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"An absolute pleasure to read...beautiful, sensual, and uplifting"

Jonah, Prime Legion Commander of the angels has fought the Dark Ones for a millennium. Fierce and powerful, the bringer of justice -- Jonah protects The Lady and all of earth's inhabitants. But on one fateful day an unfortunate blow from one of his enemies severs his wing and sends him falling helplessly into the ocean. Gripped in the pain of his wound and his faith all but destroyed, Jonah welcomes the embrace of death and the blessed silence that will follow.

Anna is a mermaid alone in the world. Orphaned as a baby she has spent her short life on the fringe of Neptune's domain. Scorned by her own kind, she has taken her solitary life in stride by keeping company with aquatic creatures of the sea. When she discovers the severed wing of an angel drifting down into the ocean's abyss, she makes an impulsive decision and rushes to aid the fallen angel. Her selfless act would alter her life forever.

Through sheer will and courage, Anna rescues Jonah and manages to bring him to safety and shelter. Despite his dismissal, Anna returns with Mina the seawitch to assess the damage. Sensing Jonah's wound ran deeper than his physical injury, Mina sends them on a journey governed by fate to seek a human shaman. The spiritual healer can help restore Jonah's faith in his purpose. Jonah distrusts the seawitch, but reluctantly agrees to go along with Anna. Perhaps this human can help him find peace, though he has no desire to return to his divine station.

As Anna and Jonah embark on their spiritual quest, danger is an ever present threat. Along the way they encounter many examples of the joys and pains in life that leave indelible marks upon the soul. Anna brings love and wonder to Jonah even as contempt and despair lie crouching in the corners of his spirit. When Jonah finds himself at the Desert Crossroads, he succumbs to darkness and the final battle draws near. Anna refuses to give up on Jonah and is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for her beloved angel who claimed her as his own. When all hope is lost and doom is poised to claim victory, an innocent mermaid stands in defiance to demonstrate that love freely given can defeat the worst of enemies - And it is truly the most powerful weapon of all.

A MERMAID'S KISS is that rare experience that reminds us of why we read. This story spoke to me on so many levels that I found myself completely drawn into Anna and Jonah's world hoping to find answers of my own along the way. Readers will connect with Jonah's struggle to cope with the weariness of his spirit while Anna reminds us of the enduring strength and renewal of hope that comes from love. Joey W. Hill has written a beautifully sensual novel that compels us to consider the story beyond the last page of the book. Her talent and strength as a writer is evident as she weaves imagery and symbolism into the story with ease. At turns humorous and at times heart-wrenching, this novel flows with depth and emotion -- an absolute pleasure to read.

I am in awe of this book.

I have read lots of books, and many are enjoyable. Some make an impression while some blend in with all the others. A MERMAID's KISS remains with me and I imagine it will for a long time to come.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
Posted October 18, 2008

SUMMARY

Part of a two-book series

**A PNR Reviewer Top Pick**

Some destinies are made to be denied...

As the Prime Legion Commander for the Goddess, Jonah has been battling the Dark Ones for centuries. He has led countless angels into battle, and has seen too many of them slaughtered. Now, his noble spirit has begun to tire with the weight of endless war-which allows a Dark One to strike a blow that severs his wing and knocks him into the sea.

Anna is a Daughter of Arianne - a direct descendant of the mermaid whose poignant legend and lore is much darker and more complex than the human-made fairytale. For tragedy and isolation are the fate of all the Daughters of Arianne. Anna's longing for love compels her to risk her very life to protect and hide the fallen Jonah. And the longer Jonah delays his return to the heavens, the more Anna's secret passions are tempted.

Anna knows that Jonah's destiny lies beyond her desire-and that if she repeats her ancestor's mistakes, heartache will be her only reward. But as she falls more in love with him, Anna wonders if she's destined to lose her heart and her dreams to save Jonah's soul...

Genre: Fantasy, Angels, Mermaids

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A Mermaid's Kiss
(Daughters of Arriane: Book 1)
by Joey W. Hill

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
November 1, 2008
Available: November 4, 2008
ISBN #0425223809
EAN #9780425223802
384 pages
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Other Books by
Joey W. Hill

Bound by the Vampire Queen
Vampire Instinct
Vampire Trinity
Vampire Mistress
A Mermaid's Ransom
Beloved Vampire
A Vampire’s Claim
A Witch's Beauty
Unlaced
The Mark of the Vampire Queen
The Vampire Queen's Servant
Natural Law
Forgotten Wishes
Snow Angel
If Wishes Were Horses
Enchained
Make Her Dreams Come True
Holding the Cards


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