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(Book #3 in the Swift River Valley series)
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Author: Carla Neggers
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (January 28, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance 384 pages
My Copy: Paperback
Being rescued by a good-looking, bad-boy firefighter isn't how Samantha Bennett expected to start her stay in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. Now she has everyone's attention—especially that of Justin Sloan, her rescuer, who wants to know why she was camped out in an abandoned old New England cider mill.
Samantha is a treasure hunter who has returned to Knights Bridge to solve a 300-year-old mystery and salvage her good name. Justin remembers her well. He's the one who alerted her late mentor to her iffy past and got her fired. But just because he doesn't trust her doesn't mean he can resist her. Samantha is daring, determined, seized by wanderlust—everything that strong, stoic Justin never knew he wanted. Until now…
Sam Bennett: Pirate hunter. I honestly don't know what to think about this one. I'd like to say that it's because this is the third book in the Swift River Valley series, and I haven't read books one and two, but I don't think that's the case. Despite the fact that this is my first book by Carla Neggers and not having read the previous books for this series, I didn't find myself lost at all. So, having said that, yes, you can read this series out of order. Heh. I sure did.
The characters in this book are definitely likeable. Especially the Sloans. I mean, that name, who wouldn't love them? hehe. Justin Sloan: Carpenter, volunteer firefighter and brother to many! lol. Justin's character is extremely straight forward. Keeps this on the straight and narrow. Cuts to the chase, you would say. So when it comes to Sam Bennett, being straight with her and her being not so forthcoming is definitely something to read. I'm not a big fan of this book because the pace was extremely slow and not as action packed as I hoped it would be, but Justin's character definitely made up for it. When he was mentioned, he was MENTIONED! His character takes up the whole page. His bluntness kept things interesting, as Sam wasn't too forthcoming. Which brings me to Sam, I wasn't a big fan of her character, but she was likeable. A bit dull but likeable.
The story as a whole was good. It wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. Although it was really slow for me, I found it enjoyable. Well written and the character didn't push me to the edge of wanting to just throw the book on the floor and pick up another. Okay, maybe not that far, cause I'd never abuse a book like that but you got my drift, right? Cider Brook is a quaint little town with all of it's citizens knowing one another. Everyone knows who you are, what you're doing, who you're with and what you ate for lunch. With that much knowledge floating around I expected a bunch more drama, which I didn't get. Not even more action with the pirate hunting, which was a bit of a let down. But the characters definitely made up for that and this slow paced beaut kept me interested long enough to finish the book.
Overall, I thought this book was okay. I was expecting a lot of treasure hunting goodness with action and drama but I got quite the opposite. That's not to say that the book wasn't good, it was good. Definitely a nice read for a relaxing day.