What they say:A sexy, sun-soaked tale about a tail-wearing girl who makes a lot of waves—perfect for fans of Lauren Layne, Meghan Quinn, and Christina Lauren.
Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go.
Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery.
Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker.
When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?
The Review: You know you’re onto a good book when you’ve absolutely nothing highlighted as from the start of the book because you were so mesmerised you forgot to make notes. That was the case with this book from the brilliant Tracie Banister, who brought us the amazing Izzy as is (Review here ) , Mixing It Up (here it is here) and In Need of Therapy (see that one here) . In each of these books we have strong leads and this is no exception with the fiery but extremely easy to warm to Kyra, who works as a mermaid in Cape Cod Aquarium. From the start with the flow of her tail and beautiful twirls, twists and acrobatics, laid so prettily in the midst of what we see to be the perfect oceanic setting, I was taken.
We are jolted back to reality with her issues dealing with brother and dad, who she looks after, her mermaid partner, Mackenzie, who doesn’t often think of others and then the arrival of a development that will put an end to the beach life Kyra has grown up with. Add to this a new boyfriend with some sticky terms and conditions attached and the book was officially own that kept me guessing. There was a, hmm, no spoilers … so … let’s just say there were a few moments that made me clutch my chest and and swoon (just gorgeous -wish-I-Could-tell-you …), a lot of heat and plenty of warmth, fun and action. Very much recommended! Thanks so much to the author for the book in return for an honest review.
About the author
An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit). Although Tracie swore she’d never write a sequel to any of her books, the character of Izzy Alvarez, who first appeared in In Need of Therapy, would not be denied. Izzy As Is is Tracie’s fifth novel, and she hopes readers enjoy this return trip to Miami.
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