Title: Deep Breath
Author: J.M. Miller
Series: Falling in Deep Collection
Genre: NA Paranormal
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.
It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet and salt water in her lungs.
Marissa Pruitt is on a quest to find out what the green jewel and coordinates her father left mean. Her father disappeared seven years ago in a boating accidet chasing "mermaids." His body never found. Marissa was extremely close to her father and not getting the closure she needed has taken its toll. She enlists the help of Darci, her father's protege, to help her make sense of the green jewel and mysterious coordinates. When things go bad, Marissa finds herself being pulled to the bottom of the sea by her boats anchor when a mysterious merman appears. Marissa thinks she has died, but when the merman places his lips to hers and breaths life into her lungs, she realizes her father wasn't crazy after all. She awakens in a cavern realizing she is no longer in the water but in a cavern and can breathe. Dylan introduces himself and goes on to explain how Marissa came to be in the cavern. She finally gets answers to her father's ramblings of mermaids and his disappearance but Marissa's life will never be the same.
This is the first story I've read dealing with mermaids. When I read the intro, my first thought was "Mermaids? Really?" I'm very glad I read the first chapter. I was hooked instantly. The story is a novella so it is a very quick read. We are introduced to Marissa and learn of her passion for the sea and the mysteries it contains and the role her father played. We learn about her father's mysterious accident and feel Marissa's loss. As the story progresses, I couldn't help but share Marissa's emotions at seeing Dylan and discovering what happened to her father and the person who played a role. This story has something for everyone: paranormal, love, even murder and retribution.
Marissa inhaled her first breath from the bailout bottle, hard and deep, and held it as she jerked at the chains for escape. Holding a breath while diving was not the best idea. It led to more recovery breaths, wasting more air. But, with a limited capacity bottle, she had to take the risk. She needed more time.
The anchor hit bottom. Her bare feet followed a moment later, colliding with its metal and the sand below, kicking up a cloud of sediment. She didn’t bother to look around. Her focus was only on the chain, but that didn’t keep her brain from wondering what was around her. The light from the surface was weak, dispersing through the water with only a faint glow. It was some reassurance that there were fewer predators around to smell the blood from the cut on her head. That light and reassurance would be gone soon enough, though. She wouldn’t last to see it go completely dark. She’d either be topside or dead.
Her heartbeat pounded on, a clock counting down to her fate. It screamed for her the words she couldn’t speak. It screamed for the air she couldn’t freely take.
J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida. When she isn't busy being distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal, with a little mystery thrown in for fun.
Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.
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