Harlequin Nocturne, Nov 1 2014, $5.75
In Bayou LaSiryna, Alabama, except for her sister Lily and their cousin Shelly (see Siren's Secret), Jet Bosarge has always felt like an outsider not belonging to either the human or mermaid species. Always the pariah, she made matters worse for herself when she turned to a purebred nasty human Perry Hammonds who betrayed her before he went to prison.
Shelly warns her Perry is back. While the miscreant demands Jet find and excavate an undersea treasure for his client, drug dealer Sebastian Vargas; procedural-obsessed IRS Agent Landry Fields audits Jet’s salvage company and other dealings that lead back to the backstabbing rat. However, the Fed conceals from Jet his real agenda to catch her and her accomplice with salvaging dangerous contraband. Landry never expected to fall in love with a member of a species he assumed only existed in Disney movies; Jet likewise cannot believe she loves another human after her first calamitous encounter; but how will she react when she learns why he is in the Alabama Bayou.
The second delightful Dark Seas romantic suspense urban fantasy is a fun tale because of the protagonists keeping Everest-level secrets from each other while falling in love. Though the villain is a two-dimensional Homo sapiens rodent, Debbie Herbert provides her audience with a fine star-crossed contemporary.