Synopsis: A romance collection of four stories featuring mermen, sirens, and water sprites.
Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.
The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian
Under Poseidon’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.
Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.
Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said
Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn’t love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It’s a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.
The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams
Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters. When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.
The Cover: Gorgeous image! The colors are well balanced and shout MERMAIDS and other underwater creatures. It’s also clear that this is a romance.
My Thoughts on the Stories
Hearts Desire by Julie Reece: Great story to open the anthology. Reece sets up a story that will both break your heart and set it soaring. Poor Tessa, I felt her agony.
The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian: Gillian leads you through the frustration of Circe, a failing siren, to the realization of why she’s cannot complete her mission with humor and humanity. While Circe was only doing her job, I couldn’t help but feel for Otis as he struggled to understand what was going on.
Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said: Harmon, the soldier who doesn’t believe in the power of the pearl, and Miki, who is desperate to survive, take you to the depths of the ocean as they come together in more ways than one. Said paints the scenery with skill and ease as we swim alongside Miki and Harmon.
The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams: If this story doesn’t make you cry… WOW. I seriously teared up as Nixie and Wyatt’s story took me on a roller coaster ride through the highs and lows of love. Just an amazing way to end a completely engaging anthology.
Recommendation: A must read for fans of romance.