The Mermaids Melt at Dawn is a modern-day fairy-tale written by Grendolyn Peach Soleil. This book weaves an intricate tale that follows many intriguing characters. It starts with the story of one little boy named Rok, who grew up with his grandparents. His grandmother is rumored to be a sea witch. Rok hears about a fantastical story from his grandfather about the island of Barbiche, also known as the land of the mermaids. The story then changes from different points of view to follow mermaids and others people to illustrate how beautifully connected everyone is, from gods to humans.
Soleil writes a breathtaking story with a dark mythology that captures the imagination. The descriptions of mythical creatures is intriguing. Each chapter is broken up into its own ‘yarn’ that provides its own mythical backstory to a fantastical creature or fanciful events. They seemed like old stories passed down for generations. The emotions jump right off the page. In Yarn 8, there is a love story where you can feel the truth and depth of the love. This part of the book is my favorite; it left me breathless because it was told so beautifully. The story is told with an artistic flare that evokes emotion and requires your imagination.
While consisting of beasts, mermaids, gods, and magic, this story gave me the same feeling I had watching Disney’s Pinocchio as a child. All folklore has some myth behind it, add a dash of horror, and you have some of the best fables we all cherish. Grendolyn Peach Soleil channels this same folkloric energy into her book. As the reader travels closer to Barbiche, the spun tale gets darker and darker still. There is so much loss in a book that gives so much life. The Mermaids Melt at Dawn is an imaginative adventure over the sea, filled with fantastic creatures, and guided by childlike wonder.
Pages: 112 | ASIN: B08D92PFKY
Picking up right where we left off we’re brought back into the world of BDSM with our favorite swearing protagonist, Charlotte, of Controlling Charlotte. Our heroine is being pulled deeper and deeper into the world of BDSM that she is exploring with her boyfriend, Dom Lloyd. Charlotte Hains has her characters undergo a series of emotional developments as the relationship between Lloyd and his new sub, our Charlotte, begins to grow. There is a lot of spanking to be seen as Lloyd attempts to carefully train our protagonist in the ways of proper behavior for a sub. Still quite educational for the newcomer to the BDSM world Controlling Charlotte delves deeper into this alternative lifestyle with in depth descriptions of what Charlotte is experiencing during her stay with Lloyd in The Room. Not only does she come closer to Lloyd both sexually and emotionally, Charlotte begins to identify her own hang ups and limits.
Charlotte and Lloyd decide to take the Sub/Dom relationship to the next level by developing a 6-month contract where Charlotte is to submit to Lloyd and abide by his rules. If we think back to the first book and the fact that Charlotte was getting out of a domestic-violence relationship with a past boyfriend who controlled so many aspects of her life that she even had to give up her job as a nurse, it can be difficult to keep Lloyd’s tactics on a separate level. While both men certainly controlled Charlotte’s every waking moment, it is imperative to remember that with the relationship with Lloyd, Charlotte is calling the shots. She has a hard time realizing and maintaining control of her emotions, but Lloyd makes a serious effort to constantly confirm with Charlotte that she is partaking in his lifestyle because she wants to. While Charlotte battles with her foul-mouth and her insecurities, she begins to open up and accept more about the lifestyle she actively indicates she wants to be a part of.
There are a few precarious situations that Charlotte finds herself in throughout the story. She once again finds herself in a situation with an aggressive male who not only threatens her safety, but actively works towards hurting her. Charlotte stands firm and is able to safely navigate the situation where not only she gets away from this man, but she also saves another sub who is her friend in the process. This is a big step for Charlotte because for much of the series she has been intimidated by men she does not know because of what she has gone through.
While the dialogue is good, there are moments where it’s dry and Charlotte’s smart-aleck comebacks seem contrived and forced. This is balanced out by the elegantly erotic scenes as Charlotte and Lloyd attempt to reach the ultimate level of closeness. Hains does a great job in these scenes because even though they are told from the first-person perspective they aren’t overly done or unrealistic. Controlling Charlotte is a good installment in what is undoubtedly at least a trilogy. Charlotte Hains once again leaves us with a bang and curious minds can only speculate where she’ll take the story next.
Pages: 266 | ASIN: B01KTZ0E3S
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There is something to be said about a person who suffers unspeakable horrors and then does her best to overcome them. Introducing Charlotte by Charlotte Hains begins its tale with our protagonist, Charlotte, leaving the hospital after suffering at the hand of her soon to be ex-boyfriend. Domestic violence is something that no woman, or man for that matter, should ever have to endure. It destroys the soul, confidence and a person’s self-worth. Charlotte is not immune to this as she’s wandering around after her release she runs into an old friend, Anthony, who is about to whisk her away from her troubles and bring her into a world she never imagined existed. There will be a lot of testing for our heroine as she tries to figure out who she is as a person and what she wants out of the life she has rediscovered she can control.
Introducing Charlotte is fascinating, stimulating, and provocative. Hains takes her readers on an emotional journey as Charlotte begins to discover the world of BDSM and the part her friends play in it. Anthony, Lloyd and new-friend Nats are owners/operators of an exclusive club for BDSM enthusiasts. Hains uses the vehicle of BDSM to get Charlotte to open up, to learn about trust and to essentially make herself into a new person.
Introducing Charlotte is about a girl fleeing a boy and is rescued by a prince-like character, however I felt that the delivery could’ve been adjusted to be more aware of Charlotte’s pain and recovery before the story swiftly moves on. The first part to consider is the portrayal of domestic violence and how Charlotte is treated right afterwards. After being horrifically abused by her ex-boyfriend she is then immediately caught up with another man. While Anthony doesn’t desire to control Charlotte and appears to be coming from a position of concern for her, the fact remains that he essentially takes control of her life. He moves her in with him, buys her clothing, essentially forces her into therapy and then rages about how her ex treated her. Charlotte doesn’t get a chance to be free of male presence in her life and is almost bullied into recovery. Breaking free of a relationship of violence is difficult and can take time and I felt that that compelling emotional turmoil was sometimes lost.
While the delivery could use some work I found the story to be entertaining, Introducing Charlotte is a beginner’s guide to the erotic world of BDSM. Not only is the heroine learning about this pleasurable pastime, but readers get a chance for an introductory course on what BDSM is and which facets of a person’s life it can impact. The careful romance and pleasurable outcomes are detailed quite nicely without feeling overdone or excessive. Indeed, Charlotte Hains knows what will get her readers interested and isn’t afraid to show them more.
Pages: 252 | ISBN: 1781323178
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