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Sea Lover

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Ian is happy with his life in a remote Canadian fishing town, where he has only the sea and his fishing crew for company. People say being alone is terrible, but he's never had any problems with it.

Then his peaceful life is thrown into upheaval when he finds an injured merman washed up on the shore. With no idea what else to do, Ian takes the merman home and nurses him bac
ebook, 100 pages
Published November 2nd 2016 by Less Than Three Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

This is a strange little story set in a small Canadian village.

Ian dropped out of medical school to become a fisherman. He likes living alone in his small cabin and even though he's not exactly a hermit, he enjoys the silence.

While repairing his net on the beach one day, Ian finds a wounded seal washed ashore. At least he thinks it's a seal until he takes a closer look and realizes the seal is in fact a man, a dark-skinned man with a thick seal-like tail.

Ian brings the merman home and te
3.75 stars rounded up

Intrigued with the blurb, then convinced by ~✡~Dαni(ela) ~✡~'s review ... and I thought this was just LOVELY. I fell in love with Pendragon's tone of writing. There is something lyrical to it; it was gorgeous and pulled me right in.

While I didn't fully get the significance of Ian being (view spoiler) and what it brought to the story, I guess this could was meant to show Ian that S'mika accepted him as he was. Then again, S'mika is not exactly hu
Ian is a fisherman who lives alone in a remote Canadian town. One day he finds an injured merman on shore and bring him home to stitch him up. S'mika and Ian develop an easy companionship and before too long S'mika has mastered a good smattering of the English language and is learning to read.

I liked how Pendragon takes this story beyond a fairy tale or an oddity. There's no "slapstick" antics, i.e. S'mika learns about modern devices like a can opener or television and much hilarity ensures, or
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Karen by: ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I requested this because my friend Dani told me too and I trust Dani. She's good at picking up on what her friends like and don't like. So she told me about this one and first off it's set in Canada well I'm Canadian so it's a given that this little detail will pique my interest and there's a merman...that was it for me I was hooked. Vampires and werewolves are kind of a take or leave it scenario for me but give me a dragon or a merman, shape shifting possums, a hot gargoyle of two and sign me u ...more
Skye Kilaen
I've always been skeptical that I would enjoy a mer-people romance, but Pendragon made it happen with this novella. This is an M/M romance between a trans dude fisherman and a mer-dude who turns up injured on the beach. Ian, the trans dude, is fairly miserable and isolated before cheery, affectionate S'mika shows up in his life. Ian has distanced himself from people for various reasons, and S'mika has been cast out, so both would really benefit from making a connection with someone. Pendragon do ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, this is a short story about trans man who finds merman at the beach... And the story is absolutely lovely and heartwarming. You can basically feel the sharp winds of the sea and smell the sea water.
I want to hug both main characters and take them home (seriously I have a big tub!!!!)
It really reminded me of the movie Song of the Sea.
There is some angst and sadness too, of course, but it has happy ending and it's just perfect. *_*
Elaine White
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book – Sea Lover
Author – J.K. Pendragon
Star rating - ★★☆☆☆
No. of Pages – 100
Cover – Nice!
POV – 3rd person, one character
Would I read it again – No
Genre – LGBT, Fantasy, Merman, Trans, Romance


This is a strange one, for me, mostly because the plot is almost exactly the same as another book I've read recently. Unfortunately, that other book was longer and the story read better, for that difference.

Sea Lover is a great concept with intriguing characters, but it f
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was still a story that just happened to involve a trans guy, and I have a huge soft spot for the just happened to stories. - Matt

They just make a lot of sense together – and I never thought I would be saying this about a human and a merman, but here we are. - Laura

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Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This just didn't work for me on any level. As intrigued as I was by the concept, the pacing and narrative style seemed all wrong, the characters fell flat, and I just could not find any sort of connection, mental or emotional. ...more
Z. Prosser
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is beautifully written with one particular scene that brought tears to my eyes.
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to get my hands on another book written by J.K. Pendragon. ...more
Rachel Emily
I'm a sucker for a merman story, so I was really looking forward to this. I enjoyed the writing style to this and the pace of this story. Most importantly, I just adored S'mika and how he learned about human ways while befriending Ian. It felt believable with the pace that he was able to pick up on things and learn to communicate with him.

It's hard to say too much here without giving away things, but I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the backstory for Ian - and would have enjoyed even more
Pépin Pomme
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
It was nice!

I love mermaids stories, and this one was quite great. Nothing much happened, but the dynamic between the characters was great, and I could read about S’mika learning human ways for hundreds of pages.

One thing that disturbed me was the age difference. I don’t remember their ages, but Ian refered to S’mika as “the boy”, and explained he was probably under 20, while Ian was probably in his late 20’s.

Beside that, it was cute, and really fun. A little sad, sometimes, but mostly fun, with
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute story, not a long one, but it had the necessary parts. The characters were interesting and different between them, I would have love to know more about Bobby and what happens after it all ends, but still, it's a fun and sweet story for a good time. ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book soooooooooo much!! Reading this just makes me happy and I love S'mika and Ian! ...more
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Faith Spinetto
I was intrigue of the idea of a merman, but it just came down to porn. Sadly mislead.
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Jun 08, 2018
This was a surprisingly cute story starring a Selke man and a transman. It's all about the relationship between two people who are different from those around them. It's short and sweet and works really well overall. There was a B plot that felt pretty superfluous, but other than that it was a good read overall. ...more
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J.K Pendragon is a Canadian author with a love of all things romantic and fantastical. They first came to the queer fiction community through m/m romance, but soon began to branch off into writing all kinds of queer fiction. As a bisexual and genderqueer person, J.K. is dedicated to producing diverse, entertaining fiction that showcases characters across the rainbow spectrum, and provides queer ch ...more

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