I jumped in to this series wanting to try a new author and happened to come across this book. I love paranormal romances, and I'll admit it, I've always thought mermaids were awesome since I was a kid. (Little Mermaid anyone?) I've yet to read a romance story with a mermaid as a main character, so I thought why not, let's give it a shot.
The first few chapters were a little hard for me to get through, I'll be honest. Not that they weren't well written, I felt like I was being given too much information about the main characters at once (backstory, etc.) that I felt would have been better after getting to know them more in later chapters. I also thought the connection between Jonah and Anna was overly strong at the beginning too. Especially for Anna, who was supposedly a loner and an 'innocent' mermaid. I dunno, it just kind've felt like they were being shoved or forced together for no other reason than the author wanted them to be.
However, as you read along, the 'bond' they start out with starts to build and turn into a much greater thing, and really starts to feel solid and real - not forced. Anna starts becoming adorably charming, and Jonah gets a good dose of humanity and a greater scope of things. Also going along with Jonah and his internal struggles really puts a perspective on what the guy was really going through. Some pretty heavy stuff goes on, and you really feel split with him.
And I'll admit...I was balling like a wee babe by the end of the book. Really, Hill knows how to wrench a heart out!
So all in all, this was a great book, and I was glad I didn't give up on it within the first few chapters. (Which is the only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5, really.) I loved the characters, the story is brilliant, and I'm SO glad that I went ahead and bought book 2.