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Beneath The Surface by Lynn H Blackburn | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her own and reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer — one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

My review:

Romantic suspense just as I like it. This one was a page turner in so many ways. Who was the killer? What did Leigh Weston have to do with it? Who was John Doe? Would Ryan just kiss her already? Yes, the romance kept me turning pages as well. I really enjoyed the way that it continued to simmer throughout the suspense. This is my first book from this author and it will not be my last.

I loved Leigh. Her strength and her compassion. The fact that everyone else felt that way about her was really a good driving force behind the mystery of the murder and who was after her. Everyone liked her so we had no idea who would want to harm her. I especially liked her struggle with her faith and reconnecting with God. Her questions about prayer and why God was allowing bad things to happen were questions that many people struggle with. I could relate to her.

Ryan was so likeable right from the start. He had a strong moral compass even when he struggled with how to deal with his brother-in-law who tested it. More importantly was his feelings for Leigh and how he came to terms with them. He handled himself admirably but the attraction made his struggle to do so very real.

This had romantic tension and suspense woven together very nicely. I alternated between trying to figure out ‘who-dun-it’ with holding my breath while Leigh and Ryan danced around their attraction. It made for a good page-turner.

One of my favorite things about series books is getting to know a group of people that are connected and watching their stories play out. This promises to be one of those types of series. All of the characters involved in the investigations were just so good. I really loved all of them. My favorite one was Sabrina and her tendency to say out loud what others only thought. She promises to be a fun one to get to know later.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Hmm. That’s a tough one because this was so good. I think I will go with the great mix of romance and suspense. I loved that.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Nothing. This story is just what I want when I read romantic suspense.

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? You bet. It had a wonderful mix of romance and suspense, as well as awesome characters. Even the secondary characters were great. This is the first book in the series. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series.

Note: I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Revell Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Lynn H Blackburn, author website

Lynn H Blackburn, Revell page

-Loraine Nunley


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