Author: Kay Berrisford
Title: Lyle's Story
Series: Landlocked Heart 2
Rating: One Petal
On the Author's Website:
Lyle, a merman, and Ben, his human, work together in a seaside ice-cream parlour and their life together is bliss. Or would be, if not for Ben's constant worries about career and money, and Lyle's dark past—a myriad of secrets, lies, wild magic, and foul deeds, which now threaten to catch up with him.
When Lyle's merfolk family accuse him of murder, Ben and Lyle's bond is stretched to the limit. Not only does Lyle seem unsuited to Ben's dreams of domestic happiness, hismagical powers are spinning dangerously out of control. Even Lyle isn't entirely sure he's innocent.
With Ben dragged deep into the enchanted processes of merfolk justice, escaping with his life—and getting home to an important job interview—is just the start of the challenge. Uncovering Lyle's inner truths without destroying their love could be a step too far…
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lyle and Ben somehow managed to survive Lyle's curse and to find each other again, but just being together isn't enough. Ben is restarting from scratch after leaving everything behind for Lyle, while Lyle's past is haunting them both. This time if they have to run, it might just be to save their lives.
This book never came together for me. I wanted very much to believe in everything that was happening to them but nothing worked. First was the setting, which started on the edge of the ocean with them both working in an ice cream shop. I've worked retail, so I know the way they were running that shop wasn't the least bit realistic to real life. That set the tone for the rest of the story, which lacked realism in every aspect.
It also felt disjointed, what with the awkward flashback suddenly cutting into the middle of the story. A little rearranging with the flashback as the prologue might have helped since it wouldn't have disrupted the flow of Lyle and Ben's relationship quite so much, but the story was overall so poorly written I don't know that much could have helped it. Lyle and Ben's relationship never really meshed either. They always felt like they were operating from two different worlds--which they technically were since Lyle is a merman and Ben an human--but the point of their relationship was to meld their two worlds into one strong relationship. I liked where that was going after the first book in the series, but this book killed it for me.
The plot, the romance, and the setting all lacked realism, which made it very difficult to like this book. Overall I found it difficult to read and poorly written, so I can't recommend it.
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