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Song of Lorelei (Haven Cove) Paperback – January 10, 2023
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Her song is a lure he cannot resist.
Even after brokering a deal with the vicious merfolk who stalk his offshore fishing lanes, Captain Killian Quinn has had one too many onboard his boat for comfort. His livelihood, and life, as well as that of his crew’s, depends on his ability to maintain peace. One wrong move and the Dawn Chaser could become a floating charcuterie board, and he’d never see again the one mermaid he wouldn’t mind take a little nibble out of him.
A sinister craving for human flesh leaves Lorelei Roth with no other choice. She must aid the study of one of her own to find a more permanent solution to protect the ones she loves. As enthralled by all her sharp edges and seductive siren song as her fiancé may be, the threat of becoming the wrong kind of snack is never far enough away.
While they’re close to a breakthrough treatment, doubt gnaws at Lorelei as she watches a fellow mermaid languish in a tank, enduring endless rounds of tests and denied the healing touch of the sea. Is one mermaid’s declining health and happiness too steep a price for freedom? And if so, what sacrifices is Lorelei willing to make to set it right?
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- Publisher : City Owl Press (January 10, 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1648982816
- ISBN-13 : 978-1648982811
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.71 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #616,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And there are better ways to describe Song of Lorelei, the sequel to Called to the Deep (which I will TRY to convey how much I love the Haven Cove duology for *all* the reasons) but it is a *hot* book. At the core of the series is a romance between two loving and independent people who, after meeting in tragic circumstances in book 1 and facing the revelation of Lorelei’s predatory instincts, continue to grow closer, to celebrate each other, and support Lorelei through her understanding of her siren heritage. Lorelei and Killian are a perfect match and fun to read about. I didn’t think it could get sexier than Lorelei’s visit to Killian out at sea in the first book, but it does. Exploring Lorelei’s mermaid biology in intimate scenes is a treat.
Both novels pit the couple against outside conflicts swirling in their small town. The mercurial ex in Called to the Deep returns in full force here, and by virtue of the author's writing and characterization, it’s satisfying to watch the interpersonal conflicts play out while still feeling sympathy for well-rounded characters.
I also LOVED the focus on the museum and environmental research in Called to the Deep, so I was excited to spend more time with Lorelei and her friend/colleague Lila as the women fight to protect mermaids against corporate hubris and unethical bosses, at risk of their careers. Song of Lorelei swims even deeper (not sorry for the pun) into mermaid culture and biology, and there are some captivating underwater explorations and POVs from some of the mermaids.
Monstrosity + romance is my sweet spot. How the book handles the mermaid’s taste for human flesh and Lorelei’s compulsions shows so much care and humanity for what it means to be a monster.
Overall, I loved this conclusion. Atmospheric, exciting and sexy. P.s.: how do I move to Haven Cove?
Niccoli had me feeling all the feelings from chapter 1. I laughed. I cried. I was furious. I had so much anxiety. There was sadness and disappointment. I felt warm and cozy.
While Called to the Deep was about Lorelei discovering the changes she was going through, bringing a bit of fantasy to the real world, Song of Lorelei brought some very real doses of reality to fantasy. Lorelei may be a Siren but she was dealing with some very real human issues that I connected with deeply.
The tone of this book also felt different but in a way that felt very right with the way the story was going. It was less about discovery and more about building and growing. Watching these characters continue to develop in this world was amazing. Even Awful Carrie got her chance.
I also loved all the new characters and world building that was introduced. Nireed was amazing and so strong and building on the Siren world and lore made my heart happy. I also absolutely loved the science and technical talk. You can really tell that Niccoli put a lot of thought and research into biology of her creatures of the deep.
Also can we talk about how much more spice was in this one. *swoons*
This book made my heart happy.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I’m not sure what I loved most:
- The eco-horror dug deeper and we could really see the impact on both the MCs lives, the community, and the world. Corruption galore!
- The steam 👀 now that Killian had a chance to get his sea legs in this relationship, we can really dig into those mermaid tricks (that cover scene was everything and more than I hoped for)
- The MERMAIDS! I don’t want to give too much away but there might be a heist and a lot more time underwater
It’s not a stand-alone so definitely start with the first book, the whole series is worth it.
I would love to read more from this author. 5 stars!!