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Ocean's Gift (Ocean's Gift Series Book 1) by [Carlton, Demelza]
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"Five stars! A sexy weave of mermaid mythology, environmentalism, and how all life on earth is entwined one with the other at some level. A sexy playful romp between a mermaid and an electrician on vacation." - Reader's Favorite

"I found myself wanting to head to the sea just to catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures. If mermaids do exist then I truly hope they are as Ms Carlton describes them." - Julia from I Love Vampire Novels

"A wonderfully enchanting story...vividly captures your interest and holds it."
- Drue's Random Chatter

"A cleverly crafted tale of love, lust and lobsters. Demelza captured the essence of a fantasy romance and added her own quirky style to it." - Tome Tender's Book Blog

"I'd like to read more in this universe. I definitely want to know what Joe does next." - All About Romance

"A true fantasy mermaid story that doesn't disappoint. I was swept away by the author's lush descriptions." - The Drunken Druid

"Like Gossip Girl with mermaids." - Chicklit Pad

"I wanted to cry at the end...a well-deserved 5 stakes from me and I can't wait to read Ocean's Infiltrator." - Once Upon A Coffin

"Okay, you have me captivated. Mainly because I have always adored mermaids... Reminded me a tad of the little mermaid, but with a lot more depth and mystery." - Shattered Violet

"This was great. I haven't read anything like this. Though the ending was unexpected, I was nevertheless captivated. I usually don't read stuff like this, but it's such a quirky blend that I can't help myself." - Lady Harlequin

" A captivating style that is easy to read. I'm seriously loving this." - JT Chapman, author of the Enchantress series

About the Author

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 993 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Lost Plot Press (November 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFEO80O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Patricia S on October 10, 2015
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Ocean's Gift by Demelza Carlton was a joy to read! I might have been predisposed to love this book – I'm a mermaid fanatic, and I haven't found many mermaid tails (get it?) that I've enjoyed. This one tells the story of an everyday Joe, an Australian "sparky" (electrician) who spends several weeks of his vacation time earning money as a deckhand on a lobster fishing boat. That's all I will tell you about the plot.

The writing style is brisk and engaging and the character development is EXCELLENT. My only complaint was that I wanted MORE from the two main characters. They were quite clearly in deep lust with each other, but it never (to me) seemed to develop into a deep love. I am thinking there might be room for that in the sequel … or perhaps not. Humans and mermaids *are* quite different after all!

The author's descriptions of life on an island and working as a deckhand were very evocative and gave me a taste of a life completely foreign to my own. The book took me out of my world and put me into another … and to me, that is a successful novel!
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Demelza shows off her wit in this engaging tale of mermaids, booze and a sparky named Joe. Her descriptions of sea life and the tales of being a deck hand have made me wish I had some sea legs myself. Reading this book made me laugh aloud, my favourite character of course being Joe, his thoughts and actions making me his personal cheerleader.
The author gives information throughout the book of the mermaids lives without it being overwhelming and writes in such a way that I am almost a believer of them. The story flows so effortlessly that you come to the end of the book far too quickly.
If you want to read something that is fun and full of adult humour that I suggest you read this. I'm going to be following the tale of these engaging creatures (Pun intended.) Sparkly vampires and werewolves are last year, mermaids are the new craze and I am more than happy to jump on this bandwagon.
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I liked Water and Fire but I loved Ocean’s Gift. It was fascinating seeing Belinda in her mermaid setting, as I had got to know her in the first novel even though I knew little of her background. But in this novel, I adored the character of Vanessa. She had an innocence and yet a matriarchal power that was really enticing. I felt as though there was opportunity to really get to know her. Demelza Carlton has struck the perfect balance between the archetypal view of mermaids and that of the sirens of old, blending the two to make a tender and yet dangerous species of females.
The storyline is awesome and frighteningly plausible. The earth is dying and nature will have seen the tell-tale signs long before man pulls his head out of the TV and realises it.
Joe is a decent man in a world full of typically bawdy males. He is solid and honourable and bashful without losing any of his sex appeal. He is reassuringly male without the unappealing baseness of the other fishermen, which is probably why Vanessa picks him. The mermaid race seeks liaison with men as a duty but Vanessa is different. She has previously known love and it presents a vulnerability within an otherwise fearsome character portrayal.
I love how truly Australian this novel is. It has all the raw beauty of a stunning corner of the world. I appreciated the descriptions of the geography and the oceans; they were colourful and well-drawn and made the reader feel as though they were taking part in the novel. I was there in Joe’s hut and Vanessa’s boat. I liked this novel enough to read it in one sitting, not wanting to put it down and miss anything.
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Never having read a book that has mermaids as main characters, and being a huge fan of all things "ocean", I was really primed for a great paranormal--romance--thriller story. Trust me; these days those are not mutually exclusive terms. Ms Carlton certainly delivered the romance and paranormal, but for me, not so much the thriller.

"Ocean's Gift" was a fun and easy read. The characters were all very well developed and the story, told primarily from two POV's--Joe and Belinda, was as expected from a talented writer such as Ms. Carlton; that is, exceptionally well done. I would rate the love scenes between Joe and Vanessa PG, but I can imagine that others will find them solidly at the "R" rating level. I was looking forward to following to conclusion the premise that was established early in the book. The mermaids, worried about global warming and other environmental changes that could kill off mankind wanted to gain information, that only human technology could provide, in order to help save the world and humankind. Doing so would also save themselves, as the mermaids required human males for the reproduction of their own kind. The story, however, gets so caught up in the love affair of Joe and Vanessa that the main plot line becomes mostly blurred and lost in the bedroom (several times), the boat and the airfield.

Though I missed a clearly defined conclusion to the premise and found some of the book to be redundant; it's obvious that Ms Carlton knows the seas. Those parts of the story that talk about swimming with dolphins, fighting sharks, or the taste, smell and beauty of the oceans are alone well worth the read.
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