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Friday, 18 September 2015

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Island Secrets by R.T. Wolfe

Island Secrets

by R.T. Wolfe



When Zoe Clearwater learns that the skull she found in an underwater cave is her missing brother, she sells her scuba diving business, Sun Trips Touring, and dedicates herself to unravelling her brother's mysterious death.

Dane Corbin, the new owner of Sun Trips, is determined to prove to Zoe, now his employee, that he is not the womanizer he once was. But it'll take more than profit to turn Zoe's head.

Her investigation at a standstill, Zoe unearths letters from a secret lover among her brother's possessions, along with plane tickets, a promise to run away to safety, and the painful realization that she'll need Dane's help.

As mercurial clues plunge Zoe and Dane into a life-threatening pursuit and the truth burns brighter and brighter, Zoe recognizes she needs Dane as much as her brother's un-named lover needed him. But Dane will have to make it to safety, first.


"That's right, Zoe," he said sarcastically. "We wouldn't want to be caught, two people who work here, alone in the common break room."

Quick as hell, she elbowed him as she passed. How did he not see that coming?

"You can come, but I'm not driving out of the parking lot with you again."

"You can't be serious."

She gave him her look that said she could be.

"Ya know." He stepped closer, making her back up against a wall. "If people are talking, we could give them something to talk about." He meant it as a joke, but the scent of her filled his head and fogged his mind. He knew his eyes had dropped to her lips, but he couldn't seem to get them to move.

The slightest tremble ran through her defined shoulders before she pushed him away with both hands. "It's not funny. You don't hear them."

His employees? They did that? "Okay. I'll meet you at your parents' restaurant, buy you a bite to eat, then we can leave from there together."

"I don't have time to eat, but I'll meet you there. I want to say 'hey' to the shrimp. Chloe's been hanging at the restaurant since she's out of school for the summer."

He knew this, of course. Willow's daughter was a younger version of her mom. Long dark blonde hair, knobby knees. The cutest kindergarten graduate there was. "It's a date."

"If you call it a date, you're not coming."

He tried to listen, really he did. But a stray lock of her silky hair eluded the rest and covered her shoulder. Using the tips of his fingers, he ran them from her collarbone and over the shoulder that was just as silky as the hair. It was the third time since she'd docked that he noticed her shiver in the warm Florida air.

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

Zoe finds a skull while out diving that later proves to be that of her missing brother. While trying to find out what happened to him, she leans on Dane, who bought her diving business out so she could search for her brother. When letters from an unknown woman to Zoe's brother are discovered, things turn deadly. Zoe will need Dane, in more ways than one.

Once in a while, a book totally blows you off your feet, surprises the hell out of you, and makes you hungry for more, much much more! This is one such beautiful, beautiful book. 

There is danger, intrigue, secrets, lost love, new love, passion, oh a little bit of everything, for everyone!

Told from both Zoe and Dane's POV, there is a marked difference in the two voices. I can't word exactly what I want to say, I can't find the words to best describe the difference, but its noticeable. This is a GOOD thing! I loved that Dane was very in touch with his feelings for Zoe, right from the beginning. I loved that Zoe was holding his past against him. 

We also get a lot of turtles. OH! I loved the turtle bits, its heavy on the protection and conservation side, and made me wonder if Ibis Island is a real place, because I so wanna go!

Its not violent, although there is the danger element when whodunit is pushed into a corner. It has sex and passion, but its not at all explicit. It is, though, quite beautifully written, and leaves the reader to fill in the blanks.

Its billed as book one in the Island Escapes series. Zoe has two sisters and I could see their stories being laid out within this one. I will, I hope, get to read those two, to see if how I thought they would goes pans out. Although, one I know does, as you get a sneak peak at book two at the end of this one.

I've not read anything by RT Wolfe before. I so love finding new-to-me authors!

5 stars (its not nice ;-p)

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R.T. was born and raised in the beautiful Midwest, the youngest of six ornery children. She married at a young age and began her family short after With three amazing small boys, life was a whirlwind of flipping houses and working two jobs in between swim lessons and Candyland. Now that her boys are nearly grown, R.T. spends much of her time on the road traveling from one sporting event to another serving as mom and cheerleader. She works to assist the several non-profit organizations that have supported her books and promote the work they do for those who cannot help themselves.

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  1. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

  2. I really enjoyed the excerpt, thank you! This has been a terrific book tour! Happy writing!

  3. Great review and excerpt! I'd love to read this book, and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  4. Great review and really great excerpt. This sounds like a really good mystery/romance.

  5. Awesome review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)