In Dark Water

Leslie Tentler
In Dark Water
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Publisher
Left Field Press
Release Date
January 2019
ISBN
9781733572620
Series
Book 3 of Rarity Cove
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
One year after the tragic loss of her husband, Mercer Leighton returns home to Rarity Cove to be near family and resume her former job at the St. Clair resort. Feeling adrift in life, what she doesn't count on is being witness to a double murder in nearby Charleston's French Quarter.

Charleston Homicide Detective Noah Ford is no stranger to the dark, violent side of humanity. Nor is he happy about the lone eyewitness in his investigation being part of one of the South Carolina Lowcountry's most prominent families. However, when an attempt is made on the beautiful widow's life, Noah vows to protect her.

As it becomes increasingly clear that the killer will stop at nothing to eliminate the witness, Noah also begins to suspect the presence of a traitor in his own department. After a stunning betrayal, he is forced to take Mercer into hiding to keep her alive. As the two fight for survival, they also fight the simmering attraction between them.

But the killer is out there, and he refuses to give up.

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Mar 28, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
26 people found the following review helpful
A return to Leslie Tentler's Rarity Cove after so long took a bit of re-orienting, a bit of catching up, but the slow build-up of IN DARK WATER makes it very easy to jump into Mercer Leighton's and Noah Ford's story after Mercer unwittingly witnesses a murder and eventually finds herself at the hands of law enforcement as they scramble to take her into protection when it becomes evident that she's next on the hit list.

There isn't much unpredictable about the plot however: the homicide detective and widowed witness fall for each other, the leak in the law enforcement ranks, a criminal out for revenge, but I thought the execution of it was quite well done and that alone made the story worth savouring. Mercer and Noah were not just believable together, but Leslie Tentler's measured pacing, the explosive action in the last quarter and the sensitive way she writes of their progressing relationship--adulting is done pretty well here, so no complaints from me--probably made IN DARK WATER my favourite in this series. My preference for more explicit smut between them and higher-octane action--essentially higher highs and more breathtaking swoops of passion I guess--that most likely stems from B-grade movie leftovers is probably a petty one, considering how much I liked this.

By and large, this latest offering from Ms. Tentler reminded me why I do wish her new books could come somewhat faster. I do like her law enforcement heroes and Noah's one whom I immediately grouped into this odd, cop-sized shape compartment that I have for them. And while it might be a story that's probably done in some variation or other, IN DARK WATER is one I'll remember for some time.
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