Since her father died, Kate Sweeting's home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what's up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her...and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her - what she feels, what she wants, and what she'll risk to be with the man she loves.
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Unique Paranormal Romance
- Adriana B
an interesting fantasy about sirens- needs more wo
i would not.The pace is all over the place and the character development is good, but is still a bit confusing. I felt like some parts were too slow and very, factual, almost like a list of what happened to certain characters at time X in their lives. It felt flat, and I lost interest at times.
My biggest issue with this book is its approach to women that have a career. I felt like it was constantly telling me that a woman needs to be home with her children, that having a job that is time consuming is wrong, by comparison to other characters who are stay at home moms or have a job that does not take much of their time and they are always there for their children. Not only that but a male lead told his wife that he whants someone to be with their child at home, and that they can share the burden but its either she stays at home OR they hire someone- HE will not stay at home. Add to that the fact that a couple had a major marital crisis BECAUSE they were workaholics and the wife did not want children- that was solved by making them have sex so she will conceive (the merfolk threw her birth control pills so she would not take them!). it was just too much, not just old school notions about a woman role but really making it seen like it ruined lives.
i liked his narration. he has a nice smooth voice with a good range of characters.
I strongly did not like the amount of control the merfolk had on all the people in their lives they regarded as friends. They constantly manipulated, with their magical siren charms, their lives and the humans accepted it with a smile. It was just off putting to me, I can understand a meddling character or pushing someone to do something they are afraid to do that will help them feel better but this was about completely orchestrating their lives. Making sure that Kate did not have sex or have a social life, making sure she finished collage early so she can have the baby with Gabe (because that is was happens when merfolk fall in love, they have the urge to get the girl knocked up). It felt too pushy, and Kate accepted everything so easily even when she had questions that went unanswered. She was very passive and I felt like it was not believable to a point I started disliking her. Her romance with Gabe was very sweet so that part about her, that other people guided her life like a puppet almost, was a big down point for me.
I liked the world the author built and the detail was interesting but I felt like that characters where flat and the control they had on the heroine was unsettling. I would have liked to read it with a stronger female lead that Has choices and not just accepts choices mandated to her by others- choices that affect her body and life forever.