Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Lyle, a merman, and Ben, his human, work together in a seaside ice-cream parlour and their life together is bliss. Or would be, if not for Ben’s constant worries about career and money, and Lyle’s dark past—a myriad of secrets, lies, wild magic, and foul deeds, which now threaten to catch up with him.
When Lyle’s merfolk family accuse him of murder, Ben and Lyle’s bond is stretched to the limit. Not only does Lyle seem unsuited to Ben’s dreams of domestic happiness, hismagical powers are spinning dangerously out of control. Even Lyle isn’t entirely sure he’s innocent.
With Ben dragged deep into the enchanted processes of merfolk justice, escaping with his life—and getting home to an important job interview—is just the start of the challenge. Uncovering Lyle’s inner truths without destroying their love could be a step too far…
Lyle’s Story is the second in Kay Berrisford’s Landlocked Heart series and I think it succeeds far better than the original story. I liked so much about Lyle’s Story, especially in comparison to The Lonely Merman (Landlocked Heart, #1) which I liked but had issues with the format and ending.
Lyle’s Story is straightford lovely storytelling. All the gaps and narrative whopping holes from the first story are filled in beautifully here, the characters and their relationship show real growth, and I just loved some of the elements (mysteries) that the author added into the overall series arc.
Ben and Lyle’s relationship is still in its formative stage and they are adjusting to each other and their hopes for the future. It’s charming and oddly realistic considering one is a merman. Lyle’s nature is not that of a human, Ben is human…there’s fins, magic, and much more to deal with, including Lyle’s past that he hasn’t been entirely truthful to Ben about.
I loved how Berrisford folds practicality and magic, myth and the mundane all together and it works. This new addition to the series has me totally charmed and now I can’t wait to read the next installment. The Landlocked Heart has captured mine. If you are a lover of merman, romance and HEA, perhaps this is just the series and stories for you.
Cover art by J. Ang is simple and brands the series.
Published September 27th 2017 by Less Than Three Press
Original TitleLyle’s Story
SeriesLandlocked Heart #2