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Wild Blue Under by Judi Fennell


Cover art: Wild Blue Under Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Wild Blue Under - 2nd in the Mer series
Author: Judi Fennell
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-2427-0
Release Date: November 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day Kansas and the coast/ocean
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Judi's Website: www.judifennell.com

Rod Tritone has spent his whole life preparing to take over the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and lead the entire Mer kingdom. He needs to complete a mission of such importance to the Mer kingdom that it requires him going to a land locked state. He needs to find the other heir in the line of succession and bring her home. She doesn’t realize she’s a princess and he needs to break this to her gently.

Rod heads to Kansas to find Valerie Dumere and bring her to her inheritance. Her father was Mer and her mother was a human. However, it has been deemed that she fills a prophecy regarding the Mer kingdom. If she isn’t brought to Atlantis to take her rightful place, the Mer kingdom may cease to exist. She is running her mother’s dream store and mourning her mother’s death. When Rod comes to tell her she’s inherited a nice estate from her father (whom she never met), she’s suspicious and nonplussed. When she finds out she needs a large chunk of cash fast to save her mother’s store, she decides to listen to Rod. She’s hoping to cash her inheritance and save the store.

Totally unaware of what Rod is, Valerie alternates between believing him and going with him and forgetting all about him. Too bad Rod’s already reeling her in. His looks, charm and charisma are a lot for any woman to handle, but Valerie is determined not to fall prey to his charms.

I thought this book had a lot more fun mixed into it than the first book did. While it is part of the series, it truly stands alone and could be read by anyone. In fact, I was a little disappointed that Reel and Erica are only mentioned—they never actually appear in the story. I found that to be a little disconcerting. Other than that personal preference, I loved the whole story. Watching Reel try to live in a totally land-locked area was comedic enough. But when we add the antics of Livingston the seagull in charge of Royal Aviation and a rogue bird named JR into the mix, I laughed until I cried.

The romance sparks throughout the story, but it keeps appearing that the embers of romance will never catch and create a fire. Yet, when it actually begins to happen, the romance and the lovemaking is so hot it was an inferno. Judi Fennell has written another unique look into Atlantis. I love how she makes the Mer so much more human than other authors. She also has thought out the entire under ocean kingdom and so nothing is lacking. She weaves all the elements together so well that I never once doubted Atlantis exists. In fact, I’m looking forward to a trip to the beach this winter. I’m hoping to spot a Mer of my own!


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