Hiro's Merman

Daisy Harris
Hiro's Merman
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Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
Release Date
March 2012
Book 2 of Urban Merman
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance

When an abused selkie named Deniz slips through the portal from his land, he finds himself in the middle of Lake Washington surrounded by boats. Terrified of this new world, he dodges hulls until he's found by a beautiful human named Hiro.

Hiro helps Deniz learn about the human world and introduces him to love between consenting partners. He escorts Deniz from the maritime festivities of SeaParty weekend to an exclusive bathhouse, and shows Deniz all the fun and pleasure of the human realm. But when Hiro discovers the pain in Deniz's past, he isn't sure he can be the lover Deniz needs.

Even though Deniz wants Hiro with all his heart, he isn't sure he can trust again. Can Hiro give the selkie the space he needs to regain his confidence? Can Deniz face his abuser once more? Do selkies prefer lattés or cappuccinos? Find out in Hiro's Merman!

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jun 05, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
88 people found the following review helpful
HIRO'S MERMAN was the weakest of Daisy Harris's books I've read so far. Even when I disregard the predictability of the plot and the lack of any other stable content beside the romance, it still didn't have any of the elements I liked in the first book.

Deniz is a merman version of an albino with his red coloring and small build. He daily faces his rapist in a world where sex between males is forbidden and there is nothing he can do about it. When Gai, next to his usual abuse, threatens to kill Deniz, the merman flees through the portal and into the human world.

The predictable part is that he meets the one remaining friend from the first book that didn't get paired up and that the lake is apparently so small his enemy has no trouble whatsoever to find him again either.

I liked the starting point of this book, where one character is severely abused and finds comfort in another. Most of us wish for a happy resolution of someone's sad past and these types of books are at the top of my favorite reads. Hiro was someone I would have liked in most books, but as a pair to Deniz, he just didn't work. His character lacked depth and his promiscuous personality wasn't as well incorporated into the relationship where the other character needed someone understanding. While the first book held me with its humor, I couldn't get into this one at all. Somehow I couldn't find the usual appealing note the author's writing previously had for me.

The positive part were the details where Deniz gets a glimpse of the human world and finds ordinary things frightening or even shocking. Wish there were more of those. So, not two stars but somewhere in between two and three. I hope the next book from the author has more of that strength I fell in love with during College Boys.
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