FLUKES by Nichole Chase-New Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Kindle format given by author for review/ARC
Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea, and buried just as deep. When court appointed community service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise line contract.
Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community service gig cleaning fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heart strings.
When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold onto all that really matters.
I'm sitting here reviewing my notes and I'm getting overheated again! Now it's no surprise that I like me some steam and I've seen hints of Nichole's swoon abilities in her other books, but WOW! Not only did she create a delicious story, but she created characters that I fell in love with.
I am a character reader. I have to like the characters to really get sucked into a story. Well, Meena was a hit for me pretty quickly. Simply the fact that she is a sister mermaid (shhhh....don't tell anyone, I'm a mermaid) won me over. But really, I liked her because she is a strong character.
Meena is a bit naive to some things. Her parents have kept her a bit sheltered because of the fact that they didn't want anyone finding out her secret. However, she's not afraid to try new things. She's curious about people and also about finding out more about her world. As an mermaid orphan, she's never been exposed to that world. She understands her connections to other sea life, like her dolphin mates, but yearns to find out more.
When Blake enters into the scene, I honestly wasn't sure I would like him. He's introduced in a way that makes it seem that he has a womanizing past, but what I saw was a really good guy. Blake takes on a lot of family responsibility despite the fact that he wants to take his life in a different direction. He can't wait to get off the island and start living his life. However, as a result of a confrontation, he ends up working for Meena's parents. The instant they meet, he's captivated by her. Meena, on the other hand, eyes him with caution. As they spend more time together and as he learns her secret, a strong love develops.
I don't want to say much more about them or their story, but I will tell you this....Meena and Blake are HOT! They both accept their attraction to each other and act on it naturally. While it wasn't immediate, I was happy that I didn't have to wait too long to get some action. ;)
I know some of you may be hesitant about reading a story about mermaids, but I'm here to tell you that it's so much more. Yes, she is a mermaid, but there is a great back story and a strong overall plot. I'm excited that there will be more books in the series. I grew quite attached to Jacen and Mireille. I look forward to reading more about Meena and her family's world!
If you're looking for a fresh new story with lovable characters that has great romance, this is the perfect book for you! Recommended for mature readers.
Giveaway: FLUKES eBook on release, signed poster, magnet, and Mermaid charm