Title: Beneath the Surface
Author: Joya Fields
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publish Date: January 18, 2012
Personal Rating: 4 starsSummary:
She’s fighting to stay independent—he’s determined to protect her no matter what…
Brooke Richards survived the earthquake that took her parents and most of her leg, but she needs time to regroup. A trip to Florida for a state-of-the-art prosthesis and to visit her best friend Linda seems ideal. But the trip turns traumatic when Brooke witnesses Linda’s boat disintegrating in a fiery explosion.
Police officer Garrett Ciavello believes the blast was intentionally set to hide something Linda found on a dive. When Brooke offers her expertise in underwater archeology, Garrett accepts her help with the investigation. But since his fiancée’s death years ago, Garrett has become overprotective, and as they are drawn to each other, Garrett realizes he will risk anything to keep Brooke safe.
Brooke is fiercely independent. Garrett is fiercely protective. Will they heal each other’s wound and find a killer…before it’s too late?
**A copy was provided by the author for review purposes**
What do archaeologists and police investigators have in common? A lot more than you think.
I signed up to read this book as part of a blog tour. I liked this book a lot. It was a quick read. I basically devoured it in less than a day. I was shocked that the action happened so early on in the book and wondered if the end of the book would be slow and boring. Not so. The action continued through the end of the book.
I enjoyed the main characters Brooke and Garrett. Brooke is trying to be independent and meets Garrett when a horrible accident happens with her friends. They both end up liking each other, but Brooke also has to deal with Garrett wanting to protect her and give her help. Garrett is attracted to Brooke and also senses the need to be careful and not over do with Brooke. I also liked that the author didn’t have a big “fight” near break-up as is usually touted in this type of book. There were some tense moments between the romantic couple, but didn’t follow the usual path.
I enjoyed the small look at underwater archaeology work and how it intertwined with the similarities of police investigators. The description of the underwaters and diving was very well done. I also liked all of the couples portrayed in the book.
This was a very well written romantic suspense. There is plenty of romance and plenty of suspense.
Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.
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BENEATH THE SURFACE, excerpt
For the first time since the accident, Brooke forgot about her leg. Forgot about all she’d lost and focused on the way Garrett made her feel.
She knew she needed to stop him. She should find a way to resist the temptation to be with him. But for a few minutes, she could enjoy the taste of him, the feel of him, couldn’t she?
He dropped his hands to her waist and softened the kiss before trailing a line of kisses down her neck. A weak cry slipped from her mouth. “Garrett,” she whispered.
She should stop this now before it got any more intense.
He lifted her chin and forced her to meet his brown eyes, smoky with desire. Heat spiraled to her middle and she caught a whiff of his sawdust scent.
“I…I can walk you back to your own room before I head to mine.” His voice broke as he whispered.
She swallowed hard. She couldn’t do this right now with him. Too many obstacles stood in their way. But as she looked in his somber eyes, she realized none of those complications were bigger than her need for Garrett.
“Let’s go to your room,” she said, her voice shaking. She moved her hands inside his shirt and ran them over his tight abs and chest. Heat soared through her body at the feel of him. “Together…”