Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review – ‘Seduced by the Sea Lord’ by Starla Night

Blurb 

Determined warlord Torun cannot wait to claim lush captain Lucy, who mistook him for a shipwreck survivor and pulled his injured body from the ocean. All his instincts tell him she is his soul mate. Now she must join with him and give him a child.
Lucy can’t believe the words coming out of this dominant male. He insists her destiny is to become a mermaid queen and mother to his future children. The one thing “destiny” forgot to mention was that Lucy’s a broke divorcee who can’t even have a child. It’s really too bad, because his gorgeous lips are all too kissable, and she’d love to see his iridescent gold tattoos moving as he flexed those broad, hard pectorals under the water...
But Torun’s in more immediate danger than a bad bump to the head, and Lucy is the only one who can save him. Their choices will either save the entire race of mermen, or destroy it forever.
 
Review 
 
Lucy is divorced, broke, and her now-ex husband stole her major archeological find a few years ago. To redeem herself, she’s searching for more Sea Opals off the coast of Cancun and finds a body instead. After she drags the sexy dark-haired man on her small ship, he wakes up and sets out to seduce her.
Torun is in search for a human bride but the mer people have very strict rules about what type of woman is appropriate. After two fellow mer warriors leave him for dead, he finds himself on a human’s boat and recognizes Lucy as his intended bride. For him, it’s love at first sight. For Lucy, she’s sexually drawn to him but doesn’t believe they can be together. Though he tells her the truth about himself, she thinks he’s delusional but promises to help him save his native tribe (of humans, she believes) after he promises to take her to the source of the Sea Opals.
I understood the beginning of the book but I became confused after Torun took Lucy to the underwater cave. When he telepathically spoke to her, she seemed able to understand him even though she hadn’t drank the special elixir yet. Once she finally believed that mermen are real, she totally accepts it without shock or surprise. After they were exiled, they decided to stay on land when they could’ve returned as the rulers of Sireno. Why didn’t they return? Why did so many mer warriors still want to kill them after Lucy proved herself a legitimate queen (wife) to Torun? None of this made sense to me but maybe I missed something.
I received an ARC of the book through a newsletter subscription and I’m not sure how different the finalized copy is. In my edition, there’s a few missing words and punctuation errors. I hope that’s fixed in the final copy. Other than my confusion with a few plotlines, I thought the H/h were likable characters. Torun was righteous, determined, and devoted to Lucy. She loved him just as much and, through his acceptance of her, she started to believe in her own worth again.
The story ends on a HEA but the epilogue is only available if you sign up for the author’s newsletter. I don’t understand why some authors do that. Since I’m subscribed, I downloaded the epilogue and it makes the HEA even sweeter.
3 Stars

Disclaimer – I downloaded this book from BookFunnel and volunteered to review it. I am not compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.