This one kept my attention pretty solidly It was well written and moved along briskly I liked the hero The heroine wasn t as well developed There was a quasi mystical element that didn t really play out clearly I don t think I ve read this author before but I would be willing to try her again. This was a good read Duncan is home on leave He is struggling with the fact that his men died and he didn t While home he sees Lena He hasn t seen her in a long time He of course realizes how beautiful she looks now They have a fling but of course by the end it was so much. Lovely story about two incomplete people finding their other half However, there were many points where I felt like we were being told about the actions the main characters were taking, with not enough SHOWING of them doing it Also, there was a lot of emotional unpacking that was glossed over at the end So, only 3 stars. Some strong language in this adult romance set on an island where many of the ladies believe in a mermaid folktale Unlike the alluring sirens, this mermaid arranges true love The water isn t warm on Bayberry Island but hearts are big.I was pleased that even though the two people had known each other for years, the girl had moved there and was of different origins so it wasn t a case of close relatives in a small community The man is a Navy Seal who suffered severe injuries and is recovering a Some strong language in this adult romance set on an island where many of the ladies believe in a mermaid folktale Unlike the alluring sirens, this mermaid arranges true love The water isn t warm on Bayberry Island but hearts are big.I was pleased that even though the two people had known each other for years, the girl had moved there and was of different origins so it wasn t a case of close relatives in a small community The man is a Navy Seal who suffered severe injuries and is recovering at a faster pace than his carers would think is wise The lady is an artist who likes isolation and does well painting mermaid scenes What I did get tired of, was the constant padding with the hero s thoughts about his war years and the heroine s childhood memories Twenty three years ago back to the present Twenty two years ago This really came across as padding, which we stop reading, and I would leave it out except for cold case crime stories If you have read other books about this island I have you will be happy with the details about the community, but the constant Mermaid Society involvement can get to feel repetitive.I read an e ARC from Fresh Fiction This is an unbiased review ( READ KINDLE ) ☫ Moondance Beach ♗ In the latest Bayberry Island romance from New York Times bestselling author of The Sweetest Summer, it might take than a magical mermaid statue to bring together a hard headed Navy SEAL and the mysterious artist who s loved him from afarDuncan Flynn long ago said goodbye to his hometown of Bayberry Island, Massachusetts, where a mermaid statue allegedly grants true love to the pure at heart So when the injured Navy SEAL gets sent home just in time to help his family prepare for the annual Mermaid Festival he s not in the mood to celebrate Nor fall in love But during a night run on the beach, a magnificently naked woman emerges from the surf who bears an uncanny resemblance to the mermaid in Fountain SquareAdelena Silva s otherworldly mermaid paintings have made her famous and wealthy, but Lena herself is a recluse at least until Duncan Flynn comes home She s secretly loved him her whole life, and is determined not to let him get away again But will revealing her truth win his heart, or cause Lena to lose him
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I added this years ago when I had different tastes, so when I read the summary again this many years later I was turned off by the mention of a magical mermaid statue It sounds so cheesy and childish, and like a Hallmark movie with a dumb magical object that finds love I was also really worried at the mention that Adelena had always loved him because that s usually a recipe for a virgin with no experience whatsoever with men and a hero who s the exact opposite I saw that my library had it and I added this years ago when I had different tastes, so when I read the summary again this many years later I was turned off by the mention of a magical mermaid statue It sounds so cheesy and childish, and like a Hallmark movie with a dumb magical object that finds love I was also really worried at the mention that Adelena had always loved him because that s usually a recipe for a virgin with no experience whatsoever with men and a hero who s the exact opposite I saw that my library had it and so I thought I d go ahead and read it It started with a pre birthday party for Frasier, Duncan s dad He was out with Duncan s brother, Clayton, and Ash and Nat, his brothers in law Of course the cast has married coupled deliriously happy, who have presumably had their own books before this Frasier said Duncan didn t want to come home because he didn t want anything to hold him here Frasier asked the group what makes a man put down roots and of course they had to answer love Ugh I felt like puking Especially when I read that Evelyn came to town to claim Clancy, and Frasier needed to thank her tomorrow Nat had flew in to produce a show 3 years ago but he met Annie, quit his job, and married her Ash came to develop the island, with bulldozers and everything, but he met Rowan and he stopped the destruction of the island, and married herYuck He s a retired Navy SEAL lieutenant who had an accident when his team was part of an explosion that killed his men and