Fatal Tide by Iris Johansen

Melis Nemid is treading in dangerous waters and she’s about to be dragged under.  As a marine researcher, Melis knows all to well the dangers that can lurk under even the calmest surfaces.  But not even she can guess how deep the darkness runs.  Only one oceanographer ever came close to discovering the deadly mystery that lies beneath the sea and he’s disappeared from the face of the earth.

Now Melis is the last one who knows the truth.  And someone is determined that the truth will die with her.

For what Melis knows about the deep-sea mystery is only part of a nightmarish past torn by violence.  She thought she had put that past behind her when she arrived at her Carribbean island home to research dolphin behavior.

But her peace and her life is about to be shattered by the arrival of a savage killer.  Someone-for reason unknown even to Melis-is cutting a path of destruction and death that leads directly to her.

Only one man can save her-a man who claims to be a fellow oceanographer.  He will seek to gain Melis’s trust, getting close to her secret and her life.  But what this enigmatic man really wants, Melis may not discover until it’s too late.  Because whoever is after her knows her nightmare intimately, and soon she will be forced to relive them all over again.

Except for the final nightmare.  The one she can’t possibly survive.

I was blown away when I finished reading Fatal Tide.  Johansen did an amazing job conceptualizing the characters of the book and plot to make this book something that is powerful.  Something you don’t want to put down to the very end.

The character Melis was perfect.  She had a haunting past that still was not resolved but she was still a very strong woman.  I love the fact that the past finally did catch up to her but she was getting stronger to beat it.  Didn’t hurt that Kelby helped along.  Another strong character but gentle for Melis.

The two together created the story with the added character Archer the villain.

There was tragedy, betrayal, love, strength, fear, and understanding.  All of these attributes created a fantastic book in Fatal Tide.

Do You Take This Cop? by Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews brings her latest book to the page and I have to say I liked it.  I have only read two of her other books and the thing I notice is that the characters are real.  There have real emotions and a realistic plot that you can see actually happening.  You start to feel for the characters.

The Plot of Do You Take This Cop?:

The last thing Faith Lewis needs is a cop poking his nose in her business.  Okay yes, Nick Coletti is gorgeous.  And charming.  And great with her son.  But dating the town’s most popular boy in blue is hardly going to help her keep a low profile.  This guy could blow their world apart if he discovers her secret.

Funny thing is, he may also be her only hope.  If she had someone like Nick on her side, maybe she could finally be free, and give her son the life he deserves.  But trusting Nick means telling the whole truth about her past.  He might protect them.  Or he just might turn her in…”

Honestly I was getting frustrated, happy, annoyed over this enjoyable book.  I loved Nick and Faith but I kept fidgeting when she would tell another lie or not the whole truth but Nick is the kind of character that is good no matter what.  The book is true to its genre of romance as the characters find love but still it is not perfect until the truth is told and everything is settled.

Beth Andrews is a great modern day romance author.


4th of July by James Patterson

The fourth book, 4th of July,  in the series of The Women’s Murder Club is another stellar book.  James Patterson brings back the now three women to the pages in this dynamic storyline where Lindsay is on the line.

“In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defense, she fires her weapon, and sets off a chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, an etire city divided, and a family destroyed.  Now everything she worked for her entire life for hinges on the decision of twelve jurors.

To escape scrutiny during breaks from her trial, Lindsay retreats to the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay.  But soon after her arrival, a string of grisly murders punches through the peaceful community.  There are no witnesses and there is no discernible pattern.  But a key detail recalls a case Lindsay worked on as a rookie years before, an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since.  As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club battle for her life on two fronts: before judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings-including killing again.”

This book, 4th of July, was amazing to read.  It was a nice change from other plots because this one was primarily in the court room around this one crime that Lindsay was involved in.  Of course there is another crime that is happening which Lindsay will involve herself in, even though she was not supposed to.

Reading the book I have to say James Patterson doesn’t give too many clues that you can pick up on for who the murderer is, which is great!  I love a mystery and how the characters appear one way then another.  But during this book I did end up suspecting one person which was part of the crime.  They were unlikely but I have learned to suspect the ones you don’t think.  But in his books you get caught up in them that you don’t really think about it, just read.

As the suspect comes forward you still didn’t know the true reasons for what was happening until that person told you in the book.

This book was dynamic with the characters.  Showed a new side of Lindsay with her being guilty and vulnerable.  And there is a new friend that is made for the women in the book.