The Sea by KL Hughes

Rated 4.45 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

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Author: KL Hughes

Description

Literature professor Louise Richards has a secret. She isn’t human. Her evergreen body harbors a weathered soul, jaded and no longer thriving. That is, until fascinating student Nicole Stark walks into her classroom and awakens something within.

Nicole is different and alluring in ways Louise can’t quite put her finger on. Who is this mysterious, enticing woman? What is she hiding? Louise would love to lose herself in those knowing eyes and that teasing smile, and find out everything.

A supernatural lesbian romance about embracing secrets and being true to ourselves.

Additional information

Publication Date

October 2018

Formats

epub, mobi, and pdf

Length

approx. 4,000 words

Language

English

ISBNs

978-3-96324-098-0 (mobi), 978-3-96324-099-7 (epub), 978-3-96324-100-0 (pdf)

Publisher

Ylva Publishing

11 reviews for The Sea by KL Hughes

  1. Karola
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    ***free ARC
    From the beginning you know there‘s something more about Louise, but what? The tension is growing between her and student Nicole and one thing is sure: this book is much too short! I hope KL Hughes is planning the long version of this story.. please!

  2. Patricia Iserman
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    I liked what I read.If there is more coming I would be happy to read it.

  3. Carol Hutchinson
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    This short story was amazing!

    It captured me as a reader and drew me in to it with the wonder of the words that formed it. With a poetic feel, and a dark, deeply beautiful story I was entranced and swept up in this story that isn’t all as it might seem at first. Fascinating with haunting beauty!

    The perfect read for a long, relaxing coffee break with some biscuits (or maybe on an Autumn evening with a nice glass of wine and the lights down low!)

    Loved this so much that I wish there were more, but it is perfect just as it is!

  4. Betty Harmon
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    “The Sea” by K.L. Hughes is a paranormal short story with two very interesting characters. The reader sees the story through the eyes of Professor Louise Richards who we discover is not human but an old soul who has become tired of the life she has had to live. Then she meets Nicole Stark, one of her students who is an intriguing mystery to Louise.

    I picked up this short story mainly because of the author. I generally don’t choose paranormal tales, but I knew Ms. Hughes is an excellent author so I gave it a try. I’m very glad I did. The story is told in the first person narrative through the eyes of Louise. First person narrative is hard to do well, but the “The Sea” is a perfect example of how to write in this narrative.

    As I read the story, I was able to put myself inside Louise. I saw what she saw, felt what she felt, smelled what she smelled and tasted what she did. The descriptions were so sharp and vivid it was easy to do that. Excellent writing.

    I would love to see this story turned into a novel and I do hope the author is planning to do so. I would gladly choose to read this paranormal story as a book.

    I received this story as an ARC in exchange for an honest review, but you can also get the story free at the publisher’s website.

  5. Ana Leamaro
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    Free ARC
    I didn’t noticed this was a short story, so when it was over I thought the rest of the book was missing. I was captured from the beginning with the characters, and I was thinking “wow this is great” and then it was finished! Could you please write the rest of the book? :)) Loved It and would like more!

  6. cheekybugger13
    Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I normally don’t comment on shorts but KL Hughes’ “The Sea” is a rare exception for me because…WOW! What a SPELLBINDING supernatural lesfic short, indeed! As usual, Hughes’ beautiful, poetic, lyrical words simply mesmerised!

    Ohhh…Louise and Nicole… Seductive!

    First off, I didn’t know anything about the story except that there was a professor, Louise, and a mysterious student of hers, Nicole. But because it was Hughes’ lesfic work, and being that I’ve always enjoyed her lyrically poetic writing style and storytelling (“Popcorn Love” and “The Art of Us”), I just had to check out this mysteriously-sounding story. Plus, hey, didn’t hurt that Ylva offered it for FREE, did it?

