ARC Review: Dark Waters by Toni Anderson

Posted August 13, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Dark Waters by Toni Anderson
Dark Waters

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Series: Barkley Sound #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on August 6, 2013
Pages: 357
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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Dark Waters offers a lot in the way of violence, love, smex, past lives and people on the run. Never does it slow down to let you catch your breath, but at times it does seem to drag on a little more than I wanted it too.

Trying to live a decent life after a turbulent childhood, Anna Silver doesn’t need her convicted, estranged father drawing her back into his world. When Anna receives a troubling phone call from her father telling her to run, Anna runs to the only person who can help her, Brent Carver. Brent was her father’s cell mate and in a way they both saved each other. But Brent only wants to live his life in peace when Anna shows up and shatters it. On parole, Brent has to bend around the rules to try to protect Anna as they go on the run from the very people who murdered her father. Weaving in and out of the public as they look for documents Davis sent proving his innocence, but also proving other people’s guilt, Brent and Anna on a race against time.

Through the story we learn what Anna’s father was accused of and how he forever claimed his innocence. Anna kept up writing letters to her father while he was incarcerated, that Davis read to Brent. Brent fell in love with her through her letters, but it wasn’t a love like you think, but more of getting to know someone and living for her letters. Brent does know something happens in her letters she never tells her father, well anyone really. What happens has shaped her for years and in a way stifled her along with the embarrassment of her father’s situation.

The two go on the run when the bad guys find out where Anna has gone. Brent is a famous artist now and gets permission to come to the US (this story is mostly based in Canada) for an art show. Brent’s brother is also getting married to police officer, so they have a little help, but not the illegal kind. They just watch him closely and try to make sure he toes the line.

Everything comes in slow chunks and dark secrets of the past come out. You get many perspectives like Davis’s, Brent’s, Anna’s and even Anna’s mother. You are led through a merry chase as past meets the present. The twists and turns left you guessing, but not overly hard.

I really enjoyed the complexity of the main characters. They weren’t as easy as reading a bio. There were dark parts, secrets, ways to soothe their souls and a love affair that was filled with speed bumps all the way. I recommend this to anyone wanting a complex story, views into the villians’ minds, redemption and suspense to the end on what is going to happen.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Well, Toni, I for one like a “complex story, views into the villians’ minds, redemption and suspense to the end on what is going to happen.” To me that’s what an exciting story is all about. I don’t want a romantic suspense to be an easy read you can zip through in one night. In any event, hope you’re having fun on your blog tour.