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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Salvaged by J.S. Marlo

Salvaged by J.S. Marlo
Publisher: Sapphire Blue Publishing, LLC
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (259 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Star Fisher refuses to let the scar marring her face dictate her choices or the dreams haunting her nights affect her life. A skilled underwater investigator, she is hired as a scuba diver in an underwater salvage operation.

Captivated by the feisty young woman who shares little resemblance with his glamorous conquests, captain Hauk Ludvikson struggles against his attraction as they explore a century-old relic linked to the unsolved disappearance of a rich heiress.

With danger lurking under and above the water line, Star fights for her future—a future she may not salvage twice.

What links the mystery disappearance of a Model T Ford almost a century ago, an eighteen year old murder of a family of four and attacks on a salvage boat and crew?

When Star Fisher accepts a diving job with salvage skipper Hauk Ludvikson she finds herself pitchforked into danger and the mystery of an old murder investigation.

Hauk Ludvikson feels Star is too young to have gathered the experience he needs in a diver, but he decides to give her a chance.

Initially Star has to deal with the crew who are unhappy that such a young person has replaced their injured diver. Slowly she wins them over as she proves she is more than capable of doing the job. Her interaction with Hauk is tense to say the least, but he tries to protect her from the danger that seems to shadow her. As the story unfolds Star finds her past unravels as she finds everything she's believed is questionable. She tries to go it alone fighting danger and trying to solve the horror of the nightmares which haunt her, but eventually she asks Hauk for help.

The mystery, suspense and intrigue involving the salvage of Model T and the investigation of an eighteen year old murder, keep the story moving at a steady pace. Two seemingly separate incidents separated by many decades, are linked by the salvage team and the attacks made on their boat and crew. It becomes evident that the attacks are centered on Star, and the crew close ranks to protect her.

Sabotage, explosions, kidnapping, savage dogs, this story has it all, plus moment of pure romance which slot in quite naturally. The hero and heroine's aspects on what is happening is supplemented by the attackers point of view so the reader gets the whole story, but without any spoilers to give the game away.

Hauk knows exactly how he feels about Star, but he's unsure of her feelings for him. Star keeps her emotions under strict control and even manages to hide her injuries when she's attacked. This makes it very difficult for Hauk to show Star that he really cares for her.

I found this book captivating and although daily life forced me to stop reading at times, I couldn't wait to get back to the story. The whole book made me feel I was there, taking part in an event which actually happened. The characters came across as real people who interacted in a natural, if explosive way.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes intrigue, romance and mystery. The author has amalgamated all three seamlessly to provide the reader with a fascinating book which is a pleasure to read.