Escape the Sea the newest series by G. Bailey is a fun read. I love pirates (wrote my thesis on the Barbary Pirates so I have gotten to study a type of pirate, just not the typical one that everyone thinks about, no Johnny Depps here) and loved the spin that Gemma gave them. This doesn’t take place in the modern earth world, but on its own world. The story revolves around the Seven Seas and the Seven Islands. The world use to be two continents but was split when a king began to kill the chosen ones. Chosen Ones are said to be marked by the Sea God on their foreheads and with this mark they are granted powers. But over 30 years has passed and the world has broken into seven different islands separating them by seven deadly seas. Cassandra is a chosen one marked with the symbol of an upside down triangle on her forehead. She has been in hiding her whole life as the king expects all chosen ones to die in infancy. Cassandra’s father has kept her alive and hidden since her mother died in childbirth. She has only know three people her entire life, her father, her best friend Everly and her teacher Miss Drone, Everly’s mother.
Cassandra is trapped in her home forbidden to leave lest someone sees her and suffers at the hands of her father. But when her father as a member of the council has to leave to go to the other side of the island, Everly convinces her to put makeup on her mark and attend a party with her. Cassandra caves and while there meets a handsome stranger, Dante, that can’t take his eyes off of her. After Dante is called away, another woman at the party spills water on Cassandra forcing the makeup to wash away revealing her mark. The town goes crazy looking for Cassandra and she is forced to flee from the only home that she has ever know. She goes out in the Green Sea, said to be poisonous, in a small boat trying to make it to the island of Twogan from her home Onaya. But through the fog her small boat crashes against a pirate ship and Cassandra is tossed into the sea. She is rescued and brought aboard the ship. But she has only heard bad things about pirates. Could they be true?
This is a great read and I can say that I have read it more than once. I enjoy the flow of characters and the build up. This is a reverse harem, but it is a slow burn with only stolen kisses, but if it moved at a different speed it would not be half as good. Cassandra has only know one man her whole life so her experiences with the pirates is totally organic and I like her reactions to their attentions. Each of the six guys are so different but great at the same time I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Gemma writes their personalities so well that I can picture who they are. The chapters are broken up by characters, so different experiences from each of the main seven characters are shared. Book 2 is out soon and I cannot wait to binge read. The ending is so good I am waiting to know what happens next.
Pre-order book 2 Love the Sea here available January 27th, 2018