Synopses & Reviews
In the latest Bayberry Island romance from by New York Times bestselling author of The Sweetest Summer, it might take more than a magical mermaid statue to bring together a hard-headed Navy SEAL and the mysterious artist whos loved him from afar...
Duncan Flynn long ago said goodbye to his hometown of Bayberry Island, Massachusetts, where a mermaid statue allegedly grants true love to the pure at heart. So when the injured Navy SEAL gets sent homejust in time to help his family prepare for the annual Mermaid Festivalhes not in the mood to celebrate. Nor fall in love. But during a night run on the beach, a magnificently naked woman emerges from the surf who bears an uncanny resemblance to the mermaid in Fountain Square.
Adelena Silvas otherworldly mermaid paintings have made her famous and wealthy, but Lena herself is a recluseat least until Duncan Flynn comes home. Shes secretly loved him her whole life, and is determined not to let him get away again. But will revealing her truth win his heart, or cause Lena to lose him?
"Donovan (Sea of Love) opens this ostensible romance with a most unromantic prologue of obscenity-laced, macho dialogue among adolescent boys. The most profane and contemptuous of the lot grows up to be 32-year-old Clancy Flynn, a divorcÃ© and a coward. Oh, and the chief of police, because this is a romantic thriller, with a child in peril, a slimy federal politician, and more than a few laws broken many of them by the heroine, Evelyn McGuinness, who crosses state lines to abduct her orphaned niece. Once past the decidedly off-putting entr'acte, Donovan lays down a plot that entertains, but it's staffed by characters who clearly exist to fill a genre slot or set up a few gags. The obvious puppet strings prevent strong reader identification with the story's imbroglios, situational or emotional. The success of the story hinges on flashbacks to 14-year-old Clancy falling in love with Evie the first time, and the awkward, raw underage sexuality will make some readers squirm and others sigh." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Susan Donovan will steal your heart.”—New York Times
Bestselling Author Christina Dodd
“Donovans blend of romance and mystery is thrilling.”—Booklist
“Ms. Donovan knows how to tell a story that will make your heart melt.”—Night Owl Reviews
Jade Bennett couldn't be happier to escape her past for the quiet ranching town of Sunshine, Idaho. Plus, there's nothing like working for veterinarian Dell Connelly. And though Dell has no intention of settling down, Jade's strength and sass are enticements no red-blooded male can resist.
A mermaid statue could be the cause of heartbreak or everlasting romance for a practical-minded police chief and his first lovein the second of the delicious Bayberry Island trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan....
Every instinct told Police Chief Clancy Flynn that his islands claim to fame was nothing but a silly tourist attraction. But now and then, he couldnt help but wonder if his lifetime of bad romancesstarting with the pretty tourist who broke his fourteen-year-old heartcould be traced back to a childhood prank involving that very statue....
Then one day the pretty tourist comes barreling back into Bayberryall grown-up and on the run with her niece. Though Evelyn McGuinness is wanted for kidnapping, she tries to persuade Clancy that theres more to the story. Now the by-the-book police chief must make the toughest decision of his life: to take Evelyn into custodyor into his arms....
About the Author
Jill Shalvis is the author of several popular series including the Lucky Harbor Series (It Had to Be You; Always on My Mind; Forever and a Day); the Animal Magnetism series (Rescue My Heart; Animal Attraction; Animal Magnetism), the Wilders series (Instant Attraction; Instant Temptation; Instant Gratification), and the Sky High series (Strong and Sexy; Superb and Sexy; Smart and Sexy). Her baseball-themed romances include Slow Heat and Double Play, and she also appears in anthologies such as He's The One.