Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden
Release Date: August 10th 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
In a glittering underwater world, where danger lurks behind beauty and power…
For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.
Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko…the King of this underwater civilisation.
Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets…
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Marko took my hand and gently pulled me towards him.
“Don’t ignore me,” he said, his icy blue eyes vivid beneath a fringe of black lashes as he stared down into my face.
There was something both commanding and alluring about his stare. It frightened me that anybody, especially somebody in a position of power over me, could transfix me like this.
Though the touch of his hand was making my insides tremble with butterflies, I yanked mine from out of his grasp and took a step back. The only other guy who had ever made me feel like this, just by touching me, was Aiden. It shocked me that a person like Marko had the ability to do the same. It wasn’t right. I wasn’t right in the head to be responding this way.
A frown of confusion creased Marko’s forehead.
“You don’t like me, do you?” he asked. “And yet, you liked it when I held your hand.”
I stood there, burning with humiliation. He was so right.
He half-smiled. A spark of interest illuminated his eyes.
“I find that so intriguing, Miranda.”
“I didn’t like it,” I said, when I finally found my voice. “In fact I hated it.”
Marko’s smile widened.
“Shall we try it again, then, just to be sure?”
I was glad for the dimness of the room because I probably looked like a human tomato.
“Here, take my hand. I’ll escort you back to your room.”
I folded my arms across my chest. “I’ll escort myself back.”
Marko shook his head and stared at me.
An awkward, statically charged silence followed.
I turned to leave but Marko called my name and I paused, mid-step, my breathing laboured.
“I understand it will take a while getting used to our forced union, Miranda,” he said in a quiet, thoughtful voice. “But the people of Marin won’t wait forever.”