I'm hilariously bad at writing reviews for things I actually like so can I just say that I loved it to death and squealed with delight a lot and leaveI'm hilariously bad at writing reviews for things I actually like so can I just say that I loved it to death and squealed with delight a lot and leave it at that? The CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. The DIALOGUE. 'unsuitable woman with a rough accent is seduced by a duke' is honestly almost a red flag for me because it is so often done terribly, but this... THIS. God. The jokes about knitting had me undone. What a good book. Gosh....more
Right up front, because I know who I am and what I am here for: there's no mer-sex in this one. Probably there will be mer-sex in a sequel. There is hRight up front, because I know who I am and what I am here for: there's no mer-sex in this one. Probably there will be mer-sex in a sequel. There is hetero human sexing, but that's it. Also there's a het love triangle, if that's something you are (or are not) into.
There was a little bit of as-you-know-bob infodumping in the early chapters, which seemed out of place enough for me to be jarring, but it's pretty brief and easy to get past. The main character could be obnoxious, but there was a certain amount of self-awareness in that regard. You'd think I would have liked her better, since blue/green hair and ladies with traditionally masculine names are my jam. The characters could be a teensy bit flat and outrageous in their behavior, which could also be jarring when I found myself wondering who on earth would do/say that.
There are a few attempts to explain mermaid biology but they don't go too in-depth, which is my preference. Trying to pick apart the details about mermaids or fairies or whatever is like dissecting a frog: some people are into it, but I'd rather just keep it in a jar with a twig and a leaf. That metaphor fell apart. You get what I mean, though. It was just enough for me to buy 'curious scientists' without being enough to annoy me with weird in-depth treatises on scientifically accurate magical creatures or whatever.
Dr. Barb was my favorite character in this whole book. Insecure and sorta chubby and matronly and prim. Least favorite would be the blonde intern whose whole schtick is being stereotypically blonde. Those two were like a spectrum from most to least well-rounded in the cast. The male protags could be kinda skeezy in terms of boundaries but nothing extreme enough to horrify me.
Technical issues aside, it was a quick fun read and I'll add the author to my watchlist....more
Had this author highly recommended, and this series in particular as being more representative of her work than the first books of earlier series.
I acHad this author highly recommended, and this series in particular as being more representative of her work than the first books of earlier series.
I actually didn't care for the first half of this book; I found it to be a bit infodumpy, a little too much tell and not enough show. That's all a matter of personal preference, obviously, but if you share that issue: it is there. But! After that first half, once the setting and all its quirks has been established, the infodumps stop and I enjoyed it much more.
I love the number of characters of color, and the handling of things like PTSD and unhealthy relationship dynamics. The world itself is interesting and I enjoyed it. I read the second book immediately after this, which is probably telling in and of itself, but might also skew my review a little since they're a unit in my mind. If it had taken me longer than a few hours to read the whole book, and if I'd had to wait to read the sequel, my feelings might not be so favorable.
I recommend this book/series for fans of paranormal romances that play with power dynamics. It's fun, it's interesting, and it's a cool little world she's built....more
This book was great! The dialogue was superb, particularly the witty banter, and I really felt the chemistry and growing attraction between the main cThis book was great! The dialogue was superb, particularly the witty banter, and I really felt the chemistry and growing attraction between the main characters. Everyone was very well-developed, they felt like people with real depth. And this book gave me the giggles on more than one occasion, which is pretty much how I rate romances. More giggles = more stars. The only thing I didn't much care for was the very dramatic responses to trauma that both Katie and Anthony suffer from - but especially Anthony. It just felt SO over-the-top and SO melodramatic, it kind of destroyed my suspension of disbelief. I know that people really can have such dramatic responses, but the climactic moment that seals their relationship was particularly eyeroll worthy for me. And later in the book, a character has a nightmare and verbalizes her trauma in her sleep, which is really a trope I just hate. That's really personal preference, but if you share my feelings it's something to keep in mind. Still, those moments were rare enough that they don't impact my overall feelings on the book, which is good enough that I'd like to read more in this series....more
Cute, but not necessarily exceptional, there weren't really any moments in this book that elicited a strong emotional reaction from me. The characterCute, but not necessarily exceptional, there weren't really any moments in this book that elicited a strong emotional reaction from me. The character of Bunny Love could be twee bordering on obnoxious, and I wasn't really sold on her as someone everyone falls in love with. I also had trouble with the chemistry between herself and Nate - who could really be an absolute jerk. We're told often enough how badly they want to bang, but none of their banter or interaction really made me want to see them together. It just kind of seemed like lust? The class dynamics also seemed a little forced. Ironically, the background romance had a lot more chemistry and seemed a lot more interesting. The best I can say about it is "quick and unobjectionable"....more
I liked the underlying ideas of this, but not necessarily the execution. It's more erotica than romance, with the sex given much more detail than a loI liked the underlying ideas of this, but not necessarily the execution. It's more erotica than romance, with the sex given much more detail than a lot of the character development. With this being as short as it was, I thought it would be a sort of whirlwind romance or the sudden deepening of a pre-existing relationship. Instead a large amount of time is compressed into a short amount of text, often by eliding over events or omitting details. For instance, a scene where the white and wealthy Michael is apparently at home in a Black barbershop is done in a page or two, told and not shown - I wanted more! I wanted there to be real dialogue, I wanted to get a better feel for who Michael was and how he relates to people in his personal life versus the business world, how he moves through these apparently disparate worlds so comfortably. I accept that this is stylistic preference as much as anything, but Michael's main character traits were success and giving good head. Which, admittedly, makes him better than many male protagonists, I just felt like there could have been more. I did love Kayla, though, and she's very much the strength of the book. A major conflict at the climax of the story is very artfully foreshadowed without being too obvious, which I appreciated. Overall it was very sweet; I just wish more characters had been given more depth and time to breathe....more