The Merman 1 & Extra Short Story – “Kidnapping Casillus”

 Free!  Get Book 1 of The Merman series: “Transformation”

Contains explicit M/M sex.
Gabriel Braven is destined for a great love, but he does not believe it.

His parents had a storybook romance … until a freak ocean storm robbed them of their lives and left him alone to be raised by his grandmother. With their deaths, Gabriel’s adoration for the sea turned to fear, and his belief in happy-ever-afters turned to dust. Gabriel vowed to never set foot in the ocean again and to never believe in love.

Gabriel kept that promise until after his junior year of college, when he and his best friend Corey return to the ocean-side town where he lost his parents in order to help his grandmother. Gabriel’s bitter fear of the water has only grown, along with his belief that it is his destiny to be forever alone.

Corey is determined to prove Gabriel wrong. It is his mission that summer for Gabriel to find love on the beach … and maybe do some swimming, too. Gabriel will settle for simply not reliving his parents’ deaths every time he hears the rush and shush of the waves.

Both may get their wish as Gabriel discovers the hidden past of the Bravens and the sea sends someone amazing to his aid.

To get Book 1 of our sexy merman series, download it from the shop here.

PS – We also send you “Kidnapping Casillus!”

As a bonus for all our Merman readers, Raythe has created a beautiful sextra… I mean, EXTRA short story.

The start of his life in Emralis is not what Gabriel had imagined. Instead of spending most of his boundless time with Gabriel, Mer Prince Casillus has been helping to secure the safety of their people, especially involving human-Mer relations.

Though Gabriel understands the importance of the seemingly endless meetings, the strong mental and physical bond he shares with Casillus has gone unfulfilled for too long. He decides to take matters into his own hands and whisks his lover away where the Mer Council can’t find them…

Contains meddling elders, frustrated royalty, and explicit Mer sex!

Approximately 7000 words.
PDF format.

36 thoughts on “The Merman 1 & Extra Short Story – “Kidnapping Casillus”

  1. I received the first book ages ago, and I’m ashamed to say I forgot about it for nearly a year. Well, fast forward to me FINALLY remembering that I had the Kindle app on my cheap little tablet, and that story was on there. I plowed through it, got mad that there was clearly more story than there was PDF, and had to wait until I could get to some open WiFi to buy the rest. I’m starting “Undersea” as soon as I leave this comment.

    Now, all that aside, let me just say that this is some of the more quality M/M erotic fiction that I’ve read, and worth the price. I’ve paid for some damn worthless reading, and I lament that I can’t get a refund. This series is truly a delightful read– the characters are fleshed out, not some insipid, clichéd cutout created to move an incredibly flimsy plot. And the sex doesn’t read like a virginal middle schooler wrote it. In short, DEFINITELY something I’d recommend to other readers.

    1. Thanks! I’ll pass this on to Raythe – she works really hard to merge character, story, world, and sex together.

  2. I’m trying to figure out where to get kidnapping casillus

    1. It should come to your email. Let us know if it doesn’t – sometimes it messes up.

  3. This is one of the first gay romances I have ever read.

    1. Welcome! Are you a M/F romance reader usually?

  4. brill story

  5. I’m trying to get the free short story? I’m not sure if this is the for, to fill out or not…

    1. Did you receive it? If not, let me know.

  6. I’ve read all five books and I love them all!!!!! 😍

  7. What a novel approach.

  8. I voraciously devoured the series in one setting. Thank you for bringing these characters to life. Also, I could actually feel and meld myself into the world building. To be honest my only complaint is that I am not ready to give the characters up and/or this world I briefly got to visit. I definitely think there should be more in the series and I’m anxious to know what happens with Henry. Definitely enough there for a sequel or two! Don’t leave me hanging; put pen to paper and satisfy this itch I can’t scratch!

    1. There is a sequel in the works already. And it’s being posted 2 chapters / month on our serial site! We’re already up to chapter 28. The Merman 2 is about Aemrys but also has the other characters in it – check it out here: If you don’t like serial stories, don’t worry – a ‘novelized’ version of M2 will be published on its own, just as The Merman is a novelized version of the original Sea serial. This way, though, people have the option of reading the story immediately as the story progresses (as well as tons of other stories, both finished and in progress.)

  9. Great series

  10. I absolutely love the story. I can’t find it in myself to put it down for a minute.

  11. I have been unable to find where kidnapping Casillus is and am not sure what to do. Help please!!!

  12. Very enjoyable reading. Could not stop until the end.

  13. Very interesting reading.

  14. i love these books! But I’m unable to get the short story.

    1. Thanks goodness your comment didn’t get lost! Send an email to, and I’ll send you the short story file.

  15. I read the whole series in one day! Couldn’t put them down.

    1. Glad you liked them! Merman 2 is almost done – it’s a serial continuation with Aemrys as the lead character!

  16. I am trying to get the short story. I absolutely LOVE the books!

    1. It should have been sent to you – did you get it?

  17. Uhhmm…I signed up, but I haven’t gotten the short story…

    1. I’ll send it to yu.

  18. I got to say I fell in love with the series when I first read, I’m just trying to read kidnapping casillus. Man I hope maybe it could be turned into a comic or better a movie. My new favorite mermaid story (Merman obviously)❤️❤️❤️

  19. So I am absolutely, positively SO in love with The Merman! I love merfolks and the magic of the stories in which they are told so when I found this one I went ahead and downloaded Transformation. I completely devoured the first installment and went ahead and bought the last four in a bundle!! Lol

    And now I find out there is another little extra?! I’m uncertain as how to get my hands on it but I’d love to! I’m completely in love with Gabriel and Casillus and the mythos of the Mers in the series! Ahh, I’m seriously so in love! Aratare is a lovely writer! ♥️

  20. I have the free book Transformation, but not the extra Story ? Oo? can you please send it to me ? *puppydogeyes* thanx you 😉

    *hugs*, bye, Blackie ^^.. (and I adore these great books ! :]..)

  21. I have read all 5 books and loved them, but I can’t seem to find the extra story. Can you please send it to me?

  22. I have read and loved all 5 books but can get Kidnapping Casillus. Please can you send it to me

  23. Hello. Dont know if I Can write this here. Sorry on advance if I mademoiselle à mistake. So, I did purchase all the 5 Books on the Amazon Kindle, and well, I would be interested now to be able to read the extra short story kidnapping, Casillus, without needing to buy the Book 1 again. Could it be possible to just acquire the short story in some way ? Or do I obligatory need to purchase the Book 1 again ?

    Thanks in advance for your answer. Have a a nice eau.

    Big kisses and hugs.


    1. I sent the story to you.

      1. Thanks you very much. Received and already did read it. The whole serie is just great. Can’t get enough of them. They’re just so lovable. 😁😍. The character are just so adorable. I want to be a Mer too lol

        Anyway, thanks again for the sending.

        Big kisses and hugs.


  24. I bought all 5 merman books on kindle, how would i get kidnapping casillus?

  25. I have already bought all 5 books. Would you be able to send me the free short story since I already have all 5 books. Thanks!

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