Wild Blue Under

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The underwater kingdom is his as soon as he claims his queen…
Rod Tritone has the looks and charm to snag any queen he wants for his Mer kingdom, but unfortunately, it's not up to him. As fate would have it, the one woman destined to rule with him is terrified of water…

She lives in land-locked Kansas and has no idea she's a princess…
Valerie Dumere thinks Rod is gorgeous and...

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Overview

The underwater kingdom is his as soon as he claims his queen…
Rod Tritone has the looks and charm to snag any queen he wants for his Mer kingdom, but unfortunately, it's not up to him. As fate would have it, the one woman destined to rule with him is terrified of water…

She lives in land-locked Kansas and has no idea she's a princess…
Valerie Dumere thinks Rod is gorgeous and irresistible—but why does he keep insisting she has another side to herself that only he can show her?

Somehow, Rod has to prove to her who she really is. But when she finds out the truth, will she ever forgive him?

PRAISE FOR JUDI FENNELL:

"A delightful, quirky blend of humor, adventure, and passion."
Star-Crossed Romance

"Judi Fennell is a bright star on the horizon of romance."
Judi McCoy, author of Hounding the Pavement

"A new romance star is born...and her name is Judi Fennell."
Jill Barnett, New York Times bestselling author

"Bubbly fun in this sparkling ‘under the sea' tale."
Virginia Kantria, USA Today bestselling author

"Fennell's under-the-sea suspense will enchant you with its wit, humor and sexiness. In Over Her Head is a great debut book and I'm glad to hear there are more to come."
Caridad Pineiro, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of South Beach Chicas Catch Their Man

"A fantastic debut novel, Judi Fennell has put the 'beach' back in beach read!"
Virginia Farmer, award-winning author of A Blast to the Past

"Holy mackerel! In Over Her Head is a fantastically fun romantic catch—Judi Fennell has one heck of an imagination!"
Michelle Rowen, author of Bitten & Smitten

"A wondrous undersea adventure—molten moments, waves of sensuality, ripples of emotion, and depths of fun. Not to be missed!"
LA Banks, The Vampire Huntress Legends series

"In Over Her Head is a heartwarming, action-packed story of two people—one human and the other of the seaworthy body—joined together in an adventure."
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"[A] funny and compelling read." - Night Owl Romance

"Fennell has a real gift for puns and wordplay... It felt like a classic Bogey and Bacall romance with all the slapstick adventure, the wisecracking dialogue, and the steamy kissing when they finally get down to business." - Romance Reader at Heart

"Fennell returns with another underwater adventure, her second story about the Tritone brothers. She's proving herself to be a solid storyteller, and this tale is an enjoyable and pleasant read. " - The Romantic Times

"Wild Blue Under had action, political coup attempts, jealousy, love and be still my beating heart, Kansas... this book was A+ in my world. " - Book Nerd Extraordinaire

" With a fast pace and its charming characters, Wild Blue Under is sure to please fans who enjoy a nice dose of humor with their romance." - Darque Reviews

"Wild Blue Under is a great escape from the world we live in." - Bloody Bad Books

"I demand everyone go out and buy Judi Fennell's Wild Blue Under. It will have you laughing and smiling and craving more from this fabulous new author." - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

"Romance that's funny, engaging, definitely hot, and makes you feel good when you've finished the book. I loved it!" - Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

"A terrific tale... Fans will enjoy the amusing banter. " -

"Fennell has created a fascinating under water world with funny and very lovable characters." - Love Romances and More

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402224270
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,348,201
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Judi Fennell is an award-winning author. Her romance novels have been finalists in Gather.com's First Chapters and First Chapters Romance contests, as well as the third American Title contest. She spends family vacations at the Jersey Shore, the setting for some of her paranormal romance series. She lives in suburban Philadelphia, PA.
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Excerpt from Chapter 1

"So you're really going to give up your tail and leave the sea? On purpose? First your brother, now you… What is wrong with this family?"

If Rod Tritone heard that question one more time, he was going to strangle Chumley Masticar's thin, whitestriped neck. The fish didn't know when to quit.

It wasn't as if he wanted to do this, but when The Council decreed something, it had to be done. Gods knew, when he became the High Councilman, he'd demand the same obedience.

"Yes, Chum, I'm going. Right after I grab my bag."
Rod kicked his tail for a burst of speed to outswim the fish and headed to his lair in the hills of Atlantis. The one thing he had to remember to pack was the gods' oil that would ensure his tail returned when he did.

