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Posted July 18, 2012
I especially enjoyed this book, it was set in south Florida and
I especially enjoyed this book, it was set in south Florida and having lived in the area for 15 years it was familiar to me. Ms. Fields did an excellent job handling Brooke's handicap and especially the way it seemed to make no difference at all to Garrett. I was fascinated by Brooke's expertise in underwater archaeology, I am going to have to do some more research on that particular field, it seems very interesting! Last but not least Garrett is absolutely yummy! Don't start this book unless you plan on staying up late! I read it all in one sitting because I was so caught up in solving the crime and spending time with Brooke and Garrett to see them find their HEA!
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Posted May 30, 2013
For me, this was just an average read. I didn't get sucked in t
For me, this was just an average read. I didn't get sucked in to the storyline and sometimes I almost felt like I HAD to get this book finished. I did enjoy the story, just was not in love with it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2012
underwater archeologist, but a teacher in her “real”
underwater archeologist, but a teacher in her “real” life (the one that pays the bills). She and her parents spent vacations scuba diving in various locations, until the earthquake took everything from her. Since that day two years ago, she hasn’t been on a dive. But now she may be the only one who can solve the case… and maybe find love; if she is willing to let someone take care of her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A sweet love story. This story has scary parts, tension, romance, the requisite noble parting, and a happy ending. However, it also has a couple murders, some poisonings, a kidnapping, a psychopath, a clown, an actor, (just kidding about the clown, wanted to see if you were paying attention), and lots of hot law enforcement types.
I love a good love story… and this was a good love story. The story was intriguing, moved at a good place (fast enough, but not too fast), the characters were relatable and likeable, and there was lots of love making, steamy sex, and making out.
I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds and a typical romance chili pepper rating…. I’d give it a 3. A good read.
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Posted July 22, 2012
**A copy was provided by the author for review purposes** My Re
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What do archaeologists and police investigators have in common? A lot more than you think.
I signed up to read this book as part of a blog tour. I liked this book a lot. It was a quick read. I basically devoured it in less than a day. I was shocked that the action happened so early on in the book and wondered if the end of the book would be slow and boring. Not so. The action continued through the end of the book.
I enjoyed the main characters Brooke and Garrett. Brooke is trying to be independent and meets Garrett when a horrible accident happens with her friends. They both end up liking each other, but Brooke also has to deal with Garrett wanting to protect her and give her help. Garrett is attracted to Brooke and also senses the need to be careful and not over do with Brooke. I also liked that the author didn’t have a big “fight” near break-up as is usually touted in this type of book. There were some tense moments between the romantic couple, but didn’t follow the usual path.
I enjoyed the small look at underwater archaeology work and how it intertwined with the similarities of police investigators. The description of the underwaters and diving was very well done. I also liked all of the couples portrayed in the book.
This was a very well written romantic suspense. There is plenty of romance and plenty of suspense.
Posted July 18, 2012
I gave it a B rating....
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Underwater archaeology...something that I know nothing about and it provided some interesting twists to this story. Both Brooke and Garrett have had their share of tragedy over the last few years. But it's the tragedies/dramas in their lives which bring them together. The book starts with Brooke witnessing the explosion of her friend's boat. They are investigating a box that they discovered on the ocean floor which looked like it had human remains in it. Garrett believes those remains could be his missing cousin.
Garrett is a cop and when it becomes clear that Brooke might be in danger, he takes it upon himself to make sure she's safe. That puts them in close proximity with each other and you know what that means...this is a romance novel. Garrett is a protector and caregiver. Brooke is determined to stand on her own. They are definitely at cross purposes, but that doesn't keep the romantic sparks from flying when they are together.
There's a lot going on in this book. Brooke is dealing with the trauma of losing her parents and her leg two years ago and the break-up with her fiance just a couple months ago. Garrett is dealing with a lot of guilt over the death of his fiance and the probable death of his cousin, who's like a sister to him. In between all this is the suspense story line and trying to figure out who is out there trying to kill Brooke and her two friends. I'll admit, I didn't figure out who did it until the very end although all the signs were there. I just didn't see them. Really well woven suspense plot line.
Overall this was a fun read. It was entertaining and I learned a few things about diving that I never knew.
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Posted July 18, 2012
Overall Thoughts: This was a very unpredictable story with thril
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This was a very unpredictable story with thrilling twists!
Beneath the Surface is about a young woman named Brooke Richards who is an underwater archaeologist. The thing is: She doesn't go underwater anymore. Why? Two years ago, both her parents died in an earthquake, which severed her left leg in half causing her to have a prosthetic for the rest of her life.
