Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance
Published by Less Than Three Press on July 30, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
Sex scenes, references to rape
Raef, a lonely merman, spends his days watching the dashing Lord Haverford from afar and dreaming of love. When Haverford is robbed by a pirate, Raef vows to reclaim the stolen goods, hoping his victory will buy him the happiness he yearns for with Haverford.
But Jon Kemp does not match what Raef knows about pirates, and the simple quest Raef anticipated turns out to be an epic journey. For while Jon might be a nobler man than Raef believed, he’s still a pirate. Love and loyalty are not on Jon’s agenda, and he certainly has no plans to love someone not entirely human …
THE MERMAN AND THE BARBARIAN PIRATE was one of those books that captured me with the beautiful cover and failed to live up to the expectation it set. Though intriguing, THE MERMAN AND THE BARBARIAN PIRATE felt shallow and lacking in development.
The main character, Raef, narrated the story and that was part of my complaint. His voice felt so young and naive - partly, I understand, because he was encountering humans for the first time, but he still seemed to lack any kind of common sense at times. His never-ending narration was cloying and there was the definite tendency to tell, not show, which was frustrating.
The storyline itself was fun, and action packed, but not much could make up for the negative feelings I had toward Raef, even the pirate falling in love plotline, which is one of my favorites. It was at least never dull, as Raef was always getting into some sort of trouble, and seeing how he extricated helped me keep reading.
THE MERMEN AND THE BARBARIAN PIRATE may appeal to some readers, but others may find that the action and interesting world Berrisford created can’t make up for an irritating main character. This is one I would definitely recommend reading an excerpt before buying.