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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Mermaid's Ransom by Joey W. Hill

A Mermaid’s Ransom by Joey W. Hill
Publisher: Berkley
Length: Full Length (394 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Other: BDSM, M/F, Forced Seduction
Book Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Viscaria

A story of two lovers who could not be more different.

Daughter to an angel and a mermaid, Alexis has grown up in peaceful waters. So when her nightmares begin, the mer-angel has little idea what to make of them. In her dream is the loneliest man Alexis has ever met-and she's strangely drawn to him. Until the night her dream comes true...

Born of a vampire and a Dark One, Dante only knows brutality. And although he's the leader of the underworld, he longs to escape it. How better than to hold for ransom the Prime Legion Commander's daughter? But there's one thing Dante never planned on-the way Alexis steals his heart.

Joey W. Hill does it again… and again… and again. I have to say that I have yet to be disappointed by a single one of her offerings, and this time was no different. A Mermaid’s Ransom is a definite must read for fans of Joey W. Hill.

From the first word we are drawn into the heat that is a Hill trademark. Alexis isn’t asking for the dreams that draw her into a world of fire and brimstone. Nor is she asking for the hold the man in her dreams has over her. But being the empath she is, she feels more than others would and is reluctantly intrigued by the dark man who enters her dreams and dominates her desires. And what’s worse, she thinks she might be able to save him. I loved Alexis and her determination to take care of herself. She has been the pampered daughter of one of the most overprotective fathers in the universe, and she’s ready to find her own way. The fact that she knew Dante was not a good man, but still found so much that was redeemable about him had me rooting for her. She handles a rather terrifying situation with grace and fortitude that I’m not sure I could have managed under the same circumstances. Alexis is a truly amazing heroine who I simply adored and admired.

Dante is more of an anti-hero than a hero. When he’s first introduced in this book I wasn’t sure if I could like him, much less love him as a hero. He doesn’t seem to have a lot of redeeming qualities, and yet I found I wanted him to redeem himself and get the girl. It was so moving to watch as he learned that not everything needed to be handled with blood and death. To see his wonder with a world of tenderness and joy as opposed to pain and death and destruction was truly heartbreaking. I love how Ms. Hill can make even the scariest “hero” into someone you want to love and protect. Despite how scary Dante could be, I also found him quite sexy and his single-minded pursuit of Alexis made me shiver on more than one occasion. He’s a great hero with amazing depth and beauty that I was glad to see again, and to see get his own HEA.

A Mermaid’s Ransom crossed two worlds that Ms. Hill has created bringing in characters from the previous Mermaid books as well as pulling some of her Vampires in as well. It was great fun to see old friends again and to watch how these two different worlds overlapped to make this a deep and textured tale of love and redemption.

Now, a warning, this tale, as so many of Ms. Hill’s tales, is not for the faint of heart. While not as sexually explicit as some of her others, it does deal with some rather intense and sometimes scary subject matter that will keep your heart pounding. If you’re a Hill fan, then I don’t think you’ll have a problem but for new Hill readers, be warned that this is not a light a fluffy romance.

Once again, Joey W. Hill has given us a masterpiece, and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to read this one. Filled with deep introspection, amazing characters and beautiful descriptive phrases, A Mermaid’s Ransom is a definite recommend for all Hill fans and for anyone looking for an intense read that will stick with you long after you turn the last page. I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Hill has up her sleeve, and hope she doesn’t take too long to give me another fix of her amazing worlds.

1 comment:

Joey W. Hill said...

Viscaria, thank you so much. I'm always so pleased when you enjoy my books, but since this book - and particularly Dante's character - was such a challenge for me, it makes your satisfaction with it all the sweeter. Thanks for taking the time to read it and for writing such an articulate and insightful review. You really "got" the book, which is always a delight to an author. Thanks again!