Title: Catch of the Day
Author: Brigit Zahara
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Buy Link: Buy Catch of the Day Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Nerine Dorman
"There's more fish in the sea." If Claudia had a dime for every time she'd heard those words since the breakup with her boyfriend she'd be rich. Seeking rest and relaxation at a private beachfront property in the Mediterranean, Claudia settles into sweet solitude only to stumble upon the mystical, sea-bound Talas. With his hard sun-kissed body, bleached-blond hair and eye-catching aquamarine choker, this sexy stud from the sea learns super-fast how to supply Claudia with staggering quantities of the best kind of R&R - Romance and Release.
Reeling him in is easy, but after Talas' identity is revealed, will Claudia have to cut him loose, left with only the memory of the one that got away?
I'm of two minds about this story. It's bordering on a You Gotta Read but doesn't quite make it. Structurally the tale is sound. I'm sure there are a lot of women who can relate to Claudia's situation and, overall, the premise is workable, giving more than enough of a frame work for the erotic aspects.
Zahara's strong world-building left me with a very clear and very detailed visual of her setting and the interactions between Talas, which certainly offered more than enough tropical heat. What was nice was that the author paced herself well between the love-making and actual narrative.
This being said, there were some issues that bugged me a little. While the story flows well and the writing is of a very high caliber and no grammar gremlins leaped out of the page to snap at me, some of Zahara's descriptions didn't really work for me. I think I'm going to lay off eating mushrooms for a while, I'm sorry. It was that, and also her over-fondness for alliteration and adjectives that also got a bit much for my inner editor to bear.
Overall, despite the aforementioned aspects (it could just be me, who knows…) I reckon this is a pretty darn decent piece of short erotic fiction. It's entertaining; it has likeable characters who get up to all sorts of misdeeds with each other in an exotic setting. What more could a gal want?