Quickie Review: Return to the Sea by Rebecca Royce

Posted May 14, 2012 by Jen in 3 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating B Tags: , , , , ,

Return to the Sea
Author: Rebecca Royce 
Release Date: Aug. 3, 2011
Publisher: Decadent
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
The clock is ticking for Laneigh. Banished from the ocean ten years earlier, Laneigh is shocked to discover all the Mer people living on dry land die within a decade of leaving the sea. With her life ending, she boards a cruise ship, intent on challenging the Mer who destroyed her life. She doesn’t expect him to save her—but she has a request she is desperate he honor.
Hearing Laneigh’s name on the wind, Sylarus, son of the Mer king, is powerless to stop himself from seeing her. Defying his father’s edict, he rushes to meet the woman he’s desired his whole life. But when he learns of her impending death, something shifts deep inside Sylarus. He cannot—will not—let her die.
Sylarus and Laneigh face tremendous odds to be together. In the end, they will either change Mer society forever or perish in the attempt. Can true love forgive after a decade of betrayals?
What Im talking about:
The story opens with Laneigh standing on a cruise ship, looking out into the ocean depths, knowing that Sylarus is near. When she feels her former lover magically appear behind her, she dreads facing him to tell him what’s been going on for the past decade while she has been banished to dry land. Laneigh is a mermaid and Sylarus’s father, King of the Mer people, has forbid Laneigh to return to the sea. What Sylarus doesn’t know is that it is slowly killing Laneigh, and that Sylarus is a father of a ten-year-old girl.
The two share a past and blame one another for the current situation. However, they still find a way to get past all of the resentment and pain to sex it up “one last time.” Of course it’s been ten lonely years for both – each remaining celibate since their separation. Once they “get a room,” their unbridled passion ignites and raw emotions flood freely into the open.
Return to the Sea is an enjoyable, entertaining read. The book is fun in all the right places and sexy enough to make me blush a little. The first half of the story rocked! I loved reading about Laneigh and Sylarus’s reunion and watching them release their past to make way for the future. They both take chances and it pays off. 
However, once the pair returns to the sea with their newly transformed daughter, the story takes a turn. It isn’t bad, but I felt the political ramifications of what occurs and how it comes to be was a bit hokey and contrived. 
In the end, the novella-length story is a good one, and I recommend giving it a go. After all, it’s Mer people and it’s smexy!
My Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)

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