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**I received an eARC of Sachael Dreams from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review.**
“Twenty-two-year-old Estelle Bailey has had enough of busy city-life and her hot-tempered ex. She escapes to the seclusion and peace of her family’s clifftop home in Ravenscar, where the soothing solitude whispers to her soul as strongly as the sea itself does. But her newfound contentment is interrupted when a mysterious man—a Sachael, master of seduction—joins her midnight swim unexpectedly.
Estelle struggles against his charm and the overpowering attraction she feels for him. He offers her a life she never could have imagined, a life beneath the waves . . . but at what cost? Before she can decide, she’s captured, ensnared by the Sect, a secret enemy of the Sachaels, becoming a pawn in a war she knew nothing about.
Now, she’s left with a new choice—escape the clutches of the Sect and flee into the ocean, or side with her alluring, intimidating captor and destroy the Sachaels forever. Can she turn her back on the man she might love, or will the secret of her heritage change everything?
Set against a picturesque backdrop, Sachael Dreams is the first in a new series, exploring themes of romance, love, and identity, and the struggle that happens when all three collide.”
I am already in love with Melody Winter’s NA romance/fantasy series, and this is only the first book! Sacahel Dreams was an absolute joy to read.
I normally don’t read prologues, but I was hooked! (Fishing pun-intended.) Melody Winter executed the prologue like a champ; kudos to her! The way she used the prologue to later include more information was a brilliant thing to do.
So, from the prologue, we know that the Sachael men just use women to have their children. We saw this with Lilith. Seventeen and pregnant, goes into early labor, then the child is practically ripped from the womb by Kaimi. With this information going into the main story, it left me wary to trust Azariah. He claims love, but is that truly all it is? Or does he want a child?
What I liked the most about Sachael Dreams was that there were little bits and pieces that add to the mystery. E.g. : Estelle feeling like she’s being watched, the man on the train who was a little too interested in Estelle’s life, the woman in the town where Estelle was walking, etc. It really set up the story for me.
The plot was conducted very well, in my opinion. Normally, I would say that the pacing was off, but considering that the sachael are seduction masters… that’s not the case. The instant relationship between Estelle and Azariah was okay for this book; the pacing worked.
There were some parts of the book (that I will not go into detail, for the sake of spoilers), that were really enthralling. Estelle ends up having two groups of people who she is torn between. She doesn’t know if she can trust her possible true-love (and his people), or if she can trust the people that are set out to destroy Azariah’s world.
I would definitely recommend reading Sachael Dreams if you’re a fan of romance with a touch of mystery, and fantasy.
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About the author, Melody Winter:
Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures. In fact, if she wasn’t such a terrible swimmer, she’d say she was a mermaid.
Sachael Dreams is her debut novel, and the first in her New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’.
You can view more of Melody Winter on her website, Twitter or Facebook.