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I can't trust his words, but his touch and his kisses feel real. A man with a teasing smile and an angel’s voice, Zeph is supposed to be nothing more than a beautiful, fun Parisian adventure. His voice lures me in. His cerulean blue eyes draw me to him. And his smile puts me at ease. We part after just one night. The next time I see him, I'm captured and trapped in a world I can't trust his words, but his touch and his kisses feel real. A man with a teasing smile and an angel’s voice, Zeph is supposed to be nothing more than a beautiful, fun Parisian adventure. His voice lures me in. His cerulean blue eyes draw me to him. And his smile puts me at ease. We part after just one night. The next time I see him, I'm captured and trapped in a world I never knew existed. Intriguing and whimsical on the outside, it turns dark and sinister as I plunge deeper into a trap from which there is no escape. Humans do not belong in Madame Tan’s Freakshow, so what is Zeph doing here? I realize I know nothing about the man who has ruled over my imagination since the day we met. I need to find my way out—with or without Zeph’s help—or risk spending the rest of my life locked in a cage. _____________________________________ Each book in the Madame Tan's Freakshow series is a complete love story of a separate couple. To follow the main storyline, however, it is recommended to read the series in order. A part of this story, with a different world explanation, has been previously published as Menagerie of Oddities in Tempted by Fae anthology. Call of Water is a contemporary fantasy romance that contains graphic descriptions of intimacy and some violence. Intended for mature readers.


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I can't trust his words, but his touch and his kisses feel real. A man with a teasing smile and an angel’s voice, Zeph is supposed to be nothing more than a beautiful, fun Parisian adventure. His voice lures me in. His cerulean blue eyes draw me to him. And his smile puts me at ease. We part after just one night. The next time I see him, I'm captured and trapped in a world I can't trust his words, but his touch and his kisses feel real. A man with a teasing smile and an angel’s voice, Zeph is supposed to be nothing more than a beautiful, fun Parisian adventure. His voice lures me in. His cerulean blue eyes draw me to him. And his smile puts me at ease. We part after just one night. The next time I see him, I'm captured and trapped in a world I never knew existed. Intriguing and whimsical on the outside, it turns dark and sinister as I plunge deeper into a trap from which there is no escape. Humans do not belong in Madame Tan’s Freakshow, so what is Zeph doing here? I realize I know nothing about the man who has ruled over my imagination since the day we met. I need to find my way out—with or without Zeph’s help—or risk spending the rest of my life locked in a cage. _____________________________________ Each book in the Madame Tan's Freakshow series is a complete love story of a separate couple. To follow the main storyline, however, it is recommended to read the series in order. A part of this story, with a different world explanation, has been previously published as Menagerie of Oddities in Tempted by Fae anthology. Call of Water is a contemporary fantasy romance that contains graphic descriptions of intimacy and some violence. Intended for mature readers.

30 review for Call of Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    Ooh, this one was really enjoyable and I read it in super quick time. This author is a firm favourite of mine always delivers and the hero’s she gives us are just so adorable. There sweet but still sexy as all hell and I’m always hooked and reeled in by them every time. Zeph is no different he’s a total sweetheart with the voice and charisma of an angel or maybe a Siren considering that’s what he is. Zeph captures Ivy’s interest the instant she hears him sing to a packed out room and Spending one pe Ooh, this one was really enjoyable and I read it in super quick time. This author is a firm favourite of mine always delivers and the hero’s she gives us are just so adorable. There sweet but still sexy as all hell and I’m always hooked and reeled in by them every time. Zeph is no different he’s a total sweetheart with the voice and charisma of an angel or maybe a Siren considering that’s what he is. Zeph captures Ivy’s interest the instant she hears him sing to a packed out room and Spending one perfect night together only solidifies that attraction for both of them. So when Zeph stands her up on there arranged meeting Ivy is gutted but reluctantly moves on. Fast forward to the present and on a day out at the fair with her friend Ivy’s inquisitive nature lands her in a whole heap of trouble. Ivy’s eyes are forced wide open as she realises there’s a whole other world co-existing right alongside that of her own. One that is filled with danger but also wonders and magic and Ivy and Zeph’s unexpected reunion bring them so much closer together. There shared experience helping to cement their connection towards each other. I especially liked that Zeph was a Siren, the ones I’ve read about previously have all been female so this made such a pleasant change. This was as usual well written and action-packed throughout. A really fantastic and imaginative read and I can’t wait to read more set in this fascinating new world. I totally recommend this and liked it a lot. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Call Of Water (Madame Tan’s Freakshow #1). Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    SpeedX

