Ellie and Justin will soon learn everything can change in the blink of an eye.
Suspicion at Sea
by Amie Nichols
Cover Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: June 2, 2015
When FBI Agent Ellie Marks goes on vacation to Bailey Island in Maine, she plans on having a relaxing few weeks to reset her mind. After an extreme undercover mission and being shot, she needs some time to forget everything horrible that has happened in her life.
She doesn't plan, however, on meeting Justin Bennett, an ex Navy Seal. An instant attraction forms like neither have ever experienced, bonding them.
A mysterious disappearance of three of the island's residents begins a chain reaction of secrets that changes everything they thought they knew.
The only thing Justin knows for sure is that he doesn't plan on letting anything get in the way of his and Ellie's happiness.
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Grabbing her by the waist, I lift her up off the rock and hold her there, staring into her eyes.
“Why won't you tell me where you work?” I ask. She pushes on my shoulders, and starts laughing. “I kind of like you, and I would like to know more about you,” I tell her as she stops struggling and gets serious.
“You kind of like me?” she repeats.
“Yeah, I kind of like you, a lot.” I slide her down so her face is even with mine. Her breath hitches, our lips inches from touching.
“I'm an FBI agent,” she whispers, her eyes watching me.
“Really?” I put her down. “You're not here investigating the disappearance are you?” I am suddenly suspicious as all her questions come to mind.
“No, God no,” she instantly says. “I swear, I'm here on vacation. I didn't know anything about it until I got here.” She senses my change and reaches out to touch my arm.
“You've just been kind of elusive.” I look down at her hand on my forearm.
“That has nothing to do with anything other than a woman being careful.” She drops her hand and crosses her arms over her chest. “Do most women you meet spill their life history to you in the first hour?” Now the tide changes as she starts to get feisty about it. “Do you want my bank account number, or how about my social?” She is getting fierier right before my eyes and I laugh, it's innocent and sexy at the same time.
“Okay, I'm sorry.” I can't stop laughing as she fumes. I bend at the knees and wrap my arms around her waist again, this time throwing her over my shoulder. “Do I need to throw you in the ocean to cool you off?”
“Justin, put me down.” I can hear amusement in her voice so I don't put her down, but start walking toward the water, and she wraps her arms around my chest.
“Just so you know, if I'm going in so are you.” She has a death grip on me and I have no doubt that she will not be letting go. It doesn't stop me as I continue to walk into the water.
“Justin,” she squeals as the cold Atlantic Ocean hits her legs. She'll have to let go when her head hits the water. At least that's what I think, but she doesn't and I'm totally submerged before I let go of her tiny waist. This woman is stubborn and I love it. She comes up from the cold water for air, inhaling deep. I pull on her arm to bring her back to me when she struggles in the waves. I'm anchored, being used to the waves, and her body smashes into mine. Once again we are face to face.
★✩★✩ 4 – Action, Suspense, Mystery & Steam – Stars ✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
I was thinking at first it was possessiveness I was feeling, but I think it is more like I want to protect her. The thought of something happening to her makes my gut twist.
FBI Special Agent Ellie Marks landed on Bailey Island Maine with one thing in mind – a long overdue vacation after a hellacious two years spent in deep undercover that left her with physical, as well as emotional scars. She's very much looking forward to lounging by the beach, reading a book or two, and doing a whole lot of nothing for a few weeks before heading back to the bureau. What she wasn't prepared for was the arrogant, cocky islander who makes her see red as quickly as he turns her head to mush. Never has a man caused this kind of reaction and she doesn't know weather she should avoid him at all costs or jump in his pants at the first available opportunity.
ex-Navy SEAL Justin Bennett is no stranger to nightmares or a past that left him bruised. Being back on Bailey Island is the last place he ever wanted to be, but he returned to be close to his sister. Known for being a bit of a playboy, no one is as surprised as him by his reaction to the mysterious tourist who is as feisty as she is beautiful.
When they come crashing together, the chemistry that burns between them is undeniable and impossible to ignore but when their hearts start to get involved it gets complicated – Ellie is only on the Island for three weeks after all, that's hardly a basis for a new relationship. Add in a mysterious disappearance that Ellie can't help but look into, even if she is on vacation, and all hell breaks loose when secrets neither of them could have been prepared for come crashing down on their heads. With no idea who they can trust, and their lives on the line, they have to dig their way out of all the deception and danger surrounding them all while trying to figure out what to do with their hearts.
“What are you afraid of?”
“A strong, tall, ex-Navy SEAL who would kill me for even thinking about letting you do this.”
“This is my job, Justin is not going to stop me from doing my job, now let's go.”
That was one helluva ride. Right from the beginning you just know it's gonna be one of those books that will keep you guessing til the very end, and I wasn't wrong in that assumption. Now, this book did scream insta-love, which generally drives me insane, however – there was so much going on in the background that is was easy to get over it. As for the characters themselves – LOVED THEM!! Ellie is kickass and strong, she doesn't need a man to protect her but if you ever need to be rescued, then who better to do it than a freakin SEAL. She's funny and smart and all around freakin fabulous. Justin was, well – a hott ass Navy SEAL, really you can't go wrong. Though he did have his douche moments, he is a guy after all, he was still pretty wicked. Sexy and dirty, protective and possessive, stubborn, loud and strong. I can't say a lot about the plot because it is so full of twists and surprises, but I will say it definitely held my attention and had me furiously flipping through the pages dying to see what would happen next. I wouldn't be me if I didn't mention the sexy times – there was plenty of them, and they were most definitely hott as hell. Though for me, the first time was the definition of smokin – there is just something about the 'have to have you RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW' can't hold back any longer EXPLOSION that just gets me every time. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for lots and lots of foreplay, but I do love the desperation of the gotta have you NOW scenes that just completely turn my engines. Now for my half empty – the ending seemed a bit rushed. Not terribly so but it definitely came across as a little bit abrupt. But there was no cliffhanger and I was left smiling so I can't really complain too much. In the end, I would most definitely recommend this to any and all romance lovers, especially the ones who like the suspense/mystery element. It was one helluva journey.
“Relax, babes, relax. I got you.”
“I knew my frogman would save me.”
“I will always save you.”
“I will always save you.”
I've have met some amazing woman on my journey so far, and have learned so much. (Sometimes the hard way.) I've been like a sponge soaking up all the information I can on how the publishing world works. It's been a rollercoaster ride with its ups and its downs.
No matter what, I will never regret anything I've done. You can't succeed if you don't try, and if you don't try you won't succeed. One of my favorite quotes "If the dream is big enough the facts don't matter".
Some other info about me, I love my family, friends, wine and anything caffeinated. I also love writing HEA. For the same reason I won't watch a movie that I know will make me cry, (with the exception of Steel Magnolias) I will never write a book without a HEA. There might be a few twists and turns, a cliffhanger or two. But ultimately my stories will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. For me, reading is entertainment, a way to escape this crazy insane world. If a book leaves me feeling sad, mad or gut wrenched, it is not for me. There is enough gut-wrenching sadness in this world, I don't need to read about it too.
I started writing four years ago, and have no plans on stopping. So keep your eye on me because with the help of some amazing people and my wonderful fans, this girl is going to be on the New York Times bestselling list someday.
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