At the base of it all, this was simply a short romance story. Of course Carriger does it with some flair and lots of paranormal thrown in. One wonders how a relationship between a werewolf and a merman would work. I was a little disappointed as aside from the paranormal and m-m aspect it was somewhat cliché. I think Carriger's strength is her writing based in England and bathed in humor and I rather missed them in this brief story.