Rough Waters

Maggie Toussaint
Rough Waters
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
August 2014
Book 3 of A Mossy Bog Book
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Former Navy SEAL Rock Mackenzie wants his stolen gold sovereigns back. Time is running out on the loan repayment for his treasure hunt and unless he finds the coins, he will have to forfeit a family heirloom and all hope of finding the sunken ship carrying the gold.

Pink-haired florist Jeanie Munro learned responsibility the hard way after her ex-husband abandoned her and their two children. Once a wild child with a heart full of adventure, Jeanie finds herself falling for yet another bad boy dreamer—until thieves ransack her shop and home and Rock reveals her ex is to blame for their troubles.

Is he? Or did Rock bring danger to her doorstep? In return for his protection, Jeanie agrees to help find the missing coins. Will their thirst for adventure get them killed, or will they discover the true meaning of treasure before it's too late?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 19, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
65 people found the following review helpful
When a mystery author takes on the romantic suspense genre, the potential for an amazing read is high!

Jeanie Munro is struggling to make ends meet after her husband Avery walked out on her and their kids for another woman. When she meets the dangerous looking but very sweet James "Rock" Mackenzie, Jeanie begins to long for the wildness of her youth again. But Rock isn't being 100% honest with her, and after befriending her and her family and figuring out that he has a thing for the pink-haired spitfire, he's forced to admit that he targeted her for a reason.

Rock came to Mossy Bog to see what Jeanie Munro knew about the boating explosion that killed his partner and injured him. He's certain her ex is neck deep in the theft of some sovereign coins that belong to him and he'll do what it takes to get them back before a sleazy loan shark comes after him. He doesn't anticipate the feelings that Jeanie and her kids bring out in him, and soon the two of them are treasure hunting for more than just gold.

ROUGH WATERS is a book in the Mossy Bog collection and while it can be read as a standalone, my guess is that it wouldn't hurt to have some back-story on this crazy town. The pace was very fast in this book, but almost to its detriment, I had a hard time keeping up with the twists and turns and decisions and actions that Jeanie and Rock made. One minute she's thinking about how she's attracted to gamblers and liars but no way is she going to get sucked in by another one...and the next she's like, "OH, I like bad boys. Let's sleep together." Soooo, I had some whiplash with this book for sure.

I feel like due to the quick pace, some serious depth was missing from what could've been an interesting romantic suspense story. As it is, it came off flimsy and without a decent bite to it. The plot was a cool one, sunken treasure hunters, hit men, possible mob connections, explosions...but it just didn't come together well for me. For a book with more than 330 pages, the strange pacing became frustrating, and there wasn't even a decent sex scene to enjoy as I was struggling to make sense of what was happening! While there was some sensuality between Jeanie and Rock, the sex was sadly glossed over.

All in all, ROUGH WATERS wasn't a bad book, but it lacked continuity for such a lengthy read.
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