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REVIEW: The Not So Little Merman, by C.W. Gray

The Not So Little Merman - C.W. Gray

Title: The Not So Little Merman

Series: The Silver Isles Book 2

Author: C.W. Gray

Genre: Fantasy

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Publisher: Self

Pages: 226

Reviewer: Sharonica

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About The Book

Kit Rees is one of the many children of the King of the Southern Silver Isles. Despite being a prince and third in line for the throne, he is too chubby, too loud, and too unsophisticated to truly fit in with the rest of the southern court. He lives a luxurious but lonely life, unnoticed in the castle and quietly wishing for the freedom to simply be himself.

Tack Muir is the crown prince of the infamous Northern Silver Isles. He has a reputation for being cold and pragmatic, but even the strongest merfolk have weaknesses. Tack’s happens to be a cute, red-headed merman from a rivaling kingdom. When an arranged marriage gives the two kingdoms a chance to form an alliance, Tack gets the chance to be with the one person he longs for most. 

The problem is that Tack’s family curse ensures that he cannot touch any living being. Tack has learned to live with the curse, and he’s also learned the danger of hoping for more. Hope, however, is sneaky little bugger, and the more time Tack spends with Kit, the more he hopes for the impossible. 

To find their own paths to happiness, the two men must break a centuries old curse. However, family enemies, old magic, and their own stubbornness just might stop them. 

Author’s Note: 55,000 words. This is a paranormal, merman, mpreg, fated mates story with no angst and no cheating, just a HEA. There are a few potty mouths, so beware. 18+ readers only, please.

The Review

Most of us have body image issues. For the lovely redheaded Prince Kit, no one takes him seriously, and he finds himself alone most days with his delightful daughter, Pearl. Kit carries a few extra pounds and doesn’t believe himself to be as beautiful and charming as his siblings.

When Kit finds himself, husband, to the gorgeous and stoic Prince Tack of the Northern Silver Isles, he knows it only happened because the marriage was arranged. Prince Tack, however, believes himself blessed even though he knows he is cursed. Tack has been drawn to Kit for a very long time and knows Kit is his Fated, but the curse will keep the two from ever enjoying each other’s touch.

I fell in love with this little series in book one, and book two was even better. There is lots of humor, family tension and drama, and sibling banter. You also find a tiny princess who melts the hearts of even the toughest and coldest of men, a redheaded Prince who wins over an entire Snow-white kingdom, and a cast of secondary characters to give the series the romance and momentum it needs to move forward.

This series is delightful and exactly what is needed to escape the world outside, even if for just a few hours. I am looking forward to book three and its promise of poly love.

4.00 break-the-curse-stars.

The Reviewer

These are always so hard so I will keep it simple: My four adult sons (28-21) call me Ma and Dragon Lady. Their ringtone ranges from the Imperial Death March to Stewie’s “Ma Mom Mommy.” Because of my disability, I am a hermit and stay inside and mostly  in very dim light, hence the nickname Dragon Lady. I read for therapy and am slowly getting back into my art, thanks to friends I have made in authordom and fandom.  If I had  one wish, it would be to see Ru Paul and Donald Trump in an MMA ring and the winner after answering questions on censorship of books in our libraries, LGBTQIA advocacy, national healthcare, and our troops and vets, being the next POTUS. 😁  

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