    For those of us familiar with the fantasy genre, the Fae is nothing new, though some writers put their own little twists in to make it something unique. This book doesn’t stray too far from the usual aside from the fact that Zeph, the H in this story, doesn’t bind himself to his mate, Ivy the h, by any magically means or the usual bite. So it was a very normal or as normal as book like this could be romance. The story was fast pace but I think it covered all potential questions you could come up For those of us familiar with the fantasy genre, the Fae is nothing new, though some writers put their own little twists in to make it something unique. This book doesn’t stray too far from the usual aside from the fact that Zeph, the H in this story, doesn’t bind himself to his mate, Ivy the h, by any magically means or the usual bite. So it was a very normal or as normal as book like this could be romance. The story was fast pace but I think it covered all potential questions you could come up with. Though the story was good I’m struggling to come up with something to say about it. It was average for me, is it worth the read? Yes and no. I’ve honestly never felt this way about a book before usually I can tell right away on which side of the fence I would be one and have slew of things to say, I’m somewhere in middle with this one, whatever that might be. If you want a quick read, just to have something TO read then this is the book for you. If you want something intense, passionate and emotional this isn’t the book for you. But I give it a thumbs up. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I need to preface this review with the information that I typically love everything else this author has written. The writing and editing was very clean in the ARC version of the manuscript, with no typos that I found and well constructed, pretty sentences. The world building was vivid, with the menagerie coming to vivid life. The characterization left me feeling somewhat removed from both the hero and heroine. However, where this book failed for me was in the development of the romantic relatio I need to preface this review with the information that I typically love everything else this author has written. The writing and editing was very clean in the ARC version of the manuscript, with no typos that I found and well constructed, pretty sentences. The world building was vivid, with the menagerie coming to vivid life. The characterization left me feeling somewhat removed from both the hero and heroine. However, where this book failed for me was in the development of the romantic relationship. The hero and heroine spent large chunks of this novel apart, and the scenes where they were together and trying to build a loving relationship were fairly short and few in number, considering the length of this novel. I did not buy into their HEA because they still did not know each other very well by the end of the novel. I may have bought the HEA more if this novel had used the Fated Mates trope, in order to set up instant love and devotion between them, but it did not. I was also really disappointed that at the end of the novel, the hero and heroine's life spans were still massively disparate. If they had formed some sort of mating bond where the heroine's lifespan was elongated to match the hero's, or the hero's life span shortened to match the heroine's, I would have bought into an HEA between them more easily. The plot and pacing was exciting and tight. There was low angst and high stakes in this novel, which is typically one of my preferred narrative structures for a romance novel. This novel used the Partner in Trouble trope and the Imprisoned trope. I thought the world building, plot, and pacing was four stars. The characterization was three and a half stars. However, the development of the romantic relationship was two stars, which is not good for a genre romance novel. This novel had a Happy Ever After ending instead of a cliffhanger, so that is a good thing, even though I did not fully buy into the HEA at the end. I recommend this author's other work quite highly, especially her novel Gravity. However, I do not recommend readers start with this particular novel if you want to try out this author. I will read the next book in this series because I love her other work so much, and hopefully the next book will be much better than this one. I will not be buying myself a keeper copy of this novel. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Second chances This was I very good book. I was excited about this when I first heard about it coming out not to mention the cover is gorgeous and draws you in even more. This story features cabarets, carnivals, fairs, and freakshows but not in the same way as many other stories. In this one they have their own secrets and dark luring qualities that draw you in both for the good and bad. So it's all of that mixed with paranormal romance. The paranormal aspect is subtle and builds with the story b Second chances This was I very good book. I was excited about this when I first heard about it coming out not to mention the cover is gorgeous and draws you in even more. This story features cabarets, carnivals, fairs, and freakshows but not in the same way as many other stories. In this one they have their own secrets and dark luring qualities that draw you in both for the good and bad. So it's all of that mixed with paranormal romance. The paranormal aspect is subtle and builds with the story but still feels like it's on the lighter side, like wading in the water instead of diving. And that's not a bad thing it works well with this story and the start of what looks like maybe a series of stories (one can hope); it leaves plenty of room for more characters and the world to expand. Saying that there is still plenty of depth and detail to keep you more than captivated. The romance aspect seems to build fast but there's a lot going on in that concern and in some ways it felt like a second chance romance. Like second chance but also not maybe just some nuances of that feeling. And man were there lots of feelings happiness, love, excitement, disappointment, anger and it goes on. I will say I hit the 50-52% Mark and was like wait There is no way everything that needs to happen or be answered can be with what's left but it got there. A lot gets answered and discovered and we are left with a happy for now ending (really a pretty perfect HEA for these characters) but I say happy for now because im kind of hoping we might get glimpses of them again in future stories. And speaking of future stories I can't wait for Serpents touch which we get just a tiny glimpse into at the end of the story. I kind of hope Lero gets a story, Amira, maybe Raddaax and maybe even a story incorporating that life like statue. This was a very good story that keeps pulling you along and up and down. It's sweet and not and so many other things would definitely recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deb Cechak

