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Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise-line contract. Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately, it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community-service gig cleaning up fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heartstrings. When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold on to all that really matters. *** This novel is not intended for young readers. ***


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Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise-line contract. Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately, it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community-service gig cleaning up fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heartstrings. When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold on to all that really matters. *** This novel is not intended for young readers. ***

30 review for Flukes

  1. 4 out of 5

    oliviasbooks

    [...] 'it's the truth.' I glared at him. 'You wanted to kiss me just as much as I wanted to kiss you.' His eyes dropped back to my mouth and I felt the fire in my stomach rekindle. 'That's not the point.' My words were breathless and I frowned, realizing that I had agreed to what he said. Half a conversation later he hopped onto the bottom rung of the ladder so he was pressed against my back. [...] His long, hard body pressed against mine was giving me ideas I didn't need. **** If you read this r [...] 'it's the truth.' I glared at him. 'You wanted to kiss me just as much as I wanted to kiss you.' His eyes dropped back to my mouth and I felt the fire in my stomach rekindle. 'That's not the point.' My words were breathless and I frowned, realizing that I had agreed to what he said. Half a conversation later he hopped onto the bottom rung of the ladder so he was pressed against my back. [...] His long, hard body pressed against mine was giving me ideas I didn't need. **** If you read this review, you will encounter spoilers **** Apart from a few things that could have been improved by thorough proof-reading or an impartial editor (view spoiler)[- see, for example the repetition in the quote at the beginning (hide spoiler)] - the two stars above mainly reflect a picture-book case of It isn't the book. It's me. I say this with conviction because I can actually think of a proper handful of friends I would recommend the self-published new adult (view spoiler)[ - I would rather say young adult, but it will be discussed later on - (hide spoiler)] mermaid romance to without hesitation. (Tina, Jess, Jessica, Crystal, Alexa, Arlene, Amber and Nic: I am looking at you.) 'Flukes' is a modern teenage mermaid fairytale that is mainly focused on sexual encounters. After outlining shortly what I did like about it, I will try to elaborate on the things that unfortunately clashed with my peculiar expectations of a paranormal romance, a new adult/young adult love story or a story which is worth to spend time reading in general. Hopefully you can decide afterwards if your taste leans towards being hard to please by the current outcrop of easy-to-consume-romantic-fiction in the same degree as mine or if you should reconsider your probably earlier idea to give 'Flukes' a miss. Although 'Flukes' takes place at an aqua zoo in the Caribbean with a private beach attached to it, the beginning had a strongly fairytale-like flavor, which appealed to me: Ben and Marion, who run an aquatic refuge center, which is later to become 'Flukes', sort through the debris flung about by a huge coastal storm and discover a mermaid baby protected by a couple of hurt dolphins. Because they had - like the king and queen of ancient myths - tragically not given birth to a child of their own, they fall in love with the helpless creature and keep her. Marion and Ben are nice parents, which is pretty unusual in YA (view spoiler)[ - probably to balance this out the hero has an extra-cold piece of shit as a dad (hide spoiler)] and quite refreshing. Apart from the strange trust they have in Blake, one of the boys who are convicted to do community-service hours at their facility (view spoiler)[ There was something honorable about Blake, even if he was a bad boy. [...] 'Why did you beat up that guy?' 'You don't need to know.' His eyes grew hard the way the last time I asked. (hide spoiler)] , they are a pretty normal set indeed. In contrast to all those YA mermaid novels in which the teenaged heroine, who has been forcefully kept ignorant / out of the water / away from the ocean all her life, is suddenly surprised by her own behavior or her scaly lower body, Meena knows what she is and is more or less comfortable with her tail. Certainly there is the fear to be caught as well as a general unease, because no other species members are around to talk her through the specifics of mermaid biology and culture. She has been raised like a human, but she thinks she cannot leave her home or indulge in a normal relationship, because she gets physically ill, if she doesn't immerse herself in oceanic water about once a day. (view spoiler)[The solution is so ridiculously easy, though, that one cannot fail to wonder why Meena and her parents did not at least consider trying it out before two mermaids passing the town during their traditional 'swim-about' (Established to facilitate finding the mate for life a mermaid is meant to bond to - should you wonder) suggest it. (hide spoiler)] All in all I liked Meena, who is able to telepathically converse with sea mammals. She has strange taste in men, obviously, but she is not completely speechless or demure and she manages to have the upper hand now and then. Her being different as an excuse for her chaste youth sounded pretty set up to me, though. Her relationship to her best friend Violet- who is about to depart to the college she wants to attend on Hawaii - was rather sweet. The scenes involving the dolphins Mitch and Jallia held a certain cuteness, too. Well, these were all the aspects responsible for the additional star in my enjoyment-based rating. Let us by and by focus on what the book had to offer on top of that but what I failed to appreciate in a proper way: It is not the book's fault that I do not like reformed bad boys and slimy jerks who taunt inexperienced, shy girls and cross lines in the holy name of sexiness. Boys who won't take a No for a No, because they 'read' the female body language, which infallibly broadcasts to them that she secretly wants the advances / the fumbling / the excitement / the unknown in spite of her feeble or furious protests. Other readers love them. It's not the book's fault that a minor who reached his praised state of sexual finesse and cocky self-confidence by being literally whored out by his financially successful dad to his clients' daughters or female associates creeps me rather out instead of turning me on. Other readers feel the hotness. It's not the book's fault that a french mother and some randomly whispered sweet nothings about dreams and lips and beauty in French (view spoiler)[What is the reason for speaking in a foreign language to someone who does not understand it, huh?! (hide spoiler)] do not activate my wobbly-knees-mode as required. Other readers melt. It's not the book's fault that I just cannot take another young hero who accidentally swims in his own money, can promise his present arm candy to show her the world and more, shove diamonds on her fingers and buy for her crumbling family business a better corporate design / building / website without noticing the dent in his purse and is able to interrupt his plans for his education in order to accommodate his newly found bliss with his geographically-challenged love. Other readers know 'Solvent is sexy'. It's not the book's fault that I abhor books that include magically evoked shackles that lead to eternal 'love' a.k.a. the need to stay next to each other forever, unbreakable co-dependence and an excuse for teenage couples to play house, talk of marriage and kids. I criticized a comparable concept in the also self-published mermaid novel 'Everblue' and I felt sick seeing it used in 'Flukes' - although I should mention that the heroine does fret and apologize for unknowingly having reduced the hero to permanently craving her and her only. Other readers wish those tattoos swirled around their own wrists. It's not the book's fault that I still expect the heroines and heroes of a New Adult Romance to have started a phase that is different from their former lives at their parents' houses. That I want them to be at least at college - preferably not just entering it - or even better trying to survive their first real job, their first real flatmate or their first real attempt at shacking in with a boyfriend. Meena has just finished High School and plans to stay at home to work at her parents' zoo. Her experience and her frame of mind could also be those of a cute and naive freshman. I do not understand why 'Flukes' is not being marketed as what is is: A paranormal YA romance 'enhanced' with cotton-candy-flavored sex (view spoiler)[that has the heroine reaching her 'finish-line' right along her lover's during her very first time and that requires a condom only before the couple knows that they are mated for life (hide spoiler)] . If the cover had said 'Proud to Present Teenagers as Sexual Beings" I would have applauded and ordered a bumper sticker, honestly. Other readers want their Young Adult literature 'clean'. It is not the book's fault that the piece of evil evil that eventually befalls the heroine in and out of the water did not convince me as fitting the storyline smoothly. Picky me just cannot accept a fine chunk of dangerous action as it it, but has to poke and prod and complain and roll her eyes before nibbling at the crust. Other readers need to see there are bad boys and really, really bad boys in this world. I close this perusal with a quote that made me gag but others swoon: And that kiss ... it had made me think about skipping the beach and taking her straight back to my bed. But she wasn't the kind of girl you screw real quick. Meena was meant to be savored [...] Have you decided on which side of the fence you sit? Gag or swoon? Everything is possible. Take your time and consider.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    *** This novel is not intended for young readers. *** This phrase really bothered me like an itch in my back that I couldn't reach because this shouldn't be in a YA shelf. There's a scene in this book much suited in NA. So. MERMAIDS. Who is not curious about their existence? I love reading mermaid books because I live near a beach and I usually go scuba diving so I was thinking "Damn. If ever I encounter a mermaid in one of my trips, I should at least know what to expect or how to communicat *** This novel is not intended for young readers. *** This phrase really bothered me like an itch in my back that I couldn't reach because this shouldn't be in a YA shelf. There's a scene in this book much suited in NA. So. MERMAIDS. Who is not curious about their existence? I love reading mermaid books because I live near a beach and I usually go scuba diving so I was thinking "Damn. If ever I encounter a mermaid in one of my trips, I should at least know what to expect or how to communicate with them" Anyway, this book is surprisingly good in a way that it's different with the usual mermaid romance you can usually find. There's not much heartbreaks and idiocy in this book (thank God), just pure old brain candy stuff. Flukes is about the story of Meena. And unlike those typical mermaids who (either) didn't know they were mermaid and they just found out so 8gasp* there will be drama and confusion and all that shit, or they know they were a mermaid and they battle some evil mermaid who wants to take over their kingdom under the sea or some human who wants to expose the existence of mermaid. No. Flukes doesn't have those stuffs. It was just a simple story perfect for those who wants to take a break from complicated books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    THIS IS A MUST-READ FOR PNR AND YA FANS!!!!!!!! Wow, wow, wow, did this book ever sneak up and bite me on the tail fin!!! I am not usually a fan of mermaid stories, but this book officially breaks the mold. When I saw the NA warning in the blurb of a mermaid story, it immediately peaked my interest since I'm all about the PNR these days. Little did I know that Nichole Chase had done something that few authors dared to do; to bridge the noticeable gap between the YA reads we love so much but some THIS IS A MUST-READ FOR PNR AND YA FANS!!!!!!!! Wow, wow, wow, did this book ever sneak up and bite me on the tail fin!!! I am not usually a fan of mermaid stories, but this book officially breaks the mold. When I saw the NA warning in the blurb of a mermaid story, it immediately peaked my interest since I'm all about the PNR these days. Little did I know that Nichole Chase had done something that few authors dared to do; to bridge the noticeable gap between the YA reads we love so much but sometimes seem a bit too tame, and the racier PNR that just lack that certain something that young adult books thrive on. Enter Flukes, the perfect blend between the two that will have you hooked from page one!! First off, Meena was an absolutely captivating heroine, and I just loved her from the very start! She was this sweet mermaid with the bite of a shark, and her love for the sanctuary and the animals there made her such a real character. The way her adoptive parents found her was so incredibly sad but it grabs your heart into this story and makes Meena's very existence something so pivotal. Her parents were such amazing people, giving everything they have to protect Meena and give her as normal a life as possible. And her life was so much fun to experience; from the simple daily swims she took to the intense connection she has to the animals she cares for, I enjoyed it all. Then there's Blake Weathering...*sigh*. The initial attraction between these two was hard to deny, and Meena the inexperienced seductress had Blake eating out of the palm of her hands in no time flat. Even when he discovers the huge secret she and her family are hiding, and at that point I was swooning and melting over this guy at every turn!! At home, he's dealing with some serious tension with his father and has to deal with constant pressure about what he needs to be, and it added so much depth to his character as we saw through his eyes what he had to face with his family. Which is exactly why he's determined to get away until his heart tells him otherwise. He and Meena were just plain scorching, and I loved that their attraction was this animalistic possession that they both felt. It was this undeniable physical need they had for each other that was based on something so primal, and lordy was it HOT!! Every time Blake screamed "Mine!" in his thoughts, my heart raced and I wanted more! Chase created a fascinating world around her characters, I hated to break away from it every time I had to put the book down. I was instantly drawn into Meena's world as she experienced the beauty around her and braved the new discoveries about her kind and an enemy that wouldn't rest until she suffered. It was a thrilling, addicting, heart-racing ride that I loved every minute of, and I never wanted it to end! I truly hope this is made into a series and we can see more of these characters, because I absolutely fell in love with all of them and definitely need more!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Review

