Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Release Day Review: Unfamiliar Waters by Andrew Grey

Title: Unfamiliar Waters
Author: Andrew Grey
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Category: Mystery/Suspense
Pages: 194

Dreamspinner Press

With the pressures of the job bearing down on him, police officer Garrett Wreckley needs a vacation—in fact, he isn’t given a choice in the matter. Since the water has always soothed Garrett’s soul, he heads to the Caribbean, hoping some time alone sailing on the open water will help him pull himself together.

But even though he’s taking a break from law enforcement, Garrett can’t get rid of his cop’s instinct so easily.

He meets Nigel, a young man as innocent as he is beautiful, who grew up sheltered from the world, exploring the beaches and tropical forests with only the company of his aunt, his brother, and the wildlife and sea creatures he befriended.

As sweet, passionate love blooms, their time in paradise feels too good to be true… and Garrett’s gut and training tell him that might be the case. As he investigates, he quickly realizes everything is not as it seems. Will his snooping destroy not only their romance, but everything Nigel believes about his life?

4 stars

Garrett is forced to take a vacation after some potential trouble at work. He decides to rent a sailboat and sail around the Caribbean with no set schedule or place to be. When he seeks cover during a storm, he meets Nigel, and his quick stop at the island turns into a longer period as he and Nigel become closer. But, Garrett is suspicious of what’s happening on the island with Nigel and his brother. Pretty soon his lazy vacation turns high risk while he tries to save Nigel and get him safely to the US.

Garrett was a high-strung character and not a friendly one, for the most part. There are reasons for his behavior and they’re shared throughout the book. Plus, we see his behavior changing the more he interacts with Nigel.

Nigel is a soft, pretty, naive young man. I struggled with the relationship between Garrett and Nigel - they’re close to the same age, but they’re vastly different in other ways. Nigel comes across as almost a teenager who needs protection, which I struggled with. Once Nigel was in NY he seemed older and more of an adult, which made the relationship easier for me.

I thought this was an interesting premise for a book and it sounded a lot different than normal Andrew Grey books, so I was excited to read it. I enjoyed the mystery parts of the story, though there was quite a bit of action movie parts, if that’s your thing. Though this at first seemed a different story for the author, the one thing he always does is provide a happy ever after for his characters - Garrett and Nigel’s story is no different; there’s a brief glimpse of their new life so you get to see how they’re coping.

The author explores the Caribbean and gives you glimpses of the area as Garrett sails; explorers may really enjoy those parts of the story. Once you get to the mystery portion, it’s a very fast-paced story! I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading romance with a happy ever after!

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

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