Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn-Childs (July 2011, Templar, ISBN: 1848771347)
Review: Lily is a mermaid. Not only that, she is a mer-princess and to keep her place in the royal succession she must find her "mermate" and bond with him before her 18th birthday, in a few weeks time.
Lily has her eyes set on the perfect boy, Brody, who is at home in the water. However every time she tries to pluck up courage to ask him to the Spring Fling she is thwarted, not least by her neighbour Quince. Lily and Quince have a stormy-relationship but he takes pity on her and offers his help to snare Brody for her.
Of course things don't go to plan and it's Quince who kisses her and finds himself bonded to Lily. Horrified she does her utmost to have the bond annulled and continues the plan to win Brody over.
Forgive My Fins is a sweet, screw-ball romance with a tough-guy with a heart of gold and a naive girl who can't see what's in front of her nose. The reader is just waiting for the scales to fall from her eyes. They are funny as a "so not a couple" plus it's also humorously told - as Lily's speech is swimming with hilarious fishy references and metaphors. I also loved the well realised home under the sea where Lily returns to to get help.
I was entranced by this book so I'm really pleased that there's a sequel, Fins are Forever, which has just been published in the US. I hope we don't have to wait too long for it to be published in the UK.