injured his leg, leaving him with a limp and a need for daily physical therapy He would lift the leg 100 times in a day Duncan was staying at a BB and an osprey feather showed up, what he believed to be a gift from his mom He d always received gifts from nature ever since he was 10 and confined to his bed, sick and couldn t go outside Except his mom denied giving it to him and said she d once thought it was his dad but they both knew he wasn t the type His mom said he wasn t willing to hear the truth, but Duncan didn t pursue it So I knew it was going to be dragged out even though it was so obvious Embarrassingly, Adelena used to follow him around the island when he was in high school She would sometimes keep him company when he was sick and they d play checkers He d receive hundreds of offerings She really sent him hundreds of anonymous gifts from nature his entire That spathetic When Duncan asked Who could be leaving me all this crap, then and now I was embarrassed for her Seriously, he thinks it s crap.It was funny when his sister Rowan told him he was a natural with her baby, and that she hopes he has one of his own because he d make a really good dad I loved his reaction his mood went foul and he said For God s sake, Row I don t like cheating and sordid details in a book, absolutely won t tolerate it with main characters, but I don t like it with side characters either It s upsetting and unfair to ask someone to forgive that Frasier had dated their mom and Sally the big boobed bimbo at the same time, and since his separation he s been seeing her He brought her to his birthday party he didn t know their mom would be there, but still I can t stand matchmakers they annoy the crap out of me So when his mom was at the Mayberry Island Mermaid Society meeting talking about true love between Duncan and Lena, I was so irritated She had been the one putting Lena s provocative mermaid paintings up, and when he took one down, she brought another withnaked skin Mona said they re not in the right place Duncan wants to be back on active duty and Lena s consumed with art He s blind and Lena won t make the first move One of the women said they re heart mates who uses that expression and I just wanted the scene to end.Duncan went running one night and trespassed on Lena s private property, unbeknownst to him, jumping her fence despite the posted signs As he lay there he saw a tail and then a naked woman emerge and walk past him And he recognized the legs from seeing Lena s legs at the party as he left That s all he saw Yeah, right You remember someone by their legs The next day he told Clancy about it and asked what Lena was like and that upset me After walking in on Clancy kissing his wife on his desk with her legs wrapped around him Thank you, authors, for those awkward, unnecessary moments with family You don t talk about the woman s nudity with your brother Be classy and respectful and keep it to yourself I didn t like how he asked why he would want to start dating a woman there, especially one who paid a mermaids That was disrespectful of her work The station had taken in a stray dog which was all over Duncan, and that seemed forced When kids and animals come into a book that s the large indication to me that the author had no idea what to do and it was a last ditch effort And I so didn t like that Clancy looked up Lena and showed him pictures of her He hadn t seen her since high school so he should have seen her in the flesh for the first time, not been shown online what she looks like What a terrible decision to make I was absolutely pissed when Sanders, her manager, saw a drawing of Lena s face and said Lena hadn t mentioned the artist in a while, and asked if he was doing okay He said all of her relationships had imploded because she always told them she couldn t love them because she d loved the same man since childhood That was absolutely the dumbest thing I ve ever heard You re attached to someone you haven t seen since high school, and you re 31 Why even get into a relationship in the first place if you don t want to be with anyone else That s stupid She said he had to make the first move and it had to be his choice 100% It did remind me of myself, waiting for the other person to make the move while you sit there for years doing nothing but waiting for something to happen, but didn t tame my disgust and aggravation But I was happy that she d had lovers, and the author even used the word wonderful I almost lost it in shock A heroine who enjoyed sex with other men perish the thought I didn t like the decisions she made In Rowen s perspective, and I couldn t stand all the alternating points of view , Lena came sneaking in at night Rowen knew that something was going on with Lena and Duncan because they both sneak in at night Lena was talking about how she s been leaving the gifts, and Rowen and both their moms have always known Duncan came in and that s how he learned Lena was the one giving him the gifts And then he kissed her and put her on the kitchen table and that was moving way too fast I didn t like how any of it played out She stopped it, which was good because it was way too soon, but her behavior bothered me She acted like a fanciful little girl and not a grown woman She stopped him and said This is not the way She told Sanders, who couldn t see any problem with Duncan s behavior, that it was scary and unexpected She felt out of control and it s not how she pictured it happening She thought it would be the two of he slowly getting to know each other again Having deep conversations and opening up to each otherand maybe then we could segue into a