Coming Up for Air (Ana’s Review)

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Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Amanda Meuwissen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 30th 2019
Genre(s): Fantasy
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


It’s not easy being someone’s fairy tale.

Leigh Hurley is making a name for himself among thieves and criminals, even if it isn’t the life he would’ve chosen. He shouldn’t have screwed over the Moretti brothers, though. It landed him in the river with weights on his feet. But somehow he’s escaped certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss.

Then, Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment.

Tolly comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different, and when he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater… and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. The ancient laws state that if he is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, he will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.

But love is not something Leigh offers easily… and Tolly has a secret of his own.

The fact that there’s a merefolk in the cover of the book, should make a fair warning to keep myself away from it, but the author’s name ring a bell and I wanted to give it a chance. I’m glad I didn’t follow my usual line of reading and give the book an opportunity. I had a wonderful time reading it.

This being a new to me author and a subject I don’t really enjoy, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The book had a sweeter tone than I thought, which was lovely. It was mostly Tolly who charmed me. He was an adorable character and the whole history behind his kin was so interesting. I couldn’t get enough of it. It had a good plot. It keep my attention the whole time. The pace is steady with some few moments of action, not the best, but still somehow believable and enjoyable.

The chemistry between main characters is nice, but I found so much easy to believe in Tolly’s feelings. That was one of the few issues I had with the book, the time given to develop Tolly’s personality and back history is very enthralling but I didn’t’see the same effort on Leigh. He felt underdevelop, even though I get it, a merefolk is much more interesting than a human, but the emotions were the same. I got little connection with Leigh’s feelings. I still believe they care for each other, and they definitely made a beautiful couple. The secondary characters are also nice and made a beautiful support system.

I wouldn’t hesitate on recommend it, especially to readers who enjoy fantasy. As I mention I don’t really like merefolk books, and yet I really liked this one.

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Galley copy of Coming Up for Air provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject.

Here are some of my favorite books


Strain Violence Vegets Arctic Absolution Dark Soul The dreams you made in the Dirt
Fog Bought Caged Jaye Evenfall The Invasion of Tork


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