    From the first words in the story describing Louise and her disposition, particularly in regard to the ever-mysterious student of hers who just showed up one day in her classroom, Nicole, I was completely hooked. Addicted. Anyway, for reasons Louise couldn’t fathom, every sense of her being seemed to be bewitched by the mere appearance of Nicole which Hughes described in every colourful, seductively mesmerising detail so vividly that I could literally feel the magnetic pull that Louise was feeling for Nicole! Therein lied the dilemma…..Louise’s dilemma. There was no chance in hell she was going to let herself be tempted because of a vitally crucial life-changing reason. Yes, she carried a long-held, very dark secret that she’d hidden about herself and did not want it to ruin or taint Nicole in any way. In essence, Louise really didn’t have any choice.

    But the more Louise tried to make herself scarce, the more she found her seemingly unavoidable student to be always lurking in her orbit, not to mention her ever-hypnotic aroma and energy that would literally rendered Louise useless! And that could never be as far as struggling Louise was concerned! Poor soul! So, desperate times called for desperate measures. She blatantly avoided Nicole who was just behaving innocently with her, either asking her about the course or seeking guidance like any other student of hers, really.

    Then, the final act happened and what a shocking twist, indeed! Left me desperately yearning for more because the words, the expressions of the final scene were so sublimely lyrical with utterly stunning visuals lulling my consciousness into complete satiation. So crushingly intoxicating were the effects! What a superb ending! One word: Poetic.

    I would most definitely read anything related to this brilliantly created, deliciously sizzling, original story if Hughes were to explore it further. But this short ticks every box in the storytelling narrative, though. In only 4K words, Hughes managed to convey a beautifully crafted story, complete with solidly described characters, situations, the plot and the mystery that gnawed at me senses from the start that kept me guessing until the very end! So, bloody well done, Hughes! I’m gobsmacked!

    An enthusiastic MUST-READ! In only 10 minutes of reading, you’ll get to experience one of the most creative, original, not to mention, breathtakingly rousing tales of mystery and the supernatural!

  7. Czarina
    Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    If only I could give this another five stars. You ever wanted a short story to have a sequel? Come to think of it, I wouldn’t even mind a prequel. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this was absolute perfection.

    From start to finish, you could create a melody with the writing. The tension between the characters is palpable and the reveal at the end is beautifully surprising to say the least.

    I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the supernatural twist and turns a good story can offer. Maybe read with a glass of wine on a rainy night.

    With a talented author like Hughes, I am not surprised that this short story is spellbinding.

  8. pharridge
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    A fun short story. I’m not usually a paranormal book person but I have loved KL Hughes previous novels so I thought I would give it a go. Surprisingly I enjoyed reading it. There characters were interesting and well developed.
    If only this story was extended into a novella…what happens further down the track?

  9. stephasselin
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    To be honest, I had not read the details of the offer before getting this book to review, so I was more than surprised to find that the full length ‘’book’’ I was expecting to read turned out to be a less than 35 pages short story waiting for me to read and review.

    There isn’t much to say about it, it is a good short story that could probably have been more than what it was, given more pages to the story, but it was still good.

    It ended way too fast, right when the story was beginning to get my full attention. It’s a great short to read; it is mysterious and captivating. The universe really could be explored more.

    RainbowMoose’s Reviews

    @RainbowMReviews

    *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  10. killerwit68
    Rated 4 out of 5

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    I really liked this first person short paranormal tale. While low word count is often an invitation to do quick little fluffy romance pieces, The Sea was a little deeper and more introspective than other fictions of like genre and length. Hughes didn’t just tell us Louise’s age, she made us feel it by putting the weight solidly on the reader’s shoulders with each detail and observation we experience through Lou’s eyes.

    Louise and Nicole’s characters were intriguing enough that I’m hoping that this short story is a precursor to a book about them down the road. I would love to see what Hughes takes us next. The Sea is a quick read but definitely worth it, and worth watching what Hughes puts out next.

    *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
    @LesbianReviews
    @WORDNRD68

  11. Anna Gramlich
    Rated 5 out of 5

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    My only complaint? It’s way too short. I’ve been a fan of Hughes’ writing, so I’m not surprised she’s able to pack a good punch in such a quick, yet sexy, read. The characters are so mystical and even when I thought I had figured out one, I was guessing until the end on the other. I’m hoping this is just a nice intro to a great paranormal story? Please?! Let that be the case?!

    Such a fantastic read. I want more!

    *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
    @LesbianReviews

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