Unfamiliar Waters (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Unfamiliar Waters
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 8th, 2019
Genre(s): Mystery, Action and Adventure
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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?

As a somewhat mystery/romance with a bit of an age gap, I thought this was pretty well done in general.

Garrett Wreckley is a cop whose lost his husband and has turned to work to take his mind off of his life. When even his job gets to be too much, he’s forced to take a month off. After deciding to rent a boat and cruise the Caribbean, he ends up a bit off course and stops on a small island. In the light of day, he sees a figure on the beach.

22 year old Nigel has lived on the island for the last 11 years with his brother and his Aunt. After their parents death, this small island is all that they know. But Garrett starts suspecting that there is something fishy going on when every time a bell rings, Nigel has to get home or he’ll be in trouble. And for some strange reason, none of the villagers come to their side of the island.

This kind romantic vacation getaway story of sorts turned into a murder mystery, but one in which the hero is basically bulletproof. There was plenty of action, but never really cause for anxiety. As far as the romance goes, it was a pretty quick insta-love, but I kind of liked the way Nigel and Garrett were with each other.

“Its like there were two sunrises each day, one in the sky and the second in my heart when I saw you.”

“You’re a poet.”

I definitely felt like there was more than just a 7 year age gap between them, and there were a few times when Nigel felt so innocent and sheltered that I was worried it wasn’t going to work for me, but in the end I enjoyed their story. I was definitely entertained and was happy with the way things ended.

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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