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Dangerous Waters by Laurey Bright
(SIM #1265, $4.75, PG) ISBN 0-373-27335-5
New Zealand author Laurey Bright (aka Daphne Clair) sets this romantic suspense in her native country, giving it an authentic flavor that adds immensely to the story. The local slang used in the dialogue is almost as entertaining as the romance.

Professional deep-sea diver Rogan Broderick has returned to New Zealand for his father’s funeral. Barney Broderick spent his life answering the call of the sea, and now he’s dead of a heart attack, possibly induced by a beating received in a portside alleyway. Rogue and his brother, Granger, are now half-owners of the Sea Rogue, Barney’s vintage boat. The other half is owned by Camille Hartley, daughter of Barney’s sailing partner, and a woman unknown to the Broderick brothers before this point.

But who would have beaten up Barney, and why? At his wake, the brothers hear rumors that Barney had found something big. Rogan and Granger know their father purchased salvage rights to a long-missing shipwreck known to have been carrying gold in her cargo. Could it be that Barney actually found the wreck?

Camille doesn’t care one way or the other. She hardly knew her father, who disappeared out of her life when she was five. A box of photos and letters of Camille, discovered on board the Sea Rogue, indicates her father did love her. But Camille is determined never to love a man who would ultimately leave, even though she and Rogan share a powerful attraction. James Drummond, an urbane antiques dealer and new acquaintance, is far more her style. Rogan, however, is suspicious of Drummond and his sudden interest in the Sea Rogue. As Rogan and Camille are drawn closer together, their romance heats up – as does the danger around them.

The suspense will leave nobody guessing, as the villain is laid out almost from the start. The intriguing plotline moves at a fast pace, and Rogan and Camille are quite magnetic, at least in regards to each other. Readers may wish Camille were a bit more circumspect, as she has a habit of telling James everything and trusting him far too much, while disregarding Rogan’s warnings simply because she doesn’t want to be attracted to him.

The setting of a small New Zealand seaport is brought to life under the author’s talented pen. The sights and sounds of the coast and reef are vivid and bring a sense of realism to the story, as does the dialogue. It’s not hard to comprehend, and feels authentic with the use of Kiwi slang. I felt as though I were right there.

For a real romantic escape, whisk yourself away to New Zealand and the South Seas with Dangerous Waters. I hope Granger gets his own story. I’d like to make a return trip.

--Cathy Sova

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