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The story seems to set up nicely. A family debt to pay setting up the perfect rock and a hard place scenario. I am really enjoying the name Atreides. Ariel of course is a cute name even tho it keeps making be visualize a mermaid. Well Atreides unlocks the mystery of his attraction and his reaction actually was upsetting, and now I really have to continue reading just to verify that is the emotion this writer wanted for me at this point. And read on I do, and realize yes, this writer did hook me into this story like a champ, because it glued me to this chair till I reached the outcome. Absolutely love the secret world of paranormals! And yes, I want to read more about this world! This is a standalone but I wouldn't hesitate to read another set in this world!
This is the first book that I have read by this author and it's not going to the last! It starts a little slow but then speeds up quite quickly. There is action, suspense, mystery, sexual tension, all kinds of shifters and other paranormals and a strong heroine. This is a well told story. It flows and has good character development.
I recommend this book.
I volunteered to read a free pre-released copy for my honest opinion
Really enjoyed this tale by Monica la Porta of a merman finding his one and only mate. As usual, it did not take the direction I expected it to making it even better. I was happily surprised to join up with the crew from The Immortals series, as it is one of my favorites. I am sure I was not alone in cheering on Ariel who was definitely not a weak heroine! Strong well written story with great characters.
Wow! What a fantastic PNR must read in the awesome Zodiac series! This author adds an intriguing international flair to her books with a different storyline, well-defined characters and attention to detail that kept me hooked & turning pages! I can't wait to read more & I highly recommend this author, book & series to all adult fans of fiction!
How is all of this even possible? he had forgone the most important of those rules: keep your mouth shut. Truth. I am bound to take care of you. Are you for real? I don’t believe in fairy tales. HA! Ariel, you have no idea!! Holy Neptune’s heart! What a FINOMENAL BOOK!!! I ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY love, Love, LOVE EVERYTHING about this book! So many parts had me laughing, gasping, holding my breath right along with Ariel, but Neptune’s blue balls, I did NOT expect ANY PART of how this book played out! I was completely consumed by it, loving every little bit, but at the same time I was baffled as to how it would end!! Isn't that the BEST thing about reading though? Being swept away with the tide, rising & falling with the waves, immensely revelling in every single second because nothing else can give you that same rush? Ahem... Pardon me, I forgot who I was for a second there! YES!!! I AM THAT sunk I to this story!!! This isn't my first taste of the tremendously talented Monica's writing, but it has whetted my appetite - forget that! It has me ITCHING & CRAVING to read ALL of her other books now!! Monica’s writing style, her complex characters, the richness & depth of every aspect, the mesmerising & captivating storylines, the lush, detailed descriptions, along with of the gorgeous Roman/Italian attributes and of course, all of the fascinating paranormals, well let's just say that from the moment I started this book until I reached The End, I was held bound in its loving arms! Even after that!! Now I want - NEED - to go back and read all about how Atreides' friends found their mates, while I await the next Zodiac Shifters book from Monica! Or at least I HOPE there is another one to come! Atreides may think "The pull from the tide was impossible to ignore.", but I say that it is "the pull from this book” is impossible to ignore!!! There's no doubt about it! You are Bound to Love Bound by Water!! ..with the memory of a kiss that would last her a lifetime.
Ariella Denari is in over her head with the Reds and it is a debt that she herself did not make. When her father died he owed Tancredi money and this was passed onto Ariella, with interest. Now she has two weeks to come up with the money and the only way she can think of is going back to something that she hoped to leave in the past.
Altreides Linares is a merman and also a well known painter who one night finds the woman of his dreams on a beach and kisses her. Soon he finds himself entangled in her mistakes and vows to help her find a way out of them. He knows he will do anything to keep her safe but he is also at odds with what he thinks is the honorable thing to do.
Will Altreides be able to help Ariella with what she is up against and what will happen when she learns the truth about him?
I loved this book! I was engaged from start to finish and I didn't want it to end as I loved the characters so much!
Ariella was interesting in that she was at odds within herself for having to pay off her father's debt as she no longer wanted to be in the profession that she was in. But the problem is that Ariella is stuck and can't get out. I love how everything slowly starts falling into place for her through the whole book and I loved her ending!!
Altreides was more of a mystery to me and I loved him more and more as the book went on. His protectiveness was absolutely alpha and extremely sexy. He had such an internal war going on with trying to figure out of he was going to protect Ariella from himself or mate with her. I loved the tie in with the painting and how everything turned out with the links of everything.
So I am super curious to see what is going to happen with the new person that was introduced but I certainly hope that we get more of Ariella and Altreides in future books!!
This was definitely a book full of twists and turns and many surprises!!
I have always loved Monica La Porta's Immortals and to see Alexander, Samuel Marcus, Peter, the whole Immortal world again was such a treat!
Ariel has led a life of thievery , her mother abandoned her and her father being a famous artist and gambling addict left her to her own devices. It was either that , or work the streets to live. After having lost her loving father, she is left with his gambling debt and now after a year of leaving behind her sordid life, she has to resume it in order to escape the clutches of the dreaded gang The Reds. When she finds herself on the beach face to face with a very naked, but beautiful man after escaping her heist, she is transfixed by his beauty and lips and such is her surprise at her reaction that she flees.
Merman Atreides never thought to find his mate and now that he has he can't complete the bond and risk losing her to old age, after all she is a mortal. Would the gods be so cruel as to give her to him only to take her away? Yet there is something so familiar about the beauty, only he can't quite put his finger on it. He's surely losing the battle with his desire for her the more time he spends by her side.
What mystery is it that surrounds Ariel, the surprise that awaits all, even Ariel is astounding to say the least.
Alone in the world, Ariel comes to the realization that her days as an art thief are not over. After her father’s death, his debts transferred to her. The only way to come up with the money on such a short notice is to dive back into the world of stealing valuable art, or else. Ariel is a just a human thrown in a world unknown to her. That is until Atreides, the last known merman shifter, and famous painter, who can’t get the human off his mind.
Bound by Water is a standalone by Monica La Porta, but belongs to a collection of stories known as A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance. This is my first book by Monica La Porta, completely unsure of what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the world-building of modern day blended with myths and the paranormal. The characters were engaging throughout. The love was not an insta love, but there was an attraction from the get go. I look forward to reading more stories by Monica, as well as in the Zodiac Shifters series. I voluntarily reviewed Bound by Water as an advanced copy from the author.