Book Reviews

Riding the Tide (The Deep Blue Sea 2) by M.A. Church

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 01-September-2017

Book Blurb

Caught between two worlds—what’s a merman to do?

Marcus Krill, a creature of the sea, is a perfectly content bachelor. Mating someone? No thank you. Living anywhere but in the ocean? Ha! Not happening. Spending more than the barest necessity of time on land? Nope. Not this merman. And humans? They’re perfectly fine as a diversion, but that’s all. They might be interesting, but complications follow them like a hungry shark during a feeding frenzy. So what if he’s a little lonely? A little tired of one-night stands? That doesn’t mean he’s ready to mate. Not him.

Blair Estes, a creature of land, is perfectly happy with his nomadic lifestyle. No strings keep him tied to any one place long. Adventure is his lover and adrenaline his master. He loves to travel, and the things he’d seen—things that defy description. Now his wandering has brought him to the Seychelle islands and a mysterious merman who’s going to take him on the journey of a lifetime.

Once again merfolk and human culture collide in an explosion of passion and… fear.

First Edition published by OmniLit/All Romance eBooks, 2016

Book Review

This is the second story in M.A. Church’s ‘Deep Blue Sea’ series about merfolk who have their own culture, behaviors that are decidedly nonhuman, and consider humans as somewhat odd, if not plain weird. I was thrilled to see this is Marcus’s story – he had a secondary role to play in the first book and with as fierce a warrior as he is and as opposed as he is to almost anything human in his personal life, I couldn’t wait to see what happens once he finds himself mated to a “land crawler” (my word, not his).

Marcus is the picture of a fierce, growly warrior, almost like a werewolf. But he is a merman through and through, which means he barely tolerates humans. They are okay to have the occasional bit of fun with, but their attachment to dry land goes against everything Marcus loves. So when he finds out that his mate is a human, Marcus is not exactly overjoyed. He doesn’t want to tie himself down anyway, but with a human? Not what he wants. Not that he has a choice – the need to claim Blair and protect him is almost overpowering.

Blair likes his nomadic lifestyle. He has the money to travel from an inheritance and selling a company he founded, he has seen a lot of the world – including some very strange things, and he prefers adventure to settling down. So when he sees a merman and the creature starts to talk to him, he is surprised, but not shocked. It all sounds rather interesting. But when he finds out he is supposed to be Marcus’s mate, Blair panics and runs.

Marcus feels rejected, Blair is unhappy but has no idea how to apologize, and Kannan and Nisha have their hands full trying to clear up the misunderstandings, fight the mutual fear, and deal with the fallout. At least they understand the issues, having gone through a rather rocky initial phase as well. I loved their antics and was grateful they were there for Marcus and Blair. Those guys needed all the help they could get!

If you like the merfolk of the ‘Deep Blue Sea’ world, if you’re interested to find out more about two men who come from different cultures and have diametrically opposed expectations, and if you’re looking for an entertaining, sometimes suspenseful, read about some of the pitfalls of cross-cultural love, then you will probably like this fun novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 164 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-April-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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