Title: Staggered Cove Station (Coast Guard Rescue #1) (Dreamspun Desires #54)
Author: Elle Brownlee
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Coast Guard Rescue Novel
Rescues are wild in the Alaskan terrain. So is romance.
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.
I actually wanted to like this one, and I can’t say I dislike it. The writing style is good. I had qualms about the plot, but it was nicely packaged and the pretty, pretty words kept me reading.
Sadly, I couldn’t make sense of the plot or rather, I didn’t get why Dan or Karl were doing what they were doing. It made it hard to connect with characters. It was confusing, because the overall plot and the villain? That was good. It had a nice, surprising twist at the end and the villain’s motivations were well explained.
Interactions between Dan and Karl came off awkward and the story flow splintered as I couldn’t get in their heads. The conflict seemed a little forced and I liked the story more once it was resolved.
The set up is interesting but I would have liked more in the way of backstory. I don’t know a lot about Coast Guard, and the idea was what drew me toward the book. The events were exciting, but some of the story went right over my head.
The story does give an interesting glimpse into life on Alaska with breathtaking landscapes and challenges in living there stemming from the whims of nature. The characters are believable: steady, calm Karl and stubborn and impulsive Dan. But I wasn’t interested in the plot and it diminished my enjoyment. I finished the book but I don’t see myself going back to reread it.