really good kiss or two Ugh She sounded like a child It was funny when he was helping her out with fans at her tent and a guy raised his shirt to show her his tattoo of her work, and Duncan grabbed him and told him to keep his pants on It sucked that he thought she d stalked him, coming into his territory When he helped her bring all her stuff back to her house, he asked how she d done it She said she knows where every squeaky floorboard is and how to turn the door handle just soYeah, she was sounding like a stalker In the studio before they left Duncan spied the drawing of her that he d done when he was 14 He couldn t believe she had it Why was she so attached to a silly memory Why was she so attached to him What had she continued to leave him little gifts Duncan s stomach twisted in knots it was too much Her devotion made him deeply uncomfortable it suffocated him Omg, I HATE when the heroines have embarrassing moments like this and it s always the heroine It was insane and way too out there that when she kissed Duncan she received a message that she felt was from a wise woman, a goddess She told her mentor about it and knowing that her mom came to Bayberry so Lena could meet Duncan She heard a voice say in her mind that it will take time, he must come to her, and don t give up Who comes up with this The day he drew her when he was 14 and she was 11, their faces were close and he realize she was pretty and he kissed her It was his 7th but it was Lena s first He realized how much younger she was and he really was an ass the way he told her they should forget it ever happened He s older than her andmature and she s like his little sister Them he blew the whole thing off like it didn t matter It made me dislike him And I always find it so tragic that characters who met as children didn t get together then and went off to have sexual relationships with other people They called Frasier Da and their mom Ma I kept waiting to hear they were Irish, but it never came It was so unrealistic that Duncan, a man, would describe that kiss as unearthly, that he felt something too Come on Is this romance or paranormal I liked their date at the clambake and that everyone was watching, but it was in Rowan s POV I hated the choices she kept making for the POVs I wanted to be in their POVs, not have to witness their date from a third party But I did like when they were dancing and he told her he had to take her painting down because the mermaid wouldn t give him any peace The date was cut so short though and so lacking One of their mom s friends let slip that they had a good run, and Lena and Duncan would be their last The mermaid society would have to close because their president left and no one wanted to do it they re old and it s outdated They did Annie and Nat, Rowan and Ash, and Clancy and Evie Rowan wondered if they were taking credit for her marriage but didn t pursue it, like the woman were crazy I hate matchmakers Another reason why I didn t want to read was because I was fairly certain there would be no sex Some authors you just know, and with this plot line that sounded so childish and a heroine who sounded like a child with a child s wishes, it only cemented that opinion Especially when it was pg 238 and they hadn t had sex yet and I feared they never would They started on pg 239 and I was shocked by how far she went, taking her dress off on the beach and then undressing him and giving him a hand job and then a blow job I can t stand that happening their first time Just ease into it and take it slow And it was exactly as I feared Despite there being a blow job, the details were so lack She didn t really describe their bodies or give details It was vague and she went off on a tangent of flowery descriptions and nonsense thoughts that I absolutely loathe They became part of the sea as they became part of each other And when Duncan cried out and emptied himself inside her, he joined with the salty, life giving essence of the ocean With Lena, he returned to his origins.she swore she heard a familiar tune in Duncan s deep whisper, asking her to come with him to the sea of love When they finally got down to it, it took about a page and it was her waxing poetic about it and it totally sucked I also didn t like that they didn t use a condom because they didn t have one They verified the other was healthy, like that s the only issue And I was so pissed that Lena told him she hadn t been with a man in 2 years Of course Any time an author gives the woman a sexual past, it was so long ago that the hero can have something to be satisfied with it s always a long drought before the hero I guess purifying themselves of other men or something It s outrageous They went back to her place and showered together, then had sex repeatedly throughout the night but she skipped over it AHHH, that makes my blood boil It s infuriating to be reading a romance with no sex What s the point Lena had questioned him about the accident where he lost his teammates, and they talked about his survivor s guilt I can t stand when authors have the characters have the exact same situations He felt like he d failed them and Lena could personally testify to letting someone down She took her mentor to the doctors and dropped her off, was supposed to wait for her call to come get her, except she got to painting and didn t hear the call The elderly woman had walked home and had a stroke walking up the stairs and died And she feels guiltyso she knew exactly what he was talking about So perfect.Right after they had sex the next chapter she jolted us back to the past yet again She remembered a time when Duncan