Rising
In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea—humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou—the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean—is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there’s one small thing he needs to do… kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.
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In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea-humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou-the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean-is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. But first there’s one small thing he needs to do… kill a beautiful young woman in a wheelchair.

Killing her doesn’t start out as part of his plan. He entrenches himself deep in the human world. Aligning with his enemies, he prepares to send them to Triton to face their punishment. Then Sara Taylor rolls onto the scene. Xanthus knows at once she’s a criminal. And her crime? Being born. She’s a human/Dagonian half-breed, an abomination. Killing her should be an easy job. All he has to do is break into her apartment, slit her throat, and feed her body to the sharks. Simple, right? Wrong. If only she weren’t so beautiful, so innocent, so sweet… Saving the world may have to wait. It appears Xanthus has a woman to save. But protecting her may cost him his own life.

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Reviewed by Cynthia Shepp
Violence
5
The Dagonian's kill humans. There is the very graphic description of the torture they want to do but Xanthus mercy kills her. Xanthus is going to kill Sara, though he doesn't. Slink and his partners try to kill Sara. Xanthus' brother tries to kill Sara. Xanthus kills a bunch of his father's men. I can't make up my mind between level 4 and 5.
Language
1
I don't remember any curse words. The most I could find was hell, but it was used as the place, not the curse. The most would be oh my gods and dang, which I don't consider curse words.
Romance/Sensuality
2
There was a few steamy kisses but nothing more than that. 😉
Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking
1
It was just alluded to that Slink was a druggie a couple of times. No actual described drug use.

Supernatural Characters: Dagonians, merpeople, and gods

About the Author
Holly Kelly

Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". She's married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

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