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A mysterious castaway. A Scottish hero determined to protect her. Can they survive the storm?Cast adrift on the Indian Ocean, Maria carries a terrible secret. Wherever she goes, death soon follows, and she's powerless to prevent it.William McGregor boarded the SS Trevessa in search of adventure, but he gets more than he bargained for when he saves the mysterious Maria fromA mysterious castaway. A Scottish hero determined to protect her. Can they survive the storm?Cast adrift on the Indian Ocean, Maria carries a terrible secret. Wherever she goes, death soon follows, and she's powerless to prevent it.William McGregor boarded the SS Trevessa in search of adventure, but he gets more than he bargained for when he saves the mysterious Maria from the sea. She can't tell them her tragic tale, so the superstitious sailors make up their own stories - and some would sacrifice her to the waves to save themselves from the coming storm.When the sharks start circling and the storm closes in, are sirens more than just a myth?A tiny taste of what's in store:My defiance was futile. What did it get me? A small raft drifting across the Indian Ocean, with nothing but the sound of waves and the smell of salt and coal-smoke.Smoke meant a ship. I was saved.I squinted into the sunlight, but the waves hid the vessel from me. Maybe I was looking the wrong way. I didn't have the strength to sit up and see.Rough hands seized me. I struggled, but my weakness won.Blue eyes drifted above, the same colour as the ocean below. A tangle of wiry seaweed obscured the rest of the man's face."It's all right, lass. I'll take care of you."Darkness took me first.Turbulence and TriumphThe Turbulence and Triumph series is set in the same world as the modern-day Ocean's Gift series, but in the past. The books in the Turbulence and Triumph series to date are:Ocean's Justice (#1)Ocean's Trial (#2)Ocean's Triumph (#3)Ocean's Ride (#4)Ocean's Cage (#5)Ocean's Birth (#6)How to Catch Crabs (#2.5)...

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Ocean's Justice Reviews

  • Mary
    2018-10-27 10:48

    Demelza Carlton had me from the first paragraph. I wanted to know about Maria and why she was sent from her home never to see her family again.Where does Maria come from? Is she an assassin? Why kill the person she loved? I needed these questions answered sooner rather than later so there was no way this book was being put down until I read the whole thing.Maria’s strong character hit you from the first chapter…no one was going to get the better of her unless it was what she wanted.When she was rescued I felt Maria’s frustration on not being able to understand what they were saying and was grateful to William for being a gentleman.There is so much Marie does not know…chocolate, a man shaving simple things to us but confusing to her. Is she an alien and that is why she has no concept of what is the norm to us? Then as you continue reading you realize she is not an alien but something just as strange.This is a book you won’t want to put down until your questions are answered. What happens to Maria and William? Read Ocean’s Justice and you may get your question answered. Oceans Trial Book 2 is as exciting as Oceans Justice

  • Anna Hub
    2018-11-19 12:24

    There were a lot of things that made this book unique, starting with a main character who can't speak English and therefore barely says a word. Somehow this works perfectly, and that's a huge credit to the author. Maria still comes across as a strong character, her thoughts and feelings are relayed to the reader and even though she doesn't understand the words, other characters still talk to her, giving the reader a perspective on Maria's story that the woman herself doesn't have.With small parts of Maria's past weaved into the story, the reader is given just enough information to suspect she has a dark secret. It was this concept that propelled me forward and in the end when I finally discovered the truth, I wasn't disappointed, in fact it just left me wanting more!Demelza spends a lot of time researching for her work and this definitely shows. The description of life on a boat adds credibility to her story, but it's done in such a way that you don't even notice it.Absolutely a five star read!

  • Sara Jesus
    2018-11-20 07:28

    Eu adoro sereias. Não gostei do início, pois o achei muito lento. É um livro de fácil leitura que se passa num navio. A minha personagem preferido foi William, um marinheiro escocês muito educado e amoroso. A sereia Maria é uma mulher de coração partido, mas de carácter forte. Achei o vilão patético. E amei as referencias ao Japão e a Austrália.

