I have read and enjoyed one other series by Sarah Bennett. When I saw a new series by her, I had to give it a shot. Firstly, I should confirm that this is a solid romance story. It does not masquerade as anything else. Any other events in the storyline are by-products of and circle back to the love story of the lead protagonists.
We have Laurie, who is settled at Mermaid’s point, has solid roots running all the way back to the idea of Mermaid’s in the locality. The story she gives of her family history was mildly disturbing as the male ancestor’s actions did not seem to be addressed in the narrative at all!
Jake has the opposite issue, he has no roots, and he has drifted as far as possible from the family he once was a part of. The two meet, and the apparent attraction takes hold. Things move fairly quickly, and although the cast of lovable characters was well done, everything seemed to be done in a rush. There was not much of a story to unfold. Even the ‘secret’ happened quite quickly, and everything connected to it was wrapped up surprisingly fast. Toxic relationships are handled in-between.
I read a fair amount of such stories and have specific pacing that I enjoy, and this was slightly off. Given how I relished the previous encounter with the author’s writing, I had much higher expectations from this work. It is not bad, just not what I hoped to get from it – hence the rating. It is a quick, almost one sitting read. I will pick up the next in the series if given a chance since I am still curious about how the story would move forward.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.