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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson

Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (311 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Marine biologist Susie Cooper traded her life in America for a dream job on the rugged Scottish coast. Now all she lacks is the right man to start a family with. After their first meeting, she knows sexy Detective Inspector Nick Archer isn't what she's looking for. He's the type of guy whose idea of commitment is staying the whole night.

Nick has returned to St. Andrews for one reason only—to fulfill his vow to find his wife's killer. Relentless in his twelve-year quest for justice, he has no problem using Susie to get close to his primary suspect: her boss. But the passion between them smolders, and as it ignites, Nick finds himself torn between his past and his present—with Susie.

When one of her boss's students is murdered, Nick's investigation draws Susie into a web of madness and betrayal. They will have to learn to trust each other if they're going to catch a killer...and come out of this alive.

Craving a story filled with suspense? Dive into Sea of Suspicion!

Susie is about as sensible as they come. She is a successful, independent woman who’s reached a point in her life where she is ready to start a family. Susie has a plan for her future, and then Nick Archer enters the picture and turns her world upside down. Even though she knows Nick isn’t the right man for her, Susie finds herself drawn to him.

Nick sees Susie as a way to get close to her boss, his prime suspect in the murder of his wife twelve years earlier. Although Nick finds Susie attractive, he tries desperately to convince himself that she’s not his type. She’s the kind of woman looking for a serious relationship, and he can’t give that to her. Nick went down the “long term” road before with disastrous consequences. When Susie and Nick spend more time together, the sparks ignite. Is it simply a steamy affair, or something more?

In the midst of all their personal turmoil, a murder has been committed. Nick instinctively believes this new murder is linked to his wife’s death, but can he find the evidence to prove it? As Nick works to solve the crime, his relationship with Susie becomes more complicated and puts her in more danger than either of them could imagine. Will they solve the crime before the murderer gets to Susie?

As a heroine, Susie is very rational. She knows that her attraction to Nick isn’t prudent, but she can’t help herself. Nick also tries to distance himself from Susie, but finds that he’s lost interest in all other women. Once they quit fighting their attraction, the chemistry between them is explosive, but both are reluctant to admit that they could be feeling something deeper. Despite Susie’s squeaky clean appearance, she has some skeletons in her closet that make her more relatable. However, she fears that if Nick knew her secrets he’d think differently of her.

Nick also has some things in his past that he’s not proud of, so he is exactly the type of man who would understand Susie’s past if only he could get her to open up. Even once he acknowledges his attraction to Susie, he doesn’t feel he has anything to offer her other than a few nights of passion. If Susie and Nick are going to have a chance for a real relationship, they are both going to have to learn to put the past behind them and forgive themselves.

Once I started reading Sea of Suspicion, I couldn’t put it down. I had to solve the mystery. However, I was only able to figure out half the mystery. Ms. Anderson kept me guessing about some issues right up until the end. I recommend Sea of Suspicion to anyone who likes their romance wrapped in suspense.