    Whew....it's hot in here! I'm sitting here reviewing my notes and I'm getting overheated again! Now it's no surprise that I like me some steam and I've seen hints of Nichole's swoon abilities in her other books, but WOW! Not only did she create a delicious story, but she created characters that I fell in love with. I am a character reader. I have to like the characters to really get sucked into a story. Well, Meena was a hit for me pretty quickly. Simply the fact that she is a sister mermaid (sh Whew....it's hot in here! I'm sitting here reviewing my notes and I'm getting overheated again! Now it's no surprise that I like me some steam and I've seen hints of Nichole's swoon abilities in her other books, but WOW! Not only did she create a delicious story, but she created characters that I fell in love with. I am a character reader. I have to like the characters to really get sucked into a story. Well, Meena was a hit for me pretty quickly. Simply the fact that she is a sister mermaid (shhhh....don't tell anyone, I'm a mermaid) won me over. But really, I liked her because she is a strong character. Meena is a bit naive to some things. Her parents have kept her a bit sheltered because of the fact that they didn't want anyone finding out her secret. However, she's not afraid to try new things. She's curious about people and also about finding out more about her world. As an mermaid orphan, she's never been exposed to that world. She understands her connections to other sea life, like her dolphin mates, but yearns to find out more. When Blake enters into the scene, I honestly wasn't sure I would like him. He's introduced in a way that makes it seem that he has a womanizing past, but what I saw was a really good guy. Blake takes on a lot of family responsibility despite the fact that he wants to take his life in a different direction. He can't wait to get off the island and start living his life. However, as a result of a confrontation, he ends up working for Meena's parents. The instant they meet, he's captivated by her. Meena, on the other hand, eyes him with caution. As they spend more time together and as he learns her secret, a strong love develops. I don't want to say much more about them or their story, but I will tell you this....Meena and Blake are HOT! They both accept their attraction to each other and act on it naturally. While it wasn't immediate, I was happy that I didn't have to wait too long to get some action. ;) I know some of you may be hesitant about reading a story about mermaids, but I'm here to tell you that it's so much more. Yes, she is a mermaid, but there is a great back story and a strong overall plot. I'm excited that there will be more books in the series. I grew quite attached to Jacen and Mireille. I look forward to reading more about Meena and her family's world! If you're looking for a fresh new story with lovable characters that has great romance, this is the perfect book for you! Recommended for mature readers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    I think it's safe to say that I'm a fan of Nichole Chase. I finished Suddenly Royal the other day and really enjoyed the light and fluffy. It was sweet fluffy, not corny fluffy. So, I decided to check out another book by Ms. Chase and found this one labeled as "new adult" instead of "young adult". Like Suddenly Royal, it's a fairly light read. A sweet, young romance; some spicy moments; a little drama... I liked it. Could I have liked it more? Uh yes. Nichole Chase plays it safe. She could have a I think it's safe to say that I'm a fan of Nichole Chase. I finished Suddenly Royal the other day and really enjoyed the light and fluffy. It was sweet fluffy, not corny fluffy. So, I decided to check out another book by Ms. Chase and found this one labeled as "new adult" instead of "young adult". Like Suddenly Royal, it's a fairly light read. A sweet, young romance; some spicy moments; a little drama... I liked it. Could I have liked it more? Uh yes. Nichole Chase plays it safe. She could have amped up everything just a little - a little more sexy times, a bit more drama, some tension over keeping Meena's secret - but she didn't. Which is fine, but I can't help feeling a little wistful over what could have been. Oh! I really enjoyed getting Blake's POV every few chapters. That was refreshing and I felt like I understood him a bit more than I would usually understand a young man. This is a cute story and I'm glad I decided to hunt down something from this author. Don't expect to be blown away, but I suspect most readers that enjoy this type of story will like this quite a bit. I would agree that it is not appropriate for younger readers due to the sex, but kids are getting knocked up at 12 yrs old these days, so who am I to judge?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Wow.. Fluke by Nichole Chase was so good!!!!! I love this sweet, entertaining and heartwarming book. When I think of mermaids, I automatically think of that beloved Disney mermaid Ariel but now I can add another mermaid to that list. This was actually my first mermaid book that I have read and this book didn't disappoint me at all. Ms. Chase was able to take readers imagination to a whole new world and at the same time keep readers engage and entertained. She was able to weave a magical world an Wow.. Fluke by Nichole Chase was so good!!!!! I love this sweet, entertaining and heartwarming book. When I think of mermaids, I automatically think of that beloved Disney mermaid Ariel but now I can add another mermaid to that list. This was actually my first mermaid book that I have read and this book didn't disappoint me at all. Ms. Chase was able to take readers imagination to a whole new world and at the same time keep readers engage and entertained. She was able to weave a magical world and reality and create a story that will touch your heart and gives you the warm fuzzy. This book was a perfect blend of young adult and PNR!! Review can also be found on Four Chicks Flipping Pages: http://fourchicksflippingpages.weebly...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ellelou

