Review & Contest: A Mermaid’s Kiss by Joey W Hill

A Mermaid’s Kiss by Joey W. Hill
Series: Daughter’s of Arianne (# 1)
Release Date:  November 4, 2008
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 388
Source: books purchased by reviewer

Having battled the Dark Ones for centuries, Jonah has lost too many of his angel brethren to them. His noble spirit is weary of endless war—which allows a Dark One to strike the blow that severs Jonah’s wing and sends him plummeting into the sea.

Anna is a descendant of the mermaid whose poignant legend is much darker and more complex than the fairy tale. Though tragedy and isolation are her fate, her longing for love compels her to risk her life to protect the fallen Jonah. When Jonah delays his return to the heavens, Anna’s secret passions are tempted.

Jonah’s destiny lies beyond her desire—and 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’ll lose her heart and her dreams to save Jonah’s soul… 


Review:  After completing this book I was at a lost as to what I was going to write in my in my review.  A Mermaid’s Kiss is one of the most difficult books that I ever had to review.  This is not to say it was a bad book but for me it was one of my least favorite reads.

When I first read the blurb I was intrigued by the concept of a romance between an angel and a mermaid and as such I jumped at the chance to read and review this book.  However, my enthusiasm was short lived.  I found it rather difficult to connect with story.  It failed to create any form of emotion within me in that I felt absolutely nothing while reading this book.  It started out on a good note, however after sometime it lost its momentum. The story began to drag and I couldn’t wait for it to come to an end.

I just could not connect with the main characters. I found Jonah (who is an angel and a legion commander) to be rather overbearing and domineering.  He was also very temperamental. One moment he was this powerful heavenly being and the next he was sulking like a child when things does no go his way. Anna is very compassionate, and it was this trait that allowed her to aid Jonah at the point when he needed it most.  I did find her to be a bit weak at times.  While reading I discovered that not only was Anna a mermaid who could shift and become human she could also shift into a pixie.  I found that to be somewhat strange, especially when it came to the love scenes. I had a hard time coming to terms with Jonah having sex with Anna in her pixie form. Whoa! that was a bit too much.  It’s going to take awhile to get that image out of my mind.

For me the best parts of the book are:

1. The interaction between Mina (half mermaid/ half dark one/witch) and David ( human turned angel) .  This interaction brought a little life to the story and as some what compelled me to continue with the series.

2. The ending which revealed that Jonah had finally matured and came to the realization that genuinely loving someone involves making sacrifices. He portrayed this when he gave up all to protect Anna.

While this may have been one of my least favorite books, I would suggest that you read it for yourself as everyone’s taste differs and you may just more entertaining than I did.



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12 thoughts on “Review & Contest: A Mermaid’s Kiss by Joey W Hill

  1. Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    I would like to read it just to see what you are talking about and to see if I agree. As you say, everyone has different things they like in a book.

  2. Carol L says:

    Didn’t even know about this series but I do love Joey Hill’s other books. So I’d like to read it and see how it goes based on your review. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L

  3. Stephanie F. says:

    I am a huge fan of Joey’s. I love her Vampire Queen and Knights of the Boardroom series. This series has been on my want to read list for awhile now but have been unable to get so winning would be really awesome. I’ve heard such wonderful things about it.
    Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  4. Johnnie- Marie Howard, CMA says:

    I want to win due to the book sounding really interesting, and heck I even think about an adult version of the little mermaid ok well maybe not so much like that but their isn’t to many stories about mermaids and it just sounds great. I mean come on sounds like a angel falls into the sea with a bunch of mermaids that right their tells you how interesting it is!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  5. BookLady says:

    Joey Hill is one of my favorite authors. I love her Vampire Queen series. Since I have not yet read her Daughters of Arianne series, I would like to win a copy of A Mermaid’s Kiss. It sounds like a fascinating book. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  6. Chris Bails says:

    I love Joey’s books and would love to read another. I also love series and since book #1 definitely want to read this one.

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