Review: "Sachael Desires" (Mine #2) by Melody Winter

Sachael Desires by Melody Winter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

During her ordeal with the Sect, Estelle Bailey dreamt of escaping back into the arms of the sea—and Azariah. But freedom came at a price, and though she’s back with the Sachael who’s stolen her heart, she’s also land-bound until the next full moon. And with the threat of Orontes looming ever larger behind them, Azariah, Estelle, and Michael—her once-captor turned rescuer and friend—are on the run.

Following Michael's lead, they seek sanctuary amidst the natural beauty of the Orkney and Shetland Islands until Estelle can complete her next submergence ritual and Azariah can whisk her away to the safety of Saicean.
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Secrets, betrayals, and old enemies await them, though, and as events spiral out of control, Azariah makes a decision that puts all their lives at risk, forcing Estelle to face a journey she never wanted to take. With time running out and tempers running high, her only hope to save the man she loves lies in a reconciliation between two kingdoms who despise each other.

Book Two in the Mine Series, Sachael Desires further expands on the intricate underwater world of the Sachaels, and the hostility and isolation of not belonging.

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I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Following the events from "Sachael Dreams" Estelle, Azariah and Michael continue their escape from the Sect and its murderous leader, Orontes. As they make their way towards the land of the Sachaels, Estelle will get to learn more about the Sachaels and the Oceanids.

I liked this book much more than the first. Although there was a slow seduction in the way Estelle and Azariah meet in the first book, in the sequel there was more action and traveling. You couldn't also miss the way Melody described everything in the Saicean giving quite the burden in the world-building. I felt like I could swim straight into that deep beautiful world!!!

The Oceanids were also a great addittion in the book. The mermaids and mermen with the sinous bodies and tails did add more to the world building. And Azariah. My dear Sachael who has the formal way of speaking and is so sweet. But mostly I was more pleased with Estelle. She became stronger and not so dependent on the others. The last part of the book was a good escalation from the timid woman to a strong one.

There is also a cliffhanger here, but I can be patient (using my Yoda techniques) and I can't wait for the next book!

About the author:

Melody Winter grew up in North Yorkshire, England. She's a North Yorkshire lass through and through, although she does have a tendency to holiday in Spain. She has dreams of moving to the warmer climate to sip on Sangria as the sun sets over the roof tops of surrounding buildings. But, for the moment, she still lives in North Yorkshire with her husband and two young sons.

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