    What an exotic and unique spin of a paranormal romance. Marina Simcoe has created a one-of-a-kind story, where love conquers all! We meet Zeph, who is an other worldly being, and follow his journey to true love. Through many hardships, his Happily Ever After is just waiting to be had. I loved the chance to read such a novel, novel! lol

  6. 5 out of 5

    Payne’s Bookworm Reviews (Samantha Payne)

    “Call of Water” is book one in Marina Simcoe’s ‘Madame Tan’s Freakshow’ series. Each book in the series is a complete love story for each couple, but with the main storyline continuing on throughout them, it is recommended to read the series in order. I first read a slightly different story for Zeph and Ivy in “Menagerie of Oddities” in the ‘Tempted by Fae’ anthology, and I fell in love with them and could not wait to have their full story told. Nothing could have prepared me for this. We finally “Call of Water” is book one in Marina Simcoe’s ‘Madame Tan’s Freakshow’ series. Each book in the series is a complete love story for each couple, but with the main storyline continuing on throughout them, it is recommended to read the series in order. I first read a slightly different story for Zeph and Ivy in “Menagerie of Oddities” in the ‘Tempted by Fae’ anthology, and I fell in love with them and could not wait to have their full story told. Nothing could have prepared me for this. We finally get to see what had happened the year before Ivy sees Zeph again at the Madame Tan’s Freakshow. I was hooked from the very beginning and could not put it down. I knew that Zeph and Ivy’s story was going to be one epic love story. The instant pull and attraction of these two will suck you in, you are going to want to scream and shout, you’ll probably cry and your heart will break and repair along with these characters. I throughly enjoyed this book and it was definitely worth the wait. I especially loved the bonus epilogue for being a subscriber to Marina Simcoe’s mail list, It was great to see how things are going between Zeph and Ivy. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Zeph instantly captures Ivy the moment she hears him sing. After spending one amazing night together that attraction and interest only solidifies between the both of them. When they agree to meet up again and Zeph never shows up, Ivy is gutted and heartbroken but moves on. Moving forward a year Ivy is at a fair with her bestfriend Fleur. After seeing the Madame Tan’s Freakshow, Ivy is curious about what is going on in the VIP section. Being curious and too inquisitive puts her in a whole heap of trouble and with beings that she doesn’t understand. In a cage, Ivy is taken along with the rest of the creatures from fair to fair. Locked away with minimal food, water and view, she has no idea where she is or how long time has gone by since she was taken. What’s going through her mind is how she will be able to get away and is Zeph a willing participant or is he a prisoner like her.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I recieved a digital arc from the author via the Hidden Gems website in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and given freely. I really loved the sound of this book, i adore anything fae and this just felt right up my alley. However it lacked that special something for me to give it more stars. Like the first 30% of the book was her meeting Zeph and having their 'adventure' and then the middle was really slow and yet seemed fast as it skipped a lot since it only showed I recieved a digital arc from the author via the Hidden Gems website in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and given freely. I really loved the sound of this book, i adore anything fae and this just felt right up my alley. However it lacked that special something for me to give it more stars. Like the first 30% of the book was her meeting Zeph and having their 'adventure' and then the middle was really slow and yet seemed fast as it skipped a lot since it only showed it from Ivy's perspective which was limited... Then the ending was all action, sex and intrigue... I think it could have been paced better. I did enjoy this, it was fast paced and kept me reading and interested but I did find the female lead to be very stupid by sneaking back into the freakshow... It just seemed like she was tstl 😔 But i liked her more when she was surviving and part of the background of the freakshow. She showed cunning and intelligence as well as strength... I love good character growth Where as Zeph (i kept calling him Zephyr in my head) didn't get any growth whatso ever... He got drugged and lot his memory... Which sucked but at least he got it back by the end... I was little frsurtated with his lack of growth, and the fact that its open ended, in regards to Lero... I want answers about him, where is he? Who is he? What is he? Where does he get the leaf stuff? Whats his connections to Madame Tan? Why does use the name Madae Tan instead of her actual name? 🤔 That makes no sense to me... Also why are the brack the only ones who can travel between the worlds? There are a lot of unanswered questions and the ending just brought more... It was open enough that there is probably going to be a book about Lero, and its open enough to continue in the world with Amira's book being #2

