Book Reviews

Unfamiliar Waters by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-January-2019

Book Blurb

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?


Book Review

As this story goes to show, a cop being asked to take a break from law enforcement can’t always let go of his talent for finding trouble, his need to fix what is wrong, or the fact that he is prepared to fight for those who need his help. The balance between romance, action, and personal growth is particularly well done in this exciting novel, and while it sets off as a rather gentle and sensual vacation romance, it soon turns into a thriller that had me hoping I’d find the time to breathe. I particularly liked the fact that there was danger and action, but never any real peril because a lot of the suspense was psychological rather than coming from overwhelming physical threats (though there was a good deal of those as well).

Garrett is not in a good place when this story starts. He is a broken shell of a man who still mourns the death of his lover to the point where he has done nothing but work for months. The stress is beginning to show, so his boss puts his foot down and “forces” Garrett to take a vacation. Not knowing what to do with himself at first and afraid of all the empty time in which he might have to deal with his loss, Garrett decides to go sailing.

As it turns out, the Caribbean is not just a charming and exotic setting where every beach and cove deserve to be explored. Garrett encounters a fascinating young man named Nigel on a small island, and they fall for each other very quickly. At first Garrett is shocked because he didn’t think he’d ever be able to love another man – nor did he really want to. But Nigel is in a class of his own with his charming innocence and manages to steal Garrett's heart as much as Garrett steals Nigel’s.

They need all the trust they can muster once the truth of Nigel’s presence on the island emerges – and no, I am not telling you what it is. You’ll have to find out yourself, but I will say that it’s a rather nasty secret which challenges both Garrett and Nigel to grow and change so that they can stop the evil machinations of someone who should have had Nigel’s best interests at heart.

If you like your romances sweet yet with a good dose of suspense, if watching a young man come into his own is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that offers everything from an exotic setting and fascinating characters to tons of action and suspense, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. The occasional moments of tenderness between Nigel and Garrett are a perfect contrast to the darker underlying plot.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/65067 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-January-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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