I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kissed by the Wave by Serena Gilley
Series: The Forbidden Realm #1
Published by Forever Yours
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Read in: Aug 23 to Sep 13
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Beyond the limits of sight, magical beings live in the Forbidden Realm. The two worlds were once connected, but the desires of man forced their separation. Now, desire may bring them back together . . .
Aliya is a mermaid with an obsession. Though contact with humans is strictly forbidden, she can't seem to stay away from the incredibly handsome Devin, who visits her lake night after night. Her body and soul have never been drawn to anyone like this before. Deciding that her longing for Devin is worth the risk, she goes to him. As their lust for each other deepens, Aliya grows to need his touch as much as she needs water.
Devin believed Aliya was a perfect fantasy his mind created-until the breathtaking mermaid swims to shore. Courtesy of a magical wish, Aliya is newly human, and she and Devin give in to their passion again and again. But Aliya's mortal form is only temporary. If they don't have the strength to part ways when the time comes, their illicit love could rock the balance between the realms forever . . . - via GoodReads
Kissed by the Wave by Serena Gilley was my first adult mermaid book and I really, really wanted to love it. It ended up sending me into a bit of a reading slump. It took me three weeks to finish this book. If I had the ability to DNF a book this would be it, but that’s a different subject for a different day.
The biggest problem that I had was that I just did not care for the main characters at all. Aliya is not a part of our culture so she doesn’t know much. That didn’t bother me but I felt like all of Aliya’s speech was wooden. This was supposed to make her different but I felt it was detrimental.
My favorite parts included side characters rather than the main characters. When I read a romance I really need to feel invested in the main characters. They are after all the whole point of the book. My enjoyment of Raea and Kyne is not enough for me to carry on with the series.