Turbulent Waves by Ali Vali is the second book in a fantasy/paranormal series about Kai Merlin, the heir to the throne of Atlantis, and Vivien Palmer, daughter to the owner of an oil company out of New Orleans. I thoroughly enjoyed Beneath the Waves, the first book in the series which introduces us to the main characters and tells the story of how these two meet and fall in love. The second novel begins where the first one ends and continues the tale of how these two make a life for themselves, even with all the dangers and obstacles in their way.
I fell in love with Kai & Vivien in the first novel, and I’ve been looking forward to reading more of their story. They, like all of the author’s main characters, are strong women, vibrant and real (even the Atlanteans). They are already in a relationship in the second book, and their connection grows in this tale. This novel actually has two main settings: New Orleans, which the author knows like the back of her hand, and the city of Atlantis, deep under the Atlantic Ocean. Both settings are well described, but the city of Atlantis, and the descriptions of the underwater scenes are magnificent.
This really is my kind of fantasy with some wonderful other-worldly elements added to our very human world. The romance is definitely an Ali Vali love story (my favorite kind) and there is plenty of action and excitement. This book could probably be read as a standalone, but I wouldn’t suggest it. You need to read both novels in order to get the full flavor of the story and the romance. I’m very glad that I read them that way, and highly recommend both novels.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.