Nicola Cameron took on some pretty heavy stuff in this story and managed to wrangle a believable HEA out of it. A pretty good HEA, to be fair.
Impressive, I'd say, considering I'm about to warn of Greek Gods Behaving Badly: rape/infidelity/extreme and utter hubris/ indulging the self to the point of being criminally negligent.
To be fair, a lot of the atonement was done through sheer amount of time. Although, apparently Poseidon wasn't exactly tearing his hair out the entire time... I did get the impression that he's a calmer, better person at this point in time because he has suffered. As much as a god not chained up to a rock and having his innards eaten every day can be said to suffer anyway.
So there's that. It's a second-chance love story to about the furthest I've seen it pushed and it involves magical divine semen that has healing properties. What else could a person want?
Oh yeah. Plot. The plot works, but to be honest, this book doesn't really standalone all that well. Everything made sense, but I was a little confused on what Gaia would and wouldn't interfere in and I didn't really get why the big bad got to be as crazy as she did, and I felt like reading previous books would have set up the rules and magic better.
In conclusion: Deep Water was a good read and you should definitely give it a chance if you like second chance loves, gods groveling, and again, divine semen with magical healing properties.
Poseidon, God of the Sea, has spent millennia alone due to a single terrible act. His consort, Amphitrite, has sworn never to forgive him, and he’s forced to live with the knowledge that he drove an innocent girl to her doom.
But when one of the Olympic Cove cottages gains an occupant with an all-too-familiar soul, Poseidon discovers that the Fates have given him a second chance. Now he must try to right the wrongs of the past and win back both his beloved consort and the mate he betrayed.
Assuming, of course, that the Mad Nereid Thetis doesn't interfere...
Be Warned: menage sex (MMF), m/m sex, anal sex, f/f interaction