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Water and Fire (Ocean's Gift Series) by [Carlton, Demelza]
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Length: 169 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"5 stars and then some!!!" - Kahvy

"Amazingly written, this paranormal story seriously switches things up from the regular vampire and werewolf type story." - Carey Decevito, author of the Broken Men Chronicles

"If this is what goes on in hospitals, some might want to consider a medical career. Well sustained suspense and an unexpected ending keep the sizzle going." - Janvier

"Water and Fire will prick your imagination with its creative paranormal tease, its sensual romance and two completely likable characters." - Dii, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

"Very hot and steamy scenes." - Heather H

"Nicely contrasts spicy sexual scenes with real life." - Michael

"An awesome prequel to the series." - K T Bowes, author of the Hana Mysteries

"Everything a reader could want from a deep emotional connection between the characters to spicy sensual scenes to the suicidal kangaroos." - C.B Pratt, author of the Eno the Thracian series

"I'd definitely recommend Water and Fire to anyone who enjoys romance." - Joe DeRouen

"Not just an entertaining romance. I highly recommend this well-written book with its twists and turns." - Jada Ryker, author of the Takes a Dare series

"Refreshing and different. If you are looking for a quick, quirky read this is your ticket!" - A. Lyn, My Book Addiction and More

"I loved how she helps him get over his fear of babies. A quick, enjoyable read." - Natasha Jackson, Reader's Favorite

"Grabs you from head to tail! Great story, read when it's cold outside! Or blazing hot!" - Marcel de Vette

"Whales, whisky and love, great story!" - Limeburners Whisky

About the Author

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
To get an email whenever Demelza releases a new title AND get a free book, sign up for her VIP newsletter at demelzacarlton.com (just copy and paste into your browser).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1247 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lost Plot Press (August 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E64LVJA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,665 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This book was OK, nothing great, just kind of meh. Then, it suddenly turned stupid. Unfortunately, that happened at the end of the book, so I was left feeling resentment for having wasted my time on something totally ridiculous.
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This is a very clever book. A beautiful romance between the lovely Bel and young doctor Aidan, their relationship develops, bringing the reader into their lives and discovery about each other.

Aidan is unsure about his skill as a doctor and Bel helps him to gain in confidence as he saves a man's life. Bel is nursing her own dark secret but slowly allows herself to open to the sexual desires Aidan awakens in her.

However, nothing prepares the reader for the amazingly clever way this book ends. I won't spoil it for you but it's definitely worth a read so you can be amazed by the journey too!
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Water and Fire does everything a prequel novella should do. While it is a complete story in itself, it offers hints and teases that make you eager to pick up the next in the series. Told from Belinda's point of view, the story brings plenty of emotional depth and considerable dry humor. While far from a 'traditional' romance, Water and Fire gives everything a reader could want from a deep emotional connection between the characters to spicy sensual scenes. My favorite parts, however, were in the keenly observed and amusingly portrayed scenes of an Outback hospital, from the people to the suicidal kangaroos.
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Water and Fire (Ocean's Gift), by Demelza Carlton, is not just an entertaining romance. It's also a peek into the life of an Australian student midwife, Belinda, also known as the Ice Queen. When she meets Aiden Lannon, the red-haired new intern and Irish by background, Belinda finds the ice melting in the heat of an attraction.

The dark, isolated roads are filled with kangaroos, sheep, and tales of the mythical Nannup Tiger.

The faint, spiraling wisps of sadness interwoven within the story tugged at my heart, and I didn't want Belinda to live with her regrets and her loneliness.

Thankfully, Aiden heard my silent plea not to give up on Belinda.

This wonderful book pulls you right into it. I loved the Emergency Department and its eclectic band of patients, and a visitor of the furry type. And the ED's special way of getting priority with the Maintenance Department made me laugh out loud.

I highly recommend this well-written book with its twists and turns.
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This charming novella, the prequel to a series, showcases the uniqueness of Western Australia. Who knew about the hazards of kangaroos? Or the special Australian excitement of whale watching! The likeable heroine, Belinda, is finishing up her certification to be a midwife--apparently, this profession enjoys more independence than in the USA. Because of a personal tragedy, Belinda is passionate about helping other women give birth to healthy babies. And she's excellent at what she does, even counseling a new intern. The intern, faraway from his Irish homeland and lonely, becomes infatuated with her, but in a gentlemanly way.

Ms. Carlton has done a deft job of drawing in the reader and wishing the best for Belinda. The story, though, takes some twists that leaves the reader ready to jump into the next book in the series.
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The novel was well written and the character of Belinda was snippy and reserved. Initially I didn't quite know how I felt about her. The author developed her character so that in the end, I was very attached to her. It took me quite a long while to work out her agenda, in fact, it was probably the Epilogue that actually spelled things out to me although little clues along the way pointed me in the right direction. I am usually fairly quick at working out plots and twists and so this book kept me going right up until the last.

I loved the character of Aidan. It is really unusual to have a redheaded male hero and it was utterly refreshing. He was so outside of the norm that I got quite caught up in him. I thought he was lovely.

It was an awesome prequel to the series.
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I was caught in the first few chapters! Drawn into the world of a small bush hospital in outback Australia. Lanky red haired doctor Aidan falls for the new midwife and romance blossoms. But wait, where are the mermaids? I asked myself. You'll have to read it to find out!
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I read Ocean's Gift by Demelza Carlton before I read Water and Fire. Because Water and Fire is a prequel to the first named book, I seemed to get the grip of it faster and recognized all the opposite elements in play: water and fire, life and death, hot and cold, sadness and happiness, lust and inanimate iciness, loneliness and attachment...

Readers experience the unique writing style and clear-cut words, where the author masterfully crafts within interactions between man and woman, anatomical beauty, natural splendour, ocean, water, fire, pain, desire and love .. ..She beautifully describes man in ocean terms: "like a puffed-up blow-fish" and "head swimming by itself". She compares fire flames to " flame fish in the fire". The story is easily read and finds its roots in mermaid myth, fantasy, folklore and the unknown which is a future destiny of her characters. The author creates interest in her characters which she leaves incomplete for more to tell. Namely water and fire cannot co-exist. What happens when they mix?

With the author we experience her first-hand knowledge of ocean life, her interesting description of food and drink, anatomy, feelings in colours, textures in dry and wet, bodies naked and clothed. She uses natural elements to set the mood; all carefully coherend. She embraces visuals, tastes, smells and sounds to help her create her settings so true to her message.

Review by Scarlett Jensen author of The Angel with Burnt Wings.
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