Diary of a Radical Mermaid by Deborah Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Quirky and fun, the perfect pick me up.
Juna Lee is under orders to convince Molly she is a Mermaid (Floater variety) and hook her up with Rhymer McEvers (a Mer Peacekeeper). Unfortunately Molly is harder to convince than Juna Lee anticipates, so she winds up kidnapping her. Which actually works out pretty well as Rhymer hears Molly's calls for help and it's love at first sight when he rescues her.
But Rhymers life is complicated he is trying to protect his three nieces from their Swimmer Father, Orion, who is supposedly trying to kill them. Their Mother Tara McEvers died attacking UniWorld. Orion was unable to save her but took her body before the UniWorld Scientist could dissect it. When Rhymer went to claim her body the goons at UniWorld tried to capture him, but he escaped. Now he is hiding out at Sainte's Point Island with his nieces. His best friend Jordan is helping him guard the girls. To keep Juna Lee safe, Jordan kidnapped Juna Lee and left Aphrodite to guard her at one of the Araiza's fancy resorts. Juna Lee is equally determined to protect Jordan so she expends lots of energy trying to escape, so when Charley the Tuna shows up she is more than happy to get on the boat with him, except it's not Charley. Held hostage by Orion, Juna Lee is used as bait to capture Jordan and Tula. Orion promises to release them if Rhymer will meet him alone at Echo Marsh.
Rhymer arrives at Echo Marsh for what he believes will be a fight to the death. But when Orion has the opportunity to kill Rhymer he doesn't and reveals he was just testing him to make sure that Rhymer will protect Orion's daughters from UniWorld. Molly and the girls show up but before Rhymer and Orion can reveal their understanding Juna Lee, Jordan, Tula and Aphrodite show up and Juna Lee shoots Orion. Orion is dying but his daughters who are healers manage to save his life. Rhymer, Molly and the girls go on the run from Uniworld.
Can't wait for the next book in this series.
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