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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mercer Leighton, the youngest of the St. Clair siblings, returned to Rarity Cove following her husband’s losing battle with cancer. On the one year anniversary of his death, she releases his ashes and walks the streets of Charleston, reminiscing about some of their good times there. Unfortunately, when she stops in an art gallery to look at a painting by one of their favorite artists, Mercer becomes an unwitting (and unseen) witness to a double murder. Homicide Detective Noah Ford takes immediate steps to shield her identity until they can identify and apprehend the killer. I was hoping for at least one more book in this series to explore Mercer’s story and was overjoyed when I learned of this release! It surpassed my expectations as she’s a sensitive woman with complicated feelings and Noah is a man with a distinguished past. When the case takes a really bad turn, the story becomes tension filled and the action is ruthlessly scary. But before that, there’s lots of care taken to explore and develop these characters, a lovely slow dance that drew me into both of them. I’ve loved this series and Tentler is so skilled at suspense writing. The attention to detail is exceptional without sacrificing the pace of the story, providing texture to setting and emotions. I liked how Mercer and Noah’s relationship developed and it wasn’t eclipsed by all that action. It found its rightful place quite well. This book grabbed me so fiercely I read straight through once I reached the 40% mark, finishing in the wee hours. Loved it! (I received an advance copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review)
It's that time of year again - when Leslie Tentler publishes a new book! Was very excited to see that we were getting a third Rarity Cove novel and that this time it is Mercer who is centre stage. In Dark Water starts on a very sombre note, with scenes reintroducing us to Mercer and her brothers Mark and Carter from the first two books. We catch up with a little of their lives now. Then I turned the page and the action hit me in the face! Mercer is the sole witness to a double murder. Detective Noah Ford is assigned to the case. The murders could be very sensitive indeed and so he arranges for Mercer to be taken to the St Clair hotel until he can take her statement. The only trouble is her location is leaked and an attempt is made on her life. From here on in it was a game of cat and mouse, trying to figure out who the murderer was and who may have been behind it. Whilst running for their lives Mercer and Ford form a bond together, not the run-through-the-woods-and-stop-to-have-sex bond but a bond based on mutual respect/friendship and need. I liked that Ms Tentler kept the physical parts to the appropriate moments in the storyline - no eyerolling here! I also liked that Mercer was the subtle aggressor in the relationship whilst Noah wrestled with and maintained his professionalism. Ms Tentler writes the romantic suspense I love to read and having read all her books I can honestly say she can still catch me out, stuffing a surprise or two in - a tall order when I mostly read RS. A great end to the trilogy.