    3.5 stars A sweet story, just what I needed after some angsty books...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Claire (Book Blog Bird)

    This and other reviews are on my blog: Book Blog Bird Flukes is the story of Meena, a mermaid who was rescued and raised by a human couple after a hurricane killed her mother. She and her parents live in an animal sanctuary/reserve where Meena can swim in the ocean unnoticed and where they can all try to keep her secret. And everything seems to be going just fine until a group of community service workers come to help them spruce up their sanctuary. Among them is Blake, a seriously hot bad boy wh This and other reviews are on my blog: Book Blog Bird Flukes is the story of Meena, a mermaid who was rescued and raised by a human couple after a hurricane killed her mother. She and her parents live in an animal sanctuary/reserve where Meena can swim in the ocean unnoticed and where they can all try to keep her secret. And everything seems to be going just fine until a group of community service workers come to help them spruce up their sanctuary. Among them is Blake, a seriously hot bad boy who wants to get to know Meena better. I really enjoyed this. Like, I really enjoyed it. So much that I’ve just downloaded the companion short story A Mermaid For Christmas from Amazon. Flukes is set on an island in the Bahamas and the setting is written very well. I’ve never been, but you do get a sense of what island life is like. It was a good choice off setting, too, because frankly, if you’re going to be a mermaid then you are going to want to be a mermaid in the Bahamas, aren’t you? I mean you’re not going to pick the North Sea or the English Channel or anything! Am I right? Meena was kind of a hit for me as an MC; she was very caring and loving of her family and the animals in their sanctuary but she didn’t take any crap from Blake. And Blake - yum! I really liked their romance - it was a little bit instalovey, but not too bad and they seemed to have a lovely rapport. The author kind of plays it safe with the plot. We know right away that Meena is a mermaid and so does she, so there’s no great big ‘I’m a WHAT?!?’ discovery and period of adjustment. There are no huge threats or peril, although there are some good fight scenes and the lack of tension gets infilled by the romance. This was absolutely fine by me, but it does make the plot almost achingly sweet at times. Flukes was a strange (good strange) mixture of super-sweet romance and saucy New Adult. There’s a decent amount of sex, which is obviously always a result. It’s fairly graphic, too, so Flukes is probably unsuitable for younger readers. ‘Goodness me,’ I thought, fanning myself and bookmarking those Kindle pages for future perusal. All in all, this was a really sweet book. Emphasis on the sweet, but nevertheless I’d definitely recommend it for a fluffy beach read this summer. Especially if you’re going to the Bahamas. 4 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dean Mayes

