Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Sun-kissed California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote, rugged, and freezing Staggered Cove Station. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also digging into how the station’s previous rescue swimmer was lost at sea. Was it an operation gone bad or something more sinister? Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner—no-nonsense Alaska-born Karl Radin—and Dan has his hands full.
As his investigation heats up, so does the attraction between Dan and Karl, even if they don’t completely trust each other. But as suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.
This was an alright story for me, more focused on the mystery than the romance between the two men. Dan is trying to find out what really happened to his brother while not trying to bring any attention to what he is doing. Karl can be a bit grumpy but wants to keep those under his watch safe and there seems to be something about Dan that’s not adding up.
I felt bad for Dan as he realized the full depth of his brother’s actions and to find out that the only family you had you never really knew. Karl is very no nonsense and when Dan realizes he can trust him is willing to help him find answers. I didn’t really see the relationship between these two building except for some off handed thoughts about attractiveness or how safe they felt with the other. It takes extreme circumstances for them to do anything together or acknowledge it. These two didn’t know each other long but were quick to jump together and go from there and I just couldn’t feel the connection.
Colin Darcy did a nice job narrating this story. For the most part I was able to easily keep track of the story with the voices he used for each character though the voices didn’t connect with how I really saw the characters.
Cover art by Bree Archer is nice and gives a visual of the background for this story.
Audiobook, 6hrs 11mins
Published April 20, 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: A Coast Guard Rescue Novel, Dreamspun Desires