didn t speak to her any, or look at her He just patted her head and called her a kid He was really unlikable I don t like an asshole hero And for some reason he had like selective memory or something, because he couldn t remember anything and forgot how mean he used to be At the family party he remembered that he d kept Clancy and Evie apart as teenagers He hid a letter Evie wrote to him and it took them 18 years to get together And he always got away with not apologizing to anyone Everyone had already forgiven him so he just got off the hook.After that disastrous birthday party where Frasier brought Sally, I didn t think we d see her again But at the party Sally showed up with Frasier again, sharing that she had cancer and she was so jealous of Mona she d tried to one up her, but she d only been catch and release to Frasier You don t hook up with another woman while you re still married to your wife, and bring the woman there to advocate for you to get back together It s disgusting how cheating is handled and he didn t deserve her back.That night Duncan shut down because his family was so accepting of her and he was getting in deep with her when he wasn t going to stay Stupidly, Lena put up with it and offered to talk, accepting whatever he wanted to give without pushing I was so annoyed at her She deserved better than his moody butt shutting down on her They had sex when he should have been apologizing Weirdly, she mentioned the dog going up the stairs with him, but had the dog go to another room But right after they had sex, she had the dog jump up on the bed and turn its head away like their nakedness was too much Ew Why would you have the dog come in after they just had sex What is up with the dog Lena said holy moly and he said Baby Jesus on the B train, whatever that meant That is some stupid talking.Duncan had asked why she kept the painting and afterwards she told him about the vision and that it was destiny and she d loved him ever since Duncan had to get up and go to the bathroom, then came out and asked her if she believed in the mermaid She started acting really crazy and no wonder it freaked him out It would anyone She kept asking him questions in return She asked if he was asking her if she believes there s unseen forces and magic in the world, then yes He asked of she believed in the mermaid and she asked does she believe in mermaids in the sea or the mermaid legend Then it ended with her saying wasn t he going to ask if she s the mermaid He went along with it and she said you really want me to answer that That was it for him he d had enough Duncan could see the conversation veering off into whether the moon was an alien hovercraft and the mating habits of Bigfoot He said he couldn t do this and left No wonder he d left Bayberry and never looked back This was place created by, and for, crazy people Looking back, he saw that Lena had done a bang up job masking her true feelings in those media interviews No doubt sales would suffer if the world knew she was cuckoo bananas This close to the end, and they were having this stupid, ridiculous fight Duncan was sitting by the fountain and heard a voice say she is yours and you are hers I couldn t stand his tendency to talk about Lena with other people and their tendency to always ask him about her The day of the mermaid ball he told his mom he d thought Lena was a flake, dreamy and artsy and off in her own la la land She believes in mystical forces and signs and destiny, the kind of gibberish he heard from his mom At the ball he told Clancy that his wife lives in the real world but Lena is airy fairy and love only goes so far when your girl tells you she believes in mermaids and implied she was one herself.The ending pissed me off I was so mad Lena left the party and went home, where she lit a candle and ended up falling asleep She woke to the room burning, her beautifully designed studio and the drawing Duncan had made her 20 years she had that and then they get together and the author felt the sadistic need to ruin it all I will never understand decisions like that And Lena never said anythingabout it, like it didn t matter Cut to one year later and it was the epilogue showing them married and her about to have their daughter Duncan asked of she d be a natural swimmer and she answered of course because her dad s a SEAL Ok, whatever Weird mermaid crap that s never explained Is she a mermaid or isn t she They left off with him thinking she was a witch who really thought she was a mermaid How can you not address that After that fight I just wanted to be done with these characters that I didn t particularly like This lost what it had on the beginning The last 30% I just wanted to be done They didn t have enough time together There was hardly any communication between them Lena had her head in the clouds the whole time, listening to a prophecy from when she was 11, just surrendering to this great mystery and acting like a child along the way Really, you don t tell a man you re a mermaid or he s going to head for the hills And she s been telling men her whole life that she s in love with someone else Except she describes him as a stranger He is not a stranger She knew him from age 11 to what, 15 That is not a stranger Duncan was an asshole to everyone, his siblings and family and Lena, and then he left to join the Navy and stayed gone, only coming back occasionally He can t commit, is afraid to love, and thinks he needs to rejoin as the only way to honor his fallen comrades He forgot his entire past and only bits and pieces came to him He knows he should apologize about things he s done but keeps