I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Secret Harbor by Anna Sullivan
Series: Windfall Island #3
Published by Forever on February 24, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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SCANDALOUS SECRETS LEAD TO DEADLY DESIRE . . .
Ten years ago, Paige Walker left her beloved home of Windfall Island to become an actress in Hollywood. Now she's coming back a star, honored with awards and beset by scandal. Escaping from a tabloid frenzy of gossip and lies, Paige wants nothing more than to surround herself with old friends. She never expected to meet an infuriating-and sexy-stranger . . . or to find herself in true danger.
Brilliant attorney Alec Barclay came to Windfall to look for the kidnapped, long-lost heir to the Stanhope family fortune. What he finds is the most beautiful and enigmatic woman he has ever known. If his suspicions are correct, she's the heir he's been looking for . . . and the target of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn together by desire-but haunted by secrets of the past-Alec and Paige try to unlock a mystery as dangerous as it is irresistible. But every passion has a price . . .
Paige Walker, now a famous actress, returned home to Windfall Island after many years following the eruption of a humiliating scandal. Seeking solitude, forgiveness and a reconnection to her former friends, Maggie and Jessi, she’s also stepped into the mystery regarding the disappearance of Eugenia Stanhope in 1930. Attorney Alec Barclay was engaged by the Stanhope family to investigate and it appears that Paige might be a descendant of Eugenia. To say they got off on the wrong foot at their first encounter is an understatement.
This was a tale of two stories: the first half of the book and the rest. Unfortunately, the first half bored me so bad I almost didn’t make it to the good stuff.
What went wrong? The conflict between Alec and Paige was not only too drawn out but bordered on inanity. When he first met her, he made a derogatory comment about the supposed sex tape of her and a married director that was viral on the Internet. Most of the first half of the book centered around that, even though he apologized in the first chapter. What made this even more maddening was the comment was made in book #2 and not reiterated in this one. I have no recollection of what he said.
What worked better? When the focus was on solving the mystery of Eugenia Stanhope, things got very interesting. Putting together the clues and honing in on the potential suspects was fun. There was an exciting climax, though the punishment of the person behind the attempted murders was just unrealistic. Alec and Paige’s romance was pretty special when they weren’t focused on her trust issues and pushing each other away.
The mystery that connected the trilogy was complex and intriguing but the resolution fizzled, at least for me. Some may find the form of justice meted out to the perpetrators appropriate but I thought it unfortunate. The romance should have eclipsed those in the first two books but just failed to ignite after all that bickering. Others may find that kind of dialogue and banter entertaining. For me it was tiresome and frustrating, not what I was looking for to end the trilogy.
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