She escaped his net, but now he’s caught her heart.
Muri was resigned to being the tenth bride of the king of the merfolk—until he disappeared on land. Now she has mere days to find him among the treacherous fairies and dim-witted humans before the throne is forfeit and his menacing rival takes control of the merkingdom.
Her first shimmering glimpse of a human in a boat is so captivating, his fishing net almost ensnares her. But once on shore, she discovers that the fairies are kind, and the humans intelligent. And the man who almost caught her—a fish-catcher named Jack—is utterly handsome.
Muri needs to warn the mermaids that the merking won’t be returning—he’s lying drunk in the village park, unable to shift to merman form. But she hesitates to leave the village. Muri wants to learn more of this place where humans and fairies help each other, women and men are equals, and rulers are chosen by everyone. And she wants to spend more time with Jack.
But the merking’s rival is coming for her. He’ll threaten the whole village to force her to return home. To keep Jack safe, she’ll have to leave him.
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My Review of The Ocean Girl
Another fantastic installment in this series. I just love this world—it’s perfect for when I want to read about magic and fantasy stuff without lots and lots of conflict. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty that goes wrong/needs to be dealt with, but everything just feels like it’s going to be okay out of the gate.
I’m currently fangirling like no one’s business over the upcoming live-action Disney’s Little Mermaid, so this mermaid story was very helpful for holding me over. The merworld has a slight dystopian—women are oppressed (or is that a real-life feel?). Anyway, it was interesting to see where the merking from book 1 came from. I also really liked the exploration of how a small change somewhere affects other places. Without spoiling too much, the issue with the fairies from earlier on has a direct impact on the merpeople, and getting updated information to the merpeople changes their outlook. But first, the humans had to do their thing. It’s all connected in a very realistic way.
Again, highly recommend this series. I hear there are more in the works, and I’ll definitely be reading them.
About Emily Jane Buehler
I write cozy fantasy romances where everyday people (and fairies) have adventures and fall in love. They are lighthearted stories with action and adventure, love and magic, where protagonists learn to believe in themselves and find their courage. And yes, they are kissing books. They are the beach reads that Éowyn packs when she goes on vacation. I believe that by portraying positive relationships with good communication, romance novels can help readers envision such relationships for themselves, serve as a model of proper consent for young people, and portray diverse types of relationships and people. They can be a fun escape while still having depth and contributing to a better society.
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