Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Sam Lewis is a former Olympic diving champion who now works at Water World, an aquatic park similar to the real life Sea World. He entertains the park visitors a couple of times a day doing dives that he would normally use as warm up from his competition past. At the age of thirty-two, Sam knows his glory days as a competitive diver are long past but these shows give him some of his past glory. His one wish is that now that he is no longer under judges’ scrutiny is to fins someone to share his life. The one perk at working at the park is to see the other attractions. He is particularly fascinated with the real life robotic merpeople, especially the merman.
Percy is a special effects designer at the same park that Sam works at. One of the perks of his job is to watch his favorite Olympic diver perform at the park. He is sitting at a bar when Sam approaches him. Sam is surprised when Percy recognizes him, saying that he is a has been. Percy states that is not the case at Water World where they both work. When Percy reveals that he works with the animation of the mermaids, Sam comments how the merman looks exactly like Percy. As things begin to heat up, Percy suddenly leaves. Sam is left high and dry.
Sam begins to wonder what is wrong. Is there something about himself that drives Percy off? Or is there something wrong with Percy himself? And what about this man Todd who seems to be a threat to the growing relationship of Percy and Sam?
I usually enjoy most things that Jeff Erno writes and this is not an exception. This is the author’s first foray into the world of shape shifters and it appears that he is off to a good start. The author does a good job at describing the pressures both of the main characters have faced in finding someone to have a relationship with. He does not follow the fated mate route that is often used in these types of books in the normal sense, which is refreshing to see. The main reason that I did not rate the book higher is that the ending seemed a bit rushed and the meeting with Percy’s parents was rather anti-climatic. However, the twist with Percy’s mother almost makes up for it. I look forward to seeing where the author takes this series.
The cover art by Angela Waters shows a well-built man surrounded by water. He is shown in his merman form on the cover. It is a well-executed cover for the story.
ebook, 114 pages
Published November 15th 2015 by eXtasy Books