"a sexy fairy tale"

Seven years ago, Meriel Byrne fell into the sea at an office party, apparently drowning but in fact awakening a family curse that turned her into a selkie. When her sexy former boss, Ronan Burbank, sinks his boat and nearly drowns; Meriel saves him, the sea spits out the mysterious brooch called the Heart of the Sea, and a voice tells her their lives will be entwined. Because she has saved a man's life, Meriel may walk on land as a human for one full day and try to discover how to break the curse. But can she do so before it's too late?

Heart of the Sea reads like a sexy fairy tale, and Carsen's spin on Celtic folklore is intriguing. Meriel has a distinctive voice and her wry observations on life as a seal are very fun. On the other hand, Ronan's personality doesn't come through as strongly, other than the fact that he is damaged goods. The novella length doesn't allow much room to show how Ronan has changed in the seven years since Meriel's "death," or to show what he was like before. There were some loose ends I wanted resolved at the end-- which is a testimony to how much the story caught my attention. However, there is a lot to like in this tale: plenty of plot twists, humor, and suspense.

Reviewed by Kimberly Bea
Posted July 28, 2008


Can the promise of true love overcome a bitter Selkie curse?

Ronan Burbank once had it all. Wealth, privilege, a thriving company. But one tragedy turned everything he touched to ash.

Meriel Byrne’s life was fairytale perfect until the day she fell into the sea off the Rhode Island coast. The moment her body touched the water, a generations-forgotten curse burst into life, transforming her into a mythical creature of the ocean, a Selkie.

Seven years later, Meriel saves a lone sailor when his boat capsizes in rough seas. Once on shore, she discovers that the half-drowned sailor is none other than Ronan. But he is not as she remembers him.

Magic overcomes her and she changes back to human form, but their joyful reunion and rekindled love is cruelly brief. She can only stay human for one day.

With passion drawn from the heart of the sea, Meriel and Ronan set out to break the curse—and prove that love is stronger than evil.

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Heart of the Sea
by Sela Carsen

Samhain Publishing
November 1, 2007
Available: November 1, 2007
ISBN #1599986779
EAN #9781599986777
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