From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Toni Anderson, a “riveting story of suspense and the depths and heights of human character”* set on the rugged east coast of Scotland.
A Nook Top 100 bestseller and a Best Book of 2010 Nominee by The Romance Reviews
Marine biologist Susie Cooper traded her life in America for a dream job on the rugged Scottish coast. Now all she lacks is the right man to start a family with. After their first meeting, she knows sexy Detective Inspector Nick Archer isn’t what she’s looking for. He’s the type of guy whose idea of commitment is staying the whole night.
Nick has returned to St. Andrews for one reason only—to fulfill his vow to find his wife’s killer. Relentless in his twelve-year quest for justice, he has no problem using Susie to get close to his primary suspect: her boss. But the passion between them smolders, and as it ignites, Nick finds himself torn between his past and his present—with Susie.
When one of her boss’s students is murdered, Nick’s investigation draws Susie into a web of madness and betrayal. They will have to learn to trust each other if they’re going to catch a killer...and come out of this alive.
This book is approximately 84,000 words
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Originally published in 2010
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Rafael Domenici, a gorgeous Brazilian post-grad student, followed her into her office. His English wasn't perfect but sure beat the heck out of her Portuguese. Susie took off her lab coat and hung it on the back of the door, uncomfortably aware of the young man's eyes following every muscle movement with the desire to touch.
It would be flattering if it wasn't so darned awkward.
"Just leave those on the desk, please, Rafael. And I'll need your literature review before I go home this afternoon." That should cure his adoration and remind him who was boss.
He didn't move. The young god just stared at her with bedroom eyes and ridiculously long lashes. Not a single line of age on that perfect face. He was twenty-two years old and had more sexuality in one little finger than most men accumulated in a lifetime.
There was a time when Susie Cooper had been comfortable flirting with gorgeous men. Not anymore. She'd once used her looks as a weapon and had been smashed into emotional spare parts for her effort. She was looking for other things now commitment, family, kids. Ignoring Rafael's puppy-dog gaze, she sat in her chair, mechanical and biological joints creaking as she leaned forward to reactivate her computer.
Finally she sent him a tight smile of dismissal but rather than quenching the smoldering passion in his gaze, he laughed and pushed away from her desk.
"Obrigado, Dr. Cooper. I see you later, maybe for a drink in the pub?"
Dream on, little boy.
At that moment her other student, Lily Heathcote, appeared in the doorway and gave Rafael a hostile look. Lily was a local girl but if she was intimidated by her cosmopolitan coworker, it didn't show. Impatiently, the petite girl tapped lacquered fingernails against the doorjamb as the Brazilian angled around her, careful not to touch. A sly smile touched Lily's painted lips even though her eyes never left Susie's.
Always eccentric, today Lily was dressed in skintight leopard-print pants and a faded Cure T-shirt that had once been the color of eggplant. But beneath the layers of heavy makeup, weird clothes and incongruous blond braids sticking out like handlebars from above her ears, Lily was a nice, intelligent girl, whom Susie liked a lot. Rafael should have been attracted to his bright young peer, but maybe he only went for older women. That thought depressed the heck out of Susie.
Thirty-six wasn't old, though it was starting to feel like it. She stared at a photograph on her desk of her friend Dela Ortiz. Dela had died of an air embolism six months ago while they'd been diving off Fraser Island in Australia. She hadn't made it to thirty-five.
"You should do what I did," Lily interrupted Susie's reverie even as she leaned back to check out Rafael's butt.
Susie didn't pretend to misunderstand. She'd love to know how a girl like Lily handled guys like Rafael Domenici.
"What did you do?" Curious, Susie picked up her coffee, took a swallow of the cold, bitter brew.
"I put my hand on his dick and told him to let me know when the patch kicked in."
