2.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Contemporary Exploration Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers Length m/m Mary D Merpeople Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Paranormal Reconcilliation second chance at love Secret Identity Single Parent Virgin

The Sound of the Sea by Wayne Mansfield

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Liam’s life could be better. He’s recovering from a divorce and a bitter custody battle, which he loses. He dearly loves his six-year-old son, Lucas, but seeing him every second weekend is never enough. His one salvation is the sea. When he’s sitting on the sand, watching the waves rolling in, he feels at peace, calmed and restored.

One day, the waves are particularly high, and the sea particularly rough. He’s surprised to see someone swimming in such choppy seas. When Liam calls out to the man, asking if he needs help, the man simply waves back. Liam thinks he must be an idiot. Little does he know the person he sees is no man, which he discovers two days later.

When they meet, Liam is both horrified and fascinated. His curiosity produces a strange attraction that changes their lives irreversibly forever

I’ve not read anything by Wayne Mansfield before and this was a good story. Not what I was looking expecting but good. There is a twist in it that I wasn’t expecting. It is the main part of the story and I can’t go into details without giving it away. Just to say there is a fantasy element to the story.

Liam meets Ezra at the beach and over the summer they become very close. However Liam being a Father is not free to do whatever he wants and has to make a decision, Ezra or his Son(Lucas). As I said I found the story on the whole a nice quick read but, as with a lot of novellas, the story lacked some detail that would have rounded it off perfectly for me. The attraction and romance between Liam and Ezra was good. But the it was the ending that got to me. It was abrupt. All meet at the beach and then they all live happy ever after. See spoiler for my issue with the ending. I would have given the story a higher rating if it wasn’t for the ending. In my opinion there were other options for the ending that wouldn’t have expanded the story too much.

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2.5 of 5 stars


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