  • Judi Easley
    2018-11-06 05:46

    Ocean’s JusticeOcean’s GiftTurbulence and Triumph #1Demelza CarltonLost Plot Press, Sep 2014Kindle, 172 PagesAlso available in paperbackGenre(s) Fairy Re-tale in 6 PartsSource AuthorOcean’s TrialOcean’s GiftTurbulence and Triumph #2Demelza CarltonLost Plot Press, Sep 2014Kindle, 158 PagesAlso available in paperbackGenre(s) Fairy Re-taleSource AuthorOther books in this series:Ocean’s Triumph #3, Ocean’s Ride #4, Ocean’s Cage #5, Ocean’s Birth #6My Disclaimer:I was provided complimentary copies of these books. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat ReviewWhat it’s about…Ocean’s JusticeThis is the first part of six, so there is no ending to this book. The story stops at a stopping place and picks up in the next book. To get the whole story, you must read all six books. I’m reviewing only the two that I read. This first one finds our main character, Maria, adrift on a raft at sea. She’s nude, speaks no English (the language of the sailors of this ship that “rescue” her), but understands some Dutch. She has memories of a ship’s fire and men died when the ship sunk. She remembers a man named Giuseppe. And she has been turned out of her home for some reason.William McGregor is a handsome Scotsman. He’s a passenger on the Trevessa, looking for a bit of adventure along with his employment. He’s not adverse to a lovely lady either. Mr. McGregor gives Maria his protection as the superstitious sailors are all for tossing the beautiful woman back to the ocean when she can’t tell them her story. Either that or raping her. But William can’t be everywhere to protect her, even though he tries.In spite of lifeboats and the Captain’s infamous canned milk, the weather, the sea, and sailors’ superstitions have their way. Once more, Maria is adrift at sea and picked up by another ship. This time she’s better prepared.Technical Tidbits…The cover is a bit on the plain side to me. Though I liked it. There are two covers, it seems. The one I had is the one with the mermaid on it that I show above. I like the composition and all. I just think it needs more color and embellishment, a bit more drama to make it match the story that’s in the book.The storyline is good. It’s not totally original as this is a retelling of the fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. I haven’t read the original story. I suppose someday I should do that since there are so many retellings of it these days. I should know what the original is so I can tell what these other authors are changing or embellishing.The characters were fairly good. It was difficult to really know any particular character. There wasn’t a lot of background on anyone. I think Mr. McGregor got the most detail actually. Maria is still something of a mystery, though you are supposed to “know” her already by knowing what she is. Ms. Carlton added some interesting touches to the crew, like Mr. Kaito, the green-tea drinking cook with the interesting fighting style. And Captain Foster who wanted all lifeboats to be stocked with canned milk. There’s also young Charlie, who thinks Maria should be his because of their age similarities. He keeps interrupting William and Maria to get her to come and do things with him.The pace was fast. Poor Mr. McGregor was kept really busy trying to keep Maria safe. Between the weather and the other sailors with their ill intent, he really had his hands full right up until the final storm. That’s when Maria took a hand in things, too.The tension was pretty consistent right up until the end. It was like waiting to see who was going to stick a knife in your back in a dark place. Who’s going to kill William? Or who was going to get their hands on Maria? What will the next rescue lead to?What it’s about…Ocean’s TrialThis book starts off right where the first one ends. Maria’s been rescued by an English-speaking crew again, but this time there’s no threat to her life. She’s been kept a secret and smuggled to shore in Fremantle to live with Merry D’Angelo, a very nice widow. Her command of English has improved greatly, thanks to Merry, and she’s posing as Merry’s niece, a fisherman’s widow.She’s working hard alongside the fishermen helping sell their fish and has earned their respect because she really knows her fish. There’s one young fisherman who feels a lot more than respect for her, too. Tony and Maria work closely together and are great friends, and Tony would like to take their friendship further. But her pasts are catching up with her. Yes. Pasts. She needs to find out what happened to William McGregor in that final storm. Is he still alive and does he still love her? But older connections are catching up with her as well. And these may prove deadly.Technical Tidbits…The cover wasn’t one that I really cared for. I didn’t feel it said much about the story. There were so many dramatic scenes that could have been depicted on it. What was used was disappointingly drab.The storyline is again, a continuation of the retelling of The Little Mermaid story. The author has created a wonderful “down under” freedom to the story by placing it in Australia.The characters continue to develop as the story continues. We learn so much more about Maria’s story when she meets up with a significant person from her past. We learn more about how her species see humans, as well and how different she really is.The pace continues fast and furious in this second book, especially once Maria decides to take off on her journey.The tension remained consistent throughout this second book. While some questions were answered from the first book, there were more questions piled on that now need answers and make you want to pick up the third book to get them.And this is where you STOP reading if you don’t want any SPOILERS…The good, the bad, and the ugly…and how much it lit up my life… ✰✰✰✰I kept trying to remind myself that voyages such as these would take months to complete and that there would be plenty of time for Maria to learn the language. However, there was nothing in the story to make me slow down and keep that thought in my head. Everything was happening fast and furious, so it seemed like she was something of a “Super Woman” learning the language very quickly with William. Then when she was with Merry, she learned to speak and act like a lady in a very short time. That was another leap forward.It wasn’t just the language, either. She understood the value of those pearls when she found the moaning oysters. She understood the beauty of them for jewelry and had a necklace made, as well the financial aspect of them and how to get the best price for them. All this for a simple girl from the sea? Hhmmmm…When Maria has her confrontation with her mother, her mother says Maria should just seduce the human male and get pregnant, then kill him and come home to become the head of the Council. Since Maria’s older sister is dead, it is Maria’s duty. There is a comment made about the older sister’s death, but no explanation about how she died. Is Maria responsible for her sister’s death somehow? Is that why she is banned from her home? Is getting pregnant by a human the only way she will be allowed to come home? I’m still confused about that. I still want an answer to that part. But Maria doesn’t see humans as disposable. She’s in love with William. She loves Merry almost as a mother. She loves Tony sort of like a brother, but maybe as more. That’s why she needs to find out if William is still alive and loves her.BTW, this being adrift thing is getting a bit old. She starts out adrift on a raft and the Trevessa picks her up. Then the Trevessa sinks in a storm and she’s adrift in a lifeboat for Merry’s friends to find her. Then at the end where she stows away on the way to Christmas Island. That’s almost as bad as adrift. One of these days, she’s going to have to buy a ticket and get her own cabin. She probably doesn’t have that kind of luck. Seems to me the story of The Little Mermaid is a sad one all the way to the end.You need to understand that I really do judge covers! Not with stars, but I love a great cover on a good book. There were so many good things that could have been on this second cover. Maria could have been in a lifeboat. They could have used the pearls somehow and brought that part out. Or Maria perched on the ship as she stowed away to Christmas Island. Maria at the fish market with that huge fish that only she could identify would have been a great cover.

