Friday, July 20, 2012

Toni's Review of Siren's Serenade by Dominique Eastwick ***5 Stars***



Loving her might just be the death of him.

When Coast Guard rescue swimmer Kaleb Theldon sees what he's sure is a mermaid pulling his partner into the murky depths of the Bering Sea, they call it PTSD. In order to save his career, Kaleb agrees to a week at an island spa off the coast of Maine. But the spa is nothing like he expected, and he isn't prepared for the sexy siren that crosses his path. But will her passion be more than one mere human can take?

Serena has a problem, and after four previous visits to the Wiccan Haus, she'd expected things to get easier. But on the mermaid’s fifth visit, Kaleb walks in and everything in her life becomes complicated. Never has she wanted to mate with a human man before. But can she love a man who has a chip on his shoulder a league long when it comes to mermaids? Can she deal with her own issues all while keeping her true self secret from the man she loves?

And will loving him prove deadly?

This time, the staff have more than healing on their agenda. Can the siblings, Myron, and Rekkus prove to these two lovers that things aren't always how they appear on the surface? Or will Kaleb's demise be found in his Siren's Serenade?

Welcome back to the Wiccan Haus.

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Was this a short story?  It sure didn’t feel like a short story.  Are you sure?

The mermaids are living under a curse.  To procreate they must steal the soul of a man at the time of conception.  Serena has no desire to follow in her sister’s steps and refuses to kill innocent men.  Unfortunately her mother is the queen and has given her a year to secure the line of succession or she will be forced to mate.  Time is running out and she turns to the Rowan siblings and The Wiccan Haus Resort and Spa for help.

Kaleb knows he is not crazy.  Yes, he may have PTSD, but he knows what he saw; a mermaid drag his diving partner down into the depths, never to be seen again.  He just made the mistake to telling the truth and now is taking forced R&R at the resort.  The required classes and instruction are driving him nuts, but when he meets a beautiful woman that sets him on fire, his little trip just got a lot more interesting.  What will happen when he discovers that she is the same type of creature that killed his best friend and has possibly ruined his career?  Can he look past the hurt of the past and forge ahead to the future?

Siren’s Serenade is such a smooth read.  The plot is solid and exciting, the sex is hot and the characters are to die for.  In regards to the characters, I know personally that I want to get to know them and call them friends.  The contributing authors are doing a spectacular job transporting me into the Wiccan Haus universe and Ms. Eastwick has written my favorite addition to date.

I enjoyed this story from the very first page.  Even though it was about Serena and Kaleb, I also got to revisit the siblings and other wonderful characters from previous books.  That aspect made this story all the more special.  They blended well with the main couple and didn’t intrude on their story.  They only enhanced it.

I’m still shocked that this was a short story.  While I enjoy short stories to fill in the little windows of time I may have that won’t warrant a full novel, I can’t recall a short story being more fulfilling than Siren’s Serenade.  I was left giddy and the epilogue was the icing on the cake!

Don’t miss this beautiful sea glass gem.  Siren’s Serenade is richly colored and spellbinding.  I hope you will be as drawn in as I was.  I would suggest that you read the prior books in the series first though.  Without them you will not understand why I enjoyed this book so much.  While it is not completely necessary, you minus well dive right in and get caught up in the storm.  The Wiccan Haus series is a treasure that needs to be enjoyed to its fullest!

This has been my favorite to date!!
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4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderfulr review and I am so glad you have come to love the island as much as we do :)

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    1. LOVE IT? I wanna vacation there!

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  2. I am reading it as well and loving it! But I also love your review, you have a wonderful way with words!

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    1. Thanks Kate - All you ladies should be proud. This series may be in it's infancy, but every addition has been great and I can't wait for the next book. Congrats!

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