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A Mermaid's Ransom
Daughters of Arianne, Book 3

Joey W. Hill

















Berkley Sensation

Release Date:
December 1, 2009

Paranormal Romance


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Reviewed by
Natalie S.

Review Posted:
December 2009


Alexis is the merangel daughter of Jonah, an angel, and Anna, a daughter of Arianne and mermaid (A Mermaid's Kiss: Daughters of Arianne, Book 1). She brings light and happiness to everyone around her. The apple of her father's and mother's eyes, Alexis has never known darkness, pain, or misery. She is empathetic and feels the emotions of others but is mostly able to block the harsher stuff from her mind. When she begins dreaming of a dark, red eyed warrior she becomes frightened but it's only a dream, right? Alexis has no idea the lengths a Dark One will go to escape the prison in which he lives.

Half vampire, half Dark Spawn, Dante is a prisoner in the Dark World. He has been banished to this hot and violent world for the past twenty years by the sea witch Mina (A Witch's Beauty: Daughters of Arianne, Book 2) after a prolific battle between good and evil. Dante has finally founds the means to open a portal to escape his prison and Alexis is the conduit. He kidnaps her to the Dark World with the intention of ransoming her for his
freedom he doesn't doesn't care what happens to her (he so lies) as long as he is freed. He never imagined that his vampire nature would clamor for possession of the beautiful Alexis. The more Dante is with this beautiful woman, the more he finds himself intrigued and unable to leave.

His past, however, comes back to haunt him and it will take the love of a tiny, beautiful merangel to save him.

A MERMAID'S RANSOM is not a pretty romance -- the first few chapters of the book made me cry more than once. Alexis is truly one of the most innocent but giving people I have ever read about. She epitomizes what the daughter of an angel should be. Her faith in Dante never wavered, nor did her love. Sacrifice and balance is the name of the game in A MERMAID'S RANSOM and Joey W. Hill has exquisitely written a timeless story of good versus evil. Souls can be changed even the most violent and Alexis proves more than once. Dante doesn't understand love, softness, happiness, laughter. He only knows of pain and degradation. He was the strongest of the strong in the Dark World and his personality shows it, especially if and when Alexis is threatened. His feelings for her are as vast as the waters of the ocean and he doesn't understand immediately what he is feeling. But, by the end of A MERMAID'S RANSOM, I cheered him on for the man he was slowly evolving to be. His love for Alexis was true, that much I know for a fact. And for that fact alone, I adored this angry man.

A MERMAID'S RANSOM also brings into the plotline two of my favorite Joey W. Hill characters of all time, Lyssa the vampire queen and her mate/servant Jacob. I enjoyed the tie in between the two worlds and am on pins and needles hoping this type of crossover happens again and again.

Since A MERMAID'S RANSOM is the third book of a series, I highly recommend going back and reading book one, A MERMAID'S KISS, as well as book two, A WITCH'S BEAUTY. You won't be sorry.



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