  • Ginger Gelsheimer
    2018-10-27 13:33

    Ocean's Justice immediately enticed me into the wonderfully woven tale of Maria, the siren of the sea as she navigates her new life, banished from her home at only eighteen. We are teased with the mystery of why a man died at her hands and why she can no longer remain home. Lucky for Maria, she is discovered drifting at sea buy the men of the Trevessa and one in particular, William.This is the first book I have ever read about a mermaid - other than Disney's Little Mermaid-Ha! and this is no bedtime story for kids...oh, no, this is a fantastic, steamy tale for grownups, full of magic, fantasy, and the love and desire a siren mermaid has for the gorgeous human William. Loved the story!Maria has to be one of my favorite heroines. When we first meet her, she can hardly speak a word of English, so we have a fantastic arc as her character grows and as she navigates the journey of her new life.

  • Kim Murphy
    2018-11-17 07:43

    I wasn't quite sure what to make of Ocean Justice when I first started reading it, but I had read one of Demelza Carlton's other books (Welcome to Hell) and thoroughly enjoyed it. In this story, Maria is saved at sea by the crew of the steamship Trevessa. She understands very few English words. That alone is unique in the way the author carried out the story. The relationship between Maria and William is exquisite as it unfolds, and I longed to know Maria's secret past.The bad guys in the story are a bit two-dimensional, and I was disappointed that the book left off with a cliffhanger, as I really wanted to reach some sort of temporary ending to this particular story. At the same time, I also realize it's a way to keep readers continuing with the next installment. I'm sure I'll be one of them as it is an excellent story.