getting interrupted or forgiven by people who should at least make him say sorry He continued being a jerk until almost the very end And the author had Lena have a silly moment, thinking back on her telling Duncan she didn t need him and could take care of herself, but she did need him because she burned the place down and he had to save her life Way to showcase the woman as forgetful emotional, who can t be without a man or she ll burn her house down The relationship was a fail because Lena was kind of a stalker, coming on too strong, saving the drawing loving him so long, and Duncan was a total closed off jerk judging her and her lifestyle The legend went unexplained and I couldn t believe it The whole book there s this mermaid legend, Duncan saw a fintail in the water right before Lena emerged, she told him to ask her if she was one, and her mom s entire village thought the women in her family were witches I expect some answers or something, but I got nothing The whole thing is so flimsy she spent as much time in the past as she did in the present This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The book opens up to a confusing scene with a few characters to keep track of from the get go I instantly could tell this author couldn t capture a man s voice None of the men sounded like real men You can t just have the guy cuss and think it sounds like a guy.The humor was also sort of a miss, on the weak side, as in its intended to be funny but isn t I didn t find the drunken dad amusing or charming.Lena was Mellie s daughter then all of a sudden Imelda Silva s daughter You should say The book opens up to a confusing scene with a few characters to keep track of from the get go I instantly could tell this author couldn t capture a man s voice None of the men sounded like real men You can t just have the guy cuss and think it sounds like a guy.The humor was also sort of a miss, on the weak side, as in its intended to be funny but isn t I didn t find the drunken dad amusing or charming.Lena was Mellie s daughter then all of a sudden Imelda Silva s daughter You should say Mellie is a nickname.Idk if the author realized the synopsis made it sound like the heroine was a mythical mermaid This might be because I read supernatural books This wasn t helped when we get to her POV and it says she thanked the tides for delivering her to this place and time And Lena s grandpa calling her mom a witch and a sorcerer I found their first meeting to be ridiculous she s supposed to be 7, yet feels his stare like a bee sting Come on I certainly didn t feel things like that with boys at that age.I found it odd everyone said da and granda as if we were in Ireland I think Duncan s great great great grandpa came from Ireland, but there was no Irish culture or anything mentioned to explain why they use those Irish phrases.I was not amused by the idiot father bringing his girlfriend to the family party I did not want Duncan s parents back together She could do way better than him It took 80 something pages before the characters were near each other and they didn t even speak Idk how she couldn t see Duncan when she walked right past him on the beach He d have to be buried in the sand not to see him I waited that long and they didn t even speak.I couldn t believe Duncan s mom deliberately put paintings of Lena as a mermaid in his room That s a lil creepy for your mom to be putting sexy pictures up for youeven if she s trying to push them together When he sees Lena coming out of the water naked he doesn t recognize her as the mermaid in the painting Bit he recognizes her ankle as Lena s from the party, which he saw from the top of the stairs He sees her mom and recognizes the eyes as the same as the mermaid painting That doesn t really add up Duncan, Mr I think everyone on the island is crazy actually gets a net and casts it out night after night hoping to catch whatever he saw in the water that night You said it looked like a dolphin and there are dolphins and other creatures in the ocean so why do you need to catch whatever you saw I find it to be really outlandish for a navy seal who s realistic and unbelieving of the mystical world to do that And that reinforced my opinion this was a supernatural book It seemed incredibly unrealistic for Lena to expect Duncan to fight for her when he never even knew she had feelings for him And she s waiting for him to come to her I m not even that delusional Him finding out she d left the shells and had feelings for him was a letdown You don t kiss someone when you haven t seen them since you were young and never knew she liked you, and when you didn t like her that way I felt bad for Lena because he acted like it was weird and then said she d invaded his space and made it sound creepywhich it kind of was He smells her and recognizes it from his dream, as an earthy scent As if you can smell in a dream or recognize someone s scent who you haven t been around since HS My god romance books are ridiculous sometimes Can we get right to the margaritas I m in a tequila state of mind, Lena said with a smile.Right then Duncan decided that Adalena Silva had her own version of a sense of humor Sure, she was subdued and a little eccentric, but occasionally she d come up with something sharp and funny, like the tequila comment, and it intrigued him You shouldn t have to tell us a comment was funny And I found that neither sharp nor funny.I didn t think Duncan was nice as a kid or adult Idk what Lena saw in him Him seeing the drawing she d kept that he did of her was also a letdown He reacted in Duncan fashion and didn t even realize how sweet it was He