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Owned by the Sea

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Storms pass and, in their wake, new beginnings can be found.

Talented young artist Jonty Trelawn paints the sea as self-inflicted punishment. For almost a year he has hidden away from life, survivor’s guilt consuming him, but the time has come to move on. He conceives the idea of a charity art auction in support of the local lifeboat station and the men and women who saved
ebook, 1st edition, 164 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Pride Publishing
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Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded down because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

"Owned by the Sea" is my first time reading this author and overall, I really liked the story that I was given, I loved the setting...a small fishing village on the English coast, I liked both of the MCs...Jonty and Jed worked as a couple for me and then there was Marmite...what an awesome dog.

Ok, I have to do a little bit of a rant about this dog. If you've never seen a Newfoundland dog seriously google is your friend. These dogs are
Joyfully Jay
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

I really liked this one. There’s a bit of bondage and D/s behavior, but no real sadism—some orgasm denial and spankings are all the pain Jed’s into. Jonty is young and petite compared to Jed, who is a fierce protector to Jonty almost from their first meeting. The love story picks up rather quickly, with Jed asserting his dominance from the beginning, and I did like how Jonty responded to him. The tragedy of his losses rang through his behavior, and Jed, as well a
Helena Stone
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with LM Somerton’s writing when I discovered her Tales from the Edge series, and Owned by the Sea confirmed that those fabulous stories were no fluke. This author is in a league of her own when it comes to creating memorable characters and fascinating as well as very sexy scenarios.

Poor Jonty. It’s impossible not to feel for him from the very first page. Not the most self-assured of men to begin with, whatever confidence in himself he does have sinks with the ship that goes down,
Ruthie Taylor
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is an exceptionally good book. I cannot emphasise enough what an excellent plot it has, what a super sexy read it is, and well, just go and read it!

We first live through Jonty's nightmare tragedy at sea. This is so brilliantly written, that I was completely drawn up tight in fear and sadness for him. It is a no holds barred story which he finds difficult to forget. And then we meet him a number of months later, sti
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I loved this book so much! One of those rare books I honestly couldn’t put down, it is the story of Jonty, a young artist who loses his whole family in a yachting accident. And it is the story of Jed, the RNLI coxswain who rescues him from the sea and slowly attempts to pull the isolated young artist into village life.

Talented, privileged and completely alone, Jonty becomes a complete recluse after his family tragedy. His only
Will Parkinson
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is done for Will Reads:

First off, I’m a huge fan of LM’s writing. She has one of my favorite characters in all of book-dom in Olly from the wildly popular ‘Edge’ series. In Owned by the Sea, she gives him a competitor in the cute competition, only this one walks on all fours. His name is Marmite, a big, black Newfoundland, who is the constant companion of Jed, a local woodworker, who also doubles as a volunteer for the local search and rescue
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this was a wonderful story but I really had an issue with the author's use of US spellings instead of English during this story. I actually find it quite offensive. This story is set in Cornwall, has English characters and the author is English so why not stay in her native language.
For this reason what should have been a 5* read has become 3*
Becky Condit
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For a book that starts out with a serious tragedy, this one ends with such a satisfying HEA. I shouldn’t be surprised as that is LM Somerton’s stock in trade. Let me back up a bit and explain why I enjoyed this book so much.
Jonty is a talented artist and a gay man. Both features are not respected by Jonty’s father so he continually tries to force Jonty’s square peg into the round hole of what his father wants him to be. The entire family, except for Jonty, enjoy going out on the family’s large y
Sharon Cox
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, dom-sub, england, gay
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book. I am so happy that I asked to read it early.
I have all of L.M. Somerton's novels and I love each and every one of them. The investigating Love series is one of my all time favourites and it is a series that I have reread several times.
I don't know if Owned by the Sea is a standalone or destined to be part 1 of a series but the book can be read by itself and it left me feeling very happy and satisfied.
The book starts with tragedy. Jonty and his f
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story very strong and emotional, full of life and death and art and life. Well written, fully developed characters and the locals well described. I felt as if I were there and I really felt like I knew these people.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Owned by the Sea is a standalone story written by LM Somerton, but frankly, if she wanted to make it a series and have the books set in the same idyllic English seaside town of Polruthan, I would read every one of them. This is a character driven novel by one of my favorite authors, and I have to say Jonty and Jed have made it to the top of my all-time favorite LM Somerton characters list. Hence, the need to not give them up just yet, and explore their dynamic in future stories. There are even a ...more
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Sarah – ☆☆☆☆☆
I loved this book so much! One of those rare books I honestly couldn’t put down, it is the story of Jonty, a young artist who loses his whole family in a yachting accident. And it is the story of Jed, the RNLI coxswain who rescues him from the sea and slowly attempts to pull the isolated young artist into village life.

