My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Actual rating of 2.5
Princess Daphne is 25 years old, it is now time for her to go through the sire ceremony, meet her prince and conceive. She is nervous of course, but excited as well. She is the first child to be born to a mermaid couple in forever, so there is a lot riding on her ability to conceive with a merman. Once meeting Prince Castor, she instantly is attracted to him and the possibilities of their future together. Once the ceremony is complete they must make their way to land, where they will live for a month in order to fall pregnant. What Daphne didn’t know, was that if Prince Castor fails, suitors from other kingdoms will then be called to try and succeed where he failed. Once Daphne goes through the transition and wakes on the beach, she is met by a man she doesn’t know, and Prince Castor is no where in sight. What happened to her prince? And who is this strange man that has found her?
So, I was kinda torn on this one. The actual plot of the story was really good, it’s up to Princess Daphne and her Prince to conceive and hopefully make the waters through the merkingdoms come back from the brink of extinction. However, her prince goes missing before he reaches land and Daphne is instead met by the two other suitors who were chosen for her. Between massive amounts of sex, they try and find Castor and get him back. That’s being pretty vague, but I don’t want to give away what happened to him and all that jazz because I think it was better not really knowing until you’re supposed to. So the plot was good. It was solid and executed really well. The thing that I found annoying was the instant proclamations of love, and how easily Daphne trusted and ended up having hardcore sex with these men when she supposedly loved Castor? After just meeting him…
The whole insta-love thing was given a reason, apparently the sire ceremony makes you horny as shit, so at least there was a reason for it, but I just felt that it seemed a bit transparent. I’ve read other books where the protagonist is having sex with someone by chapter 2, but it worked. These men Daphne had never met before, yet she’s instantly claiming she loves these strangers? I have no issue with the poly love either, I’m all for it if it suits that story well. This one just irked me and I just can’t quite put my finger on why. Before meeting Castor or the others, Daphne was a virgin, yet a chapter later she’s involved in hardcore sex. It just doesn’t seem plausible. I’m all about there being some semblance of reality even in a fantasy setting. Castor was in a shit place and the other three are just banging like a broken door, it just annoyed me.
Daphne seemed like a character with promise, she stood up for what she believed in and I think that’s incredibly important, especially with what’s going on in the world today. So I loved that about her. I loved the contrasts between the three princes and I really loved that they each had their own voice and you could see the massive differences between them.
I’m super interested to learn more about the characters in this world, as well as the world itself. What little we learned about the kingdoms that the Princes hailed from was incredibly interesting, and I’d love to see a bit of backstory regarding them so I could get a better picture of what happened to the ones that were failing.
I found the ending to be satisfying and I love where the story ended up, even if it was a little cliche. Cliche story lines don’t annoy me, sometimes they are just what the doctor ordered. The writing was well done, though one other thing that I found jarring was that the name of Daphne’s kingdom kept changing, on one page it’s Lemuria and on another it’s Lumeria. I feel like another round of editing would have ironed out these tiny tiny kinks.
All in all, this was an okay RH story, it just didn’t work very well for me. I’m more interested in the actually world, characters and story line than how many men can fit in Princess Daphne at once, that’s just me though. If you enjoy RH with incredibly steamy sex scenes, and have a soft spot for mermaids, this one is definitely for you 🙂