Audiobook Review: Guarding the Mermaid (Chimera Secrets, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Guarding the Mermaid by Eve Langlais

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Duty or love? Will a guard make the right choice?

Becky needs a scoop to make her mark in the journalism world and gets her chance when she’s hired as a nurse for a top-secret clinic hidden in the Rockies. What she doesn’t expect is to become one of the patients and kept prisoner.

The doctors are playing God and have found a way to change people. Change them into something else. In her case, she becomes a mermaid. The only one of her kind and about to be sold to the highest bidder unless she can convince the man guarding her to set her free.

Jett ain’t no hero, yet, he finds himself rescuing Becky, over and over. Even starts liking the talkative nurse, which is a bad idea. He knows better than to get involved with a woman. Didn’t his daddy teach him love always hurts?

It hurts, alright, especially because he ends up having to make a choice; doing his job or protecting Becky.

Is it even possible for a man to love a mermaid? Might be time to take some scuba diving lessons to find out.

Guarding the Mermaid

Down the rabbit hole!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌏
Character development: 🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️
Narrator: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The heroine: Becky – a nurse who is ill herself and living on borrowed time, she wanted to become a journalist and studied to become one, since she wanted to spend her last days doing something she loved and leaving a legacy when she was gone. So when she gets a job at the top secret organization called Chimeram, she knows it is her chance.

The Hero: Jett – a sociopath who joined the military at 18 and was let go because he liked killing a bit too much. When he came home, he got out his aggression by modeling himself after Dexter from TV. When he was nearly caught, he got a job with Chimeran clinics. He now worked security for the corporation, did a bit of hunting when patients escaped from time to time, and worked as a guard.

The Story: Jett found himself dreaming about Becky more than he though was good, but he couldn’t stop. Becky was sunshine and smiles, while Jett was dark and menacing. After Becky is attacked by a patient, Jett finds her nearly dead and helps her out by calling Doctor Chimera where she learns he has a cure for her lung cancer, though he tells her it isn’t ready for human trials yet

Like the first book in the series, this book was told in dual points of view via solo narration. The narrator was Troy Duran who is very good. He has a deep sexy voice which lends itself to romance audiobooks very well and he has a very different voice for the females. I really like him as a narrator.

This book was completely different than the first book and showed a lot more detail about the things going on at the Chimeran clinic. Dr. Chimera asked Becky to help him with his research, which not only showed some of the things he is working on, but also some of the morally corrupt practices going on. Granted much of the work is to benefit humanity and cure illness, but some of the work is funded by the military to create super soldiers.

Also, though the patients all volunteer or agree to be treated in order to save their lives from terrible wounds or diseases and they know that the treatments may have side effects, they are not told what kind of side effects, they know that death might be one, but they are dying anyway, they don’t know that they may be turned into monsters.

Like the first book, I liked how the romance between Becky and Jett grew slowly and these two had a bunch of chemistry before they got together. I liked how Jett was morally grey about killing and doesn’t care about the things that go on at the clinic but he starts to have feelings for Becky and cares about the fact that she is dying. The story in this book was even better than the last book. I can’t wait to listen to the rest.


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