  • ☆Joycedale☆
    2018-10-30 11:51

    Well this is an interesting story. Just when I thought I had it figured out it changed.Maria is found floating on a raft and taking on board a ship. Some of the crew want her thrown overboard thinking she's bad luck, some want to take advantage of there being a woman.William, a passenger on the ship, takes it upon himself to protect her from those that want to hurt her.It's obvious that's Maria is not a normal human but there's different clues as to what she is. Although its never revealed we find out enough to come to a conclusion.It took me a little while to determine what time period this is as its never said. Everyone thinks being a woman means she's unable to protect herself but she's surprising capable. This is the first in a series and the story is interesting enough to make me want to continue it.I received an ecopy from Story Cartel in exchange for a honest review.

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2018-10-27 06:43

    Ocean's Justice (Turbulence and Triumph #1) by Demelza Carlton is a wonderful novel that had me from page one and what a shocking ending. Not the ending I wanted but I am not the writer, and yet, the ending fit. Great story and I will certainly read book 2! Girl gets saved from raft as she floats adrift, near death, by a ship of men. The men make bets if she will live. She lives then half of them think she is a curse and half think she is an omen of good luck. The longer she is on the boat, so much happens.... Great story!

  • Amber Daniels
    2018-11-07 06:24

    I never give bad reviews and this really isn't a bad review to the author. I just couldn't get into this book. It might be because I just don't get it or Mermaids aren't my thing. It is well written and the mistakes are few if any. So even though I didn't care for doesn't mean I won't recommend it to friends that like Mermaids.

  • Heather Osborne
    2018-11-05 12:27

    I could taste the sea air and feel the breeze coming off the water. I rarely read a book start to finish in one sitting, but I was captivated by this story! I need to get the other prequels now. Ms. Carlton does not disappoint!

  • Heather Bishoff
    2018-11-10 13:30

    Finally A Mermaid Tale for Adults!A well written mermaid "tale". I can't wait to get started on the next book! I've searched forever for a sea story with intrigue, action and mermaids and here someone has written it all with a Scottish gentleman to boot. Five stars for sure!

  • Jake Styles
    2018-11-18 12:24

    Once again, awesome book. Love the series, and especially the feel of the characters, they're visceral, organic and almost leap off the page (sometimes that wouldn't entirely be a bad thing XD). The story is as gripping as a Mermaid on shore leave , and leaves you wanting more with every page.

  • Randi (The Artist Formerly known as Guitar Chick)
    2018-10-24 12:32

    Had some promise, but unfortunately wildly un-even and the latter half of the book litearlly just climaxes to get us to a climax.

  • Jason Duby
    2018-10-26 13:48

    “Ocean’s Justice”, by Demelza Carlton, is the story of a mysterious woman by the name of Maria who is discovered at sea by the ship Trevessa. On the vessel she meets a passenger named William McGregor, and even though the idea of having a woman on board the ship does not sit well with the crew, she is taken in and looked after by said passenger. As the relationship develops, we learn more about Maria’s background and true nature…even as others on board have other plans for the young woman. I found this piece of fiction very detailed and realistic in the places that needed to be realistic, and truly loved the fact that I was reading a very character-driven story. While this sort of setting isn’t one I normally read about, I couldn’t find anything out of place…though I think it would have been helpful if the story itself had a better indication of the time period it was set in. The use of marmite on a sandwich gave me a pretty clear idea about what part of the world we were in, though that point could also have stood to be more obvious for the reader as well. But these are honestly minor quibbles. What a reader gets from this tale is a solid romance story with good characters and a solid basis for the rest of the series to spring from. The pacing might have been a little slow at times, but I found that a refreshing change from other stories that seem to dive straight in and are finished before the reader has a solid foot in the world being created. I would recommend this piece and look forward to seeing where this story goes.(Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)

