Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Charlie Richards has begun a new paranormal series. This time, her focus is on briny nix, or mermen. The first book is Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper.
Wayne Thorpe has enjoyed being a high school teacher. He is shocked when he is accused of inappropriate behavior with an ex-lover. While the allegations are being looked into by the school board, Wayne decides to get away from the controversy. He decides to fill in for a friend’s father who happens to be a lighthouse keeper, who is attending his daughter’s wedding.
Zarek Rudiman is about to celebrate his birthday. With this birthday, he can petition the nix court to change how relations with the human world are dealt with. However, someone does not want this to happen. The royal guard has come to arrest Zarek for treason to the crown, even though he is a distant relative of the king. With the help of his valet, Zarek narrowly avoids arrest at the house but he is followed by the guards. Through the help of a friend in the guard, Zarek escapes through a cave. As he escapes though, one of the guards strikes his tail with a trident, severely injuring him. As he swims out the other side, he must avoid the sharks that will sense blood in the water. Exhausted, Zarek finally washes ashore beneath a steep cliff.
Wayne and a friend have just finished dinner one night when they notice a naked man below on the beach, obviously injured. Wayne feels an instant attraction to this man, who is bleeding from both legs. When the man wakes up, Zarek recognizes that Wayne is his Adelfi Psychi, his soul mate. However, Wayne is not buying his story of how he landed up naked on the beach. Zarek must convince Wayne that not only is he not in danger but also not to call the police. Zarek is worried about undercover nixes who serve as spies in the human world, reporting to the court on the current condition of the human world. Will Zarek be able to convince Wayne that mermen exist and that he is Zarek’s mate?
I feel that this new series is off to a good start. Unlike the author’s other paranormal series, which featured scientists as the primary antagonist, this series starts off with internal turmoil within the briny nix. It will be interesting to see how Zarek is able to return to the world of the nix. Meanwhile, he bides his time with Wayne on shore. Tran and Easton’s unintended initiation to the world of the nix set up future mating for this series. This sets up what looks like another enjoyable series from Ms. Richards.
The cover art by Angela Waters shows a shirtless Zarek coming out of the surf with a lighthouse in the background. It is a perfect cover for this book.
EBook, 76 pages
Edition Language: English
Published: May 15, 2016 by eXtasy Books
Series: Tales of the Briny Nix
Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper (Tales of the Briny Nix #1)