by Mia Hopkins
Series: Kings of California #1
Published by The Wild Rose Press on November 20, 2015
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Source: The Author
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Author.
Sex, drugs, and spicy tuna rolls?
Resilient and disciplined, tsunami survivor Eve Ono moves to California from Japan looking for a position as a sushi chef. When she’s suddenly fired from her restaurant job, desperation drives her to find work on a fishing boat despite her fears of the ocean. To make matters worse, she’s stuck in close quarters with her new captain—a man whose raw physicality drives her out of her mind with lust.
Free-spirited and roguish, Sam Lamont is a commercial fisherman aboard his own dive boat, the Bravado. When he makes a bad deal with a deadly loan shark who threatens to take his boat, Sam is in danger of losing both his business and his way of life. On top of that, he’s got to train his new deckhand—a beautiful hard-ass who just so happens to be sexy as hell.
A female sushi chef with mad knife skills. A deep-sea diver who's pissed off a Mexican drug cartel. Together, they're in trouble, and the only way out is down.
Since I’m a huge fan of Mia Hopkins’s Cowboy Cocktail series, I was excited to dive into her Kings of California series as well. Deep Down brings the same heat, humor, and emotion that I’ve come to love from this author.
Sushi chef Eve Ono finds herself without a job when her father abruptly fires her from his restaurant. Desperate, Eve takes a job as a deckhand on a fishing boat with the intent that it’s just a temporary gig to tide her over until she finds another chef position. She doesn’t expect to fall for deep-sea fisherman Sam Lamont.
Sam is a sexy boat captain who has a notorious reputation with the ladies, but he also has some secrets he’s not willing to share. On top of this, he’s in a major bind financially and in danger of losing his boat, thanks to an ill-advised loan from a drug cartel leader. Burned by love in the past, Sam has no interest in a relationship…until Eve walks into his life and turns it upside down.
There’s a palpable sexual tension between Eve and Sam that’s just delicious. Eve is mostly inexperienced and apprehensive at first, but Sam helps her find confidence in her sexuality. In addition, Sam has a bossy side to him that introduces Eve to some mild kink. This book is hot, hot, hot.
Combined with the romantic elements are various emotional subplots. Eve is a tsunami survivor and struggles with traumatic memories and nightmares as a result. There’s also her tenuous relationship with her father. On Sam’s side, he’s estranged from his father and suffers from feelings of guilt associated with the death of his mother. In many ways, Eve and Sam are similarly broken when they meet. After they start to fall in love, that love begins to heal them both.
Lastly, I just loved Eve’s relationship with her fiery best friend, Tiffani. The levity of their scenes together nicely balances out the gravity of the heavier scenes involving Eve and Sam’s family issues.
For fans of the Cowboy Cocktail series, you’ll find some nods to the town of Oleander as well as a reference to the MacKinnon ranch that made me smile.
In Deep Down, Mia Hopkins has written an intensely moving story with an emotionally satisfying ending. As much as this book is about two broken people, it’s also about how love and family–both the kind you’re born into and the kind you make for yourself–have the power to heal you.
I highly recommend Deep Down and look forward to the next book in the Kings of California series.
I received a review copy of this book from the author and IndieSage PR.
Rating: 5 stars