Title : Merman
Author : K.Z. Snow
Series : The Mongrel Series, Book #2
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Steampunk, Vampires
Length : 207 pages (e-book)
Published : July 17, 2013
A Story in the Mongrel Series
When vampire Clancy Marrowbone returns to Purin province after nearly two years, he intends only to visit with his dear friend, Fanule Perfidor, and find out how his former lover, the mortal Simon Bentcross, is faring. But two developments change Marrowbone’s itinerary: the appearance of a drastically altered man from his past, and the reawakening of his passion for Simon.
Both of these unexpected reunions become increasingly complicated. The connection between Simon’s new creation, a bathysphere-like submersible, and a clandestine underwater-research project results in Marrowbone and Bentcross becoming hunted men. But sometimes, it takes danger to make a star-crossed affair seem worth saving.
Merman is the sequel to Mongrel. It’s Clancy and Simon’s story but Fen and Will make appearances throughout the book. I would recommend reading Mongrel first, it follows a different couple, and there is a new storyline but there is too much backstory to fully enjoy the book without knowing. I know many people wondered how a m/m and a merman would work out in the sex department but he didn’t have the tail so all male parts were functioning and intact. 😉
Clancy returns to town because of his strong urge to see Simon again. He knows he shouldn’t and has nothing beyond a few nights of pleasure to offer him but for the first time in a very long time he can’t help himself from being drawn back. Simon is so happy to see Clancy. Clancy knows how Simon feels about him. Though he shows a fondness for Simon, Simon knows Clancy isn’t the type to settle down with him. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t still want Clancy.
When the Special Threats Unit, a unit equipped with special skills and weapons to deal with Mongrels, sets its sites on bringing in Clancy it draws the town of Taintwell and it’s people into the trouble. They consider Clancy a hero for dispatching the baddie in book one.
Add to that Clancy finds an old friend washed up on the beach in a net. He’s been drastically altered physically. It brings back memories and regrets from Clancy’s past. Clancy feels the need to help him further dragging himself into the dark past of the island’s prison and it’s prisoners left to die after a ravaging hurricane. Simon can’t help but be jealous of the beautiful merman with an obvious connection to Clancy but he’s willing to help, if Clancy needs him.
Simon starts to wonder if it’s all connected to the ground breaking seadiving machine he’s been working on. Everything seems to be connected but with secrets and government agencies and Mongrel struggle still ongoing, who can they really trust?
I loved the steampunk and fantasy elements to this book. All the Mongrels are intriguing. It’s really a unique world the author has created here. Vivid and wonderful with engaging and quirky characters. Simon is so crude but funny. I really enjoy his character. It hurt to see him, such a brutish manly man, struggle with his feelings for Clancy. He knew who Clancy was before they ever hooked up, but he’s also never fallen for a guy before. I wanted to shake Clancy frequently throughout the book. Clancy struggled with feelings he hasn’t had in so long. Love and regret.
Though there seemed to be a slow pace to this steampunk mystery romance I enjoyed it and would recommend it. Those who enjoyed Mongrel will certainly want to.
Rated 4 stars by Whit