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Priddy's Tale

Narrated by: Chris Clog
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
3.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

What doesn't kill you sometimes makes you wish it had....

Priddy's a lost soul in a part of Cornwall the tourists don't get to see. He's young, sweet-natured, and gorgeous, but that's not enough to achieve escape velocity from his deadbeat village and rotten family life.

He's a drifter and a dreamer, and self-preservation isn't his strong suit. An accidental overdose of a nightclub drug leaves him fractured, hallucinating, with too many vital circuits fried to function in a tough world. When a friend offers him winter work in a lighthouse - nothing to do but press the occasional button and keep the windows clean - he gratefully accepts.

His plans to live quietly and stay out of trouble don't last very long. A ferocious Atlantic storm washes a stranger to Priddy's lonely shore. For a shipwrecked sailor, the new arrival seems very composed. He's also handsome as hell, debonair, and completely unconcerned by Priddy's dreadful past.

Priddy has almost given up on the prospect of any kind of friendship, and a new boyfriend - let alone a six-foot beauty with eerily good swimming skills - out of the question entirely. But Merou seems to see undreamed-of promise in Priddy, and when they hit the water together, Priddy has to adapt to Merou's potentials too, and fast. His lover from the sea might be a mere mortal from the waist up, but south of that line....

Far-flung west Cornwall has 100 mermaid tales. Priddy's loved the stories all his life. Now he has to face up to a wildly impossible truth. Merou's life depends upon his courage and strength, and if Priddy can only find his way in the extraordinary world opening up all around him, all the ocean and a human lifetime needn't be enough to contain the love between merman and mortal.

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Wonderfully lyrical tale

Harper Fox's writing is not just entertaining, amid the humour and the angst there is real poetry in the prose but not the sort that throws you out of the book and makes you wonder where the story went, it fits the story and the characters and helps to bring them further to life. Merou and Priddy are wonderful characters and the narration differentiated well between the various voices so I never got confused as to who was speaking. I read this in pixels first and decided to give the audio version a go and I'm glad that I did as it's certainly a book I will be listening to more than once.
If you love mermen and their dreamy lovers and a bit of dastardlyness and shipwreck with an ultimately happy ending then I recommend this book.

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An erotic enchantment.

A very enchanting, erotic tale, literally. It has all the ingredients to keep you hooked. A story with some twists in it but, it’s mainly sensual, erotic and humorous.

A love story between a man and a... merman. A very different kind of Gay story.

The narrator does a great job except that, how is it the most of the characters have the Cornish burr except for Priddy? Given the lead character’s background I’m baffled as to Priddy has a middle class accept!
Too much for the performer to keep up the Cornish burr? I love the nine of the Merman. Not sure what to make of him. He comes across as someone to be cautious of despite him being a total opposite to a villain.

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A cute, well narrated whimsical tale.....

I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that Harper Fox has got to become an auto-buy for me. I resisted for so long as I found The Salisbury Key really boring, but I've more than made up for it since then. The Tyack & Frayne series is delightful, Seven Summer Nights is probably one of my books of the Year for 2017, The Brothers of the Wild North Sea was Fox at her atmospheric best, and THIS cute little tale took me completely by surprise.

I'm not into mermen....NEVER read/listened to a Mer People story before, but I was intrigued enough to buy it and am glad I did. Chris Clog's soft Cornish tones were soothing, the 'love' story such as it was certainly different and I would have no hesitation at all in buying another narration by Chris.

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  • Cupcake
  • 13-11-18

surprising depth

I didn't quite know what to expect from this story and it started off kind of dour.

Priddy got into some bad drugs at a party and he's never been the same since. That he's an addict is mentioned but I can't say that I bought into that; however, that is neither here nor there since it is not, nor should it be, the focus of the book.

This is Priddy's tale of finding love in the most unlikeliest of places: the sea.

It's a magical tale and one that snuck up on me, truth be told. I wasn't truly invested until over the halfway mark and I didn't much care for Priddy initially either. But Priddy and Merou won me over.

Merou is a larger than life personality: gregarious, charming, devastatingly handsome and keeps odd hours. Read: he has a tendency to vanish periodically.

Priddy, on the other hand, is introverted, shy and has a low opinion of himself. Though it's not ever specifically addressed I think his upbringing was less than ideal.

Their journey towards happily ever after is fraught with obstacles and turns into a bit of an adventure which kept my interest, but the ending was perfect. I loved the afterword so hard.

This was my first Harper Fox and won't be my last. I like the way this story was constructed and both of these characters came to life though the prose as well as Chris Clog's narration which was on point.

Recommend to paranormal romance fans.