    Nichole Chase proves once more that she is a master story teller with an eye for the visual, an ear for the characters and a hand for molding magic. Flukes is just delightful - a blend of smart, modern story telling infused with classic mythology that becomes fresh and full of life right off the page. Her key characters in Meena and Blake are such an attractive couple and their growth through the story arc so convincing, I came away from the story feeling as though I'd made new friends. Structura Nichole Chase proves once more that she is a master story teller with an eye for the visual, an ear for the characters and a hand for molding magic. Flukes is just delightful - a blend of smart, modern story telling infused with classic mythology that becomes fresh and full of life right off the page. Her key characters in Meena and Blake are such an attractive couple and their growth through the story arc so convincing, I came away from the story feeling as though I'd made new friends. Structurally, Flukes makes for a refreshing reading experience in some key ways. One of these was Nichole's use of first person story telling from both Meena and Blakes perspectives. I found this such an attractive technique and it gave gravitas and dimension to the characters right off the bat. This was especially true of Blake who could have come across as just the typical "bad boy" but in him Nichole has crafted a young man so wonderfully layered and real. She allows the reader inside his head and reveals an attractive vulnerability to him. As a man, I could identify with Blake Weathering on many levels and this is another thing that Nichole nailed - her insightful portrayal of a male and his thought processes. It was almost like she had stepped inside a mans head and examine him with the skill of a surgeon. The dual first person narrative reminded me of a book I read some time ago (a memoir) about Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath and his wife Jane - who was going through breast cancer. They wrote the memoir together and told a chapter from their perspective and it was a genius way of building the narrative. Nichole has succeeded in balancing the two perspectives brilliantly. It's a testament to her story telling. And man, is Flukes sexy! I was aware that Nichole had chosen to take a chance on some erotic story telling but in Flukes she delivers a sohpisticated eroticism that is truly satisfaying. Nichole handles her scenes with class and style and they are breath taking ... in a totally good way! Flukes is pure romantic escapism and you can't help but come away from it with a broad smile and a feel good warmth inside. I will cheer from the rooftops for Nichole Chase. She is a fine, fine author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson

    When Nichole said she was sending me an ARC I was beside myself. I was super excited to dive in and discover this amazing world Nichole had created. I was expecting a cute read about mermaids and what I got was cute...for a time. Then it got steamy and then it got hot...really hot! Definitely not a YA read. But of gracious me was it good. Like really good. Nichole did such a fabulous job with this book. The story line was different than other mermaid stories I have read and I was absolutely engro When Nichole said she was sending me an ARC I was beside myself. I was super excited to dive in and discover this amazing world Nichole had created. I was expecting a cute read about mermaids and what I got was cute...for a time. Then it got steamy and then it got hot...really hot! Definitely not a YA read. But of gracious me was it good. Like really good. Nichole did such a fabulous job with this book. The story line was different than other mermaid stories I have read and I was absolutely engrossed in the story. I started reading and found it extremely hard to put it down. One thing to remember is do not read when there are prying eyes about. Things tend to get a little steamy at times. I made the mistake of taking it to a football game. When it got to a certain scene I had to close my nook down until I got home. Needless to say I was itching to get back to the story and all its glory. Plus football is downright boring. I loved the sweetness of the romance that started up between Meena and Blake. There was a connection between the two of them from the start that was undeniable and I loved watching it grow. Blake is just a cutie with a heart of gold. And Meena is a sweetheart that is loyal to her family and the work they do. Two great characters brought together to make one incredible read. Flukes is a fun, quick read that I promise will leave you with a smile on your face. And it has the right amount of suspense to keep you intrigued throughout the book. The reader will be eager to find out what secrets Blake is keeping and what will come of our two favorite characters. If you have a love for mermaids and happy endings this book is perfect for you. If you haven’t read a mermaid story before you must pick it up as soon as it is out. I promise that Nichole’s story telling will have you looking up more of her work. She is absolutely fabulous and so is her books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Veronica of V's Reads

    Um. In case it's not clear, ahem, this is a mermaid book. I would not consider it to be a spoiler, as we learn Meena is a mermaid within the first five pages. What is clear from the disclaimer is that this mermaid book is more than a little sexy. Not for young kiddos, sorry. (Not ACTUALLY sorry! It was a cool surprise for me... ) Meena lives in the Bahamas with her adopted parents, and works in their animal sanctuary, Flukes, in a prized cove. They don't have a lot of spare cash and need to spruc Um. In case it's not clear, ahem, this is a mermaid book. I would not consider it to be a spoiler, as we learn Meena is a mermaid within the first five pages. What is clear from the disclaimer is that this mermaid book is more than a little sexy. Not for young kiddos, sorry. (Not ACTUALLY sorry! It was a cool surprise for me... ) Meena lives in the Bahamas with her adopted parents, and works in their animal sanctuary, Flukes, in a prized cove. They don't have a lot of spare cash and need to spruce up the place for tourism dollars so they contract work via the community service program on the island--essentially bringing low-risk offenders to the sanctuary to paint, scrape and fix the cosmetic blemishes. One of these ne'er-do-wells is an actual well-to-doer, Blake Weathering, whose father owns several hotels on the island. Blake was sentenced to community service after he assaulted a fellow student (with good reason, but still...) Blake's not excited about shoveling seal crap for six weeks, but he's more than attracted to Meena--who holds a grudge over Blake's nasty comments regarding Flukes. He has struggled with his father's highly detailed plans for his life and eagerly awaits the release of his trust fund as soon as he receives his diploma. In the meantime, he enjoys rubbing Meena in all the wrong ways. They have an adversarial thing going, at first, until Blake makes apologies for his tactless comments, and helps Meena's parents with the design of a new logo and resort-style improvements to entice new visitors. Blake loves working with Meena and her parents who truly value his input and help him feel welcomed in a way his father never did. Meena has a lot of special abilities besides her mermaidishness. She can communicate with many of the animals at the sanctuary. She is stronger than she appears, and heals quickly in her mermaid form, too. On the other hand, her feet are extremely tender and her skin is very sensitive to chemicals and synthetic fibers. Blake can't pinpoint why he's so intrigued by Meena, but part of it is her work ethic. She never tires of helping out. And she's beautiful, and smart. She doesn't fawn or feign anything, which he respects. Other guys in the work crew? They don't respect Meena nearly as much. One of them, Devin, is a known sex offender, and he's got some dirty deeds planned. Expect big-time badness and more than one rescue. I didn't expect his transformation, and it was an interesting development. The romance does develop rather quickly, and this has a lot to do with Meena's magic, as she learns from some traveling merfolk. Meena and Blake are both 18, and Blake is Meena's first boyfriend. If you are expecting some chaste kissing here, well, you're going to get a lot more bang for your buck. And I mean that literally. Some pretty delicious/graphic sexytimes. Made me curious how the merfolk get it on when they are water-bound... The book ends on an HEA, and with more sexy. Yay!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Flukes is a completely original take on the mermaid tale...not tail :D. Sorry, had to do it. Nichole Chase is a master at writing and capturing sexual tension. Through out Meena's and Blake's growing relationship you could cut the sexual tension with a knife. While the story is based on two recent high school graduates, this story is not for the younger reader because when the sex scenes finally do happen they are described and not implied. I found Flukes to be a completely captivating read. From Flukes is a completely original take on the mermaid tale...not tail :D. Sorry, had to do it. Nichole Chase is a master at writing and capturing sexual tension. Through out Meena's and Blake's growing relationship you could cut the sexual tension with a knife. While the story is based on two recent high school graduates, this story is not for the younger reader because when the sex scenes finally do happen they are described and not implied. I found Flukes to be a completely captivating read. From start to finish, I was pulled in by the story being based around a marine rescue center, enthralled with Mitch (the female dolphin) as well as all the rest of the pod and loved watching the relationship between Meena and Blake grow and progress. I also enjoyed the mystery behind Meena's heritage. Head down to Flukes where you can spend the afternoon swimming with the dolphins, discover a family to cherish and fall in love with the sweet romance. It is definitely a trip worth taking. For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook. Written by: Nichole Chase Print Length: 270 pages ISBN: 1480076678 Rating: 4 1/2 Stars Genre: Romance, Paranormal Age Recommendation: New Adult Learn More at: Nichole Chase's Website Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heidi R.

