Review // Call of Water by Marina Simcoe

August 16, 2022

Call of Water by Marina Simcoe

I don't even need to remember the past to love you for all that you are to me now - Zeph

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Call of Water by Marina Simcoe

Call of Water by Marina Simcoe

Standalone - Madame Tan's Freakshow #1
Release - August 27, 2020
Genre - Paranormal Romance / second chance
Dual POV - 1st person - heroine / 3rd person- hero
Heat - 2.5 out of 5 / a few kinda descriptive scenes
Format/Source - ebook purchase from Amazon
Length - 269 pages
Publisher - Rocky River Publishing

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A man with a teasing smile and an angel's voice, Zeph is supposed to be nothing more than a beautiful, fun Parisian adventure. His voice lures me in. His gorgeous blue eyes draw me to him. And his smile puts me at ease.

We part after just one night. The next time I see him, I'm captured and trapped in a world I never knew existed. Madame Tan's establishment is intriguing and whimsical on the outside. But it turns dark and sinister as I'm plunged deep into it.

Humans do not belong in the menagerie, so what is Zeph doing here? I realize I know nothing about the man who has ruled over my imagination since the day we met.

I need to find my way out or risk spending the rest of my life locked in a cage. Only the more I learn about Zeph, the more I realize he's not from my world.
Is he a willing participant in the menagerie? Or a victim, just like me?

My Two Cents

3.5 "She's the wind beneath his fins" stars

Zeph had the face of a god with a voice of an angel. Who could resist this charmer? So it's no surprise that Ivy fell hard and fast for him. However, an evil neither one of them could have predicted seemed eager to separate them. While Ivy thought he couldn't care less about her, he was imprisoned and being auctioned off as a sideshow. What happened next only seemed to strengthen the bond that had started to grow between them.

There's action, other world reveals, interesting side characters, and love. So much love.

Call of Water was unlike anything else I've ever read before. Here's what it gave me:

★ not just any siren, but a male siren
★ unique world-building
★ unheard of creatures that intrigued the heck out of me
★ a dangling plot that I'll be sure to read in the following books

It was entertaining and endearing and was a warm welcome to this new-to-me author.

About the Author

Marina Simcoe loves to write romance with ordinary human heroines and out-of-this-world heroes who just can’t live without them.

She has lots of fun exploring how her otherworldly characters with their own set of beliefs, values, and aspirations fit into our everyday life.

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  1. Wow this one sounds so interesting, and the world building sounds fascinating and yes give me a male siren. I am sorry that it wasn't a more of a win though! Bring on the next book, may it be a five star read!


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