Author: Shira Anthony
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/21/2015
Length: 07 hours 31 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Mermen of Ea: Book One
Taren Laxley has never known anything but life as a slave. When a lusty pirate kidnaps him and holds him prisoner on his ship, Taren embraces the chance to realize his dream of a seagoing life. Not only does the pirate captain offer him freedom in exchange for three years of labor and sexual servitude, but the pleasures Taren finds when he joins the captain and first mate in bed far surpass his greatest fantasies.
Then, during a storm, Taren dives overboard to save another sailor and is lost at sea. He’s rescued by Ian Dunaidh, the enigmatic and seemingly ageless captain of a rival ship, the Phantom, and Taren feels an overwhelming attraction to Ian that Ian appears to share. Soon Taren learns a secret that will change his life forever: Ian and his people are Ea, shape-shifting merfolk… and Taren is one of them too. Bound to each other by a fierce passion neither can explain or deny, Taren and Ian are soon embroiled in a war and forced to fight for a future—not only for themselves but for all their kind.
Damn, this story was a great start to this trilogy. It was HOT, fascinating, tense, and full of yummy goodness. This was a fun and sexy fantasy and I can’t wait for part two!
What I enjoyed most was that this was such a rich world. Part old world pirate, part fantastic paranormal creatures, part mystery, part fear. There was just so much to learn and the author did a great job catching and holding my interest. I also enjoyed the fact that the world building came naturally as the plot moved forward. It was integral to the characters and the action so there were no awkward info dumps. To me that is the mark of a good story, when I learn so much about a grand world without being made to feel like I am in a classroom.
The characters and story were great. There was history and development, yet there was mystery. The author constantly kept me on my toes as things moved forward. How did Rider know so much? How were these men connected? As the story progressed these questions were answered as more questions were raised. And things are set up nicely for the continuation of this story in book 2. I would like to point out that while this is part one of a trilogy, I did not feel like I was left hanging and I did not feel like this was an abrupt “to be continued” type ending. I was left with a satisfied feeling and just enough curiosity to want more.
The thing I struggled with was the developing relationship between Ian and Taren. I easily felt the attraction when Taren was with Sebastian and Rider. Their threesomes were hot but there was an air of emotion and a connection that I understood and honestly thought would be the meat of this story (can you tell I did not read the blurb before I picked this one up?). But I did not feel that same connection between Ian and Taren. I understood there was a connection because they were mates, but the emotions were not there. Maybe it was the way the story was read, but if the author had not told me Ian and Taren were mates, I would not have understood at all why Taren chose Ian over Rider and Sebastian.
However, this really was not as big a deal as I may have made it seem. I enjoyed this story from start to finish. I am impressed by the world and look forward to learning more about Ian and Taren and maybe then I will come to understand their connection better.
I recommend this one to anyone looking for an epic fantasy. This one reads well and is full of great imagery that could easily be translated into a movie inside your mind!
Michael Stellman did a good job reading this story. The sexual tension was easy to feel and the emotions were very evident. There were not a lot of distinct voices, but I had no trouble following who was who and who was saying what. It was a good reading.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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