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    For my first book by this author this story was a pleasure to read in the fantasy romances. The story about Ivy who is in Paris staying with her friend Fleur and Zeph who sings at Le Loup Solitaire. Ivy and Fleur while sightseeing stop at Le Loup Solitaire and while there Ivy hears Zeph sing and is entranced with memories since the song he sang was her mother's favorite. Getting a breath of air outside, Ivy meets Lero and Zeph who's looking for Lero. Zeph offers to escort Ivy inside and asks for For my first book by this author this story was a pleasure to read in the fantasy romances. The story about Ivy who is in Paris staying with her friend Fleur and Zeph who sings at Le Loup Solitaire. Ivy and Fleur while sightseeing stop at Le Loup Solitaire and while there Ivy hears Zeph sing and is entranced with memories since the song he sang was her mother's favorite. Getting a breath of air outside, Ivy meets Lero and Zeph who's looking for Lero. Zeph offers to escort Ivy inside and asks for a dance, which she reluctantly agrees and he asks if he can see her after the show. Ivy agrees and Zeph shows her the hidden attractions of Paris. The one magical night they spend together defines though out this romance novel with twist and turns along the way. The author wrote a well-written story with characters to invest in and a detailed world building. It be interesting to see where this series goes. Overall I totally enjoyed reading this story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darla Taylor

    Ivy meets Zeph at a cabaret in Paris while visiting a friend. She's drawn in by his voice and captivated by his smile. They spend one magical night together and then she doesn't see him again for over a year. B The next time she sees him, he seems to be a prisoner in a place that doesn't make sense to her. While deciding what to do, Ivy is captured and thrust into a world she never knew existed. But she's bound and determined to escape, with or without Zeph. I received an ARC of this book in excha Ivy meets Zeph at a cabaret in Paris while visiting a friend. She's drawn in by his voice and captivated by his smile. They spend one magical night together and then she doesn't see him again for over a year. B The next time she sees him, he seems to be a prisoner in a place that doesn't make sense to her. While deciding what to do, Ivy is captured and thrust into a world she never knew existed. But she's bound and determined to escape, with or without Zeph. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely loved this book and read it in one sitting! It's well-written with magnificent characters. The chemistry and relationship between Ivy and Zeph could not be denied. There's a lot of action and intrigue throughout this read and I'm glad that I got this book as it simply shouldn't be missed if you like paranormal romance. I'm very eager for the next book and highly recommend this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Irving

