"A Delightful Fantasy Romance kicks off new mer series"
Carla Cassidy kicks off a much awaited merfolk miniseries
with MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.
It had been three years since Kevin Cartwright had been
hired by the mysterious man he knew only as Loucan, to find
four lost siblings separated in childhood. With only their
first names, relative ages, and a description of the four
sections of a metal seal that had been divided between them
to go on, it had been like finding a needle in a haystack.
He had finally gotten lucky when he'd glimpsed one of these
pieces worn around the neck of Dr. Phoebe Jones, who had
made the national news because she'd been part of a
surgical team that had reattached a little boy's arm.
Phoebe had been the name of one of the lost siblings, and
she appeared to be around the right age as well.
Having learned that the busy doctor only took appointments
during her lunch hour, Kevin had taken the red eye from
southern California to Kansas City just to meet with her.
Phoebe suspected that the appointment would be a waste of
her valuable time, but when the sexy P. I. hinted that she
might have a family, she was willing to give him the
benefit of the doubt. Phoebe had been a sickly child,
raised in a variety of foster homes until she was
emancipated at sixteen. She had no one to call her own.
Her busy schedule didn't even leave her time to date.
Finding her real family had been a cherished dream since
she'd been two years old, and when Kevin described the
heirloom necklace she'd worn since that time, she had the
first real hope of realizing that dream. She is unsettled
by her instant attraction to Kevin, but knowing that she
might have a brother and two sisters had prompted her to
Kevin is touched by her sad tale and finds the shy surgeon
more desirable than any woman he's ever known. He no longer
had a family and hadn't dated anyone seriously in five
years himself, not since he'd left the Chicago police
force. But no matter how appealing he finds her, he knows
that there is no chance of a future together. A woman like
Phoebe deserved better than a coward like him. He would
take her to find her destiny, then leave and never look
Kevin becomes even more involved when Phoebe's apartment is
ransacked. He suspects he may have led the danger to her
door, and when she is attacked walking to work the next day
he is certain of it. Someone else is after Phoebe's
necklace, and they don't care who they hurt to get it.
Kevin knows in his heart that he'd never forgive himself if
he allowed anything to happen her. He'd do anything he had
to in order to keep her safe.
The race begins to get to California and the mysterious
Loucan before the enemy catches up with them. Long days
spent in a car, and even longer nights spent in shared
hotel rooms, only serve to deepen the desire the two feel
for each other. Where will it all lead? As Phoebe comes
ever nearer to the ocean that both tempts and terrifies
her, she gets closer and closer to learning an astonishing
secret about herself and her long lost family. Kevin will
learn something about himself as well. Will it bring them
together or drive them apart?
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE is a delightful fantasy
romance which begins to unravel a mystery that will have
readers waiting impatiently for the next installment. The
light sexual content make it suitable for teen/young adult
readers as well. Find out about Phoebe's siblings in IN DEEP
WATERS (Kai - Aug. 02) by Melissa McClone, CAUGHT BY
SURPRISE (Saegar - Sept. 02) by Sandra Paul, and FOR THE
TAKING (Thalassa - Oct. 02) by Lilian Darcy. I myself
particularly looking forward to Saegar's story since he is
the only brother, and its been hinted that he is cursed.
Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted July 19, 2002