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Siren's Secret

(Dark Seas #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  103 reviews
In Debbie Herbert's debut novel, there are two secrets, each one with a deadly consequence….

Shelly Connors's worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her ki
Paperback, Harlequin Nocturne #172, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Emily Crow
I had some trouble getting into this book. The first 25% or so just felt awkward--the writing seemed stilted, the characters were wooden, and I was having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that our heroine is a mermaid who (almost) painlessly transitions from one form to another depending on whether or not she's in the ocean. Yeah, I knew this was a mermaid book, but it was weird.

Somewhere around the 30% mark, though, I started to get into the story. Shelly, our half-mermaid heroine, has
Kae Thomas Hawk
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seriously now how many girls have not at one time or another pretended to be a mermaid in the tub? So a book about a mermaid was enough to draw me in but there is so much more.
A mermaid, a sheriff and a serial killer. And with adding that last element this became a real page turner.
While out for a swim Shelly encounters the serial killer. He tries to kill her as she dives away but ends up only stabbing her in the fin. This sets the story of him trying to kill her, her trying to help the sheriff,
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
It was a good surprise. A light romance and lots of suspense involving a mermaid and her two cousins, a sheriff, and a serial killer targeting women.
Natasha Larry
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There were so many things I loved about this book. First off, the cover... Gorgeous! The second, and probably most important thing I loved, was that this novel took me completely by surprise. I don't really know what I was expecting, what with this being my first mermaid book, but I wasn't expecting this. Okay, maybe I do know what I was expecting... something a little more Disney but what I got was something a little more gritty.

Sorry for the intentional rhyming... on with the review.

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Elley Murray
I got maybe halfway through this book and then just couldn't take it anymore.

I listed to this as part of the Audible Romance Package, narrated by Stephanie Bentley. The narration was ok, despite some strange stylistic decisions on what I thought were odd words to place emphasis on. Except - EXCEPT! - the narrator takes these gasping breaths between sentences and it just grated. on. my. nerves. This was at least 50% of my decision to DNF this book, as if I listened to her take one more gaspy brea
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great first novel for Debbie Herbert! I was so excited to have this mermaid book show up on my doorstep and it did not disappoint!
Paige  Bookdragon
The first 50% were good.
Njkinny (Njkinny's Blog)
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Njkinny by: Debbie Herbert

At first glance, Shelly Connors looks just like any other normal beautiful female except that she is unlike any other normal woman. She is a mermaid!
Hiding in plain sight and caught between two worlds, the human world and the under water mermaid world, Shelly's life is turned upside down when she witnesses a killer disposing a body and is in turn seen by him.

"Under autumn's moon-blood red
Beneath a foam-tipped wave
The unseen mermaid spies the dead
Sink to
Sep 15, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal
9/15/17 - $1.99 on Kindle
Eileen Dandashi
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading debut novels. Particularly when I find the writer engages my attention and interest with a little extra in her writing that tugs me into reading another of her books. We all know that the first of everything is always the hardest and writing is a talent that grows as the writer writes.

I didn’t spill any tears in this read, but indeed got my thrills! This was a suspense thriller that kept me reading. Debbie Herbert knows how to ratchet up a story that grips the reader’s mind, crea
Leila Anani
I was really excited when this arrived. There aren't nearly enough mermaid paranormal romances in the world.

It starts off brilliantly too - we have a mermaid witness a serial killer dumping the body of a prostitute he's just murdered. He catches sight of our heroine, stabs her in the tail and determines that she will be his next victim. Name one other mermaid thriller because I certainly can't off the top of my head!

Shelley our heroine turns to Tillman, the local sheriff she's always been secret
Amy Freese
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this in ebook format on my kindle.

Congrats to Debbie Herbert for a very enjoyable read! A modern murder mystery AND merfolk is NOT your everyday combination!

This tale is set in a modern time scene in the Alabama bayou country, along the coast. The main character is Shelly, a young woman working as an aquatic therapist. She lives with her 2 cousins in an ancestral home by the sea. She is also a half-breed doing her best to live in 2 worlds, human and mermaid. She is drawn to both, yet fit
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
During one of her swims, Shelly witnesses the dumping of a body by the murderer famous for gouging out the eyes of his victims. Now a killer is after her, determined to silence the only voice that can identify him. Not only did he see her face, he saw what she really is - a mermaid. Terrified for her life and for the lives of the merfolk, she turns to Sheriff Tillman Angier for help. She decides to plant evidence that would lead Tillman to the murderer, but things get complicated once feelings q ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: vamp-were
Well, the premise was interesting, the plot promising. The characters though…

Lessee… first off, did you know collecting insects makes you a potential killer? No; neither did I. I mean; I don't have massive collections of pinned butterflies or anything but neither would I think anything of someone else having them. Also find the fact that the crazy guy has a dog who he's very fond of interesting.