    I read a lot of books and most of the time they are just not that original. This book should get extra stars for being so different. Marina Simcoe combines fae, freak shows, traveling exhibitions, a love story, and a whole lot more in this terrific book that I am so glad to see is going to become a series. I started reading and had a very hard time even putting it down to have dinner with my husband, which is sacred at our house. As soon as I finished dinner I was back at it until whatever time I read a lot of books and most of the time they are just not that original. This book should get extra stars for being so different. Marina Simcoe combines fae, freak shows, traveling exhibitions, a love story, and a whole lot more in this terrific book that I am so glad to see is going to become a series. I started reading and had a very hard time even putting it down to have dinner with my husband, which is sacred at our house. As soon as I finished dinner I was back at it until whatever time it is in the morning now. That should demonstrate how enthralling I found this book. If you like supernatural romance then I am pretty sure you will like this book. Can’t wait to read book two. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    First of all, what a gorgeous cover! This was an imaginative and well written story that kept my interest throughout. There was good chemistry between the characters, however their HEA fell flat for me. There were also a couple things that didn’t sit quite right unfortunately. I found Lero’s lack of action after Zach goes missing rather strange, especially with all his warnings about the bracks earlier that day - and I was also bothered by Ivy and Zach’s seeming indifference for the remaining pr First of all, what a gorgeous cover! This was an imaginative and well written story that kept my interest throughout. There was good chemistry between the characters, however their HEA fell flat for me. There were also a couple things that didn’t sit quite right unfortunately. I found Lero’s lack of action after Zach goes missing rather strange, especially with all his warnings about the bracks earlier that day - and I was also bothered by Ivy and Zach’s seeming indifference for the remaining prisoners of Ghata’s menagerie after their escape. Perhaps these things will be explained as the series continues? Overall though, this was an entertaining read and a series I am interested in continuing to see how the plot develops! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beatriz

    This new series by Marina Simcoe takes us away from the world of incubus into the mysterious world of the freak show. Once more she sets us in a world full of monsters and the magical and how humans interact with them. Interestingly Zeph is a fae of the siren kind , one may say a merman and our heroine is a human. Once our heroine hears our hero sing she is forever hooked to his voice. Soon she realizes that there is more to Zeph than just a pretty face and a dangerous alluring voice, he reside This new series by Marina Simcoe takes us away from the world of incubus into the mysterious world of the freak show. Once more she sets us in a world full of monsters and the magical and how humans interact with them. Interestingly Zeph is a fae of the siren kind , one may say a merman and our heroine is a human. Once our heroine hears our hero sing she is forever hooked to his voice. Soon she realizes that there is more to Zeph than just a pretty face and a dangerous alluring voice, he reside in Madame Tran’s Freakshow and to know what that means you need to read the book ;)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary Blanton

    Marina Simcoe has created another not quite human hunk who is from a not quite human world, but is very much living in our very human reality. And the every day girl next door who finds out his truth and wins his heart. I could not put this one down and had it read in one day. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy VanSpunky Reads