"Lose it and lose the tail forever," his father, the current High Councilman, had said. As if that was an option.
"Do you want company?" The suckerless remora wriggled his long body for all it was worth to catch up, and Rod didn't have the heart not to let him. "Reel said he'd put in a saltwater tank so I could visit. Not that I'd be thrilled being in a cage, but still, it would be nice to see where he and his wife live. Check out the Human world without worrying about someone wanting to eat me or anything."

Humans ate remora? Rod couldn't imagine why. Unless it was to shut them up.
Rod swerved around the magma well whose emissions refracted through seawater and off the gold-covered walls of the cavern city, turning the darkness into light. He skimmed above the coral topiaries, nodding to the parrotfish who kept Atlantis so beautiful. He'd traveled the world's oceans from Bimini to the South Pacific, from the icy waters of the north to the crystal blue glacial waters of the south, but nothing compared to the beauty of the Mer capital.

"Sorry, Chum, but this is a solo mission. Simple recovery."
One that involved him getting legs, traveling to the middle of the landmass, and retrieving a Human. Of all things to pull him off his Trench Survey for.
"Oh. Right. Gotcha." Chum glided beneath a ray who had emerged from a sand pond inside a circle of stonefaced statues. Without a sucker on his head, the remora wouldn't have much luck sticking to the ray for a meal.

Poor guy. Always trying to relive his glory days.
"So," Chum said, returning to Rod's side, "tell me why The Council thinks this Human is the answer to The Prophecy. I mean, how old is she? I thought only the royal family lived forever. That Prophecy is almost two millennia old, and The Oracles haven't come up with an answer yet. I don't get it."

"Well, first of all, she's not Human. Not completely."
Rod veered up to the top of the Commerce Building for one last look at the city before venturing into the shark's nest that was land.

One day, this would all be his. The rule of the seas, the unlimited wealth of the diamond Vault, the history of his people. All of it his to protect and serve. Just like his father. And his grandfather. And generations before him.

The responsibility settled on him like an anchor. Rod sucked in a pint of seawater, shook off the feeling, and headed toward home. "Before he died, Lance Dumere admitted to an affair with a Human that resulted in a child."

Chum puckered his lips and tried to whistle. He'd never been successful before, and this time wasn't any different.

"Once Lance came clean," Rod continued as they reached the ornamental gates to his neighborhood, "The Council started its own search. The Members didn't want to start a panic, but they couldn't leave a landed Mer out there for Humans to discover."

"So now they've found her and want you to go after her?"
"That's it in a conch shell." Rod swam over the marble-domed roof of his lair and opened the weathered oak door, grimacing as it shuddered on its hinges. Seawater had a corrosive effect on the hinges after a while, no matter what they were made of. He had hoped to be living in the High Councilman quarters before they needed to be replaced.

"So how's she supposed to fulfill The Prophecy? She's a Hybrid, for Apollo's sake." Chum swam in behind him, wending through a natural fissure in the lava statue in the foyer that Rod's sister, Mariana, had sculpted.

A flick of Rod's tail propelled him to the sofa, which a sea cucumber colony had overtaken, and where his sister, Angel, had dropped off a watertight package containing a duffel bag and clothing for his trip. Angel was the repository of all things Human these days. "Since she's Dumere's long-lost offspring, The Council feels she's the 'that which was lost' part of The Prophecy. By bringing her back, they're hoping to prevent the world—'that which is known'—from being lost."

"Huh?"
Pretty much his reaction when his father, Fisher, had explained it. He'd figured it to be another of the many tests the gods had put to him throughout his life to prepare him for his title. Although as far as Rod was concerned, The Prophecy was more the drunken ramblings of one of the gods after too much ouzo and ambrosia than any great revelation. No test the gods devised would include sending The Heir onto land without a valid reason.

Saving the planet was a valid reason.
Rod flipped open a pirate's chest that held the diamond decanter containing the gods' oil, as well as the packet of paperwork The Council had included to convince Lance's daughter. "The polar regions are melting, Chum. The Council hopes to mitigate that damage by fulfilling The Prophecy."
"So what's she going to do? Give the ice caps the cold shoulder to keep them stable?" Chum laughed at his own joke.

The short seaquake that hit the Mer capital proved the gods didn't find it a laughing matter. The Humans on Bermuda—the island directly above Atlantis—probably didn't think so either.

Rod sure as Hades didn't. As soon as he finished this mission, he could get back to the business at fin by finally claiming the throne—the job he'd been born to do—and figuring out some way to work on his Trench Survey.

Cataloging the offshoot of the world's deepest ocean trench, one Humans had yet to discover, was his chance to be known as someone other than the lucky Son of a Mer who'd inherited the oldest throne on Earth simply by virtue of his birthright. A way to become the Mer he could be if he weren't The Heir.

