her life Topside, performing with her band and getting sustenance that way. When she is summoned back to the Deep, she has no idea what's going to happen.

Oh, man. What a start! Aria is a blast, always has been, always will be. I couldn't figure out just how she would settle down, but Ms Blythe hasn't let me down! Instead of one mate, Aria is going to have multiple. They'll need each other too, to keep her appetite fed.

It's not all fun and games though, oh no. We have assassination attempts, political intrigue, slimy want-to-punch-them-in-the-face characters, as well as our wannabe Royal Pod. We've met two for sure, probably three of the heirs, and I'm hoping we meet the others soon.

A brilliant start to the trilogy with a favourite character of mine from Wildeward. I really need to read them again! I think I'll finish Aria's story first though. Do I recommend this book? You betcha! Absolutely loved it and can't wait for more.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Gwyneira Blythe is a romance novel junkie with a love of all things witchy, paranormal, and historical, plus the occasional dashes of sci-fi when the mood hits.

She loves stroopwafels with her hot beverages, believes there will never be a thing as too much garlic, lives for ASMR music while writing, and deep down holds tight to the belief that magic is real and in all of us.

When she's not writing, it's a mad world of toddler tantrums, dogs barking, and a cat dashing underfoot all while sneaking kisses from the bemused husband.

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