In the Lonely Sea


Arielle Pierce


First Time , Maritime , Mermen


M/M Romance Group

Release Date

July 17th, 2013



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Dear Author, Holding on to this wreck is all I can do. The light of the sun is as unbearable as the chill of the night. No land in sight. I’m hungry, thirsty, and I’m tired. The sweet song I heard all night is luring me under. I must be losing my mind, because I believe it. And I let go.

Photo Description: A drowned man is held in the arms of a merman. The man looks as though he could be dead, or he could be asleep. The merman is kissing him on the lips. The man’s hands drift in the sea, and his clothes are in tatters.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.



Book Cover

  • Anthology


  • Too brief to put down


  • There's something about the title that really resonates with me
  • Kian was pretty hardcore - he hung on for as long as he could...which was a long time
  • I'm not usually one for historical books, but I enjoyed this one

Character Depth

  • Chest deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy (sort of)
  • Sad


  • Very few/no typos

Sex Scenes

  • Decently sweet


  • The graphic description of drowning; don't want to read that much about one of my worst fears, thanks
  • Lube-free penetration out of the water…ouch
  • The ending seemed kind of abrupt; wouldn't have minded an epilogue

Emotional Depth

  • Moderately emotional

Content Warnings

  • Character (near-)death

My primary feeling while reading was sadness, and it’ll probably stick with me whenever I think of this story. His loneliness and yearning for love was palpable.

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