- File Size: 1914 KB
- Print Length: 111 pages
- Publisher: Lilt Literary; 2 edition (March 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BFFPBX6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,740,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Saltwater Skin: an erotic novella (Breaking in Waves Book 3) Kindle Edition
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“It’s always the simple things that can squeeze your heart with such exquisite pain.”
Saltwater Skin by Laila Blake is the third and final novella in her Breaking in Waves series, the end of Paul and Iris’ story – or perhaps the beginning. This is a series that explores dominance and submission between a forty-three year old reclusive American screenwriter living in a quaint small seaside town in England and a twenty-eight year old journalist who initially went to his home to conduct an interview of him. All three books in this series are not overly long and I would consider this a serial novella series; however, the series is a very well written one. Frankly, the writing is exquisite. This author has this innate ability to draw me in and Ms. Blake had me completely enthralled with her eloquent and lyrical writing style. I was swiftly entranced with the narrative and loved the rhythmic flow of this book. Nothing felt rushed. Nothing came out of left field. It was a simple continuation of the story between two individuals that captured my attention right from the start.
“We’re about to embark on something new, about to wreck what we had before in favor of the deeper, the longer, the more intimate connection. There is risk in that, and treasure. And also loss. Maybe.”
This story picks up where the previous one leaves us. Please note that the first two books do not end in cliff-hangers. They are simply a continuation of what is occurring between Iris and Paul, their love story. After being in a long-distance relationship for the better part of a year, the couple finally decides to take the next step and Iris moves the fishing village where Paul resides. What I absolutely adored about this installment is the fact that it is written in Paul’s POV. I loved seeing everything through his eyes, discovering his fears, needs and desires. His love for Iris simply transcends everything, as if he can’t believe he finally found his perfect mate. Paul worries about how he may be too old for Iris but when they are together all is right in his world. It seems that it simply took him a little longer than most to get to the place where he found the other half of his soul. Paul slowly must shed the last of his bachelor tendencies to make room for Iris in his home, his life. As for Iris, she is exactly where she wants to be. Paul is everything she desires and he fulfills her in ways she would never had discovered if it were not for him. The love this couple shares is truly beautiful. Can Paul and Iris merge their two lives together in the picturesque seaside world that initially brought them together?
“That’s what she does: she lights me up. That’s what she’s been doing from the first.”
“She is my air, my water, my bread. She makes me want to be better than I ever was, and then makes it easy to be just that. My marvel. My newfound world.”
I absolutely loved the setting where this book (as well as most of the series) took place, a small dilapidated fishing village off the coast of England. Ms. Blake does a stellar job transporting her reader into this picturesque and antiquated village where you settled in Paul’s home to have tea and walked along the rocky shores captivated by the driftwood and other inanimate stray objects along the beach. It definitely made for the perfect setting where Paul and Iris’ story could play out. While in the previous book we see Iris’ emotional journey play out, this time we see everything from Paul’s standpoint. We understand their intense connection through his eyes, watching him experience the plethora of emotions only Iris evokes in him. Everything builds and unfolds into an intense, complex and beautifully told love story with quite a bit of kink added into the mixing pot.
I have come to adore the writing style of this author. Ms. Blake writes in such a manner that each word, scene, nuance has a purpose. For me, nothing was wasted or superfluous. Each moment is carefully planned out as Paul takes Iris deeper and deeper into the world of submission, as we watch their relationship grow into something more and finally as we see them develop an everlasting connection. I once again loved Paul’s calm and collected demeanor and ease with his need for dominance at this point in his life and this was simply exhilaratingly sexy. I again had no problems imagining how freeing it was for someone like Iris to simply let go and trust herself, her body, to Paul. I understood their powerful connection. Paul wants to give Iris the world and she willingly places her absolute trust in the hands of the man she adores.
All in all, Saltwater Skin was a beautifully exquisite ending to this spectacular series. I am not a huge lover of novellas but this author has made me fall in love with Paul and Iris and their tale of passion and need. This is most definitely a series I will be re-reading.
******An advance reading copy of Saltwater Skin by Laila Blake was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
The third installment of this series ends the long-distance relationship; Iris leaves her job and moves to Paul’s home in the quaint fishing village. The obstacle of long distance is removed, and the assimilation of their separate lives is front and center.
Saltwater Skin differs from the first two novellas in that it is written in Paul’s point of view, rather than Iris’. Allowing the reader into Paul’s mind is soul satisfying and provides a sense of completion. Through the first two novellas, Iris’ love for Paul is evident; in the third installment, the reader glimpses Paul’s insecurities, needs and, eventually, his realization of his deep love for Iris.
I am enthralled by Iris’ and Paul’s relationship and their deep connection. Ms. Blake created a poignant love story with richly-layered characters. Becoming immersed into this couple’s lives was more than gratifying.
This review is in multiple parts:
1. I first encountered Laila Blake when I reviewed Driftwood Deeds, the first book in the Breaking in Waves series, in a group we share. I knew then that I had found a truly great writer, not the mention a skilled author of erotic fiction. So I approached this book with high expectations, which were well-met.
2. It took for two full days to read this book because I felt compelled to go back and re-read Driftwood Deeds and Trading Tides. I strongly recommend any reader of this book do the same. Why? Because it is a trip worth taking, fully immersing yourself in the world of Paul and Iris.
3. By way of plot, we are at least 9 months after the events of Trading Tides and a year or more since Driftwood Deeds. What fascinates me with this entire series overall, but with this story in particular, is that time is a relevant "character" to the story. At numerous points in the story, either Paul or Iris mentions the passage of time, and at others, Iris' lack of knowledge about the passage of time factors into the story. Ms. Blake's use of this conceit is unique within the genre, and I feel it deserves mention. With Paul and Iris occupying the same space now, their relationship changes and we are witness to the final "test" as they take things to a new level.
4. Buy this book. Buy the entire series. Take a weekend, engage yourself in this relationship. Taste the salt air and feel the sand under your feet.