The mermaid and the werewolf
When Zach Cantrell’s mermaid sister disappears, he goes looking for answers. What he finds instead is Shayla Dover, a mermaid princess moonlighting as a paranormal investigator. Even for a mermaid, she’s mesmerisingly gorgeous… Not that it should matter to Zach as his marriage has already been arranged. Shayla has her own reasons to keep her distance from this sexy shifter.
But, after an attack on Shayla’s life, their undeniable attraction grows into something much deeper. Then they find themselves pitted in a race against time amidst a sea of lies, betrayal, and an enemy that threatens them both…
Worldbuilding: Galveston, Texas setting. I loved the Broken Chains. The world has rich paranormal elements: shifters, mermaids, vampires, magic. The Shadow Agency concept was also cool. Coral was interesting to explore, through it was a secondary setting at best. I hope there are more stories set in this world, because it was yummy.
Characters: Shayla seems like a smart and enterprising young woman, using her unique set of skills to make it on land, which I really liked.
Zach also seems interesting, but he came across as somehow too invested in his step-sister’s disappearance while the father was kind of absent, tbh. If this hadn’t been a PNR with a pretty clearly-set pair, I would have suspected him of some nefarious intentions/reasons.
Ion was just plain weird.
I didn’t feel the chemistry between Shayla and Zach and as a result their interactions didn’t really get me that excited.
Plot: The mystery of Nantha’s disappearance seemed promising and layered, but then from somewhere around the middle point of the story it fizzled out for me. The romance was pretty slow burn, which is a good thing by and large, but since I wasn’t too invested in this couple it didn’t shine that much for me.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. The style came across as too narrative for me.
Curb Appeal: Really cool cover and hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my more diverse PNR cravings.
There wasn’t much chemistry between me and this read, but I did appreciate quite a few elements about it. Maybe it just wasn’t a good fit, but there is promise. I’m thinking if you’re into the narrative style and like diverse paranormal elements, you’ll have more fun with it than I did.
I recommend The Texas Shifter’s Mate to fans of more diverse paranormal elements in their PNR and slow burn stand-alone romances that also include a touch of mystery.