Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lies Beneath Review

288 pages
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

Review (ARC):
While I can't say this was the most amazing mermaid novel I've ever read, it was interesting to say the least. The mermaid's in this novel are given a darker nature which makes it different from most mermaid tales. Another difference is the mermaid in this story is actually a merman named Calder. Calder fights against his dark nature and of course a girl helps him do so. I loved that Calder tried to be better than the rest of his family by not killing humans. I liked that Calder was thrown off balance when his charms didn't work as well on Lily as he hoped. I feel like the story itself wasn't as well developed as I hoped. A few things were thrown into the storyline that didn't have an explanation or left me wondering at the end. Sometimes it also felt like a part was missing when going from one chapter to another. Despite that I enjoyed the romance between Calder and Lily. Their romance developed at a realistic pace and she wasn't stuck all over him throughout the whole novel. I think that if you enjoy mermaid stories and romance then this novel will be to your taste. 


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