    Okay, Nichole Chase rocks this story! Here is the synopsis of Flukes (borrowed from the book description on Amazon): "Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she mi Okay, Nichole Chase rocks this story! Here is the synopsis of Flukes (borrowed from the book description on Amazon): "Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise-line contract. Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately, it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community-service gig cleaning up fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heartstrings. When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold on to all that really matters. *** This novel is not intended for young readers. ***" LOVED IT!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Nicole

    Flukes is the perfect summer beach read: it's sweet, flirty, fast paced, romantic...everything I look for in a fun romance. Plus, there are mermaids! What could be better? We know from the start that Meena is a mermaid. I really liked that we just jumped right in; there was no 'discovering I'm actually a supernatural creature' storyline, which helped move the plot along quickly. Sometimes books can really get bogged down in the 'discovery phase', but thanks to Meena already knowing what she is, t Flukes is the perfect summer beach read: it's sweet, flirty, fast paced, romantic...everything I look for in a fun romance. Plus, there are mermaids! What could be better? We know from the start that Meena is a mermaid. I really liked that we just jumped right in; there was no 'discovering I'm actually a supernatural creature' storyline, which helped move the plot along quickly. Sometimes books can really get bogged down in the 'discovery phase', but thanks to Meena already knowing what she is, there was none of that. Then we meet Blake, who's every girl's dream: filthy rich, a bad boy, yet so good. He's one that you just can't help liking immediately, even though you know he's quite possibly no good for Meena. He even rides a motorcycle *GASP*. Much of this book is the development of their relationship. Meena works at Flukes, her family owned animal sanctuary; Blake happens to be working off his community service there. Things get really exciting when Blake learns her secret, and we find out she's not the only supernatural creature running around. Meena's parents are so supportive. They know what she is, and they want to protect her yet help her have the best life she can have. I really liked that they were so involved in the story. The fact that they own an animal shelter was very fun as well. I've never read a book where dolphins are important characters, and that was really fun to see. So if you're looking for a light romantic read this summer, I would highly recommend Flukes! Content: Sex (fairly graphic), Language (up to the F-word), Violence. Recommended for 17+ Conclusion: This book is pretty awesome. Next time you’re at B&N you should pick this up. Buy Links: {Amazon} * {Barnes and Noble} * {iBooks} [image error]   I have an excerpt for  you guys! Check it out!   Standing up, I tore back down the path, jumping over the rocky patches and heading for the sea-lion pen. Blake stayed right on my heels but didn’t say a word. As soon as I had the guy in my sights, I was ready to strangle him. He was now tossing rocks at the animals and laughing. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” I barely stopped in time to keep from bowling the guy over. I grabbed the handle of the shovel and yanked. He held on, his blue eyes raked over my body, and a sneer pulled at his mouth. Something in me screamed to hurt him, to make him leave, but instead I pulled with all my strength and wrestled the shovel away from him. I pulled so hard that I would have landed on my butt if Blake hadn’t caught my shoulder. Again, that warm feeling ran over my skin, but I didn’t have time to wonder about it. “The stupid shit kept spitting water at me.” The worker leaned forward as if asking for trouble. I recognized him from the first day of orientation—Devin, I think. “So you throw sand at it? And rocks? It’s a sea lion! Of course it spit water at you, you idiot!” I looked back at the animals to see them swimming happily in the lagoon water. “Why didn’t you just move out of their range?” “It should have listened when I told it to stop.” Devin leaned back against the rope railing and crossed his arms over his chest. My entire body vibrated with disgust. There was this foul smell of something dead rotting in the sun and I could swear it was coming from him. “It’s a sea lion. You were near its enclosure, doing something it didn’t understand.” My hands squeezed the handle so hard I could feel the wood digging into my skin. “Get out of here.” “I can’t get out of here. The court says I have to stay.” Devin smirked. “You’re awfully upset about that stupid sea lion. Maybe if you spent time around real people, you wouldn’t care about animals so much. Or maybe you just prefer animals?” His eyebrows pulled up at his nasty innuendo. “Go help the others lay pavers.” My jaw was clenched so tight I could barely get the words out. “Just get the hell out of my sight.” “Sure, Meen-ah.” He drew my name out like it was an insult. “Whatever you say. Fish lover.” He mumbled the last word under his breath, but I heard it anyway. “What’s wrong with you, man?” Blake stepped in front of me, the muscles in his back taut. “Stop being an ass and just do what you have to.” “Watch yourself, Weathering.” Devin stood away from the fence, his chest puffed up. “I don’t take orders from you. You aren’t the only one with a rich daddy.” “No. You take orders from her and her parents.” The amused look that had been on Blake’s face earlier had completely disappeared. Instead, he was wearing the aloof, irritated look I had seen the first day. “And what? You’re going to be her enforcer?” Devin laughed. The sound was like razors along my skin. “You’re the safe guy. The one her daddy doesn’t care if she’s around. We heard him talking. You’re a joke.” Blake moved before I could register that anything had happened. Devin stepped back, but Blake was right on him, sending the other guy to the ground with a hard shove. Devin fell back into the sand before scrambling to his feet. Leaning close, Blake looked Devin in the eyes, his fists at his sides. “You’re here because you couldn’t get some girl to sleep with you, so you beat her up. I’m here because I put the captain of the soccer team in the hospital. Right now, you’re next on my list.” There was a low growl in his words that made my heartbeat pick up. “Get out of here before I decide to do more than throw rocks at your head.”     As if this hasn't been awesome enough, you can also enter to win a $50 gift card! a Rafflecopter giveaway See this review and others like it in a more awesome format at Ramblings On Readings

