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5 stars for Concealed by the Tide by Zara West #romanticsuspense #eco #bookreview

Title: Concealed by the Tide: A Tide Harbor Romantic Suspense

Author: Zara West

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb: 


A wily bomber...  A determined activist... A man with a secret…


Uncompromising eco-activist Summer Avery abandons the bustle of New York City and scurries to the tiny coastal village of Tide Harbor, determined to accomplish what a crazy bomber has not—stop the destructive Minas Basin tidal energy project in its tracks and earn the EcoGreen directorship.


Desperate for a safe place to raise his autistic daughter, recently divorced marine biologist Gil Moses. takes a job with the tidal energy company, ostensibly to study lobsters, but actually to capture the bomber. The last thing Gil needs is to be the focus of a rip-roaring protest led by Miss Fancy Boots, the most attractive and enigmatic woman he has ever met.


But there’s a killer on the loose, and Summer must choose—sacrifice her career or risk her life to save her Captain Nemo and the little girl she has come to love.

If you enjoy suspenseful thrillers where feisty women and protective men battle against the odds, you'll love this fast-paced, action-packed romance mystery. Get caught up in the thrilling first book of the Tide Harbor Suspense series.


My Review: 


Can a bomber be stopped before someone gets killed? Concealed by the Tide is an action-packed romantic suspense with an eco-political message. This book is easy to read while dealing with issues playing out in our towns and cities. The tension is high throughout most of the book. I was so transfixed, I whipped through the pages.


Let’s start with the characters. Summer moves to a small coastal town in the hopes of furthering her career as an eco-activist. She’s passionate about her views, even applauding the elusive bomber. When she meets marine biologist Gil, fireworks explode. It’s classic enemies-to-lovers romance with a huge dose of suspense. I enjoyed their combative bantering. Each character is well-written with their own personality. It’s hard to pick a favorite as I could relate to them all, even the bomber.


The descriptive narration is very emotive and detailed. This is Zara West’s special gift. She has the innate ability to draw you into her story, into the minds of her characters, without any effort. It feels natural to me to get so caught up in this book and that is 100% thanks to the narration.


The romance is slow-burn with an enemies-to-lovers vibe. There’s a lot of angst in the romance which adds incredible depth and authenticity to the story. The romance builds over a period of time which, considering the main characters, is realistic.


If you’re looking for a new romantic suspense series to dive into, start with Concealed by the Tide. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:


In a life full of misadventures, Zara West has had sunstroke on the top of a Greek mountain, been partially trampled by a herd of four hundred sheep, and while she has never been kidnapped, she has been marooned on an uninhabited island in the middle of the Canadian wilderness for longer than she wants to remember. When not chasing after Greek shepherds or strolling along sand beaches searching for sea glass, Zara tends her organic herb garden, collects hats and cats, and whips up ethnic dishes for friends and family.

A member of Romance Writers of American, and Women’s Fiction Writers, Zara is an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction in the fields of ethnography, education, and the arts. Under the pen name, Zara West, she has published the award-winning romantic thriller series The Skin Quartet. She is also the author of the Write for Success writing craft series.

Zara blogs about romance at Zara West Romance, about writing at Zara West’s Journal and teaches numerous online writing courses. Find her current teaching schedule here, and sign up for her mailing list here.


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Reviewed by: Nancy


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