The Merman's Kiss
Author: Tamsin Ley
Title: The Merman's Kiss
Series: Mates for Monsters
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: One Petal
On the Author's Website:
Even monsters need a mate.
After the death of her child, Brianna seeks to end her life within the ocean’s final embrace. Instead, she falls into the arms of a sexy, sleek-tailed monster. He’s wild, seductive, and sets her blood on fire every time he touches her, and soon she begins to need him for more than his magic to breathe underwater. He might just give her a new reason to live.
Zantu has evaded the mate-bond for thirty-five years, dodging promiscuous mermaids with vile intents. Unlike mermaids, mermen bond for life, and Zantu refuses to accept the heartbreak most mermen die of. That is, until the glint of gold catches his eye, and a simple salvage mission turns to passion. Now he’s bonded to a human, and begins to wonder if bonding to the right mate might not be so bad. The problem? A finless female won’t live long among the dangers of the sea.
Now Zantu must choose between keeping her at his side, and keeping her safe. Either way, he’s sure he’ll end up with a broken heart.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Brianna is depressed because her baby was stillborn and her husband's emotionless so she tries to kill herself. Zantu happens upon her as she's drowning and the mate bond between them is in place before he even realizes it. Brianna's chances of surviving the underwater world as a human dwindle every day, but Zantu giving her a chance at life by returning her to the human world still means losing her forever.
The second scene of this story begins with Brianna jumping into the ocean with weights tied around her waist. She can't live with her husband and her lost child any longer so she decides to end it. Yet, as she reaches the bottom she realizes that maybe she wants to live after all. Somehow in her desperate attempts to untie the ropes she manages to take off all her clothes, which means she's completely naked when Zantu happens to swim by. They have sex immediately despite the fact that Brianna is drowning and of course it's the best sex Brianna has ever experienced in her life.
If you're noticing a touch of sarcasm there, you're right. After reading this scene I put the book down and refused to pick it up again. Using attempted suicide as a plot device to allow the two main characters to have sex is boorish and, quite frankly, disgusting. Additionally, the writing was so poor that Brianna's emotional state that led her to such a drastic act wasn't the least bit believable. She didn't read as depressed or desperate, instead she read as selfish and extremely one dimensional.
After reading the first two scenes of this book I put it down and refused to pick it up again. The writing was extremely poor and using suicide as a plot device to allow the two main characters to have sex was completely disgusting. I absolutely do not recommend this book.
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