And a way to erase the collective memory of that damn dare to Reel so long ago. Rod had broken the biggest rule of their world with it by risking Humans learning about Mers, thereby setting the pattern for the rest of his and Reel's lives.

"But what happens if something goes wrong? What if you don't get your tail back? Or fall in love with her and opt to stay on land like Reel did? Isn't Drake next in line? Do they really want that idiot running the show?"

Chum helped himself to a piece of the calamari Rod's mother had sent over.
Opt to stay on land? Fall in love with her? As if that would happen. The High Councilman couldn't dilute the bloodline of future generations, and this woman was a Hybrid.

No, losing Reel from their world was more than enough of an incentive for him. Add in everything he'd had to do since the fallout from that dare—studying, learning, memorizing, following every rule, statute, dictate, edict, and proclamation the gods had set down—and he wasn't about to blow it now.

One failure in his life was enough.

"So you're really going to give up your tail and leave the sea? On purpose? First your brother, now you… What is wrong with this family?"

If Rod Tritone heard that question one more time, he was going to strangle Chumley Masticar's thin, whitestriped neck. The fish didn't know when to quit.

It wasn't as if he wanted to do this, but when The Council decreed something, it had to be done. Gods knew, when he became the High Councilman, he'd demand the same obedience.

"Yes, Chum, I'm going. Right after I grab my bag."
Rod kicked his tail for a burst of speed to outswim the fish and headed to his lair in the hills of Atlantis. The one thing he had to remember to pack was the gods' oil that would ensure his tail returned when he did.

"Lose it and lose the tail forever," his father, the current High Councilman, had said. As if that was an option.
"Do you want company?" The suckerless remora wriggled his long body for all it was worth to catch up, and Rod didn't have the heart not to let him. "Reel said he'd put in a saltwater tank so I could visit. Not that I'd be thrilled being in a cage, but still, it would be nice to see where he and his wife live. Check out the Human world without worrying about someone wanting to eat me or anything."

Humans ate remora? Rod couldn't imagine why. Unless it was to shut them up.
Rod swerved around the magma well whose emissions refracted through seawater and off the gold-covered walls of the cavern city, turning the darkness into light. He skimmed above the coral topiaries, nodding to the parrotfish who kept Atlantis so beautiful. He'd traveled the world's oceans from Bimini to the South Pacific, from the icy waters of the north to the crystal blue glacial waters of the south, but nothing compared to the beauty of the Mer capital.

"Sorry, Chum, but this is a solo mission. Simple recovery."
One that involved him getting legs, traveling to the middle of the landmass, and retrieving a Human. Of all things to pull him off his Trench Survey for.
"Oh. Right. Gotcha." Chum glided beneath a ray who had emerged from a sand pond inside a circle of stonefaced statues. Without a sucker on his head, the remora wouldn't have much luck sticking to the ray for a meal.

Poor guy. Always trying to relive his glory days.
"So," Chum said, returning to Rod's side, "tell me why The Council thinks this Human is the answer to The Prophecy. I mean, how old is she? I thought only the royal family lived forever. That Prophecy is almost two millennia old, and The Oracles haven't come up with an answer yet. I don't get it."

"Well, first of all, she's not Human. Not completely."
Rod veered up to the top of the Commerce Building for one last look at the city before venturing into the shark's nest that was land.

One day, this would all be his. The rule of the seas, the unlimited wealth of the diamond Vault, the history of his people. All of it his to protect and serve. Just like his father. And his grandfather. And generations before him.

The responsibility settled on him like an anchor. Rod sucked in a pint of seawater, shook off the feeling, and headed toward home. "Before he died, Lance Dumere admitted to an affair with a Human that resulted in a child."

Chum puckered his lips and tried to whistle. He'd never been successful before, and this time wasn't any different.

"Once Lance came clean," Rod continued as they reached the ornamental gates to his neighborhood, "The Council started its own search. The Members didn't want to start a panic, but they couldn't leave a landed Mer out there for Humans to discover."

"So now they've found her and want you to go after her?"
"That's it in a conch shell." Rod swam over the marble-domed roof of his lair and opened the weathered oak door, grimacing as it shuddered on its hinges. Seawater had a corrosive effect on the hinges after a while, no matter what they were made of. He had hoped to be living in the High Councilman quarters before they needed to be replaced.

"So how's she supposed to fulfill The Prophecy? She's a Hybrid, for Apollo's sake." Chum swam in behind him, wending through a natural fissure in the lava statue in the foyer that Rod's sister, Mariana, had sculpted.