  • Maria
    2018-11-07 12:36

    The story within this book is pretty captivating, if I do think so myself. Ha-ha. I definitely recommend it to those who love mermaid tails... um, excuse the pun, tales*. Anyway, as good as this book was, it also had its negatives. But let me list a few positives first: the time pacing was pretty well executed, and there were no strange lapses; the characters became slightly developed by the end (after all, this book is part of a six-book series); and the love story was cute... except at the end, were the cuteness evaporated to make space for the ensuing sadness.Now, onto the negatives: there were a few points were this book felt boring. Like, everything just seemed to halt and stay there for a while too long. I'm glad I continued, though, since book two (which I got for free, too—like the this one) seemed to pick up its pace... only slightly. Both books are really good based on the development of the storyline, but since the next four books (that's roughly 334 pages altogether for £7.28) are a bit too expensive, I won't be carrying on. I had more negatives, but I can't remember them. And I can't find my notes on the measly amount of grammatical errors I spotted. Drat. All in all, this is definitely worth a read if one is looking for a short-ish book that begins to uncover a secret siren world.

  • Mordaen
    2018-11-14 08:43

    Got this book from the author for free, so here be the review mattey....arrgh.Sorry but there are no pirates in this book.Picked it up and finished it in one sitting. The plot is strong and keeps moving forward at a nice clip. The characters are easy to like (well all but 2 of em, but they get whats coming to them ). Maria the mermaid speaks maybe 5 words of English but mostly manages to get across to the crew what she's trying to say.One shipwreck eventually leads to another (I think ships don't like this woman at all) but it does lead to a bright spot. :)Overall a very nice read, only had to backflip a couple of times to get names right. Very little confusion for the reader to ponder.

  • Sue
    2018-11-02 12:28

    The story sounded good but unfortunately I did not enjoy this book. I felt the writing was very shallow and there was little development of anything and anyone in the story. I found the book to be very slow going and a struggle to get through, and I was confused by where and when the story was set. I didn’t like any of the characters, I felt no empathy for any of them, and I felt the relationship between William and Maria was ridiculous. There really didn’t seem to be any point to the whole story, and nothing really interesting happens, it’s simply a telling of a few days on board a ship full of sailors told from Maria’s point of view. Give this one a miss, there are plenty of better mermaid stories out there.

  • Laura
    2018-10-25 10:32

    Maria is some kind of siren/mermaid who is taken aboard a ship that finds her floating naked in the ocean. William becomes her protector on board because she can't understand anyone or communicate with them. She falls in love with William, the boat sinks, she rescued by another boat.This...was...weird. The 'love' made no sense because the two of them couldn't even talk. He fell in love with her boobs and she fell in love with his abs. Meh. And besides that, there was no history besides vague mentioning of Giuseppe and it seemed to stop at a weird middle point.

  • Dawn Dorsey
    2018-11-17 05:27

    Despite finding Maria drifting, alone and naked on a rickety raft, the ship's captain and William MacGregor see she has been abused, and vow to protect her as a lady. They find her a sailor's clothes, and try to protect her from the superstitious crewmen and those who would attack her. Eventually, the attempts of two men to rape and then kill her causes damage which sinks the ship, and Maria is separated from both William and the captain in the confusion of launching lifeboats. Once again Maria is adrift and alone, rescued but unable to communicate. Enter Aunt Merry, who clothes her and sets about teaching her English and guiding her through Australian society so she can find work. Maria is determined to repay Aunt Merry and make enough money to travel and find William, if he survived the shipwreck.

  • Annemarie
    2018-11-14 07:45

    It was very interesting to read about a main character who doesn't understand the language the people around her use. The use of German and Dutch (although there was a small mistake in the translation of the Dutch) were fun as well. I didn't know the Indonesian, but I feel like I learned something by looking it up, even if it is only the word for rice.

