The vibrant yellow color on the cover of Island Secrets by R T Wolfe jumped out at me and made me check this out further. I do judge a book by its cover, at least my first impression. The cover can make me read on or pass it over for the next book.
I love stories that have anything to do with the water, so as I read the blurb, I wanted to read it even more.
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Island Secrets by R T Wolfe
I recommend this for adults due to the sex scenes. They are not necessarily erotic, but more romantic and important to the story.
OMG, a tropical island, treasure, murder, mystery and romance. Island Secrets is the complete package. Once I started, I could not stop until the last sentence was read.
Zoe is a boat captain and was a scuba instructor and guide, until she sold out to Dane after the death of her brother. She felt the guilt for letting him dive alone and was determined to find out what happened. She would not rest until she found his body.
Zoe can be a bit pushy, lol, which is putting it mildly. She refuses to be kowtowed to and coddled. She is not a hardcore, kickass ninja type, just independent and tough.
Dane is a treasure hunter. So why did he buy the business and why isn't he out finding treasure? I think we know. He found Zoe infuriating and, oh so, desirable.
The small town cop was lazy and incompetent, but ruled his domain like a king. Ilbis Island is a small community and like all small towns, everyone knew everyone's business. So...what's the big secret?
What a job, cruising on the Gulf, watching the dolphins frolicking, checking out the birds at the sanctuary and I sure do wish I was on the tour with Zoe.
The dance scene with Dane and Joe was sizzling HOT! When they finally hooked up, I couldn't help but breathe a sigh of relief. I won't call this is a spoiler, because we all know it is going to happen. The sexual tension had been so thick you could cut it with a knife.
I love that R T Wolfe included all the wonders of Florida, not just the gorgeous turquoise water, but the bird life, loggerhead and green turtles and the need to protect them and the sea oats and dunes that help to save the beaches the casual way they dressed, half naked, the open air bars, the pleas to not on the dunes, use special lights so the turtle don't go the wrong way when they emerge from the sand.... It's as if I am living the life, well I pretty much am. It is all so familiar, except the skull and the murder. When Zoe walked on the beach, I felt the sand between my toes, the water rolling over my feet and the breeze heavy with salt in the air, coating my skin.
I have driven over the Skyline Bridge, just to say I did it. It is a beautiful view, with miles of water and I was lucky enough to be there at sunset.
I was so engrossed in the book I could not put it down until I found the answers I knew wouldn't come until the end. What a fantastic journey it was. I wanted to sit at the bar with Dane, Zoe and her family. I wanted to lick my wrist, sprinkle the salt, lick the salt, down the shot of tequila and suck the lime wedge, chatting about what we did that day. It brings back such good memories to me. I have been there, done that, all while looking out over the Gulf and enjoying the salty air.
I loved this book, the writing was descriptive and detailed, putting gorgeous pictures in my mind. The mystery is still alive for Book II, but Island Secrets story was told. I received a copy of Island Secrets by R T Wolfe in return for an honest and unbiased review.
When Zoe Clearwater learns that the skull she found in an underwater cave is her missing brother, she sells her scuba diving business, Sun Trips Touring, and dedicates herself to unravelling her brother's mysterious death. Dane Corbin, the new owner of Sun Trips, is determined to prove to Zoe, now his employee, that he is not the womanizer he once was. But it'll take more than profit to turn Zoe's head. Her investigation at a standstill, Zoe unearths letters from a secret lover among her brother's possessions, along with plane tickets, a promise to run away to safety, and the painful realization that she'll need Dane's help. As mercurial clues plunge Zoe and Dane into a life-threatening pursuit and the truth burns brighter and brighter, Zoe recognizes she needs Dane as much as her brother's un-named lover needed him. But Dane will have to make it to safety, first.
The muscles in his body reflexively tensed as he recognized the faint shade of dark blue that tinted her fingers and lips.
"Hey." His hair dripped water on her face as he maneuvered over her and gave her a shake. "Zoe. What the hell? Are you okay?"
Her eyes rolled in his direction. She looked as if she'd seen a body. "Don't call me Babe," she croaked.
An unwanted smile spread across his face and, despite himself, he brushed the strands of hair from her smooth cheek. Checking the area, he spotted her pure oxygen tank under the boat dash. As he crawled to it, he noticed the expiration date was months away. At least she followed some rules. Her hand swatted him as he maneuvered the nosepiece under her nostrils.
"I feel fine," she whined.
"You won't soon. You ascended too quickly. I can tell. Breathe this, or you're going to feel it."
Of all things, she lifted her arm like she was checking for her frigging camera. Her lids closed when she spotted it on her arm. He hoped it was a sign of defeat as he slipped the oxygen tube around her head.