The story begins with two of Brooke's best friends severely injured when their boat explodes right when they were so close to finding a mysterious box in the ocean. Then enters Detective Garrett Ciavello! It becomes his job and personal mission to find out what's inside the box and who tried to harm the closest people to finding that out. But it seems to become rather difficult for him to concentrate on the task at hand when he's constantly fearing for Brooke's life, which he's determined to protect...
What I liked about this book:
I could totally see everything in this book as if it were happening right in front of me. It was very visual.
Also, I really liked how protective Garrett was of Brooke even in the beginning when he didn't know her that much. It was so sweet!
What I disliked about this book:
I found the plot to lag a little at times, not too much though.
Good concept with good visuals!
Posted July 18, 2012
A building love, people out to destroy her, his desire to protec
A building love, people out to destroy her, his desire to protect her and still do his job, adventure, romance and suspense. All in a neat little package between a front and back cover. Brooke is a strong character that has learned over time that you need nobody but yourself to make it. Garrett is a soft hearted cop who wants to make sure Brooke stays alive while they crack the case.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book leaves you hungry for more but doesn't disappoint either. Filled with a mixture of romance, action, drama, and more you will be eagerly turning each page as you follow the journey from the explosion of Brooke's friends boat to the love neither can deny to the last page.
I highly recommend this book. It was an easy read and enjoyable.
Posted July 18, 2012
Source: From the author, via Innovative Online Book Tours for re
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Ever since the accident that took most of Brooke's leg, as well as all of her trust, all of her security, away, Brooke's been cautious to take risks. Risks including anything outside of her now-smooth, now-bland life, as well as risks regarding relationships and men. Which is why when she meets sexy alpha-male police officer Garrett, she shoves the attraction away, swallows it like sour bile. She can't fall for a guy like him. She has better things to focus on.
Such as the fact that she's positive someone intentionally rigged a boat she and her best friends were on because of the mysterious metal box they had discovered in the ocean. The detectives are skeptical, but she has no other way to explain it. She's been on her haunches lately, with a sickening feeling that she's being watched, but has no proof — not yet. She needs to find that box, as well as the person who wants to keep her away from it, as soon as possible.
Garrett is more than willing to help, but of course, she pushes him away. She's strong, she's independent. She doesn't need him. Yet somehow, after a period of one week.... they fall in love? Say what. Garrett and Brooke's relationship confuses me very deeply. She isn't that vulnerable and Garrett really isn't THAT charming. But for some reason she throws all her principles away and herself onto this hot policeman. Yeah. Believable.
The dialogue and sequence of events really don't make sense to me either. I mean, they make sense logically, in terms that they flow well and are clearly portrayed, but not realistically. I'm not just talking about the blooming romance, which, might I say, has no chemistry whatsoever. I'm talking about the entire mystery as a whole. The process of finding the murderer seems very unprofessional, very lucky (as Brooke escapes murder attempts numerous times... is she really that smart, or is the villain just that dumb?) and I can't say it was intriguing at all.
I liked the storyline of brooding hero saves reluctant and heartbroken marine biologist, but was disappointed by the choppy, awkward, and highly unrealistic depiction. Fields can write a story, but not so much a story that is enjoyable. Nothing had me wanting to read more, nothing made me tingle nor induced any strong emotion in any way. It's a fairly short read (but it wasn't fast-paced for me. It dragged on a lot!) so if you'd like to give it a try, sure, but don't expect too much of it.
Stephanie Loves: "Right now, he wanted her here for himself, wanted her soft curves and firecracker personality close to him." — firecracker personality! I love that.
Radical Rating: 6 hearts-Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back.
Posted July 18, 2012
This was a fantastic read! Action, romance, mystery, and heart-w
This was a fantastic read! Action, romance, mystery, and heart-wrenching scenes and memories and what the characters have gone through, painful pasts with loss, and painful presents with the echoes of that loss, and how it affects them through the novel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
You'd think that that these characters would've clashed, what with the independence, and the protectiveness, and you'd be right! Added to that is the stress of the investigation, the threats on her life, the exotic locations (to non-Floridians?) and a strong physical attraction, and this novel just pops with life!
Most characters have flaws, aren't perfect. In Beneath the Surface, Brooke has a physical reminder of her past, of her parents dying from the earthquake, because it also took her leg, and she has a prosthetic. And since I've never had that kind of injury (the most I've had trouble in getting around is when I broke my leg) the subtle ways of how Brooke had to deal with hers in her day to day life, well, it was just excellently written in!
All in all, Beneath the Surface was an excellent book snapping with tension and heat, and the writing was absolutely wonderful! Beneath the Surface is a must read!
