Title: Prince of the Sea
Author: Jon Michaelsen
Publisher: Jon Michaelsen Press
Release Date: November 23, 2015
Page Count: 143
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Can a broken heart find love at the bottom of the ocean?
Jonathan Lemke thought spending two weeks alone with his partner in a beachside cottage would help to rekindle the lost passion of their ten-year union. He’d chosen Tybee Island, a quiet seaside community on the Georgia coast east of Historic Savannah. Jonathan had spent his childhood growing up on the pristine shores of the barrier islet which continues to hold a special place in his heart.
The romantic surprise backfires when Paul, Jonathan’s partner, rushes off to Chicago for the chance to woo a high profile client, leaving Jonathan alone and brokenhearted until a chance meeting with a mysterious and seductive stranger linked to a beloved island legend provides a chance at discovering forever love.
But someone with strong familial ties to Tybee Island is desperate to expose its secrets and avenge a grudge decades in the making. An assailant so threatened by the forces of nature that defy explanation, he will stop at nothing to unmask ancient island lore…even if he must kill to prove it.
Considering the fact, that I don’t chose very often paranormal/shapeshiftlers books because I normally get bored very quickly with the genre, I’d say that I liked it more than I though I would, and I wish more readers who actually enjoy the genre, will give it a chance.
Prince of the Sea is a perfect holiday read, it is not too long, not too dramatic, it is quick paced, good plotted, with a beautiful setting, a pleasant writing, and, honestly, I don’t understand WHY this book hasn’t still been discovered by the big community of MM Romance fans!
The past twelve months were a serious test for Jonathan and his partner of ten years Paul. Jonathan sensed a growing tension in their relationship, and decided that a vacation, outside the pressure of deadlines, cellphones and e-mails would be good for them both. He rented a beach-side cottage for two weeks on Tybee Island, where he grew up and as a teenager spent many summers at his grandparent’s house.
But Paul had suddenly important appointments and other plans, and it is why Jonathan had to go alone, not at all how he planed these two weeks to be. And it is not very surprisingly that everything that happened to him on the Island, didn’t follow his original plan.
No wonder that the meeting of his childhood friend Lucius put all his feelings upside down. Especially when Lucius gave away the main secret of his life…
This novel reminded me in some way of one of my favorite books I adored as a teeny, The Amphibian. I don’t care normally about shapeshifters at all – dogs, ducks, wolfs or whatever. But I have a weak spot for mermaids and OF COURSE, as a gay fiction reader, MERMEN.
And how CAN someone not like them?!
A good written, interesting story. Very recommended.
**P.S Jon Michaelsen is a well-known mystery author (a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Gay Mystery), a BIG mystery fan, and a great interviewer of many gay mystery writers. It was my FIRST novel by this author, but for sure not the last one.