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 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.
Deep Breath is the first book I've read centering around mermaids. To be honest, this genre has never interested me. However, I am a big fan of J.M. Miller, so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did. I thought it was awesome. Deep Breath is a novella and so it is pretty short. However, the author packs so much action in that it is a complete story. I enjoyed it so much, though, that I wish that it was a full length novel.
Marissa is on a quest to find out what happened to her father. He disappeared at sea and she has a need to find out what happened to him. She finds a rare artifact that he was hiding along with a map which she follows. This leads to her to a discovery (and love) of a lifetime in the world mermaids.
The world the author created is nothing short of spectacular. I was sucked into this story from the very first page. I felt everything Marissa felt, from her physical reactions to her emotions. This was just really solid writing. I am excited to read more of this new world she has created (hopefully soon).
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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