Promise Bound (Lies Beneath #3)

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Promise Bound (Lies Beneath #3)
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12+
Release Date
January 07, 2014
ISBN
978-0385743839
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Calder and Lily never imagined falling in love would mean breaking apart. But ever since Lily started wearing a glass pendant that once belonged to Nadia, Calder's adoptive mother, she's been having vivid dreams of what life was like for the mermaid matriarch. In fact, she's been dreaming as if she were Nadia! And Nadia, it seems, made a promise before her death. A promise to reunite Calder's biological mother with her son. Lily knows merfolk are bound to keep their promises. Calder's not buying into it, though. He chalks up the dreams to stress. He wants Lily to focus on the future—their future, not the past. Which forces Lily to send Calder away. Calder goes, feeling rejected and more than a little tempted to revert to his hunting ways.
What both of them overlook is the present: Calder's sisters, Maris and Pavati, are fighting for control of the mermaid clan, and now that Lily and her dad have transformed into mer-creatures, both mermaids vie for daughter and father as allies. Which of the two mermaids can be trusted? Will Lily make costly mistakes, forcing her to descend to the depths of Lake Superior? And if Calder returns, will he be the same merman Lily grew to love? The stakes are high, with many lives at risk, but Calder and Lily must confront the past as well as their darkest impulses if they want a chance at being together.

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Riveting and heart-achy, it will leave you breathless.
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In the conclusion to the fantasy-romance series, LIES BENEATH, Anne Greenwood Brown makes the magic of the waters of Lake Superior so very real.

Immediately we are treated with a return to Calder's point of view. Let's be honest here: I seriously missed this guy in the second book. Alternating the chapters between Calder and Lily was absolutely necessary for this story, and it was very well done.

Everything about this book is well done. The language is sometimes tantalizingly descriptive, sometimes common and filled with local slang, and at other times poetic. The perspectives of the alternating protagonists differ in just the right ways; it's easy to follow the well-crafted plot. The pacing is perfect - slow when the characters are pensive and undecided, fast when the action picks up and their blood is boiling.

I got so attached to the characters in PROMISE BOUND - all of them. Even the scheming and sometimes cruel mermaids, Maris and Parvati, pulled at my heart and drew sympathy from me. I was torn between their conflicting desires, wanting them both to succeed while still knowing it wasn't possible.

In the end, when everything seemed to be happening at once and I was literally yelling, pleading, gasping as I turned the pages, each character's plot line was neatly tied up into a lovely package.

The resolution of the LIES BENEATH series is a perfect page-turner and will leave readers satisfied.
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