Jennifer Bryant had returned to Windy
Harbor, and all the feelings Tommy Maurer had once had for
Jenny came flooding back. He shouldn’t still have these
feelings. He had married, had a teenaged daughter, and was now
a widower in his forties. He shouldn’t still feel the anxious
feelings, or want a woman who had left and never looked back.
Jenny had returned to her childhood town
since her son had met a young woman and decided to move up
there. She was thrilled to be back, close to her uncle, and
soon was happy to run into Tommy, her childhood friend. Tommy
was a man now; a man who she quickly realizes had once had
feelings for her, and still apparently did. But Jenny had
secrets that she feared would dash any feelings Tommy may feel
for her. It had destroyed her marriage, and she didn’t want to
risk her heart again.
The Cop and the Mermaid was
an enjoyable romance with characters I adored. I loved Tommy,
and how uncertain he was with his interaction with Jenny. He
worried if he was moving too fast, when most everyone else was
giving him a push forward. I was also touched by his
relationship with his daughter. Both Tommy and Jenny were
complex characters struggling with personal issues.
Jenny, however, had the one issue that
was a potential relationship stopper. She was a mermaid, and
this fact had already ruined one marriage for her. The fact
that she was a mermaid was why I wanted to read this story.
However, I really was dissatisfied with the mermaid “culture”.
I found it rather silly, and was always eager to return to
land. Luckily, it wasn’t a big part of the book, and I truly
enjoyed the rest of the story.