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I love this book! Flukes was exactly what I wanted it to be: cute, sweet, interesting, MERMAIDS, and a bit of romance. But most importantly, I kind of wanted something that was just a little fun and not that over the top with drama or intensity. Flukes fits that perfectly. If you are looking for a crazy, insane, intense, emotional whirlwind, this book probably isn't for you. But if you want something fun, cute, and sweet, Flukes is the perfect book! The thing I loved most about Flukes I love this book! Flukes was exactly what I wanted it to be: cute, sweet, interesting, MERMAIDS, and a bit of romance. But most importantly, I kind of wanted something that was just a little fun and not that over the top with drama or intensity. Flukes fits that perfectly. If you are looking for a crazy, insane, intense, emotional whirlwind, this book probably isn't for you. But if you want something fun, cute, and sweet, Flukes is the perfect book! The thing I loved most about Flukes is how happy it made me. I think I was starting to get a little whiplash from reading so many books about the parents being uninvolved, the main character being abused, and/or the love interest being half sweet and half jerk. Flukes was none of those things, and that's why it was so refreshing. Meena's parents are THE SWEETEST PARENTS EVER (except for mine of course—I love you, Mom and Dad!), she has a super sweet and supportive best friend, Meena herself is a great character (and she's a mermaid—I'm jelly), and Blake—the love interest—does have a bit of a bad boy flair because he's landed himself in community service, but you actually learn that he's not a jerk or an asshole at all. He's just a really nice guy. Meena was a fabulous main character. She's strong and doesn't take shit from anyone. She stood up to Blake when he was a bit of an ass at the very beginning, and she stood up to his father when he was being a royal douchebag. She's not afraid to speak up and stand up for herself or the ones she loves. Meena definitely holds her own throughout the entire story. One thing I should note, this book is definitely new adult! It read like a young adult book, up until when the romance reached its peak, which is when there's a detailed sex scene. I thought this was GREAT! I love young adult books, but I hate it when they hint that the character is going to have sex, then it fades to black and suddenly it's the morning after. This book had sex in it, but it wasn't all about the sex. It certainly wasn't erotica with sex scene after sex scene. Flukes had all the aspects of a great young adult book, but didn't cut out the hot/dirty parts that happen in real life! I think the lack of crazy problems in this book is what made me love it. Don't get me wrong, I love books that are crazy with all the emotional baggage, but I just think I needed a break from all that. Sometimes I just get a migraine when couples are constantly fighting, or when things constantly don't work out. Not everything is 100% perfect in Flukes—there are still obstacles to overcome—but the few problems that there were felt necessary. Meena and Blake don't have stupid, petty arguments. They have a few concerns, but they work through them together and the concerns are realistic. Sometimes it's just refreshing to see things work out nicely. I will warn you that the romance in this book is really fast-paced—some might call it insta-love. There is definitely a soul mate element in the story that adds to that. But for once, it didn't bother me. Blake and Meena did grow to love each other after only about 6 weeks, but I still enjoyed it. The romance was sweet, fun, and had me giggling and squealing with delight! I will admit, I do kind of wish the book was a tad longer. It is really short (less than 200 pages) and I think a bit more length would have given the romance more time to develop. But even so, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the almost-insta-love didn't bother me. I did list a few potential problems in Flukes that didn't bother me (like the insta-love), but I know they would bother some people, so keep that in mind if you're considering reading the book. Maybe I got really lucky and was in the perfect frame of mind to read Flukes . It fulfilled my desire for a really sweet, fun, and engaging love story, with a mermaid twist! If you're looking for something a little softer (but with sex) that will make you swoon and go "Aww", then definitely give this book a try!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brooke (The Cover Contessa)

    I'd like to thank Inkslinger PR and the author for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I really love the idea of mermaid books. You don't see all that many of them, in my opinion, so given the opportunity to read one, I will jump at it. And this one sounded like it would be something I would like. Meena is a mermaid. But very few people know. Her parents have kept it a secret from the worl I'd like to thank Inkslinger PR and the author for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I really love the idea of mermaid books. You don't see all that many of them, in my opinion, so given the opportunity to read one, I will jump at it. And this one sounded like it would be something I would like. Meena is a mermaid. But very few people know. Her parents have kept it a secret from the world. Even going as far as home schooling her to prevent anyone accidentally finding out. And Meena is happy living her Caribbean life at her parents animal rescue. She's strong and fairly independent and very connected to family. Enter Blake, a bad boy who has been "sentenced" to community service at her parent's place, Flukes. Her best friend Vi, tells Meena to stay away, but she's inexplicably drawn to Blake. Of course Blake is cocky and sure of himself, but when he's around Meena he's different. She challenges him and doesn't let him think so highly of himself. But Blake holds secrets just as Meena does. The romance in this story was cute. I could have used a stronger connection between the two characters, but I do understand the reasoning for it (revealed within the book, so no spoilers from me!). I'm just not usually a fan of instal-love, no matter how it's presented. But the connection they had was necessary for the story. The story flowed nicely for the most part. It was easy to read.I think there could have been more Blake chapters. I really wanted to see how things unfolded from his perspective. I was surprised at how easily Meena's secret was accepted by others when it was revealed. I expected a stronger reaction from the characters who didn't know. And it also surprised me how easily her parents accepted new people into their fold when they went to so much trouble to shelter Meena. I didn't actually realize this was a new adult book. I just assumed from the ages of the characters (graduating high school) that is was YA, or maybe upper young adult, but it's not. There are some more graphic sexual scenes in the book that surprised me. I think lovers of mermaid books will enjoy this short read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