    This unique story grabbed me from the very beginning! Ivy meets Zeph while visiting a good friend in Paris. I honestly have to say that the first chapters were magical to me. Zeph is one of the most alluring characters I've read in a long time. Some time passes and we find Ivy back in Canada with her Parisian friend. She pays to see an unusual exhibit that piques her curiousity a bit too much. When the circus element got involved it was definitely dark, but so well done. In an effort to not give This unique story grabbed me from the very beginning! Ivy meets Zeph while visiting a good friend in Paris. I honestly have to say that the first chapters were magical to me. Zeph is one of the most alluring characters I've read in a long time. Some time passes and we find Ivy back in Canada with her Parisian friend. She pays to see an unusual exhibit that piques her curiousity a bit too much. When the circus element got involved it was definitely dark, but so well done. In an effort to not give anything away, I will just say that this story was frightening as well as wonderful. The ending was just perfect, too! I really look forward to more in this series by Marina Simcoe. 4 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    So, I normally skip the Fae genre. I haven’t come across many that I enjoyed. However, I read all the things Marina Simcoe, so, I took the leap and read it. In one day. In one sitting. I loved it! Zeph and Ivy jumped off the page right away. Their chemistry was immediate and so sweet. There was angst and heartache, hope and love. I wanted more as soon as it was over. The bonus epilogue helped but I still want more! Thank you Marina! You can write Fae anytime and I’ll read it! I received a free co So, I normally skip the Fae genre. I haven’t come across many that I enjoyed. However, I read all the things Marina Simcoe, so, I took the leap and read it. In one day. In one sitting. I loved it! Zeph and Ivy jumped off the page right away. Their chemistry was immediate and so sweet. There was angst and heartache, hope and love. I wanted more as soon as it was over. The bonus epilogue helped but I still want more! Thank you Marina! You can write Fae anytime and I’ll read it! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin Figueiredo

    A Fantastic New Series! This is a wonderful new series that takes us readers into the mysterious world of the Water Fae and other otherworldly creatures in Madame Tan’s Freakshow. We are introduced to Ivy and Zeph, and follow them through their journey of finding love and freedom. They take us on a captivating adventure with mysteries galore and twists and turns, keeping us readers riveted to our seats, captivated with their whirlwind romance, and highly entertained to the very end. I highly enjo A Fantastic New Series! This is a wonderful new series that takes us readers into the mysterious world of the Water Fae and other otherworldly creatures in Madame Tan’s Freakshow. We are introduced to Ivy and Zeph, and follow them through their journey of finding love and freedom. They take us on a captivating adventure with mysteries galore and twists and turns, keeping us readers riveted to our seats, captivated with their whirlwind romance, and highly entertained to the very end. I highly enjoyed this story and can't wait to read the next story in Madame Tan’s Freakshow.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jannie Cv

    Entrancing second-chance romance! Sit down, get cozy, and prepare for an exciting adventure in a world where beings from a different dimension hide in plain sight. Filled with thrills, chills and a love that fulfills! I love this!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    The first book in the Madame Tan's Freakshow series a well written story that kept me turning pages. I enjoyed reading Ivy and Zeph's story I want to read more in this series. There is suspense, drama, danger, kidnapping, twists, turns,and romance. I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I really enjoyed this book - I love the level of descriptions included and the story is so unique. I really enjoyed reading this book! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leyda Tapia

    I'd read this story first as part of an anthology but that time it was a short one. I'm very happy to decided to give a try for the whole story. It was refreshing and original, of course with a HEA.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carter K

    I really enjoyed this book, as well as M.Simcoe’s other books! The only bad part for me, is waiting for the next book in the series! Yes, I’m impatient. Great read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    BookNerdMommy

