Published by: Self Published on October 8, 2012
Genre: Mermaids, Paranormal, Romance
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Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea, and buried just as deep. When court appointed community service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn't help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn't so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise line contract.
Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community service gig cleaning fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heart strings.
When Blake discovers Meena's secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold onto all that really matters.
I love this book! Flukes was exactly what I wanted it to be: cute, sweet, interesting, MERMAIDS, and a bit of romance. But most importantly, I kind of wanted something that was just a little fun and not that over the top with drama or intensity. Flukes fits that perfectly. If you are looking for a crazy, insane, intense, emotional whirlwind, this book probably isn’t for you. But if you want something fun, cute, and sweet, Flukes is the perfect book!
The thing I loved most about Flukes is how happy it made me. I think I was starting to get a little whiplash from reading so many books about the parents being uninvolved, the main character being abused, and/or the love interest being half sweet and half jerk. Flukes was none of those things, and that’s why it was so refreshing. Meena’s parents are THE SWEETEST PARENTS EVER (except for mine of course—I love you, Mom and Dad!), she has a super sweet and supportive best friend, Meena herself is a great character (and she’s a mermaid—I’m jelly), and Blake—the love interest—does have a bit of a bad boy flair because he’s landed himself in community service, but you actually learn that he’s not a jerk or an asshole at all. He’s just a really nice guy.
Meena was a fabulous main character. She’s strong and doesn’t take shit from anyone. She stood up to Blake when he was a bit of an ass at the very beginning, and she stood up to his father when he was being a royal douchebag. She’s not afraid to speak up and stand up for herself or the ones she loves. Meena definitely holds her own throughout the entire story.
One thing I should note, this book is definitely new adult! It read like a young adult book, up until when the romance reached its peak, which is when there’s a detailed sex scene. I thought this was GREAT! I love young adult books, but I hate it when they hint that the character is going to have sex, then it fades to black and suddenly it’s the morning after. This book had sex in it, but it wasn’t all about the sex. It certainly wasn’t erotica with sex scene after sex scene. Flukes had all the aspects of a great young adult book, but didn’t cut out the hot/dirty parts that happen in real life!
I think the lack of crazy problems in this book is what made me love it. Don’t get me wrong, I love books that are crazy with all the emotional baggage, but I just think I needed a break from all that. Sometimes I just get a migraine when couples are constantly fighting, or when things constantly don’t work out. Not everything is 100% perfect in Flukes—there are still obstacles to overcome—but the few problems that there were felt necessary. Meena and Blake don’t have stupid, petty arguments. They have a few concerns, but they work through them together and the concerns are realistic. Sometimes it’s just refreshing to see things work out nicely.
I will warn you that the romance in this book is really fast-paced—some might call it insta-love. There is definitely a soul mate element in the story that adds to that. But for once, it didn’t bother me. Blake and Meena did grow to love each other after only about 6 weeks, but I still enjoyed it. The romance was sweet, fun, and had me giggling and squealing with delight! I will admit, I do kind of wish the book was a tad longer. It is really short (less than 200 pages) and I think a bit more length would have given the romance more time to develop. But even so, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the almost-insta-love didn’t bother me.
I did list a few potential problems in Flukes that didn’t bother me (like the insta-love), but I know they would bother some people, so keep that in mind if you’re considering reading the book. Maybe I got really lucky and was in the perfect frame of mind to read Flukes. It fulfilled my desire for a really sweet, fun, and engaging love story, with a mermaid twist! If you’re looking for something a little softer (but with sex) that will make you swoon and go “Aww”, then definitely give this book a try!
I love how happy reading Flukes made you and I always get excited to read a book without unnecessary drama. This book sounds really cute and I like the way you described the main characters. I’m definitely adding this to my TBR. Great review. 🙂
Thanks Isa!! I really hope you enjoy it. 🙂 It’s such a sweet read!
I love the sound of this. Sometimes I need just a sweet book too. I like to change it up. And yes, this is why I love New Adult so much. I am not like “OMG, wheres the sex? I need the sex.” No, it’s just that when YA books do that fade to black thing, I feel like I have missed something important because a lot of what happens when they are intimate speak a lot about the characters and their relationship.
And, um, mermaids? I am all over that.
Exactly! Sex is real. It happens in real life, even with teenagers. So it’s nice when it’s actually included in books. I don’t always need a heavy erotica book, but it’s nice to just read something that feels real—sex included.
Sweet, fun and with a mermaid twist? That’s adorable!! I’ve read far too many main characters with dysfunctional parents, so it’s refreshing to learn that Meena’s parents are sweet and supportive. Adding this to my read-list. Thanks for sharing!
I totally agree Henrietta! Sometimes it is nice to read those emotionally draining books, but after a while they do get…draining. It’s nice to read something sweet now and then. 🙂
Ok.. you got me I NEED to read this book as in right now!!! a New Adult mermaid book that makes you so excited???? Got a copy right now my friend! Thanks!
I really really REALLY hope you like it Danny!! When you’re looking for something fun and sweet, this book is perfect!
Did you read Suddenly Royal by this same author? That one was a little bit more adult – the characters are in their mid-twenties, if I’m remembering correctly – but it had the same nice build-up of the relationship and a fabulous main character (and swoony love interest who is also a Really Nice Guy). Nichole Chase must just have a gift for those, because Meena sounds right up my alley!
Great review, Ashley! I will definitely be checking this one out. 🙂
I haven’t read Suddenly Royal! Thanks so much for the recommendation! I’ll check it out. 😀