Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper
Author: Charlie Richards
Series: Tales of the Briny Nyx
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 76 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: May 22, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Wayne needs a place to hide when an angry ex-boyfriend sends questionable pictures to several board members at the school where he teaches. Substituting as a lighthouse keeper for his buddy’s father, he finds stark beauty in how the waves crash on the rocks and solace in their sound. His buddy, Easton, drops by with pizza and wine to buoy his spirits, and together they find a naked man on the beach. Bringing the injured man inside his temporary home, Wayne learns the stranger’s name is Zarek, and he doesn’t want to be taken to the hospital. Against his better judgment, maybe because the sexy, black-haired man kissed like a God, Wayne agrees…even though he knows the man’s story is bogus. When Wayne learns the truth, can he wrap his mind around everything and accept his new reality? Or will he wipe his hands of the sexy Zarek at his earliest opportunity?
Review: Wayne is tending a lighthouse for a friend while he awaits the judgment from his employer as to whether or not he still has a job as a high school teacher. While taking a walk, he finds an injured man in the sand. With the help of his muscular buddy, Easton, Wayne takes the injured man (who we find out later is Zarek) into the lighthouse to give first aid.
Zarek is in the lower caste of mermen and is wanted for treason he didn’t commit. He escapes to the land only to find his soul mate.
Together, Zarek and Wayne have to navigate the danger Zarek brings, Wayne’s career and an introduction into the paranormal world.
Let it be said that I am a HUGE Charlie Richards fan. I’ve read almost every single book she’s written (and that’s over 100!) and for the most part really liked or out-right loved every single one of them.
Since I also love mermen, I thought this’d be a slam dunk!
Sadly, it wasn’t.
Since this is book two – and book one is m/f – I may be missing some of the world building, as I didn’t and have no real interest in reading book one. However, the world building we are given is a little confusing and not nearly as clear as I’ve come to expect – especially this early in a series. In fact, since book one was written five years ago and for a different “audience,” I’d expect a really re-booted explanation in this story, and I got a brief summary instead.
I also didn’t like how Easton was portrayed – I felt bad for him! He’s undoubtedly going to be an MC in an upcoming sequel and he wasn’t shown in a good light here. That’s not like Charlie at all – so I’m really hoping we see good things from him in the future.
As for the mystery – I’m clueless as to why Zarek is on the run – I don’t understand why one naked/half naked picture of a sleeping guy would jeopardize a career – and I don’t understand what’s going to happen with these two in the future – at all.
On the romance front, the relationship literally goes from zero to sixty (as is fairly normal with fated mates), but so much happens off page as “time passes” and we see the couple days and weeks later. It’s already a really short story, so I’d expect either more detail or less time passage to keep the readers along for the ride.
So one hand I was a bit confused and on the other I was a little disappointed with what I did get.
I will absolutely read the next (and probably all of the rest!) as I really do love Charlie’s work – but this one was a bit lack-luster for me.
All in all, I’d give it a 3 of 5 and recommend it to fans of the author (but if you haven’t read anything by the author, do not judge her by this story!), fans of mermen and fans of fated mate love stories.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*