Title: The Secret of Mermaid Cove
Author Name & Publisher: Megan Derr (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: September 16, 2015
After she is caught behaving obscenely with another woman, Sophia is left abandoned. Her friends pretend not to know her, her family is trying to decide the best place to banish her, and Sophia wishes that running away was as easy in fact as it was in theory.
She is saved from scandal, if not her suffocating life, by way of an unexpected marriage proposal from Lord Everett Dobson, the most coveted bachelor in the city. Not in a position to refuse, Sophia accepts his offer and agrees to visit his home at Mermaid Cove for three weeks.
Mermaid Cove proves to be as beautiful as promised, complete with endless beaches, glittering waters, a castle that looks like it was made of sand… family curses and local legends… and two beautiful, mysterious women who cannot talk, but seem to secrets they want to share…
This was exactly what I expected and wanted for a great read before bed. For my first Megan Derr story, I was not disappointed at all. This story is beautifully written, it ebbs and flows with the moment. The romances are believable, and the world is gorgeously built. There’s history, mythology and detail in the world that brings it to life even in such a short period of words on a page.
The plot of this piece kept me interested from the start, and where I thought it was going, it did not go, which is always a great thing to happen to me. The story unfolded rapidly enough to allow insight to what was going on but not give away everything, and the timeline matched the plot to a T.
I read this in about two hours (and I’m a slow reader, so for fast readers it won’t take long at all). It was a great romance read right before bed. I hope I’ll have amazing dreams now!
This short started right in with a somewhat minor conflict that made me want to grab the main character and hug her, make everything in her life better. The feeling continued and I found myself rooting for her to get a positive outcome throughout the story. The lore the story walked me through was detailed and amazingly well thought out. I enjoyed every step immensely and it flowed perfectly from beginning to end. I found myself cycling through all the typical things I would think and feel in a full length book over the course of this story. I seemed well written, planned out an followed through on and I would definitely recommend it as a quick, light afternoon read for someone looking for a feel good type of happy ending.
Megan is a long time resident of m/m fiction, and keeps herself busy reading, writing, and publishing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her cats, or watch movies (especially all things James Bond). She loves to hear from readers, and can be found all around the internet