In a glittering underwater world, where danger lurks behind beauty and power, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun must decide between her freedom and the love her heart ultimately yearns for.
While taking a midnight swim in the ocean, Miranda Sun is pulled beneath the surface only to awaken in a glittering underwater city where she is being held captive by an arrogant young king, Marko.
Marko wishes to marry Miranda in order to save his crown from falling into the hands of his sinister brother, Damir, who resides in the dark recesses of the city’s underworld.
But Miranda is desperate to return home and right things with her sister. In order to escape, she spends her captivity concocting elaborate escape plans and forms an alliance with eighteen-year-old Robbie, Marko’s personal guard, in hope of securing her freedom.
Miranda fights the pull of the glittering, beautiful undersea kingdom, her blossoming feelings for the smoldering king and the deep friendship with Robbie. But danger lurks under the glittering water. Miranda quickly discovers that even underwater, people have secrets….dangerous secrets which could cost her all she holds dear.
“Okay. No cheating,” I said, surprising myself, and swam over to her side. “Ready, set—”
Just like old times, Lauren dived in before I said “Go!”
I followed, my body spearing through the cold, dark water like a fish. It felt amazing — all tingling skin and thundering heart.
But after kicking my legs to propel myself forward, something wrapped around my ankle.
I shrieked and tried to kick it away, but in one swift motion I was yanked under.
A muffled, underwater scream escaped my mouth—inside my head it sounded like an animal roar—and with it precious oxygen flew overhead in a flurry of bubbles.
Black water clouded my eyes.
My arms sought the surface, my body thrashed, desperate, until my leg was released and I kicked my way upwards. As my head broke the surface, I sucked in a lungful of air, a thousand butterflies of hope exploding inside my chest.
But then what felt like two hands gripped my biceps and dragged me down again.
Everything closed in on me. The need for air was agonizing, the pressure inside my head and lungs was at bursting point.
I opened my mouth to cry out, “Lauren!”, even though I expected more seawater to spew in, but to my surprise a mouth closed over mine. I screamed then pressed my lips shut. Prickly stubble grazed my lips and chin. My body bucked, my legs and arms jerked out in all directions, but it was futile—like a herring flapping against the belly of a shark.
The man gripped the back of my head, pried open my mouth with lips like ice, and breathed air into my oxygen starved lungs.
I resisted at first and tried to fuse my mouth shut, my teeth scraping against his, but then my will to survive kicked in and I drew on this stranger’s air with all the desperation and dependency of a newborn child sucking in its first breath.
Something bitter, tasting like chemicals, invaded my mouth.
Then the blackness came.
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