Series: Flukes #1
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise-line contract. Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately, it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community-service gig cleaning up fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heartstrings. When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold on to all that really matters.
I have read a couple of Nichole Chase’s books at this point, and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them, she has just a great writing style that seems to draw me in, she also has a great sense of humor that really works for me as well. Before I started reading romance books I was really into urban fantasy, so when I saw that Chase had this book, Flukes, out which is about mermaids, I thought this would be a great fit for me as a reader, especially since I already knew I liked the way the author writes.
The first thing I want to mention is this book kind of walks the line between young adult and new adult, in the beginning it felt a lot more young adult to me, which is fine, but normally not my thing.
Meena is a mermaid, an orphaned mermaid at that. After a storm, her parents found her in the debris, and they took her in and cared for her. Part of what I liked about this book was that Meena was always aware of what she was, it wasn’t like she woke up one morning and was shocked to find out what her true nature was. She knows she is different. And it’s because of those differences that in some regards she is a little bit sheltered/protected, but in other respects she is curious. I liked that she was an interesting character, she’s bright, kind, curious, strong, and as sure of herself as a person of her age can be.
Blake as a character was hard to pin down, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him early on. So Blake in the book meets Meena when he is basically sentences to community service at the refuge that Meena’s parents own. I did think that people had a little bit more faith in Blake then they should have given his past actions, so that read a little bit forced to me. Part of what works for Blake as a character was that he has a lot going on, so there is a lot for the reader to find out about him over time.
The relationship between Meena and Blake was fun to read. They had some great chemistry. But part of what I liked about their relationship is that while Blake was instantly attracted to her, Meena approached Blake with a lot more caution, which kept it from feeling like instant love (which I hate). There are some steamy scenes in this book, that are nicely written.
Overall, this is another Nichole Chase book that I enjoyed. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who likes a little paranormal in their new adult books, especially if you are someone who likes mermaids.