MaryJanice Davidson – Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred #1)

swimming with fishes

publisher: Jove
published 2006
pages: 304

Book (English)


Fredericka Bimm – Fred – is a mermaid. But she is not the stuff of legends. A marine biologist, she knows what’s in the water so chooses not to expose herself to those toxins. She’s allergic to shellfish. The sea creatures she can communicate with won’t do her bidding. She doesn’t have long blonde hair or a perfect body. And she’s definitely not perky! Fred’s life is mostly spent trying to conceal her origins – and lately she’s been trying to figure out just why there are weird levels of toxins in the local seawater. Then two strangers come into her life. Her new colleague is a sexy – if over-curious – hunk with a mermaid fixation. The other claims he is Artur, the high prince of the black seas – and Fred’s rightful ruler! (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ fun, entertaining chick lit with mermaids and -dudes
+ fast paced, easy, washes right over you
+ likable characters with the right amount of crazy

My Opinion:

Sleeping with the Fishes is for sure a fast paced, easy, entertaining and taking-your-mind-of-things novel. And there is glitter on the cover. (I am a girl, I can’t help but notice and love 🙂 ) Fred is a mermaid (which nobody but her parents and her best friend know), cranky, and works at an aquarium. When she notices rising levels of toxin in the water things get out of control. One of her colleagues figures out what she is and the prince of the Black Sea stops by for a visit. While the guys vie for her affection (and possibly more), they have to work together to find out what’s going on and to not be discovered. So naturally chaos ensues.

I have never read a novel by this author before but I sure as hell will read more know. It is really an easy and light entertainment, where not much world creation is needed. Thus the story is easy to follow and fast paced. The writing just washes over you and the characters are enjoyable, funny, and just the right amount of crazy. The love triangle thing was a little on the nose, but Fred fighting to keep both guys off of her was just funny. It’s chick lit with mermaids – and merdudes.

Bottom Line:

I fun and entertaining read, but maybe not if you are looking for something more fantasy and ambitious – this is maybe not it. You want fun and not much thinking – here you go.


rating 3


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