Unfamiliar Waters (Kristin F’s Review)

Title: Unfamiliar Waters
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary; Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: ~180
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 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?

Premise of the book is, when Garrett doesn’t stand down during a raid, nearly pulling the trigger on an unarmed cornered man, his Chief puts him on mandatory vacation to pull his head together. He knows Garrett has been working long hours in an attempt to fill the hole in his life from the loss of his lifelong friend and Husband.

Garrett rents a sailboat and finds himself sailing around the Caribbean, where he was forced to take shelter in an isolated cove. There he finds the island has a small town on one end, and a twenty-two year old tanned and toned Nigel on the other.

Garrett and Nigel hit it off, but underneath, something seems hinky about Nigel’s innocence and situation. When Garrett overhears two hit men are on their way to eliminate Nigel and Jules, Garrett knows he can’t just stand by any longer.

I have mixed thoughts about this book, and they mostly revolve around the ages of the characters. I can understand Nigel being twenty-two, he felt twenty-two…mostly. I did question would a twenty-two year old boy be content to just hang-out on an island? I kinda doubt it. If Nigel is as smart as he was portrayed, he probably could have figured out what was going on as well.

In an attempt to avoid spoilers, I’m purposely being vague. Nigel’s situation was pivotal on turning twenty-one, but here he was, now twenty-two and because of a “rumor”, is now a threat. The plausibility of the situation didn’t work for me here.

Garrett did not come across as twenty-nine, and I kept wanting to add ten years to his age. The reader does feel how keenly he misses David, his friend and Husband. Nigel challenges Garrett’s feelings, questioning why Garrett is still holding on to David’s ghost, which eventually leads to the romance.

Yes, Nigel and Garrett’s romance is basically insta-love. Fast, but sweet enough.

The mystery/suspense aspect of the book doesn’t come into play until about half-way through. I found the book more engaging once I hit that point. The pacing picked up, I found the plot more interesting, and the characters started to fit in with the story.

So I struggled with the first half of the book, was able to enjoy the second half, the romance is fast but sweet, and I had some issues with the ages of our main characters. Which put my review at a solid three stars.

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Galley copy of Unfamiliar Waters provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.


I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson


  • I admit, this was my first A. Grey book. I would give him another try because I know how variable any authors books can be, but doing so isn’t at the top of my reading list right now.

  • I’m struggling with Andrew Grey. I have to say that most of his premises are interesting and I liked a few of his books but the delivery doesn’t always work for me and the premise in this one doesn’t excite me very much and the review pretty much cemented that for me.


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