    THIS IS A NEW ADULT NOVEL AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. SOME CONTENT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG READERS. Nichole Chase has done it again. She captured my heart with her Dark Betrayal Trilogy. I am Team Roland all the way and I did not think I could fall in love with another of her characters and boy oh boy was I wrong. Blake is my dream man. He is the bad boy persona but at the end of the day he is the sweetest guy you could ever ask for. In Flukes Meena is a girl with a secret, one that her THIS IS A NEW ADULT NOVEL AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. SOME CONTENT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG READERS. Nichole Chase has done it again. She captured my heart with her Dark Betrayal Trilogy. I am Team Roland all the way and I did not think I could fall in love with another of her characters and boy oh boy was I wrong. Blake is my dream man. He is the bad boy persona but at the end of the day he is the sweetest guy you could ever ask for. In Flukes Meena is a girl with a secret, one that her family guards with their lives. She works at her family owned animal sanctuary and she loves it their. She has a best friend named Violet who she is going to miss because Violet has gone away for college. But Meena is content and she never complains. She loves working at the sanctuary and finds peace with the animals. Then one day her world is turned upside down and the life she thought she had will change. Blake oh Blake the bad boy that is not really bad but just wants to piss his father off. He is in danger of not graduating from high school because of his behavior so he has to do community service at the local animal sanctuary and he is not pleased but in order to get his inheritance from his father he has to graduate high school. So he starts working at the animal sanctuary and he is intrigued by Meena. As the relationship grows Blake discovers what Meena's secret is and he is determined to keep her safe. When trouble comes knocking on Meena's door Blake is their determined to save her. What will happen to Blake and Meena? Will she be hurt? Will Blake be able to save her in time? This story totally blew me away and Nichole thanks for giving me another swoon worthy man to add to list! Team Blake :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela Cramer

    Review: ***I received an ARC copy of Flukes from InkSlinger PR and Nicole Chase for an honest review*** I was excited to read this novel from the title alone and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. Hurricane Sandy leaves devastation in its wake as Ben and Marion survey the damage done to the island, they discover dolphins stuck in a netting and something more. That something had red hair, blue eyes, a tail and flukes instead of feet. The mermaid was not alone. Beside the mother dolphin Review: ***I received an ARC copy of Flukes from InkSlinger PR and Nicole Chase for an honest review*** I was excited to read this novel from the title alone and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. Hurricane Sandy leaves devastation in its wake as Ben and Marion survey the damage done to the island, they discover dolphins stuck in a netting and something more. That something had red hair, blue eyes, a tail and flukes instead of feet. The mermaid was not alone. Beside the mother dolphin and her daughter was a small mermaid with dark hair and teal eyes. Boost ahead eighteen years and Flukes is preparing for a visit from a cruise line and are taking advantage of free labor as they do every year. Ben, Marian and Meena work with young people who have run into trouble with the law. Giving second chances is something Ben feels called to do, along with making sure the Dolphin stop and rescue center thrives. Blake appears to be a wealthy, spoiled bad boy that finally had to pay the piper. Teamed up with Meena, the instant connection cannot be denied. From the first touch electricity draws them closer, danger threatens to pull them apart. A chance meeting with two merpeople and Meena is looking over her shoulder. All of which I really liked. The fact that Meena is a mermaid with a rich heritage only made the story better. Perfect read for older teens, young adults, really anyone who loves a sweet romance with a hint of danger. Yes, there were areas that needed editing. I have an ARC after all, but other than a few things here or there, the story was wonderful and makes you wonder what a little merbaby would look like.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A Terrific Paranormal Read! This is my first chance to read anything by Nicole Chase, it will not be my last! I loved this from the start, from the blurb even! I was drawn into the story almost immediately and held captive turning pages until the very end. I haven't read more than a couple of mermaid takes, but I have to say that I am really getting into them. The whole magical idea is just fascinating. I love Mina, she is a mermaid and is very sweet, albeit a little naive, but she is also smart, A Terrific Paranormal Read! This is my first chance to read anything by Nicole Chase, it will not be my last! I loved this from the start, from the blurb even! I was drawn into the story almost immediately and held captive turning pages until the very end. I haven't read more than a couple of mermaid takes, but I have to say that I am really getting into them. The whole magical idea is just fascinating. I love Mina, she is a mermaid and is very sweet, albeit a little naive, but she is also smart, and willing to face challenges. She has lived a very sheltered life with human parents, has been homeschooled, and only her best friend knows her secret. Then in comes Blake. He is a guy with a reputation, a bad boy from a rich family, and he ends up at Mina's families sanctuary doing community service. He isn't happy about being there, and Mina isn't exactly thrilled with him either, but there is a spark between then, and as they get to know each other, well let's just say that things get pretty steamy. The story as a whole was just very well written, and the characters were very likable and relatable and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    To be honest, I didn't know this was a mermaid book until I read a review on Goodreads. Call me stupid but I really didn't get that from the summary or the cover. I know. I feel like this is a bit like Twilight. Especially the romance. I thought it was too fast, only knew each other a few weeks and then now they're like confessing their 'true love' to each other. YUCK. And since this is more NA than YA, a few scenes are quite graphic and a little 'more' than typical YA romantic scenes. Just war To be honest, I didn't know this was a mermaid book until I read a review on Goodreads. Call me stupid but I really didn't get that from the summary or the cover. I know. I feel like this is a bit like Twilight. Especially the romance. I thought it was too fast, only knew each other a few weeks and then now they're like confessing their 'true love' to each other. YUCK. And since this is more NA than YA, a few scenes are quite graphic and a little 'more' than typical YA romantic scenes. Just warning there. Both characters are quite stereotypical. There wasn't really something special about either of them. There wasn't really some great conflict. I thought the characters' problems were sorted out pretty quickly than I like. But that's maybe because this book is only 162 pages, so the author couldn't really develop everything. The pace was fast and the writing was nothing special, really. It's one of those books where you don't really know why you're liking it, but still continue reading. Anyway, I think people who love mermaid books (and who aren't yet tired of all the mermaid books out there) and just a short romance story, will like Flukes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Moon Love

    Meena and Blake meet when Blake is sentenced to community service at her family's animal center, Flukes. There's attraction at first sight, but Blake also antagonizes Meena by badmouthing the center, even before a complete introduction can be made. Even with all of the sparks flying between them, Meena can't let her guard down with Blake because of her secret. This story is unique in that I can't recall reading or seeing anything similar to this. It's fast paced with never a low point. Once or t Meena and Blake meet when Blake is sentenced to community service at her family's animal center, Flukes. There's attraction at first sight, but Blake also antagonizes Meena by badmouthing the center, even before a complete introduction can be made. Even with all of the sparks flying between them, Meena can't let her guard down with Blake because of her secret. This story is unique in that I can't recall reading or seeing anything similar to this. It's fast paced with never a low point. Once or twice I felt as if things were a little unclear, however future events cleared up my misunderstandings. It says Flukes is Vol.1 and I would love to read more stories about the mermaid world and see where Nicola Chase takes it from here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura's Book Addiction

