Tessa Lonike is the oldest of three sisters, all of which are mermaids. She lives on her privately family-owned island as a lighthouse keeper off the coast of Maine. Her solitude gives her the space she needs to protect her secret as a mermaid as well as protect her heart from hurtful and failed relationships.
Kenneth Randall has been in utter despair since the senseless murder of his wife and unborn child. He decides to go alone on a vacation he had previously planned for him and his wife to take to a small Maine coastal town. His grief over his loss is more than he can bear and feels his death would be better than the pain of living. During a violent storm, he treads into the ocean to be swept away with the waves.
Tessa watches Kenneth from her home and realizes that Kenneth’s intentions. She jumps into the water and saves Kenneth from drowning with her Mer magic; the Mermaid’s Kiss. Even though those who receive The Kiss are not supposed to remember the incident, Kenneth is left with a memory of a beautiful woman who saved him. A year later, Kenneth returns to the lighthouse to thank Tessa. Tessa is less than ecstatic to meet Kenneth let alone to even form a relationship with him. However, she finds that he is the type of man she desperately needs in her lonely life.
Tessa’s ex-fiancé finds centuries lost evidence of Tessa and her sister’s Mer heritage in the deep depths of the Mediterranean Sea. Tessa, her ex, and Kenneth travel to the Mediterranean to find the lost civilization that birthed mermaids. Instead of just finding artifacts, Tessa finds a sealed doorway that leads to an alternate universe that holds an entire civilization of Mer. Tessa quickly realizes that the doorway was sealed for a reason and the lost Mer people were not at all what she was expecting.
I enjoyed this easy yet interesting read. The relationship between Tessa and Kenneth seems to move very fast and almost too easily, especially with Kenneth’s instantaneous acceptance of Tessa as a mermaid after accidentally stumbling upon her in Mer form. In most cases I would roll my eyes at relationships like these that form so conveniently. However, it was the dialogue throughout the book that turned this story from an eye roll to an eagerness to know what would happen next. The questions, feelings, and issues discussed made this unlikely story more real and believable. I enjoyed the narrative that occurred for each character, being able to understand the frame of reference that Tessa or Kenneth was coming from.
I really enjoyed where the story traveled to when Tessa opened the sealed doorway to the alternate universe. I felt that the author fully pulled me into her world that she created in her mind and put down on paper. I wasn’t left confused or needing to backtrack some pages to figure out what she was talking about, everything flowed smoothly.
This story quickly drew me in and was overall fun. It is the first book in a new series called Dark Tides. I am definitely interested in reading the next book in this series.