#LGBTQ #paranormal #hurtcomfort #romance #ohthefeels

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  • CK
  • 08-01-18

Intriguing story, great narration.

I think the narration made this a better experience than if I had just read it. I did find the story intriguing (this was my first merman), but ultimately something was lacking - I didn't feel he was Merou's one true love based on Merou's past. I liked that this was included in the Romance Package, I wouldn't have picked it otherwise and definitely want to read/listen to more if Megan Fox's work!

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  • AAHickman
  • 09-11-17

Narrator made this even better!

I enjoyed this, but, like with a lot of Fox's books I found myself somewhat lost in the folklore. I wish she'd focus less on that because I do love her characters, but I some times lose them in the details that I don't find as interesting. Still this was lovely and I was a bit teary by the end.

Audio was outstanding, I will be looking for more from this narrator.

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  • Gail Staggs
  • 02-08-17

A love tail💚

Whimsy tales or tails, beautiful writing, lovely narrating and a grand HEA one could ask for. Always the very best if everything with Harper Fox!

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  • voyagerrenee8
  • 25-04-17

Delightful, imaginative tale

Harper writes about the mystical like no one else. This is a charming tale, written so beautifully you find yourself believing in mermen and magic. The narration is also well done. Do yourself a favor, buy the book & audio and sit back and enjoy.

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  • Miriam
  • 19-10-19

Beautiful merman tale

This is the first written book review I’ve done. I had to express how much I love this book! Since a child I’ve loved and read fantasy novels and stories from J.R.R.Tolkien to Cassandra Claire and the classic brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. I just recently began reading erotica and I stay away from the fantasy ones usually.

It is rare to find a mermaid tale at all let alone a good one. Merman tales are virtually non existent. This reads like a fairy tale and has beautiful exquisite images like poetry! It’s love story is classic and timeless and yet uncommon in the genre of erotica and fantasy. I especially like how the bodies of the mer people are defined and functions explained. Fantastic and plausible enough to work in the story- like real science applied to good Sci Fi.

Love the narration too! Subtle and not overdone. Excellent read! New author for me. Will have to check out more!

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  • ELSA
  • 08-08-19

wonderful story

great story, hard to stop listening to it is so good. Love the characters each and every one of them. The narrator made it believable and fun.

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  • M. Childers
  • 18-07-19

Surprisingly engaging m/m fairy tale.

Harper Fox is always a good bet for atmospheric tales with remote settings. She is excellent at evoking a feeling with her vivid descriptions of place. This story is about Priddy, who was a normal college boy with big dreams until a bad decision with drugs landed him in hospital, and his brain permanently awry.
His good friend Kit finds him a job as a light keeper at a lighthouse, and one night he "rescues" Merou. Merou is beautiful, fun, mysterious and tends to pop in and out of Priddys days and life unexpectedly. He is inexplicably drawn to Merou in ways he doesn't fully understand. With each subsequent encounter, things become clearer, because of course Merou is a Merman of the legendary Merfolk.
Their romance might have been slightly more of a slower burn if not for the reappearance of Kit and Kit's older "evil" professor boyfriend, who it turns out is hoping to capture and prove merfolk exist.
And the fairy tale part of the story resumes with Merou and Priddy defeating evil, and choosing love. The only part of this romance that was lacking for me was I didn't feel much of an emotional connection between Merou and Priddy, especially Merou, he was kind and loving, his "forever" just was not truly convincing. Still, the romance was sweet, and there were 2 sex scenes that were nicely done. a fun story, with fully rounded characters, and I enjoyed this audio book very much.
Chris Clog was a new narrator for me, and narration was good.

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  • ClinD2002
  • 07-06-19

Kit?????(spoiler aler)

the entire sexual change thing at the end with kit drove me bonkers, hes gay through out the entire story until the end???? I don't get it

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  • Euge
  • 14-03-19

Unforgettable!!!

I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I was entranced from the very beginning of what is basically a fairy tale complete with a villain, a hero, and a prince. And, of course, an HEA.

Priddy was such an intriguing character--never knowing when he hallucinated or not. I liked his strange view of the world. This outlook served him in meeting Merou, the merman. Although not quite as deeply drawn as Priddy, Merou was still captivating (I think the merman thing really helped out here).

For a novella, the world-building was particularly fine. I would have loved a full length novel in which we spend more time with Priddy and Merou pre-love. I also want to further explore the undersea world of merfolk and their ability to catch Time currents.

I felt so good reading this tale. It really did feel like an old fairy tale; it felt like a warm embrace.

The narration was stellar!!! One of my favorite performances of Chris Clog’s!!