was also an ass for not remembering that s the day they kissed I just felt bad for Lena, that she d cared for this guy and he hadn t even remembered or thought about her I was surprised they kissed and that Duncan could have forgotten And if it meant so much to him, how could he forget I was very shocked to find out Lena had lovers, considering she d held a torch for Duncan all those years and told her boyfriends she couldn t love them because she loved a man from her childhood But I m glad she wasn t a virgin while Duncan got with other women Really tired of those tropes They never sounded like kids, in any of the memories They always had too much awareness and the memories were too sexualized I mean seven year olds finding awareness looking into each other s eyes Give me a break This was when he was in eighth grade, so 13 or 14, and she was three years younger She placed her hand on his chest, and he almost cried like a baby He rubbed her back and she arched into it like a cat And the two of them seemed to hang in the middle of space, just kissing.Duncan closed his eyes, and as he began to breathe with her, strange and wonderful feelings washed over him For a second, it really felt like they were the same person, together, discovering stuff that no other two people in the history of the world had ever discovered before Did you forget you re writing about middle schoolers Actually she was probably in the 5th grade Way too young to be kissing like that, or placing her hand on his chest and arching up into him.And there s no way an 11 year old during her first kiss would be the best kiss Duncan had Most people s first kisses are awkward.Evenridiculous is that Lena felt her mom brought her to the island so she could meet Duncan This girl is delusional and pathetic.I love romance books and the escapism you can find in them, but sometimes they re so unrealistic and ridiculous to even handle As a freaking kid 10 or 11 the understanding was overwhelming, and even as a kid I realized I had been given a glimpse into something very old and very powerful, and it just blew me away Who s first kiss, and especially as a child, was beautiful and intense She even hears words telling her it will take time He must come to you Do not give up I just can t It s too much And why are you sexualizing things between two children All of this would have been fine if they were teenagers I found everything ridiculous, Duncan thinking baby Serena looked like a master sergeant he had Come on Saying she could be the first female navy seal Ugh, just stop.She s hurt and mad at Duncan and paints a horrific scene of sharks and blood and eight lifeless bodies Pretty creepy But the author threw in some ridiculousness when Duncan realizes it s the ambush he went through She was grieving with him He s creeped out that she brings him gifts but isn t creeped out by that You cannot grieve for someone you barely know and haven t seen and knew nothing of his friends or the circumstances of the ambush This girl is stalkery and creepy.Despite sneaking into his room repeatedly, Lena had no idea which painting was on the fireplace I think my mother wanted to make sure I had a sexy mermaid roommate at all times Umthat s weird.Every character has a kid so we re in the world of pacifiers and carriers and idc to be in that world As if everyone has to be settled with a kid to be happy.I liked that her mentor told her to enjoy life while waiting for Duncan, probably meaning date other guys and have fun, and not just wait around for him That was good advice Because he certainly wasn t waiting for her.Idl when the characters background are too similar just so they can understand each other She got distracted painting and missed taking her mentor to her doctor appointment She ends up having a heart attack and Lena feels guilty All of this is so she can understand why Duncan feels guilty he didn t save his friends It s too coincidental She s the most drop dead gorgeous woman he d ever known I m sick of comments like that What are the chances you d end up the best looking person he s ever seen When he kisses her or is intimate in any way he says it s like the dream As if a dream would be that detailed, especially when he s never been with her before, so he has no experience to draw on with her It s ridiculous Duncan realized it was inexplicably warm, as if the water had changed temperature just for them Oh boy The ocean warmed up for these two, cause they re so special He d had his share of skinny dipping sex over the years, but nothing had come anywhere close to the intensity of this moment He had the distinct sensation that he was carrying Lena over a threshold Idw hear of his past and how this measures up against the others And threshold Wtf does that even mean When Duncan cried out and emptied himself inside her, he joined with the salty, life giving essence of the ocean With Lena, he returned to his origins She swore she heard a familiar tune in Duncan s deep whisper, asking her to come with him to the sea of love Their relationship was too mystical, and the writing was a little too poetic and flowery for me Idk what her crush was even based on He only spoke one complete sentence to her in three years Barely looked at her Only asked her to pass stuff across the table It s sad, really.This book should be titled He s Just Not That Into You, because I swear, he wasn t All we get is that he buttoned her jacket upand why was he doing that And this is what she held onto for all those years He didn t even tell her what was on his mind We have no idea what he would have said.He said he pushed down the memory of their