    I feel like instead of getting lost in time I've been stolen in the night and swept away in this beautiful book affair. I felt like it had everything. Romance that makes your toes curl, adventurous that make your adrenaline spike up, and a mystical/magical world that leave you witha sparkling high!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    What a beautifully written romance this author has given us. 10 stars are in order, and given! After the first chapter I was hooked, and had to keep myself from reading the whole book in one sitting. This story is to be savored slowly like a fine wine! The book’s cover is absolutely gorgeous, and is Zeph just as he was written by Ms. Simcoe. Ivy and Zeph first meet while she’s visiting her best friend Fleur in Paris. Fleur talks Ivy into attending Le Loup Solitaire (The Lone Wolf) where Zeph is the f What a beautifully written romance this author has given us. 10 stars are in order, and given! After the first chapter I was hooked, and had to keep myself from reading the whole book in one sitting. This story is to be savored slowly like a fine wine! The book’s cover is absolutely gorgeous, and is Zeph just as he was written by Ms. Simcoe. Ivy and Zeph first meet while she’s visiting her best friend Fleur in Paris. Fleur talks Ivy into attending Le Loup Solitaire (The Lone Wolf) where Zeph is the featured house singer. Zeph’s singing is so beautiful that its power has Ivy’s emotions in turmoil. She feels its effects deep into her soul. The audience around her feels it too but Ivy even more so. Later in the evening and by chance Ivy meets Zeph. He feels drawn to her, and asks her to dance. Not knowing how to dance and not very confident in herself Ivy agrees with a little gentle persuasion and reassurance from Zeph. They spend a magical evening together but alas fate has other things in store for these two that leaves Ivy feeling hurt and confused the next day. Read on my friends, learn of the truly horrid Madame Tan, the dimension of Nerifir that once left cannot be returned to except by the Bracks species who can travel between there and the human world doing Madam Tan’s bidding. Oh, it’s just the beginning of a very tempestuous story that flows along like the cool waters of a beautiful spring. Intrigue is discovered, danger is found, and secrets are revealed. There were scenes where I held my breath in fear for my lover’s. I was that invested in their outcome! An HEA is hard won leaving a few threads yet unresolved, but as a supporting character says in a message to Zeph, when the time is right. Do yourself a favor and read this book you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended! If you get a chance head on over to the author’s website to get the bonus epilogue. I’m not sure, but you may have to sign up for the author’s mailing list, but well worth it. I so look forward to the next book in this series! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori R.

    What a unique and magical read this was!! First, can we all take a look and appreciate that cover?!!! For me, this was a perfect example of the cover of a book hooking me. I didn’t even care what the blurb was. When I saw this cover, I knew I had to read it. It is a fantastic cover!! And it is PERFECT for the story. It is Zeph. This was my first read by this author and I am so deliciously satisfied! Zeph was a beautiful and swoon-worthy hero. It was love at first sight when he and Ivy met. She h What a unique and magical read this was!! First, can we all take a look and appreciate that cover?!!! For me, this was a perfect example of the cover of a book hooking me. I didn’t even care what the blurb was. When I saw this cover, I knew I had to read it. It is a fantastic cover!! And it is PERFECT for the story. It is Zeph. This was my first read by this author and I am so deliciously satisfied! Zeph was a beautiful and swoon-worthy hero. It was love at first sight when he and Ivy met. She had been mesmerized by his singing and his handsomeness. He was smitten with her and her beauty. He calmed her. She gave him hope. They couldn’t get enough of each other. Their one night together in Paris was unforgettable and beautiful and perfect. Zeph was the most charming and respectful man. And sexy and delicious. Their bath together? HOT. These two together had the passion flowing up from the pages of my kindle. Their chemistry was electric. I found myself never wanting to put this down. It was magical and suspenseful and entertaining and romantic and full of so many warm fuzzy moments and nail-biting scenes. I loved every word. Great world building and vivid descriptions had me easily visualizing all the mystical creatures and beings from another world. I could almost hear and smell things as the story was being told. I was completely captivated. I felt so many emotions throughout this story. It had everything I needed. The characters were so lovable, the story was amazing and unique, and the writing pulled me in and kept me there. LOVED IT. What a perfect tease for the next book on the series, which I’m very excited for!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gayla

    Great paranormal adventure This is really interesting story. I’ve only ever heard of female sirens so I think this is a clever twist. It has a dark edge to it without being too heavy. The bad guys are evil, but there are characters with compassion spread throughout. The other unique creatures and oddities were fascinating as well. It made the story feel rich and well developed. I love Zeph and Ivy’s love story. She is painfully shy and Zeph is an outgoing charmer type. But he’s never false about Great paranormal adventure This is really interesting story. I’ve only ever heard of female sirens so I think this is a clever twist. It has a dark edge to it without being too heavy. The bad guys are evil, but there are characters with compassion spread throughout. The other unique creatures and oddities were fascinating as well. It made the story feel rich and well developed. I love Zeph and Ivy’s love story. She is painfully shy and Zeph is an outgoing charmer type. But he’s never false about it. She is also strong and smart. There are no typos The story grabs you from the beginning. It has great flow and was hard to put down. There are beautiful love scenes that are well written and not gratuitous. I struggled with three or four stars. There is a part of the plot I found unbelievable, but it didn’t ruin the story for me. I’ll address it below so there won’t be spoilers. It kept bothering me for awhile. However, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series and anything else Miss Simcoe writes. I’m a fan. SPOILER*** Ivy refuses to eat food that’s been doped for two whole months. I had a hard time believing that she would be able to function as well as she did after that. My brain kept trying to rewrite it so it made sense. (Maybe she kept finding morsels here and there left by customers). (Maybe she ate scraps from the other creatures just enough to keep going) But again. It did not ruin the story. It’s just my brain.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ScavengedReads

