Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Beneath the Surface by Joya Fields

Title:   Beneath the Surface
Author: Joya Fields
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: -
Main Characters: Brooke and Garrett
Release Date:  December 2011

ISBN: 978-1612170046

Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Book Description
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 wounds and find a killer...before it's too late?

My Review:

Underwater archaeology...something that I know nothing about and it provided some interesting twists to this story. Both Brooke and Garrett have had their share of tragedy over the last few years. But it's the  tragedies/dramas in their lives which bring them together. The book starts with Brooke witnessing the explosion of her friend's boat. They are investigating a box that they discovered on the ocean floor which looked like it had human remains in it. Garrett believes those remains could be his missing cousin.

Garrett is a cop and when it becomes clear that Brooke might be in danger, he takes it upon himself to make sure she's safe. That puts them in close proximity with each other and you know what that means...this is a romance novel. Garrett is a protector and caregiver. Brooke is determined to stand on her own. They are definitely at cross purposes, but that doesn't keep the romantic sparks from flying when they are together.

There's a lot going on in this book. Brooke is dealing with the trauma of losing her parents and her leg two years ago and the break-up with her fiance just a couple months ago. Garrett is dealing with a lot of guilt over the death of his fiance and the probable death of his cousin, who's like a sister to him. In between all this is the suspense story line and trying to figure out who is out there trying to kill Brooke and her two friends. I'll admit, I didn't figure out who did it until the very end although all the signs were there. I just didn't see them. Really well woven suspense plot line.

Overall this was a fun read. It was entertaining and I learned a few things about diving that I never knew.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

About the author:

     Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines and her debut novel, BENEATH THE SURFACE, a romantic suspense, released in January, 2012. LOVE DELIVERED, a contemporary romance, is also now available.
     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.
Find Joya on Twitter: @joyafields

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 A Night's Dream of Books

Additionally, a grand prize drawing of a Beneath the Surface tote bag filled with goodies for one commenter, drawn randomly, who comments on all 10 blogs that day:  $25 Amazon gift card, autographed copy of Beneath the Surface, Beneath the Surface apron, notepad and pen, Romance Trading Cards, and autographed bookmark.


Jerrie Alexander said...

Happy birthday to Beneath the Surface.

I really enjoyed the book. Much luck in the future. I look forward to your next book.

Diane Burton said...

A 6 month b'day. What a great idea. All the best, Joya.

Unknown said...

I didn't know who did it until the end either LOL

Denise Z said...

I came across this event today on facebook and am really looking forward to the read :)

Joya said...

@Jerrie-Thanks very much for all of your support! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

@Diane-Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and for the congrats! I appreciate all of your shout outs about the book and this event.

@Vickie-LOL. Glad to know the villain was a surprise!

@Denise-Awesome!! Thanks so much. :)

Tobi said...

This cover is amazing!!!

Thanks for the giveaway! <3

Joya said...

Tobi, Thanks for loving the cover! I can't take credit for it, that was all the cover artist's talent, but I'll say thank you on her behalf. Thanks for taking part in the birthday celebration for Beneath the Surface.