Cresting Tide by Brenda Cothern

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Cresting Tide
Author: Brenda Cothern
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$ 4.99
Other Information/warnings: Contains m/m and hermaphrodite sexual practices
Summary [from the publisher]:
Peter, fleeing from an arranged marriage to a woman, stows away aboard a merchant ship only to be discovered and pitched into the sea. Floating upon the current and awaiting death, he is rescued by a mythical sea elf.

Cuke knew his curiosity with humans would only lead him to trouble but he never expected it would lead him to love. A love filled with complications as he is bound to his watery home.

Can the couple overcome the restrictions of their races and be the fathers to their unexpected child or are they destined to be torn apart by their different worlds?
My review:
I love the sea, its mysteries, turbulence and tranquility, and I love its inhabitants, real and mythological. This was the perfect story for me to read on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

The story starts with Peter floating on his back in the current. He was stripped of his possessions and thrown off the ship he stowed away on in order to escape a marriage he wasn’t ready for.

Cuke, a sea elf who is curious about humans despite his family’s wishes, saves Peter from certain death.

Through touch, eye contact, and sounds, the human and sea elf gradually learn to trust and love each other. It is difficult for them to be together as often as they wish, because of the limitations in their physiology. Sea elves are unable to live on land, and Peter can spend only limited amounts of time in the water.

Their life on the island is peaceful and their lovemaking is tender, sweet and very moving. Complications disturb their carefree existence in the form of meddling family members, a shipwreck, and an unexpected child.

This was a lovely story that evoked the magic, tranquility and wrath of the sea and the beauty of love in all its forms.