kiss, because of how much it meant, and I just don t understand how that s possible I mean, he never even talked to her for year after It s a bunch of BS to me I couldn t believe Duncan kept Clancy and Evie apart as teenagers When Frasier shows up to another family party with Sally I had to set the book down and close my eyes I just couldn t take it.It s a bombshell that Sally has cancer and she s gonna get Mona back with husband, but I didn t care I was annoyed with her.The busybody matchmakers set up Ash and Rowan, Nat and Annie, Clancy and Evie That s too much and just annoying There s a Serena at the party and I had no idea who that was I forgot she was the baby Duncan knew Lena had known he was on her beach all those nights and that she came down to check on him even though Lena never told us that How can you not mention that Duncan s feelings changed too soon and it wasn t believable He still wanted to leave and then all of a sudden says he loves her.Some of the language in intimate moments was cringeworthy holy moly and baby Jesus on the B train Not even sure what that means.She calls them not talking since they were kids and the fact that they were together now prophetic It s not strange at all that Duncan would return to his hometown where his family lives, and would see you, when you also live there That s not normal at allThe whole scene was cringeworthy when she tells him his kiss as a kid had been a sign that he was her destiny and she s waited for him She sounds like one flew over the cuckoos nest No bones about it Hands down This girl is certifiably crazy Duncan goes to the bathroom and almost laughs He called it woo woo and thinks he s trapped in his mothers mermaid meetings I can t respect a guy that thinks the heroine is crazy, even though she is I can t like a heroine that is crazy and pathetic It s just embarrassing She basically believes in mermaids Aren t you going to ask me if I m a mermaid Duncan s head spun around Lena stared at him with wild eyes Sure, Lena Are you a mermaid You really want me to answer that That was it for him he d had enough Duncan could see the conversation veering off into whether the moon was an alien hovercraft and the mating habits of Bigfoot Totally painful and embarrassing He calls her cuckoo bananas and then cries cause his heart is broken Totally uncharacteristic.Duncan hears she is yours and you are hers and it really just puts a cap on all this ridiculousness Beth, the mom of Duncan s deceased friend, said he got his sense of humor from his family but I found Duncan to have no sense of humor.After basically admitting to Duncan she believed in mermaids and was some kind of mermaid herself I found it hypocritical and downright shocking that Lena found the mermaid society slightly absurd He tells his mom he thought she was an actual mermaid Which is insane Duncan never said he believed that.Then he s trash talking her to his brother and they re both basically making fun of her, that she believes in mermaids and said she might be one He called her airy fairy How are we supposed to believe they ll be happy together or that he ll respect her I couldn t believe the book ended with the fire and that her amazing studio burnt down, with all her paintings and Duncan s drawing of her The epilogue didn t even mention if the drawing survived the fire I thought she was gonna try to save it Or that Duncan would I didn t like how the pregnancy wasn t planned and took place only three months after the fire She s having a girl, and that makes three girls in this family as if no one can have a boy There s a joke their daughter will be a natural swimmer, and it s a fitting corny end to this corny fantastical book They don t know each other well enough to be together and having kids like that It should end in them dating, because they ve never had a relationshipIt ended up feeling like Duncan got trapped there This was too cheesy, juvenile, mystical, corny and ridiculous for my tastes The book spent so long on Duncan wanting to join the navy and resist dating Lena that his change occurred too close to the end There wasn t enough wrap up for them and things felt unfinished in the book The women didn t even announce they were taking over the mermaid society It just annoyed me that Mona gave into her crappy husband Evenso because their family prayed to the mermaid for it This freaking mermaid can t set up everyone in the Flynn family It s just annoying how perfect everything is None of the characters were interesting or endearing to me Idc to read about any of them Rowan s book covers the festival too and I wonder if that s the case for Clancy s book also That would get repetitive You could cover the town during a different season Some authors write charming, funny, interesting characters, with a setting and people you love This author is one who just doesn t have it to me too corny and cheesy for my tastes And the romantic scenes weren t detailed enough.Duncan wasn t likable, he had no personality or sense of humor He was sort of flat and robotic He would speak proper sometimes, like I do not instead of don t and it made him sound like a robot Lena was downright crazy, stalkery, pathetic Duncan put her down so much and they were so different, he even said so himself, that I don t know how anyone can believe in their HEA They re so different and incompatible They believe in very different things, and I do believe she s too airy fairy for him, like Duncan himself said.They had no chemistry Just because he said she s beautiful, etc does not mean we feel their chemistry I didn t buy their relationship at all I didn t like