A flick of Rod's tail propelled him to the sofa, which a sea cucumber colony had overtaken, and where his sister, Angel, had dropped off a watertight package containing a duffel bag and clothing for his trip. Angel was the repository of all things Human these days. "Since she's Dumere's long-lost offspring, The Council feels she's the 'that which was lost' part of The Prophecy. By bringing her back, they're hoping to prevent the world—'that which is known'—from being lost."

"Huh?"
Pretty much his reaction when his father, Fisher, had explained it. He'd figured it to be another of the many tests the gods had put to him throughout his life to prepare him for his title. Although as far as Rod was concerned, The Prophecy was more the drunken ramblings of one of the gods after too much ouzo and ambrosia than any great revelation. No test the gods devised would include sending The Heir onto land without a valid reason.

Saving the planet was a valid reason.
Rod flipped open a pirate's chest that held the diamond decanter containing the gods' oil, as well as the packet of paperwork The Council had included to convince Lance's daughter. "The polar regions are melting, Chum. The Council hopes to mitigate that damage by fulfilling The Prophecy."
"So what's she going to do? Give the ice caps the cold shoulder to keep them stable?" Chum laughed at his own joke.

The short seaquake that hit the Mer capital proved the gods didn't find it a laughing matter. The Humans on Bermuda—the island directly above Atlantis—probably didn't think so either.

Rod sure as Hades didn't. As soon as he finished this mission, he could get back to the business at fin by finally claiming the throne—the job he'd been born to do—and figuring out some way to work on his Trench Survey.

Cataloging the offshoot of the world's deepest ocean trench, one Humans had yet to discover, was his chance to be known as someone other than the lucky Son of a Mer who'd inherited the oldest throne on Earth simply by virtue of his birthright. A way to become the Mer he could be if he weren't The Heir.

And a way to erase the collective memory of that damn dare to Reel so long ago. Rod had broken the biggest rule of their world with it by risking Humans learning about Mers, thereby setting the pattern for the rest of his and Reel's lives.

"But what happens if something goes wrong? What if you don't get your tail back? Or fall in love with her and opt to stay on land like Reel did? Isn't Drake next in line? Do they really want that idiot running the show?"

Chum helped himself to a piece of the calamari Rod's mother had sent over.
Opt to stay on land? Fall in love with her? As if that would happen. The High Councilman couldn't dilute the bloodline of future generations, and this woman was a Hybrid.

No, losing Reel from their world was more than enough of an incentive for him. Add in everything he'd had to do since the fallout from that dare—studying, learning, memorizing, following every rule, statute, dictate, edict, and proclamation the gods had set down—and he wasn't about to blow it now.

One failure in his life was enough.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

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    loved it!!!!

    I've always loved mermaids and mermen and this series by Judi Fennell has just added to it. The first book was great in this series but it lacked the essence that this book conveyed. I had only one problem with the first book, but with this book everything was perfect. Rod and Valerie had an adventure of a lifetime. Valerie found something in Rod that she's been searching for her entire life. She just wasn't sure what it was that attracted her to him. This story is perfect for anyone who loves mer romance with talking animals added in for a bit of humor. This book inspires, captivates, and reels you in from the very beginning. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out and I hope it's even better than this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    in a seashell

    I began this series a bit out of order, I started Wild Blue Under first. It did not confuse me as in the story line but I got a bit annoyed (maybe that is not the right word) with all the under the sea analogies. Every other page something fishy would pop up. For instance, "Oh, Hades!" or "That's it in a conch shell." I was a little tired of it by page 100. Then it began to mellow down. It was as if the longer Rod remained on land the less and less sea analogies he used or even thought about. I wonder if this was done intentionally. It wasn't until I read book one did I realize the imagination and effort it took to write this series.


    Ms. Fennell did a wonderful job creating an underwater world with beauty, elegance, mystery and intrigue. This subject is not one that has been over done and there is so much room to grow and expand with it. She could do far more that the 3 books already on the table (Book 3 is slated for Feburary) and her fans would not get tired in the least. The characters are guided by passion, duty and the gods, with Zeus in charge of the whole shibang. Not only is Judi's underwater world a delight but she has a way with timing her plot that is amazing.

    The flow of the book was just right. There are times when you read a book and you think to yourself "enough with the . . . Already!" In Wild Blue Under the was never a chance for that. Just when you thought the action was getting a bit much the main characters would have a love scene or the bad guy would flip the script. Great twists and turns, and the hired "antagonist" (!!!) You are never going to guess who it is, don't even try!

