- Siren Publishing
- Release Date
- February 2012
- Book 1 of Urban Merman
Alternate Universe, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance
When a Seattle bartender finds a horny merman in Lake Washington, he tries to be kind and let him down easy. Jamie's sick of taking home strays, and the needy merman pushes all his buttons. But when Jamie gets rejected by a longtime crush, he falls prey to the merman's wide-eyed adoration and killer body.
But the selkie, Marin, has ulterior motives. He wants Jamie to help him impregnate his fertile wife, and soon Jamie's dragged into a situation he hadn't bargained for. Can Jamie get over his need to take care of every charity case that crosses his path? And can Marin man up and be the lover Jamie needs? Find out in Jamie's Merman!
May 23, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
I was somewhat skeptical when I first started this book since I can't really say I have a thing for fish, even if they are of the human/shifter variety. However, Daisy Harris did manage to break me of my prejudice after just a few paragraphs and I found her Merman to be cute and funny.
Jamie is a guy who works in a bar by the lake and has a tendency of collecting strays. This particular day he was all set on enjoying a sunny afternoon with his boat in the middle of water while the weekend rush was over and the coast was clear. The last thing he expected was a half-dead looking guy in a fish costume to plop into his boat and ask for sex.
Yeah, I pretty much laughed the whole first half of the book. Some expressions and jokes were a bit over-used but I still thought them funny and kept on reading. The introduction of Sally, Martin's designated mate in their world, gave me a fright for a moment where I thought all three of them might end up together – I was so not okay with that. Fortunately Martin and Jamie do make a couple by the end and without any extra people in the mix.
The second part of the book really wasn't as good as the first and it all seemed a bit rushed. In addition, there was none of the extra sweetness and sexual tension that I'd found to be very appealing in Daisy Harris's College Boys. This was a typical paranormal kind-of-romance where it was obvious from the start who would end up together and without all the necessary connections a couple should have once we remove the paranormal element. They were just designated to end up together and all the effort to make them actually fit together was skipped.
However, I do find Daisy Harris to be funny in her tales and her guys promising. I'll probably be reading the second book in the series as well.
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Jun 04, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
133 people found the following review helpful
Jamie, a knight in shining armour, is here to save the day! He's protective and gives everything to his lovers. His trend of lovers has been piss poor. He seems to home in like a heat seeking missile on the hot mess men who take and never give back. Even though Jamie is a sweet bartending guy, his character can easily be swapped out for a female character – the one who wants to "save" the guy and help him become better. Once the proverbial changed man is on his two feet, he dumps the emotionally invested gal (Jamie in this case) and finds something better to suit his needs.
I cringe at this type of character. Still, I think since this is an m/m book, I'm more forgiving and found Jamie to be rather loveable and funny. Jamie is accosted by Marin who is a merman or better yet, a Selkie from another dimension. Pause. Yes, from another dimension where homosexuality's penalty is death by ripping to shreds from other mermen. This would definitely explain Marin's desire to cross over to Earth side.
Marin is a strong and virile Selkie. Basically, he is a steaming hot merdude. I like Marin quite a bit and wish he played on the same team as me. Then I could envision getting down and dirty with him. His frolicking sensual manner in the water is a dream come true. I'd love to be able to enjoy some smexy fun in the water. It's not easy to do.
Marin doesn't come to Jamie unattached. There is a complication as Marin is mated with a female Selkie to reproduce young. Due to his attraction to men, baby making mechanics are not functioning as required. Marin's mate, Sally, comes up with a plan which involves a non consenting Jamie. It all works out in the end since this is a happily ever after Siren story.
I like this story because I love stories with Selkies and mermaids or in this case, merdudes. The story line is simplistic and at times funny. While reading through this story, I couldn't help but think that Jamie is merely a female character written as an anatomical male. This is what distracted me and made the story just okay for me. The reason why I found it to be this way is because Jamie's pondering and responses are ones I observe more frequently from a woman, not a man. I tend to be heavily loaded on male friends. None of them think or respond the way Jamie did in the book. Even my gay male and female friends don't think that way. It's only the few more girlish female friends of mine who behave and think like Jamie. My recommendation to Ms. Harris is to observe and question more men - hetero, bi and homosexual alike. It will give her better insight into a man's minds and create a more realistic and complex male character.
The world building is light and since it is only book one in a series, I'm hoping the following books will shed more insight into the Selkie world. It seems more fascinating and fun to me over there. Then again, I'm not a gay man so I'm safe in the Selkie world. I recommend this paranormal romance book to those who enjoy mythical water creatures.
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