Then there's… the 26 year old brother of the H - he has autism. And…apparently is incapable of functio
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Mermaid book!!!! I was excited to pick this up and am happy I enjoyed it so much!
Shelly's mother was a mermaid, her dad human. After their deaths, she goes to live with her cousins, Jet and Lily. Jet and Lily are full blooded mermaids. Mating with a human is a no-no and Shelly has some baggage from her parents relationship. Tillman moved back home and took over his dad's position as sheriff when he died. His mother is an alcoholic and his younger brother is severely developmentally disabled.
Cali Jewel
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a page turning, edge of your seat hold on for dear life, action packed adventure filled with magical, intriguing and engaging charters, witty and fun dialog, heart racing twists and emotionally thrilling passion. Excellent reading!
This is the author's debut work and it's garbage! I think that the company who turns out these dime store novels was scraping the bottom of the barrel or desperate when they picked this story up. It's a mess, the characters as a mess with add and bipolar disorder who act like 13 year olds instead of the adults they are supposed to be. The romance was almost nonexistent to omg I love you with every fiber of my being but I have to lie to you about everything because I don't want you to know me but ...more
Ren Puspita
4 stars

I always assume Harlequin's Nocturnes line with a light paranormal romance but this book surprised me. More like a romantic suspense with mermaid elements, since the latter didn't explained thoroughly and focus heavily on the suspense part. It's have a heroine with many secrets (well, she is a mermaid. Half merfolk to be exact), a sherrif hero that have chips on his shoulder and a women-hating serial killer. I liked that Herbert feature character with special needs. The sisterhood is on
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mermaids and serial killers! What more could you ask for? I was fascinated from the beginning. Shelley, half human and half mermaid, is spotted by a madman as he’s disposing of his latest kill. Unfortunately, she’s not quite human when he does. Now the race is on to see who can put the other away first. Shelly wants him locked up. He wants her six feet under. And just to complicate things, the local sheriff is no fool. Too bad Shelley can’t get him out of her thoughts. And what thoughts they are ...more
Bryonna Nobles
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Siren's Secret by Debbie Herbert is part of Harlequin's Nocturne line - which is described as dark, sensuous and dangerous - where paranormal and normal collide.

This book definitely does that.

First, how gorgeous is this cover? I'm sure you realize by now that I love a good cover and this one was beautiful.

When I picked up Siren's Secret - actually I got it for free from someone who won it from Debbie herself but already had their own copy - I thought this was going to be a fun, light read. Its
I was so eager to read this Harlequin novel because mermaids are not a very common occurence in paranormal romance, YA or adult. That said the bayou has always fascinated me so this combination made me excited.

The Harlequin branch Nocturne focuses on paranornal romance and from experience these type of books are similar compared to the urban parnormal genre. In that coarse language is used and sex scenes are explicit. These are usually focused upon much more.

I did enjoy this but personally, I fe
Jada Ryker
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not Your Mother's Harlequin

Siren's Secret, by Debbie Herbert, is more than a paranormal romance. It's also an action-packed adventure. Shelly lives her secret life under the sea, as a mermaid. When she's not in her mermaid form, she lives as a human Aquatic Therapist on the Alabama bayou with her cousins, Lily and Jet.

After a heart-stopping encounter with a serial killer who mutilates his victims, Shelly knows she has to help the police catch the man. With the help of her cousins and special tal
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a romance about mermaids before and reading the Siren's Secret did not disappoint.

Shelly is half human and half mermaid. She lives with her two cousins who are full blooded mermaids. They have to keep their existence a secret. Tillman is in the police force and they are attracted to each other. When Shelly witnesses a crime, she wants to see justice but is unable to give full details to the police. Keeping her secret becomes extremely difficult and puts a strain on the relation
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This book would of got rated higher if it wasn't for the awful romance and I mean holy shit its bad , if you haven't read it yet then brace yourself for the most poorly written bedroom scenes you will ever read. Other than that the plot is fairly entertaining with no boring moments. The main characters are fairly well written and some parts of the book kept me on edge and I couldn't put it down. The book was good; I wouldn't recommend it though. ...more
Laura Drake
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Deb Herbert brings mythology to life. Mermaids in the bayou? You bet. Her heroine made me long for the sea, and the secrets in the book kept me turning pages to see how it could ever work out - not only if she'd escape the murderer, but how she'd get that sexy sheriff!

Smooth and sexy, if you like romance and a well-woven story, you'll like this one!
Shannon Kamzelski sanders
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was an enthralling story of suspense, love and passion. It was such a page turner that I spend my Friday night at home reading it instead of going out for the night.

**I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This has no bearing on the review posted above.
Gioconda Lyss
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, really loved it. You won't be disappointed. ...more
Sherry Mullins
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Love Love Love this book
Katherine Smits
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the small coastal Alabama town of Bayou La Sirena, Shelly Connors lives with her cousins, Lily and Jet Bosarge. She works as a swimming instructor at the local YMCA, where she patiently coaches the autistic Eddie and flirts with his sexy brother, Sheriff Tillman Angier.

Shelly hasn’t had a date in years. While she is beautiful and compassionate, she believes no man would want her if he found out her secret: she’s half mermaid. She watched her parents’ marriage deteriorate over the years as he
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelly is half human-half mermaid, not really a part of either community. When out on a swim, she discovers a body being dumped by a serial killer who sees her, she becomes his next target. She can't go to the police because she was swimming, as a mermaid, several miles off shore when she made her discovery.

The story is actually quite enjoyable until about the half way point when it starts to drag on and some minor story flaws start to become more pronounced. **Spoilers from here on out** It's a
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Debbie Herbert, a USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling writer, pens Psychological Suspense, romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels. She’s always been fascinated by magic, romance and Gothic stories.

Married and living in Alabama, she roots for the Crimson Tide football team. When not working on her upcoming books, Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and jet skiing with her husband.

Other books in the series

Dark Seas (3 books)
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