    Call of Water has a pretty rocky start and a much stronger second half. The description also doesn't exactly match the story, and I think I would have liked it better if the story was more like the description. Minor differences, there is a two year gap between when Zeph and Ivy meet and the kidnapping, which isn't really a kidnapped at all. Ivy is actively trying to break in and they capture her. Ivy! How she describes herself is very opposite to how she actually acts. She seems to think she is Call of Water has a pretty rocky start and a much stronger second half. The description also doesn't exactly match the story, and I think I would have liked it better if the story was more like the description. Minor differences, there is a two year gap between when Zeph and Ivy meet and the kidnapping, which isn't really a kidnapped at all. Ivy is actively trying to break in and they capture her. Ivy! How she describes herself is very opposite to how she actually acts. She seems to think she is an intense introvert but leaves her friend in a bar while she disappears with a stranger? I liked outgoing fun Ivy much better than the Ivy she thinks she is, but I kept waiting for something about Ivy to be specials, chosen, part something, a mate bond situation, anything really. The insta love doesn't make a lot of sense from Zeph's side with Ivy as a completely normal person.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    I’ve read only one other story by this author - Gravity - and thought I’d give this one a whirl. It is... different. It is mainly female lead POV with some male lead sections. It is well written and edited. I’m genuinely not sure how I feel about it. Many of the character interactions seemed just slightly misaligned with what I was expecting. They weren’t bad, just different. The world the author has created is clever and the characters definitely fight for their HEA. There are several other cha I’ve read only one other story by this author - Gravity - and thought I’d give this one a whirl. It is... different. It is mainly female lead POV with some male lead sections. It is well written and edited. I’m genuinely not sure how I feel about it. Many of the character interactions seemed just slightly misaligned with what I was expecting. They weren’t bad, just different. The world the author has created is clever and the characters definitely fight for their HEA. There are several other characters that I’m curious about. Definitely interesting but probably won’t be to everyone’s taste I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I love the cover for this story. Zeph's spinal ridges, his dangerous nature and Fae background merges together for a look that defines him perfectly. Ivy's curiosity may just have caused her to bite off more than she could chew. An attraction in Paris, a loss of an opportunity and a chance encounter are the set up to the story of how her life completely changes. Will she survive the strange and weird world of Madame Tam? Will her strength allow her to rise above the brutality she experiences? Wi I love the cover for this story. Zeph's spinal ridges, his dangerous nature and Fae background merges together for a look that defines him perfectly. Ivy's curiosity may just have caused her to bite off more than she could chew. An attraction in Paris, a loss of an opportunity and a chance encounter are the set up to the story of how her life completely changes. Will she survive the strange and weird world of Madame Tam? Will her strength allow her to rise above the brutality she experiences? Will setting free one creature change the future?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Out of all Simcoe's books I've read, I have to say this was my least favorite. I just couldn't connect to both Zeph and Ivy somehow. It felt a little slow to get started and a bit forced with the chemistry, in my opinion. I did enjoy the fantasy elements but just didn't really care for the writing voice in this. I would read more from Simcoe, just maybe not this series. POV from both male and female.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Calling this a romance novel is a stretch. There is some romance in it, kind of. I would call this a fantasy novel with a bit of romance, but it was really only a book end. A majority of the story is just survival and life in the freakshow. I had a hard time getting into this and I was a bit bored by the end, idk if I will read the next one, the fact that humans live for 80 years and fae live for 500 makes this more sad than anything. Idk, I don’t think I’m a fan.

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