Talented, privileged, and completely alone, Jonty becomes a
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of L.M. Somerton, and with this book, it once again becomes apparent why. This book is fabulous. Intense, touching, raw, sexy, funny, heartbreaking, uplifting, and romantic.
This book has three amazing characters. Jonty, Jed, and Marmite. Jonty is the shy painter, drowning in survivor guilt, being the sole survivor of the tragic accident that took his parents’ and sister’s life. He is adrift, and the only thing that keeps him going is his art. Until he meets Jed, carpenter and, u
Lillian Francis
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in Cornwall, this book had an amazing sense of place. I yearned to be on the beach or paddling in the sea while I read. The opening chapter set up the story with an evocative description of a storm and rescue, and helped the reader understand the mindset Jonty is in when, in Chapter 2, we take up the story 10 months later.

The scenes surrounding the lifeboat station were excellent and I got a real sense of that worry and community that surround those left waiting on the shore. And Jonty’s art
Maria Vickers
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The synopsis for Owned by the Sea by L M Somerton intrigued me and I decided to read it unsure of what I would find. I'm glad I did. It was a beautiful tale of loss, love, and moving on in life. The story was written very well and pulled me in with characters that were relatable. Many times on books that include BDSM elements, there is a disconnect between those scenes and the rest of the story, or it isn't real. We've all read books like that, however, I can honestly say that the scenes were se ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this story of Jed and his dog Marmite bringing grief-stricken Jonty happiness, just when he decides he is ready to live again. Since the loss of his family in a horrific tragedy, Jonty has been hiding out and painting. Now, with Jed's encouragement and support, he begins to find his place in their small town full of good-hearted people. They also very quickly fall into a sweet, teasing, loving, and fairly kinky romance. These men and their friends - and of course, Marmite - are wonderful ...more
Sarita Chapdelaine
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a lovely story and I really enjoyed it. It is well-written and shows the more caring and nurturing side of BDSM. Jonty and Jed are a very interesting couple that give each other exactly what they need. Jed needs to be in charge and look after his partner while Jonty needs someone to be in control and help him with his shyness and anxiety. Jonty survived a tragedy and he is slowly healing but his life gets so much better once he meets Jed. Jed and his dog Marmite give Jonty the ability to ...more
Les Joseph
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am always so pleased when I pick up a book by a new to me author and fall madly in love with their writing style and story telling ability. I've never read anything by L.M. Somerton, but after reading Owned by the Sea, I most definitely will be checking out more of her books! Low on angst, with characters I really liked, and a setting that is worthy of a post card or a made for TV movie, Owned by the Sea was just the book I needed to get me out of a book funk.

From the blurb, you'd think Owned
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.

A year ago, Jonty's world imploded at the loss of his parents and his sister in a storm at sea. In an effort to get out more, and begin to try to get on with his life, Jonty decides a charity auction to raise funds for the lifeboat station that saved him would be a good idea. Jed was on that lifeboat, indeed, was that one to pull Jonty from the stormy sea and he knew, he KNEW that day, that one day, Jonty would be his.
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Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. A good M/M by the sea romance, but I didn't think it was perfection. Good action in the beginning when one of our MC's is rescued at sea during a horrendous storm by a volunteer small lifeboat crew from a town on the English coast. I felt I was on that sailboat, rocking and rolling with the waves.

Unfortunately our shy, artistic MC is the only one of his family that survives. The other MC, the man who rescued him, is a giant of a man (with an adorable bear of a dog, Mar
Esther Alayeto
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story that captivated me right from the very beginning and kept me hooked all the way through to the end. Jed and Jonty are wonderful characters who are truly perfect for each other. They fulfill one another, Jed needs to take care of and be in charge of his partner, and Jonty needs Jed to take control. I really liked watching their relationship develop and how Jed and his dog Marmite help Jonty move on from his survivor's guilt.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this
Dara Nelson
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-blog
Initially I loved this story. Both Jed and Jonty are great characters and their story started out wonderfully. But when the BDSM aspect was brought in, not only did it feel random, it was confusing because it didn’t make much sense. If either of these men had a history with it, maybe. But this? No. It just felt like it was tossed in. And it didn’t need to be. The characters were great without it. I love os good bdsm story but this one just didn’t work for me.
Kristian Parker
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hot couple with a gorgeous dog? OK you got me. I loved this gentle story that had waves of action both in and out of the sea.
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