An Alisa Release Day Review: Unfamiliar Waters by Andrew Grey

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

With the pressures of the job bearing down on him, police officer Garrett Wreckley needs a vacation—in fact, he isn’t given a choice in the matter. Since the water has always soothed Garrett’s soul, he heads to the Caribbean, hoping some time alone sailing on the open water will help him pull himself together.

But even though he’s taking a break from law enforcement, Garrett can’t get rid of his cop’s instinct so easily.

He meets Nigel, a young man as innocent as he is beautiful, who grew up sheltered from the world, exploring the beaches and tropical forests with only the company of his aunt, his brother, and the wildlife and sea creatures he befriended.

As sweet, passionate love blooms, their time in paradise feels too good to be true… and Garrett’s gut and training tell him that might be the case. As he investigates, he quickly realizes everything is not as it seems. Will his snooping destroy not only their romance, but everything Nigel believes about his life?


This story was nice.  Garrett has been working himself ragged and gets put on vacation when he starts to make mistakes on the job.  Nigel is very innocent and sweet which is like sunshine to Garrett’s world.


Nigel’s story sets off all of Garrett’s warning bells and it gets worse when he finds out what is really happening.  Underneath though Nigel is much stronger than Garrett first gave him credit for.


I loved Garrett’s determination to help Nigel and his brother no matter what, even if in the end Nigel doesn’t choose him.  The story is told from Garrett’s point of view so we just see Nigel from the outside but it’s easy to see how he fell for him so fast.  There was quite a bit of Nigel doubting how Garrett was feeling but much of that I think came from inexperience.

The cover art by Kanaxa is nice and I like the visuals.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages

Published: January 8, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-964-2

Edition Language: English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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