Called to the Deep

CALLED TO THE DEEP by Desirée M. Niccoli is an adult mermaid/siren romance with a touch of speculative fiction and eco-horror elements (City Owl Press, 09.20.22). The story is set in a modern, fictional coastal Maine town called Haven Cove. You can add the book to your Want to Read list on Goodreads and The StoryGraph!

CALLED TO THE DEEP is Book 1 of the Haven Cove Duology.

Content warnings below.


First comes desire. Then hunger.

When Killian Quinn, captain of offshore fishing boat Dawn Chaser, receives a distress call from a sailing ship caught in a terrible storm, he and his crew rush to provide aid. But when they arrive, all that’s left of the ship and its crew is splintered wood and a borderline hypothermic woman who can’t remember how she survived. His attraction to her is instantaneous, and maintaining a professional distance proves to be a struggle, especially when she needs a place to stay that’s far from the press and curious townsfolk, and his idyllic cottage by the sea is the perfect sanctuary.

What was supposed to be a thrilling once-in-a lifetime opportunity for Lorelei Roth—who’d never been to sea—turns into a seafaring tragedy. As Lorelei struggles to accept that she is The Osprey’s only survivor, she is plagued by strange dreams and sleepwalking episodes that draw her into the ocean. And if the grieving process wasn’t hard enough, Lorelei also grapples with guilt from developing feelings for the captain who rescued her. But worst of all, is a new, unsettling hunger for raw flesh that’s eating her from the inside out. The handsome captain begins to look like a tasty snack in more ways than one.

Discovering that she’s descended from the people-eating mermaids who devoured her crew, Lorelei struggles to accept her identity knowing her entire existence relies upon its secrecy and devouring human flesh. What happens when Killian finds out? His snoopy ex? A marine biologist? A reporter? The world at large? What happens when Lorelei answers the ocean’s call to the deep?


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Content Warnings

This book contains sexual content. It is not intended for anyone under the legal age of adulthood. All characters depicted in sexual situations herein are over 18 years of age. Some content within this book may be triggering or disturbing to some readers. Reader discretion is advised. Other content within this book, includes, but is not limited to:

Grief, mental health struggles (PTSD, survivor’s guilt), death (shipwreck/sinking, natural disaster), blood, body horror (one explicit scene), cursing, stalking, cancer (briefly mentioned), rape (briefly mentioned)

Please read with care.