    WOW I really read paranormal romance any more I'm more of a contemp romance girl. But New Adult Flukes was awesome and I can't wait for the 2nd book. Also check out the authors Pinterest board as it's a great extra to the book!!!! WOW I really read paranormal romance any more I'm more of a contemp romance girl. But New Adult Flukes was awesome and I can't wait for the 2nd book. Also check out the authors Pinterest board as it's a great extra to the book!!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 Loved both the characters. Blake and Meena were awesome, as were the secondary characters. The story was easy to get I to. Therew could have been more to the story but I really enjoyed it. And the sex... oh goodness. It was pretty good for a NA, definately not expecting it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    SO CUTE!!!!!!!!! Yep this book was all types of cute. IT reminded me so much of the little mermaid except a little more mature if ya know what i mean ;3 if your looking for a light read then this is the book for you!!!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mercy Amare

    I love Nichole Chase and her writing style. I LOVED that this was a NA Paranormal! It was... Perfect :) READ THIS BOOK NOW! Seriously :) AMAZING.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Purcheria

    This was a really cute book. I was looking for something a little lighter to read and I found it. Very quick read, cute characters, nice plot.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emma Grace

    What intrigued me: M e r m a i d s This is a great mermaid novel for those tired of the really kiddie YA mermaid novels (which I still love, to be honest). Meena grew up knowing she was a mermaid, as does her best friend, and so there's no long and drawn out self-discovery of this (although being an isolated mermaid means there are some things she doesn't know). What is the main plot of the book is Meena's relationship with Blake the Bad Boy, and there's an interesting cross between free will and What intrigued me: M e r m a i d s This is a great mermaid novel for those tired of the really kiddie YA mermaid novels (which I still love, to be honest). Meena grew up knowing she was a mermaid, as does her best friend, and so there's no long and drawn out self-discovery of this (although being an isolated mermaid means there are some things she doesn't know). What is the main plot of the book is Meena's relationship with Blake the Bad Boy, and there's an interesting cross between free will and doing "what makes you happy", and then there's the destiny component that the two were made for each other (classic "mate" tale). One thing which made me cringe was when Meena pushed Blake into the pen of a pregnant dolphin, who is one of Meena's friends. A dolphin so close to birthing shouldn't be experiencing that kind of stress. Another thing was the whole siren concept (which comes into play when a mermaid chooses free will over her destined mate). To be honest, I just wanted Devin's dad to be a shark. Imagine if his family's affiliate animal had been dolphins, or sea horses. No, sharks had to be the ones who got picked on. They did get redeemed a bit toward the end when Meena swam with them though. Overall, do I recommend this book?: Yes, but it is not for younger merfolk. There's definitely a YA feel to it which makes it not an adult book, but then there are some very adult themes which make it not a YA book (kind of like the Court of Thorns and Roses series; it's targeted toward younger people, but has sensual topics). There's not too much violence. Overall, this was a fun mermaid book which somewhat breaks the mold of mermaid stereotypes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nadia (NadiaReads)

    much better than other mermaid books I've read, but I think I am giving up on the genre.. much better than other mermaid books I've read, but I think I am giving up on the genre..

  30. 5 out of 5

    Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan Girls

    Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan Girls Flukes by Nicole Chase is a perfect read for a bad day. You come back home after work, have only half an hour to start preparing dinner....then this is the book you must choose to cool off and bring a smile on your face!! It's funny, sweet and easy to read in english......because until today there's an italian edition yet. This is a fantasy New Adult novel, the female character is a mermaid! Among fantasy characters mermaids are my favourite, so I had to Romance and Fantasy for Cosmopolitan Girls Flukes by Nicole Chase is a perfect read for a bad day. You come back home after work, have only half an hour to start preparing dinner....then this is the book you must choose to cool off and bring a smile on your face!! It's funny, sweet and easy to read in english......because until today there's an italian edition yet. This is a fantasy New Adult novel, the female character is a mermaid! Among fantasy characters mermaids are my favourite, so I had to read it and fortunately I loved it. The storyteller are both the main male and female characters. I think this is great, this writing form is very cool and readers can understand the story completely. Plus I love the male part...I think is seductive reading directly from a man how he feels for a woman, he's so vulnerable in that moment, almost on his knees...I like it!!! Meena is a very special teenager, she's a mermaid but on the earth she can transform herself in an ordinary human. After a sea storm, a couple of marine biologists found her and her mother, who was trapped in a fisherman net. She didn't make it but her mer-daughter did. After the initial shock to discover that these amazing characters really exist, they decided to bring the little mermaid at home with them, adopting her like a daughter. Keeping the secret is imperative. They live in a Caribbean Island, Meena's parents own a aqua zoo called “Flukes” with sea lion, dolphins, birds and a private beach. In this way she can easily live her human life going to school, making friends and everything tennagers do and also live her life as a mermaid, swimming with dolphins in a clean pure water. She'd like to see the world but she can't go without swimming in the water for too long. Sometimes keeping this secret is not so easy, their aqua zoo is chosen as a community service workplace, this means more people around Meena where she feels at ease and less careful. Her life is pretty normal, school, work, swimming, but this routine will be shaken by Blake, with his motorbike and bad boy attitude. He is condemned to social work at the aqua zoo by a judge for a "crime" we don't know right away...he's more mysteriously hot!!! They spend a lot of time together, Meena assist him in order to teach him the work at Flukes, he shows her there's more under his grudge and his womanizer reputation. Would Black ever accept Meena's real identity? Meena is a very cool mermaid, she's sweet, funny and very caring for mother nature. She doesn't know anything about her identity and the mermaid world, she wish she could talk about that with someone but she will be okay with her parents anyway, her human life is not so bad. Even if she’s a mermaid, she’s a girl with typical girly dreams and wishes for love, in this way we still can feel connected to her. Blake is strong and badass, he seems he doesn't have a care in the world but he hides a big heart. When he meets Meena for the first time he said the wrong thing and she made him pay for that, this was unusual for him, girls are always so condescending around him, they are all interested for his father's influence. People don't really know him, only around her he feels at ease to be himself. This book is really nice, well written in a fluent english. Characters are funny and interesting, this story may seem to easy and addressed only for a young audience but I really felt it and I recommend it especially to an adult one. For those girls who need always some hot actions, this novel is not super charged but we can find it satisfactory. “His lips were like a caress as he brushed them across mine; slow and soft. He lingered, breathing in deeply as if he couldn't breathe without me. Eventually, he moved on to plant a tender kiss on my bottom lip, before pilling back and looking at me. His cocky grin was gone, replaced with something tender and nervous. His thumb ran over my lip once, before he let go, and smiled I find it refreshing from real life romance, some fantasy is due just to escape enough but being careful not to losing contact with the real world.

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