Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cave of Captive Hearts by Maggie Raine

Title:  Cave of Captive Hearts
Author:  Maggie Raine
Published:  January 6th 2014
Length:  78pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  romantic suspsense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Professor Eugene Thornsby...

The recognized leader in his chosen field of oceanographic archaeology. His reputation for having an unusual mix of demanding, demeaning, and charisma earned him the nickname “Thorny” from both those that liked him and those that didn’t. His one love was the sea now, but it hadn’t been his only love. As he and his crew prepared for their first dive of the season to study the effects of offshore wave action near a small island in the Caribbean, the new researcher he had just hired was demanding everyone’s attention in more ways than one.

...and Dr. Marielle Farnan...

A passion for everything coral started with a childhood visit to the aquarium in her hometown of Chicago, and her new position on this crew would give her an excellent opportunity to gain the valuable experience she needed. Everything she had achieved was the result of the blue-collar Midwest up-bringing she received from her parents. She was tough and she knew what she wanted, but romantic relationships had always seemed to take a backseat to her hard work ethic.

...and a Dangerous Lapse in Judgment!

For Professor Eugene Thornsby and Dr. Marielle Farnan, the depths of the ocean below held a fate that neither of them could have imagined. Their knowledge, training and instincts would be tested and stretched beyond their limits as they battled each other and their surroundings. In their struggle they found that their need to escape was not the only need they both shared, it was something else they never expected.

Ultimately one of them would make a decision that could mean the difference between life and death. Could they escape in time before something terrible happened, something that neither of them wanted to happen, especially now…?

My Review:

This is definitely a unique take on the romantic suspense genre. There is definitely budding romance and a great deal of suspense but it comes from a very unusual quarter. She develops the story in this novella in a uniquely captivating manner that highlights both the best and the worst in her characters. Raine’s look at nautical and marine life is just breathtaking. You can almost feel the salty sea air.

Regardless of the situation these characters find themselves in, you can’t help but laugh at the way they interact with each other. Combine a man who is used to everyone deferring to him with a woman who’s worked hard to get where she is and won’t kowtow to anyone. The way things happen is quite priceless, and scary at the same time. I also enjoyed getting to know the characters as they came to know one another in a very peculiar yet life threatening manner.

My last comment is on the ending of this unique tale. It is definitely an ending, but is also the beginning. Just think of it as what comes before the HEA.

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