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The Lonely Merman

(Landlocked Heart #1)

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  15 reviews
It's Friday afternoon, and the last thing Ben wants to be doing is trudging through a wet forest in search of a public hazard. But duty calls, and turns out more exciting than Ben imagined when he encounters a magical ruin, an enchanted pool, and Lyle—a merman who's cursed to be landlocked many miles from the sea.

Lyle is flamboyant and exciting—he's got tentacles, for good
ebook, 99 pages
Published July 8th 2017 by Less Than Three Press
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Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fr, ng, romance-fantasy
Odd lot romance.

Ben is a dependable guy doing his job when he stumbles upon a magical folly and pool in the woods. Even more amazing is the beautiful if slightly creepy man lurking about the area. Turns out that Lyle's loitering because he doesn't have much choice--Cursed.

Landlocked and alone, what's a merman to do?

The years have been long and Lyle's not exactly taken it well. Ben is attracted, but a bit turned off by some of Lyle's mannerisms. All this sounds good, a solid basis for a relation
☙ percy ❧
this was quite fun, and i liked the fact that there was a bit of angst and is wasn't all plain sailing (no pun intended), but it was quite instalove-y. not just instalust, but instalove. i shouldn't really complain about that though, as the whole story had a fairy tale vibe with curses and things, and instalove is par for the course with fairy tales, really.

also lyle was relatable because i too am a melodramatic trans goth who is way too clingy all the time and gets mistaken for a vampire.


Full review also on my blog at http://wickedjr89sbookblog.blogspot.c...

I wanted to read this book because it involves a queer merman, and it involves a romance between said gay merman and a gay male human. And I got so much more than that and in a short book to boot! Kindle doesn't tell me how many pages it is nor does Goodreads but I read it in one day, not sure how long I actually spent reading it though, my guess is a few hours total.

I really enjoyed the plot. It's a light fantasy read. L
Rachel Emily
I'm a big fan of merman romances, I've always loved them, and will pretty much try any that I find. This was a cute story, but at the same time it felt like something was lacking while I was reading this.

I felt like we never really got a clear explanation of what Lyle looks like, and things seemed to be rushed through, quickly explained (the whole "show, don't tell in writing" definitely applies here) and the way the dialogue and writing was, it felt almost like this should have been taking pla
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This was a cute short story [or novella I guess?]. The instalove factor is always going to make me roll my eyes a bit but it's what I've come to expect from these types of shorter writing and also it's much less annoying to me when it's a queer romance. Lyle wasn't exactly what I was expecting [he's more a fairy than a traditional merman] but for the most part the story was cute and had a good ending and I also li
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I knew from the blurb that I was going to love The Lonely Merman. I mean, a magical ruin, an enchanted pool, and a flamboyant merman with tentacles? Yes, please! What I did not know, however, was how deeply I would fall in love with Lyle, or how deeply I would get lost in the world Kay Berrisford created.

The setting alone is worth the price of admission, a secluded little spot, deep inside the forest, that has remained magically hidden from view for over a century. There is a single tow
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute quick read! Ben is a loner still living at home and working a somewhat humdrum job. He stumbles upon Lyle, an undine who longs to return to the ocean, but trapped in the woods as part of a curse. Ben manages to come of as a little bored with his uneventful life without being the sad-sack living at home stereotype. Lyle is something of a drama queen but still manages to be very charming. There's a nice bit about undines being allowed to choose their gender during their formative years that I ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Sweet story. Ben's character was very relateable. The reader really feels for him. There were some aspects though that didn't really fit. The name for Lyle's character just never fit; it didn't have the right flavor to fit the character. Lyle's backstory when he finally shared it seemed a little unformed and haphazard. The book had great detail of events and action with the exception of Lyle's description and the intimate scenes. I felt like when the author got to those areas of the story they f ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

From that review: " The Lonely Merman (Landlocked Heart #1) by Kay Berrisford has a terrific premise behind it and some wonderful mythology that the author has created for her story.  I trudged along with Ben  and tumbled headlong into a magical place, haunted by a cursed being waiting for his forever love.

How could you not want to read about that?.."

For all our reviews, author i
Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Lonely Merman (Landlocked Heart #1) Kay Berrisford
1) I greatly enjoyed reading this book. There were so many things to like. On the one hand, it was as if I were reading a contemporary gay romance involving characters interested in conservation and the environment. At the same time, I was reading about magical characters who were hundreds of years old. What a great story set up and great characters. The author did a great job of unfolding this story in
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
From Magnolia Reviews: Three Petals

Overall I did enjoy reading this story, which is why I do recommend it. It was cute with interesting characters and well written magic. However, the story itself felt rushed and choppy thanks to a lot of time skips and the characters explaining instead of showing.

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Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautifully written book. Loved it.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I’m BEYOND thrilled to see more and more queer merfolk getting published. UGH. Keep them coming plz k thx.


This book was oddly charming in its simplicity. It’s a very character driven story with a bit of time pressure to set the stakes. The emotion fluctuates to keep things interesting, but it never lingers on negative for too long. It’s a nice balance or romance and drama.

I particularity liked how certain character flaws didn’t go unpunished. When a tempers flair, it’s not glorified. There are c
DB  (DB's Guide to the Galaxy)
So this is another The Little Mermaid retelling, this one being a M/M and the mermaid being less of a mermaid and more of an octuman? Or however you’re meant to explain it – the water-dwelling creature has tentacles.

All in all, it was a good read. Not that good – as I rated it 2 and a half but because of Goodreads and its ratings (yes, another snide remark about how Goodreads needs to change their stars but then again, are you even a blogger if you don’t complain about this?) so then I had to ra
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Nanna Sander
I came here because I recieved an ARC for the second book in the series, and I felt like I needed the context to truly undertand the sequel. It is a quick story, and therefore the romance happens super quickly and shallowly, something of which I am not a fan. Loved the term 'Drama Llama' that Ben calls Lyle. The issues in Lyle's story has some clear parallels to our society, so the book is in some ways a stab at reality even though the story is weaved with magic and supernatural sea creatures.
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