    Wild Blue Under is a great escape from the world we live in. So, grab the book, a glass of (salt) water and dive in.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 11, 2014

    Why in hell

    Do all of you idiotic role players have convos in book reviews???? Are you so misguided and bored that you cant find a bloody chatroom to go on with your stupidity. I am tired of trying to read book reviews only to wade through your meandering nonsense.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Lightfoot

    *pads up to Sparkleleaf* Hi Im Lightfoot and this is my sister Meadowleap. Camp is in second result. Follow me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Braveheart

    ((Hello? Vigils? SILENT VIGILS?)) He sits silently, smiling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    To cloudstar

    I have found a better clan than this one bye snowstrem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Wingstorm

    "Lizardpaw, we can train." I meow, purring at her excitement.
    ~Wingstorm

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    Posted January 14, 2013

    Tornadoclaw

    Walks into camp and says hello guys were is everbody

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    Posted December 16, 2012

    Shinepaw

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    Posted December 27, 2012

    Mistyflower

    She purred happily. "Thank you mother" @Mistyflower

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Infernopaw

    Her green eyes shone brightly with excitement. "Yay! When do we train?" Squeaks enthusiasticly, bouncing up and down with gleem

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    Posted December 16, 2012

    Littleflower

    She purred loudly and cheered for the new apprentices. She steped foward to Stormpaw and brushed muzzels with her new apprentice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Lizardstripe

    "Thank you!" She meows excitedly. "I'm a warrior!" The brown shecat thinks, her fiery eyes shining. -Lizardstripe

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Unique & Fun Romantic Adventure!

    This novel is another fun to read, romantic adventure by Judi Fennell! The characters are believable and the situation they find themselves in is unique. There's lots of zany secondary characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages rapidly. The romance was wonderful and had me sighing at the end. Judi Fennell is an author to watch!

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    Intriguing, funny and clever

    Wild Blue Under, by Judi Fennell, is a fine successor to In Over Her Head and another enjoyable read. I would never have believed that stories of mermaids and mermen could be so intriguing till I started on this series. But Judi's gentle humor and convincing imagination makes it easy for the reader to suspend disbelief and enjoy the curious ride.

    This second novel takes place mostly on land, with the Heir to the throne of Mer undertaking a task to prove his worthiness. But "worth" is more than meets the brain or eye, and I love the way Judi's inclusion of Olympian gods provides glimpses of eternal questions-why do bad things happen to good people? Why do things go wrong even when we've done everything right?

    This being a romance, "worth" also includes true love, and there are some truly hilarious scenes (enormously memorable ones too) as hero and heroine drive cross-country while being dive-bombed by wildfowl, struggling all the time to deny their growing attraction to each other. The advent of large quantities of rain and assorted injuries cause the absence of certain garments and well. you can guess where it's going, but you'd do much better to read. Airports are closed. Seagulls talk (and eat fries). Evil schemers plot and plan to deceive. And it all leads to the learning of fascinating, satisfying lessons, well-taught by those mysterious gods shifting pawns that still exercise free will.

    I may even have liked this novel better than Judi's first book, which bodes well for the third, coming soon-a really fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    Disappointing

    I bought this one and her other based on the blurb on the back. I was disappointed in them both and didn't even finish. Very boring. I kept hoping I'd care about the characters. I didn't. I got rid of them both right away.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    he second Tritone brother Mer urban-oceanic romantic fantasy is a fantastic tale

    When his father steps down as High Councilman, Rod Tritone knows his duty is to replace him running the Kingdom of Mer. However, the ruling Council directs Rod that before he assumes the position he will marry the lost daughter of Mer. Although he does not want to marry anyone nor go on land, Rod understands his people's needs come before his desires.--------

    He is given legs so he can walk with the landlubbers as his queen is on the surface in ironically land locked Kansas selling ocean tchotchkes at Therese's Treasure Trove. Valerie Dumere scoffs at Rod's instance that she is a hybrid human-mermaid as she has never had a tail nor can she even swim. However, when someone tries to kill her, Val knows something is not right, but still scorns her rescuer's insistence that he lives under the sea.--------------

    The second Tritone brother Mer urban-oceanic romantic fantasy (see In Over her Head) is a terrific tale of the tail from the moment Rod arrives at the store knowing this can't be Atlantis. Fans will enjoy the amusing banter between the disbeliever and the Mer trying to convince her to dive into the ocean as his mate while a predator wants her dead. This is a fun fantasy with readers wondering whether Val will there's no place like home when you are loved by the one you treasure.------------

    Harriet Klausner

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