Curse of the Nautilus

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Pub Date May 22 2024 | Archive Date May 01 2024
Steely Co. Publishing | Steely Hearts Co.

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Description

Warnings: Book contains sexual assault, r*pe, manipulation, violence, open door sexual themes, and aquatic animal violence.

A modernized Hawaiian mythology-inspired fairy tale of a Sea Nymph and the Prince of the Atlantic.

There was once a sea witch with powers that rivaled Poseidon himself.

When she challenged him for his throne, he killed her, and her magic was locked away in a nautilus shell lost in the dark ocean depths.

Sought after by many, none had the power to wield it.

Until now.

Villains are not born. They're made.

Anela is a 26-year-old sea nymph in Hawai'i. Still nursing a broken heart from a former flame, she keeps others at an arm's length away so no one can hurt her again. Her life is turned upside down when her mother brings home a man brought to the Hawaiian Islands by raging storm, whose presence in the Pacific angers the shark gods, but pleases her younger sister, Malia. Hi'iaka, her mother, insists on protecting him from them and Anela is determined to find out why.

Triton is a 28-year-old prince of the Atlantic Ocean. Charming and handsome, yet arrogant and self-serving, he only really has one goal on his mind: get back home by any means necessary. When his plan goes south and someone is severely hurt, he reconsiders that he may be stuck as a land dweller forever. Forced to be in the company of beings he hates most, he has to stop playing life like a game before someone gets killed.

Warnings: Book contains sexual assault, r*pe, manipulation, violence, open door sexual themes, and aquatic animal violence.

A modernized Hawaiian mythology-inspired fairy tale of a Sea Nymph and the...


A Note From the Publisher

Dual 1st POV with limited 3rd POV chapters
Villain Origin Story
Hawaiian meets Greek Mythology
POC FMC
Siren MMC
Spicy Scenes
Forced Proximity
Suspenseful Modern Fantasy
Dark Little Mermaid Vibes

There are currently two versions of Curse of the Nautilus available on NetGalley. One is the closed door version and the other is the open door version. Majority of the content is the same, but one contains further detail/explicit scenes that have been removed for the closed door version.

Dual 1st POV with limited 3rd POV chapters
Villain Origin Story
Hawaiian meets Greek Mythology
POC FMC
Siren MMC
Spicy Scenes
Forced Proximity
Suspenseful Modern Fantasy
Dark Little Mermaid...


Advance Praise

When you think of an archetypal villain what comes to mind for you? Evil, ruthless, rotten to the core? Ralynn Kimie redefines what a "villain" looks like in this fascinating narrative. The story takes place in a world filled with magical creatures, curses, and rivalries. As the two protagonists struggle to understand themselves, lines are blurred between good and evil, right and wrong.

Tantalizing romance, hidden magic, sibling rivalry...this book is literally FILLED with action and intrigue from start to finish. Saying that I fell in love with the characters would be an understatement. Kimie is so talented at crafting characters that are so realistic you forget that they are fictional.

Another thing I loved about this book was the author's attention to detail; her vivid descriptions paint a world where sirens, shark boys, and deities seem completely normal. Kimie's creativity is inspiring, and I always love traversing her fictional worlds.

This is a book that you don't want to miss!!

- Marissa, Goodreads Reviewer

When you think of an archetypal villain what comes to mind for you? Evil, ruthless, rotten to the core? Ralynn Kimie redefines what a "villain" looks like in this fascinating narrative. The story...


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ISBN 9781962020022
PRICE $16.96 (USD)
PAGES 467

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“Curse of the Nautilus,” by Ralynn Kimie

Triton, Prince of the Atlantic, is banished from his lands by his father to the Pacific Ocean, all because he saved his sister’s life. A goddess saves Triton from being eaten by sharks when he was banished. Now the goddess’ daughter Anela has the babysit the obnoxious prince until he gave get his trident and go back to his sea.

OMG!!!!!!!! I was blown away by how much I absolutely loved this book. I can’t even write barely anything because I feel like even the smallest information might spoil it. I loved the characters so much! They were annoying and self-centered at the beginning but they all (almost all) did a 180 by the end of the book. The tension and bickering between Triton and Anela were perfect. The story line was flawless. I wish I could go back a re-read this book for the first time (I will be re-reading it even without the first-time effect). 5 out of 5 stars, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Do check the trigger warnings because this book was a lot of traumas.

-Hawaiian Mythology
-Sea Nymph
-Witch
-Magic
-Multi POV
-Enemies To Lovers
-Greek Mythology
-Forced Proximity

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Curse of the Nautilus is an amazing villain origin story. The world-building, characters, magic, and overall plot were so well written I fell in love with this book instantly. It is such a unique take on a story a fair amount of people know about, with twists and turns, heartbreaking love and loss, it had my heart in a wreck while still hoping for the best ending. The relationship between Anlea and Triton is so back and forth but I still wanted to root for them. This book definitely casts a light on how actions have consequences and how those actions can drastically change a person. I am so glad I was able to read this book, it will have a special place in my heart as I've never felt so strongly while reading a book before.

Thank you, NetGalley and Steely Co. Publishing for giving me the honor of receiving an ARC for my honest opinion.

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