Posted July 18, 2012
I totally enjoyed reading "Beneath the Surface" and it
I totally enjoyed reading "Beneath the Surface" and it had my attention from the first page. Joya pens her characters very likeable in a a romantic suspense tale with twists and turns that just keeps you guessing till the end. If you like the suspenseful romance genre, then this book is for you. I look forward to Joya's next novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Posted June 10, 2012
Posted April 28, 2012
A Thrilling Page Turner! I'm a huge fan of those crime drama sh
A Thrilling Page Turner!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'm a huge fan of those crime drama shows like CSI: Miami and Bones. This story was sort of like a mash up of those shows with romance! Beneath the Surface is a gripping romance-suspense novel that has an explosive beginning...literally!
When underwater archeologist Brooke Richards witnesses her friends' boat blow up, she unknowingly becomes a target of a killer. Detective Garrett Ciavello's search for his missing niece leads him to a metal box found on the ocean floor by Brooke's friends prior to the explosion. Together, Brooke and Garrett must rely on each other's expertise to retrieve the box and find answers.
I absolutely enjoyed this story! It kept me engaged and guessing, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! When all was revealed, and I found out the reasons for the crime(s), my jaw dropped! I did not think it was going to head in that direction at all. All I'm going to say is beware of deranged lunatic!
Brooke and Garrett had undeniable attraction towards one another, even when they tried to resist their feelings and concentrate only on the investigation. Since Brooke lost part of her leg in an earthquake, being independent has been a huge priority for her. This doesn't go well with Garrett's strong protective nature. Although they had to work through issues, it was obvious they cared so much for each other. Her disability was not even an issue for Garrett. One of my favorite parts is when Garrett tries to get Brooke to ride on his Harley. She's hesitant because of her prosthesis, but he ends up coaxing her on the bike anyway. Very cute! I got a little sad when I reached the last chapter. I wasn't ready to leave these two. Thank God for the sweet epilogue!
Beneath the Surface is the second story that I have read from Joya Fields. Her novella, Love Delivered, is one of my favorites! Both stories showcase writing that is passionate with just enough spice all wrapped up like a small-hometown welcome hug. Her stories make you feel like you're coming home to something familiar. Even with all the mystery and suspense of Beneath the Surface, she manages to pull that comfortable hometown awareness for her readers. The scene at the family pizza place made me feel like I was part of the crowd. I'll take one of Mama Ciavello's specialties please!
Posted April 24, 2012
Brooke, our heroine, who is an underwater archeologist, is in su
Brooke, our heroine, who is an underwater archeologist, is in sunny Florida on a dual purpose. She is visiting friends and anxious to keep her appointment with a renowned surgeon who specializes in artificial skin for prosthetics. Brook lost part of her leg in a terrible earthquake, a triple tragedy as that disaster also took the lives of her parents. The need to be strong and self sufficient, to not dwell on her limitations, governs all of her decisions now, even those of her heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The setting is beautiful but her vacation comes to an abrupt halt when their boat explodes and her friends get hurt. Was it an unfortunate accident? Local police officer, Garrett, doesn't think so. Garrett is sure Brooke and her friends were targeted for what they saw at the bottom of the ocean: a box big enough to hold a body with what looks like red hair caught at the seam. Garrett wants to find that box. Brooke's underwater experience could help locate it, so they work together. Sparks fly between these two because Garrett wants to protect Brooke from harm and she is fiercely determined to not be safeguarded; sparks that ignite into romantic heat between them.
A disturbing villain, bombs, bodies, drugs, and clever twists and turns will keep you guessing until the very end. Put this book on your 'must read' list but don't wait too long. I’m looking forward to Joya's next novel. You will too, once you finish Beneath the Surface.
"A fast paced tale of overcoming physical and emotional obstacles that will tear at your heart as the heroine finds the courage to go on with her life and love again. Tropical settings, a modern day disturbing villain, and likeable characters will keep you reading." -- Jody E. Lebel, Author of Playing Dead
Posted January 31, 2012
Romance,suspense and warm Florida climate
I really liked Garrett for the way he handled his feelings for Brooke. Brooke's disability was a good backdrop to teh story.Lots of good Florida scenery in this book that made me feel like I was there with them. I liked the main charactors and their friends too. Was very drawn intothe world this author created.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2012
A Fun Read!
Garrett needs to protect; Brooke needs to be independent. When missing family members, a mystery box at the bottom of the ocean, and multiple murder attempts bring them together, their immediate attraction and sizzling chemistry demands that they find a compromise. Likeable characters, mystery and suspense, and an all around fun read...oh, and it made me incredibly hungry for pizza! Recommend!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2014
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