Monday, March 12, 2012

The Swimming Swan

Title: The Swimming Swan
Authors: Amber Kell and Stephani Hecht
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60735-459-8
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Reef’s a merman.  He’s the only son of the sea god Pontus and he’s been mooning over a quiet marine biologist he’s watched from afar for months. When he’s called into his father’s presence he isn’t thrilled, until he learns the sea hags—ancient prophetesses—have foretold he’ll find his mate soon, but he needs to become a human first. But losing his fins and walking on land is more difficult than Reef thought.  

Fisher Cob knows his relationship with Jimmy, the man he’s dating, is nearly over.  While out to dinner, he spies a red-headed beauty across the restaurant and is smitten. Getting together with Reef is much easier than being a Prince of Aria, which becomes apparent when the battle for control of his homeland comes to Earth. 

The Swimming Swan is the newest release in the Cob Brothers series by Amber Kell and Stephani Hecht. It’s possible to read as a standalone but I recommend they be read in order.

While I find the concept of the swan prince’s interesting, in this story I found Reef a much more intriguing character than Fisher. I think it’s the whole merman, son of the sea god thing he’s got going on. I mean, how can he not have a unique personality when he had fins, lived in the ocean and had sea creatures for friends? The details of his ocean-going past were nice but I was still left feeling like something was missing. The authors did a good job with his guy’s personality—a nice guy, but still determined to get what he wants—Fisher. 

The pace of the first part of the story moves along at a pretty good clip and the bantering conversation is fun, making the scenes lighthearted and easy going. There aren’t a huge numbers of important secondary characters but the one that really makes an impression is Xanthi, a fairy stripped of his powers. I definitely hope to learn more about him in a future book. By the middle, when the event linking the brothers (and stories) occurs, the pace slows, despite some of the details being humorous. Near the end the pace picks up again as the villains arrive on the scene but the finale winds up being a cliffhanger. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

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