He glanced over his shoulder to make sure all was well with his boat, then searched for her cell in her bag. He couldn't leave his divers, and he couldn't leave Zoe. Knowing what he was doing, she grabbed his hand and shook her head. Cats' eyes the color of the green water pleaded with him.
"I've got a boat out, Zoe. How do you think I found you? I have six divers in the water. I can't leave them there with only my assistant."
She let go and her eyes drifted closed again. Life was much easier before she talked him into buying out her business, before she started working for him.
ABOUT R T WOLFE
R.T. was born and raised in the beautiful Midwest, the youngest of six ornery children. She married at a young age and began her family short after With three amazing small boys, life was a whirlwind of flipping houses and working two jobs in between swim lessons and Candyland. Now that her boys are nearly grown, R.T. spends much of her time on the road traveling from one sporting event to another serving as mom and cheerleader. She works to assist the several non-profit organizations that have supported her books and promote the work they do for those who cannot help themselves. Website / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest
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I love Marie Force's characters - every single one of them. At first the story of the maid and the rich young man falling in love may sound a little cliche, but Force brings a great added story line in Maddie Chester's past. She's had a very rough life, and a small portion of the reason why lies with part of his family. She has some serious trust issues and struggles a lot with making ends meet. One of the shining joys in her life (and in the book) is her son. He really lights up every scene with his baby antics and smiling face.
Mac runs into Maddie (literally) quite by accident and he can't get her out of his mind. She's not like any woman he's met - the kind that are usually after his money. If anything, Maddie wants nothing to do with him because of his money. Mac makes a few mistakes - but with very good intentions - and things start to go wrong. His family isn't all too keen on him dating Maddie because of the rumors about how she lives either.
What really hits you the most in this book, and in all the other Marie Force I have read, are the relationships. Not just between our main characters, but the delicate web she manages to weave between everyone in the stories. They are each connected in some way, and on a small island town, those lines can get complicated but fun.
It’s been a few years since I first read The Island by Jen Minkman. The Waves is the second novella in The Island series, though instead of being a book two, it’s a parallel story to The Island.
While this is a story parallel to the first novella, telling the story of life on the other side of Tresco, it’s also a little more in-depth of a story. What I like best about these books isn’t that there’s action or romance or anything like that, but that there’s a well-written backstory to how the two settlements on this island came to be, and what happened to the world. Even though I knew what would be revealed in The Waves because I read The Island, I was drawn in as the story unfolded. It was a different culture dealing with the new information about its history. It was also a different prescriptive put on the events that take place later in the story.
Minkman, again, entertains her readers, makes them think into the deeper meanings behind Tresco’s history, and also makes readers meditate on faith and what it means to believe, no matter what it is that one believes in.
There’s a third book in this series now, The Deep, and it seems to continue from where the first two books left off. The story will move forward, and I plan on moving forward with the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for them.
Book 1 (The Island)I liked this book, and see the possibilities for it getting better as a series. This first book for me was a little slow and some part did bore me, but you have to these parts to understand the world.
It has references to Star Wars which I was a little slow on the uptake especially considering her name was Leia. She is a very strong character, but also very naïve. You really see her grow throughout the story. Parts of it reminds me of Lord of the Flies where kids rule. This is the first time I’ve read a book by Jen Minkman, and I’m continuing on with the rest of the trilogy. I will let you know how it goes :)
Book 2 (The Waves)I really enjoyed this book, and I’m really starting to connect with Walt and Leia now as well as a few others too. I think it is amazing how Jen created very different views of history in this two sets of peoples on the same island. I never read the blurb for this book, so I was surprised that it wasn’t about the journey across the water but instead Walt’s prospective. I usually like a lot more action, but I enjoyed exploring the other side of the island :)
This is a cool world that I think my high school students would like to read because a lot of them like dystopian societies especially when they are realistic. I’d like to eventually add this trilogy to my classroom library to share with my students. I wonder what they would think like Walt or relate better to Leia.
Book 3 (The Deep)This book was longer and definitely had more action :) I think for me this was the best of the trilogy. It did still have a few parts that were a little slow for me, but I’m pretty sure this was just me because I do not usually read books that resemble real life this much :)
Jen’s writing style is great with her descriptions and makes it seem like all of this could really happen.
Now I’m torn because I don’t know who I like better Leia or Alisa. Their strength and beliefs are amazing considering they grew up in completely different environments. Saul & Ben really grow on you too in this story. This book definitely had an emotional rollercoaster going.
I recommend this series to YA fans of dystopian societies that could be a possible real world in the future.