Title: The Song of the Sea
Author: Arielle Pierce
Publisher: Arielle Pierce
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Heat level: Fairly mild
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I have to say that this is the first merman love story that I’ve ever read. I have to give Arielle props just for the concept and her treatment of what had to be a challenge to write. She also figured out a way to allow mermen to have proper sex, which is something you have to wonder about!
Overall, I enjoyed the tale. There was a mystical quality to it, partly because of the setting in Wales some time in the past and also because of the lyrical language used. The plot is fairly straightforward, also mimicking classic fairy tales. Dylan struggles between his birthright as a creature of the sea and his life on land, particular his ties to his mother. The man he meets is mysterious, dangerous, and wild, and he’s justifiably afraid of losing himself along the ride.
Arielle does an excellent job submersing the reader into this world and the culture of the sirens. I think my only complaint is that I wanted the piece to be longer; at 50 pages this is basically a novelette. I also really would have liked to know more about Llewellyn outside of his role as teacher and lover. Hopefully Arielle plans to expand on this world and write more lovely tales in the future!