all the annoying matchmakers, any of the side characters, really anything about this There were some slightly funny things, but a lot of it was a miss I don t want to read anyfrom this series, and perhaps by this author if they re all so corny and unrealistic Moondance Beach, Bayberry Island 3, by Susan DonovanGrade AI devoured this book in one sitting because it was THAT good I don t remember the last time I gave an A to a book but it s few and far between I love this Bayberry Island series so much and like most fans I have been anticipating Duncan s book for awhile now Usually I try not to get my hopes up about books any because I always seem to be let down but this book delivered everything I wanted and even some stuff I didn t know I w Moondance Beach, Bayberry Island 3, by Susan DonovanGrade AI devoured this book in one sitting because it was THAT good I don t remember the last time I gave an A to a book but it s few and far between I love this Bayberry Island series so much and like most fans I have been anticipating Duncan s book for awhile now Usually I try not to get my hopes up about books any because I always seem to be let down but this book delivered everything I wanted and even some stuff I didn t know I wanted but still loved I don t know if it s the magic of the mermaid statue or the wonderful family and community of the island but this series is wonderful and on the top of my must read list Duncan Flynn made up for being a sick little boy by excelling as an adult and becoming a Navy SEAL and getting as far away from Bayberry Island as he possible could When an attack leaves Duncan injured and all of his team dead, he has no choice but to come home and recover The last thing Duncan wanted was to get involved in his parents drama and separation, help his brother out with the annual Mermaid Festival or to fall for the little girl he grew up with who is all grown up Adelena Lena Silva knew from the time she was a small girl that Duncan was the one for her and she has waited decades for him to come back to the island and be hers Lena knows that Duncan is her other half but convincing him of it proves to be muchof a challenge than Lena ever expected TheDuncan fights what they have theLena is crushed and starts to wonder if anything she does will convience this man they are meant to be together Duncan is the perfect broody, alpha hero who I just loved so much Considering I was worried he would be a jerk like he was in a previous book I was very happy with him in this book I love a story where the characters grew up together and the flashbacks of Duncan and Lena as children were my favorite parts by far I liked seeing how their story evolved over time and why Lena was so content to wait years and years for this man to come back to her Lena is the best type of heroine brilliant, funny, confident and wants her man for who he is not because she needs him for something I loved her work and spent some time trying to imagine what her paintings would really look like She also has a bit of mystery to her that I enjoyed and it kept Duncan on his toes for sure As I ve said before I love the Mermaid Festival and this one did not disappoint There were a lot of loose ends tied up in this book and I m really hoping it is not the last one of the series I highly recommend everyone get lost in the magic of Bayberry Island I have mixed feelings about this book I liked Lena s character but I was a little bit concerned with the way she s been pining after Duncan all these years He treated her like sh t, dismissed her friendship as teenagers and completely forgets about her for years Even when he s at home healing as an adult, Duncan still treats her poorly and all Lena can say is that he s her one and only, she loves him but he doesn t know itblah blah blah I literally wanted to shake some sense into this poo I have mixed feelings about this book I liked Lena s character but I was a little bit concerned with the way she s been pining after Duncan all these years He treated her like sh t, dismissed her friendship as teenagers and completely forgets about her for years Even when he s at home healing as an adult, Duncan still treats her poorly and all Lena can say is that he s her one and only, she loves him but he doesn t know itblah blah blah I literally wanted to shake some sense into this poor girl.Duncan is at home recovering from an explosion that wiped out his entire unit leaving him with a bad case of survivor s guilt He vaguely remembers Lena, but thinks she s hot Ugh He s always so stoic and unbending in every interaction I didn t like Duncan at all and I think Lena could do so much better But she s a glutton for punishment, and so am I because I had to finish the book hoping that my opinion of Duncan would change It did not.I m glad though that we did get closure on Fraiser and Mona s side storyline That s Duncan, Clancy and Rowan s parents I was also a little sad that there wasn t muchon what happened to the Mermaid Society Is there going to be another book And if so, who d star in it Inquiring minds want to know Overall, it was a so so read I really wished I d liked itI was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review All conclusions reached are my own I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.I enjoyed every minutes of this one The story is romance with a playful innocence added in It helps that I love mermaids and they are prevalent in the story The characters come together in a real and believable way, but with undertones of magic that might or might not exist I need to go back and read the first two books in the series now.