I was initially drawn to this story simply because I had never read a story that featured mermen before. I was definitely intrigued by what kind of lore Pamfiloff would create for them and how their story would tie into the modern world. The premise of the island being a living entity was interesting but also a bit creepy at times. The fact that Roen is unaware of his connection to the island, the way that Liv is eventually connected, and the lives of the others on the island are all tightly connected and provided plenty of drama and tension.
I haven't quite decided even after finishing MERMEN whether I like Liv or Roen very much. They both make questionable decisions that didn't play out well for either of them. Roen seems to accept things rather well given his circumstances yet still has some sense of responsibility for Liv and tries to help her. Liv completely blows the sacrifice that Roen has made by breaking a vow. I knew that it would probably happen but I was still a bit irked when she did it. Roen knows that he is not generally concerned with what benefits others but he finds that he can't resist trying to save Liv from a fate that she definitely would not want.
ALL of the mermen have issues, are dangerous, and may be a little on the crazy side as well. MERMEN is a quick and unique read. The creatures in MERMEN are fascinating and horrific at the same time. The mermen both intriguing and off-putting. These are men who go bump in the night but not often in a good way. There are plenty of secrets and history still to be revealed and there is a doozy of a cliffhanger at the end. However MerMadmen book 2 in the series is already out so you won't have to wait to see how things play out.
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
They’ve got something he wants.
INFAMOUS BACHELOR and SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE ROEN DORAN IS A BASTARD. Yes, he knows it. And no, he doesn’t care. He’s got money and power, and he depends on no one. But when his estranged father dies, willing him a secret island, Roen will come face to face with an even bigger secret: its occupants. And these savage, sea-obsessed warriors are quick to make their position clear: Leave now or die.
There’s only one problem. Nobody tells Roen what to do. Ever. Oh, and one other thing. He’s just met the island’s other new “guest” and something about her brings out his possessive side.
SOLE SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR LIV STRATTON had been adrift at sea for ten grueling days when salvation miraculously appeared: an uncharted island. Only, the deceivingly beautiful men who live there aren’t interested in saving her. No, not at all. Because they somehow believe she is their property, a gift from the ocean to do with as they please. This is not good.
Her only hope? Billionaire Roen Doran, of all people. A man who’s said to care for nothing and no one. But if he’s so heartless, then why is he about to risk everything to help her?
About the Author
Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel.
She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.