A Naiad's Promise: An MM Fantasy Romance (A Naiad Romance Book 5) by Gigi Rivers

Although A Naiad's Promise can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading it as part of the series, each book is a quick read and so good!

From the blurb:

An MM fantasy romance with a human virgin, a naiad pirate, a failed one-night stand, age-difference, hurt/comfort, magic, and a kraken.

Ratherin is a virgin who dreams of a world beyond his small island. When pirates visit, Ratherin is captivated by the older water nymph and pirate Aneya. They share one passionate night. But as the sun rises and Aneya departs, Ratherin is left with nothing but memories. And a promise. A promise that Aneya will return and seek Ratherin out.

But when Aneya comes back, Ratherin’s world has been engulfed by grief after the death of his beloved uncle. On an impulse, Ratherin leaves his home and travels to Temple Island. Unable to leave Ratherin alone with his sorrow, Aneya stays by his side, offering solace and comfort.

Their connection and passion deepen, and Ratherin realises he wants more than just a temporary respite from his pain. He wants a love that will last a lifetime. And he wants that with Aneya.

But Aneya only planned for their relationship to be temporary. After all, Ratherin is too young and his grief is too deep for him to truly know his own heart.

Will Aneya open his heart to Ratherin? Or will fear cause him to hold back?

Jacquie's Review:

Rath was an absolute sweetheart and Anyea tested my patience but the relationship that they had by the end was worth it.

While A Naiad's Promise can be read as a standalone, there is more of an overarching storyline now, with the addition of magic, so I feel like reading more of the books would be better before reading this one. The addition of a kraken was so good! What a sweet character.

These are shorter books but enjoyable reads and this one had a few surprises.

Rating: 4 Stars

Holly's Review:

Full of emotions and a touch of angst. Rath is innocent and sweet, while Aneya seems more worldly, but the way he is drawn to Rath gave me goosebumps. Excellent world-building and 3D characters. 
This may have been my first book of Gigi’s, but I’ve definitely gone back to the beginning of this series and devoured them one by one!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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