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- Publisher: NineStar Press (April 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CBBYHGP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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#351,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #1617 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Romance > Bisexual Romance
- #1637 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Romance > Lesbian Romance
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Come to the Rocks Kindle Edition
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There's something about sapphic mermaids--hard to put a finger on what it is--that is always so alluring. Mren and Linnea's relationship is a good example of this type of allure. They clearly come from different worlds, and come to each other sort of to escape those worlds (Linnea in particular). Haws never tries to explain how the world of mermaids works (do they have a separate culture? do they breathe air or water? how old is Mren, exactly?) and that works for the best--Mren essentially feels like a dream creature. It's hard to explain or understand her. She just is, and fortunately she likes Linnea and wants to help her, at first by being her safe haven and later a bit more aggressively...
However, if dreamy lyricism were all this book to offer, I wouldn't have given it such a high rating, nor would I have enjoyed it nearly as much. In fact, Come to the Rocks uses Mren's scenes (beautiful as they are) largely as breaths of air in the midst of Mikey's encroaching menace in Linnea's life. The conflict between Linnea, Mikey and a society that doesn't help Linnea nearly enough is front and center. Incidentally, trigger warning for stalking and abuse, I suppose--Mikey's slowly escalating tactics are very creepy and uncomfortable. But what hit me harder was Linnea's frustrated acceptance/awareness of her situation. For example, there's this line:
"When Mikey finally killed her (because wasn’t that the direction his behavior was trending, wasn’t that always the end game of these things since the police couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything), Linnea wanted it well documented that she’d done everything she was supposed to do to protect herself and people could be rightfully horrified when they watched her episode of Dateline or 48 Hours to see how it all came to naught."
Linnea has been harrassed by Mikey for so long and with so little hope that she's given up hope that she's even going to survive his harassment. She's still fighting him (bringing a butcher knife to bed with her, calling the police when she hears someone trying to break into her house, continuously rejecting his advances) but she's beginning to give up. And a large part of the story is about her finding a way out of this hopeless situation. Thus, it's a very tense story, and definitely keeps you reading.
There were only a few things I didn't like about this book. First, while Mren works well enough as a sort of wish-fulfillment, fantastic conceit, the steely romantic in me wishes she were given more characterization. As is, we know little to nothing about who she is outside of her time with Linnea, and her personality reads as somewhat flat in a fairy-tale way. I think there's a good reason for this; the Linnea/Mren scenes as written counter the harsh realism of the scenes where Linnea is evading Mikey. However I still would have liked to get to know Mren a bit better, to care about her a bit more. Additionally the ending feels a little rushed--not too easy (Linnea fights for her happiness every step of the way), but a little summarized? I wanted to see Linnea and Mren being happy just a little while longer, see how events resolved with just a little more detail.
But, in general, I really really liked this one. It's a book that has a complex central characters and harsh themes, and yet is easy to read and feels somewhat...soft? Hard to describe. I'd thoroughly recommend.