Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Colleen Coble: The House at Saltwater Point

By Kelly Bridgewater

The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that reach around the world.

Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he? 

Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.

Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

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My Thoughts:

A House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble is the second book in her Lavender Tides Series. I read the first one. I believe that the most interesting aspect of the story was the missing siblings that died in the earthquake. I wish more of the story focused on this thread instead of the suspense with the dead body or missing body of Mac, Ellie's sister. The novel's structure does fit a romantic suspense. Fifty percent is about the romance and fifty percent is about the suspense. The suspense leads the story and Ellie and Grayson look for clues to find Mac. The romance also plays off each other as Ellie and Grayson depend more on each other and learn to trust one another as the story progresses. To be honest, I wish the story had more depth. It wasn't that suspenseful, and I wasn't worried about Ellie or Grayson's life. And what is it with practically every romantic suspense novel anymore always having a car being pushed by another car from behind? Think of something else.

Overall, A House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble didn't thrill me like I want a romantic suspense novel to. I felt cheated with bland characters, a plot I wanted more of, and a romance that really didn't feel like a romance.

I received a complimentary copy of A House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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