Title: Tales of the Briny Nix, Book 1: Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Characters: Wayne, Zarek
Sub-Genre: Shifter, Mermen, Series
Beneath the Deep: From the sea, mysterious things can arise.
Wayne needs a place to hide when an angry ex-boyfriend sends questionable pictures to several board members at the school where he teaches. Substituting as a lighthouse keeper for his buddy’s father, he finds stark beauty in how the waves crash on the rocks and solace in their sound. His buddy, Easton, drops by with pizza and wine to buoy his spirits, and together they find a naked man on the beach. Bringing the injured man inside his temporary home, Wayne learns the stranger’s name is Zarek, and he doesn’t want to be taken to the hospital. Against his better judgment, maybe because the sexy, black-haired man kissed like a God, Wayne agrees…even though he knows the man’s story is bogus. When Wayne learns the truth, can he wrap his mind around everything and accept his new reality? Or will he wipe his hands of the sexy Zarek at his earliest opportunity?
When I was offered to read and review Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper by Charlie Richards, I admit I was super anxious to read it. I am a fangirl of Ms. Richards, and generally, I like and even love a lot of her books.
Unfortunately for me, Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper was a disappointment for me.
I haven’t read many Merman stories and maybe I held this book up to a higher standard than was met. In my opinion, the story itself was very rushed and not well-thought out at all.
There isn’t much world building at all. Every explanation about Zarek’s world is simplistic at most. There were so many unanswered questions that I almost quit reading this book several times. The only reason why I didn’t was because I usually like this author’s stories and I hoped somehow, she would be able to wrap all of my questions up in a neat bow.
It didn’t happen.
I also didn’t feel the emotional connection between the two men. Their relationship felt strained and this left me feeling disappointed. Everything was rushed. Between Zarek and Wayne’s non-connection and the watered over story itself, I’m sorry to say this book isn’t for me.
However, Ms. Richards is an excellent author. She has so many books that have fulfilled me and many readers with many hours of enjoyment. I love her Beneath Aquatica’s Waves series is one of my favs. Plus, she writes wolves and other shifters like no other. Her books are enjoyable and fast-paced, and I read them when I need a pick-me-up, so I’m not sure why this one is so discombobulated. I am going to read the next book in the series, Seashells, Surf and a Merman.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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