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Set along the coast of Scotland, Sea of Suspicion is a riveting story of suspense and the depths and heights of human character. Nick Archer is a driven man. A police detective, he has one thing on his mind - finding the proof he needs to get justice for his murdered wife. Despite the fact that over a decade has passed since her death, he is still relentless in his quest. Dr. Susie Cooper also has ghosts in her past. Above all, however, she wants a family. She knows she's made mistakes, but she is determined not to repeat them. And that includes not falling for the wrong man, a category which most certainly includes Detective Inspector Archer. Despite being all wrong for each other, Susie and Nick meet at a dinner party, and then are quickly thrown together when one of the students at the Gatty Marine Laboratory is murdered. Multiple suspects, all equally viable, kept me guessing right up until the end. One of the strongest points of the book is the secondary characters. Some are morally weak, some are sympathetic, and then some are truly the best of humanity. Case in point is Nick's friend and co-worker, Ewan. Ewan's wife, Amy, is dying of multiple sclerosis. The love and tenderness he has for her is absolutely touching. I know that people the world over deal with tragedy like this every day, but that makes it no less noble. The only weakness of the book is the actual relationship between Nick and Susie. If I had a friend in the same relationship, I'd chalk it up to good sex and infatuation. Sure, it might turn into love - but I just didn't see it happen in the book. The relationship seemed a bit rushed - I didn't get a real feel that Nick and Susie were connecting. Sea of Suspicion was still a fun read and trying to figure out whodunit definitely kept me entertained. Based on this book, I'm certainly interested in reading further books by the author.
Nick had lost his wife to the sea. She was a good diver, but she was alone and no one knew what happened. Nick thought he knew who he killer was, her boss she had an affair with. Twelve years later Nick is trying to find out just who did kill his wife when another girl at the university was killed. Could the girls be connected some how? Susie is a marine bologist who's mother is a politcian which makes for a fun mother daughter time. She runs into Nick and does not care for him much at all. She tires her best to stir clear of the man. Can she help Nick move on? Can Nick really find out who is killing these girls? You will have to read this to see. This was a wonderful read.
Craving a story filled with suspense? Dive into Sea of Suspicion! Susie is about as sensible as they come. She is a successful, independent woman who's reached a point in her life where she is ready to start a family. Susie has a plan for her future, and then Nick Archer enters the picture and turns her world upside down. Even though she knows Nick isn't the right man for her, Susie finds herself drawn to him. Nick sees Susie as a way to get close to her boss, his prime suspect in the murder of his wife twelve years earlier. Although Nick finds Susie attractive, he tries desperately to convince himself that she's not his type. She's the kind of woman looking for a serious relationship, and he can't give that to her. Nick went down the "long term" road before with disastrous consequences. When Susie and Nick spend more time together, the sparks ignite. Is it simply a steamy affair, or something more? In the midst of all their personal turmoil, a murder has been committed. Nick instinctively believes this new murder is linked to his wife's death, but can he find the evidence to prove it? As Nick works to solve the crime, his relationship with Susie becomes more complicated and puts her in more danger than either of them could imagine. Will they solve the crime before the murderer gets to Susie? As a heroine, Susie is very rational. She knows that her attraction to Nick isn't prudent, but she can't help herself. Nick also tries to distance himself from Susie, but finds that he's lost interest in all other women. Once they quit fighting their attraction, the chemistry between them is explosive, but both are reluctant to admit that they could be feeling something deeper. Despite Susie's squeaky clean appearance, she has some skeletons in her closet that make her more relatable. However, she fears that if Nick knew her secrets he'd think differently of her. Nick also has some things in his past that he's not proud of, so he is exactly the type of man who would understand Susie's past if only he could get her to open up. Even once he acknowledges his attraction to Susie, he doesn't feel he has anything to offer her other than a few nights of passion. If Susie and Nick are going to have a chance for a real relationship, they are both going to have to learn to put the past behind them and forgive themselves. Once I started reading Sea of Suspicion, I couldn't put it down. I had to solve the mystery. However, I was only able to figure out half the mystery. Ms. Anderson kept me guessing about some issues right up until the end. I recommend Sea of Suspicion to anyone who likes their romance wrapped in suspense. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
J: A pretty good story although a bit rediculous at times.