About the Book
by Mimi Jean Pampfiloff
They’ve got something he wants.
INFAMOUS BACHELOR and SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE ROEN DORAN IS A BASTARD. Yes, he knows it. And no, he doesn’t care. He’s got money and power, and he depends on no one. But when his estranged father dies, willing him a secret island, Roen will come face to face with an even bigger secret: its occupants. And these savage, sea-obsessed warriors are quick to make their position clear: Leave now or die.
There’s only one problem. Nobody tells Roen what to do. Ever. Oh, and one other thing. He’s just met the island’s other new “guest” and something about her brings out his possessive side.
SOLE SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR LIV STRATTON had been adrift at sea for ten grueling days when salvation miraculously appeared: an uncharted island. Only, the deceivingly beautiful men who live there aren’t interested in saving her. No, not at all. Because they somehow believe she is their property, a gift from the ocean to do with as they please. This is not good.
Her only hope? Billionaire Roen Doran, of all people. A man who’s said to care for nothing and no one. But if he’s so heartless, then why is he about to risk everything to help her?
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Q+A with Mimi Jean Pampfiloff
How did you come up with the idea of Mermen?
I love stories where the unlovable or revolting are turned into something we all can’t help but fall in love with. Example: Who didn’t love Warm Bodies? The dude is a zombie and eats brains, but most of us were probably loving him from the first moment.
And when I wrote the ACCIDENTAL SERIES, I was kind of going after the same thing. Mayan gods are NOT sexy. They just aren’t. But creating a world where that just wasn’t true was so much fun. And my gods aren’t just sexy, they make you laugh.
Anyway, when I decided to tackle another similar “taboo,” I wanted something that would really, really push me. So I chose a species I find hard to get turned on by.
Half-fish men can be pretty, but they’re not sexy! (For me, anyway.) But that was part of the fun! Reinventing the entire folklore surrounding mermen and mermaids and turning it into something that would turn the mermen-haters into mermen-lovers.
Who was the inspiration for ROEN?
My inspiration for ROEN was more of a what rather than a who. Everything I’ve learned over 15 years in the corporate world, where leadership skills are shoved down your throat, has taught me that certain leadership traits can be learned.
However, a true leader has charisma and a certain selflessness that doesn’t make them look weak, but gracious and strong. Even when admitting their own shortcomings.
That’s really what the book is about. True leadership versus the fakes. The island is the boss we all hate who takes advantage and uses fear and threats to get what he/she wants.
ROEN is a true leader. He knows he can only succeed if his people do.
How is “Mermen” different from your other titles, which are well-loved and very popular?
Mermen may feel different at first with so many evil, evil hot men, but I don’t think it’s different at all. It’s an adventure romance. There’s a bigger underlying moral story. It’s fast paced with a ton of twists. I’d say it’s exactly like everything I write.