  • Karen
    2018-10-30 05:37

    This was a very interesting book, from just the cover I was intrigued by what was to come, and then reading the blurb? It had me hooked from the first page! So many questions emerged from that first chapter, like who did she kill, why did she kill him, was he important, was he innocent, why is she being banished from her home? I loved the idea and it was wonderful Maria is a woman who has been found by a crew, William fish her out and is determine to protect her from the barbaric and lustful eyes of the men and by their rumours about having a women on board a ship. But the problem is Maria doesn't know how to speak English well, so it's hard for them to communicate but despite the lack of words, their actions speaks louder and soon they are falling for one another I loved the plot, I loved how they couldn't communicate well, and it was written really well, I hope to read more of what happens to Maria and William in the next book.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-10 08:33

    My strong woman is front and center in this story. This is one of a few books that has the main character not understand the people around her. There is almost no information about her background.This is not a HEA and that is the major reason for 4 stars.

  • Joanne Hampton
    2018-11-14 07:30

    This book is not what I expected. If you want something different to read - this is a must read. Good writing and a fast paced storyline. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book for an honest option.

  • Amy Cron johnson
    2018-11-11 08:29

    Just okThis book was just ok. I was a bit confused in the beginning trying to follow it. The narrative kept jumping between the two main characters, while staying that the one character couldn't understand the other.

  • Hayley
    2018-11-12 11:39

    Lovely book Absolutely loved this book, so good I couldn't put it down lol! Fantastic storyline and characters. I would happily recommend.

  • Hayley Knox
    2018-11-17 12:49

    I loved this book. wish I had the 2nd lined up.

  • Samantha Lewis
    2018-11-10 07:51

    I didn't care for this book. Too sci-fi for me. I have read other books by this author and loved them but this one didn't work for me.

  • Debra Johnson
    2018-11-05 10:48

    Ocean's Justice (Ocean's Gift - Turbulence and Triumph Series, #1) by Demelza Carlton (Goodreads Author) Couldn't get into it at all. The story was just too YA for me. I couldn't get into the characters. I think the age of the main characters is one of the things that threw me off. The 2nd was how repetitive it is about her not speaking english and her 'thoughts'. In fact, her thoughts is the only way we, the readers, know anything about her. I never felt any connection to any part of the story.

  • Jameson
    2018-10-23 05:29

    POSSIBLE SPOILERS Ocean’s Justice is the first book in a series entitled Turbulence and Triumph. It tells the story of Maria, a woman who is found floating naked on a raft in the ocean. Her rescuers bring her on board and she is left under the watchful eye of William. The story is told in the first person from Maria’s perspective. You learn that she does not understand the language of the sailors. As the reader, I can plainly understand what they are saying, so I could still see how the story unfolded. The build is slow as the story moves on. The reader learns that Maria was left adrift apparently after surviving the sinking of another ship. Details are sketchy about that shipwreck, but Maria seems to blame herself for it. Had this book been longer, the slow build would have probably caused me to put it down. Not much of interest was happening through the first half. The second half picks up quickly as some incidents occur and a few questions were answered, though not by any of the characters outside of Maria’s head. By the end, there were a number of other questions left unanswered. I would say this book kind of stands on its own as there was a definitely conclusion to her immediate situation. But the unanswered questions clearly left the story feeling incomplete. A reader who wants to know Maria’s whole story is left unsatisfied. It compels such readers to move on to the second book. Unfortunately for me, the questions are not pressing enough for me to want to pick up the next book. While there is a science fiction element to the story that I found enjoyable, there is also a strong romantic overtone. I have stated in previous reviews that romance novels are not my thing. The big romantic scene in this book was more erotica than romance. I felt that it wasn’t necessary to be so graphic. It was well established by this point of the story that a relationship was growing between the two characters. I will at least say that as the romance go, at least it didn’t start on page two, as I have seen in other romance novels. Maria was timid early in the book and found a sense of safety with William. But she was struggling with loss and guilt, so the romance took a little time before she inevitably gave in to what she wanted. A few other things that bothered me are really just me being nitpicky. I found some of the author’s grammatical choices annoying. They were technically correct. She didn’t break any big rules or made obvious errors. I just would have used different words than she. There’s a good chance most readers won’t notice them. I give the book two out of five stars, feeling it was an okay read. It is not a long book, so it went quickly. While the early style bothered me, I still found it easy to follow once I got a chapter or two into the story. I am not opposed to reading on in the series, but I doubt I rush out to get book two.

  • Victoria
    2018-11-05 08:34

    It is a great book to read