★★★★ 3.5 Stars
Genre: Romance / Fantasy
Publication Date: April 16th, 2018
Publisher: NineStar Press
A poignant, short and bittersweet novella about a woman, Linnea, who by fate or chance, has always been drawn to a ragged, dangerous outcrop of rocks by the sea, though she has no fear for she knows the ocean will never drag her in. On the contrary, it brings to her a mermaid, Mren, of such a glistening and preternatural beauty that every day away from her is another thorn in Linnea’s heart.
A daydreamer of the waters myself, I really love the vivid character of Come to the Rocks. However, it is incredibly short – even for a novella, it can be churned through in about two hours. I think it definitely has potential for elaboration and development into a full-fledged heartbreaker, but I enjoyed it as it is. There is also a powerfully executed point and pathos surrounding the antagonist, Linnea’s ex-boyfriend Mikey, about authority’s neglect towards or inability of resources needed to punish harassment and mental abuse.
Charming and evocative, with an ending reminiscent of the barbed fortunes of fairytale characters, Come to the Rocks is a novella I would recommend.
[I received a copy of this from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]