Published by Harlequin MIRA on December 1, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Rural Romance
Source: My own copy
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Savannah Smith’s been hurt by life. She doesn’t need people, then she meets Ethan Daly. In the peace of Riverboat Point, magic can happen.
From the award-winning author of Right as Rain and Queen of the Road.
Savannah has a chip on her shoulder. And no wonder: apart from her tough teenage years, a car accident not only claimed her parents’ lives, but left her with permanent injuries.
She’s not close to her little brother Jax either – although she’s always been envious of his ability to just enjoy life. Jax moves to a small town, Riverboat Point, on the Murray River, and asks her to come too. She won’t leave the city but when Jax disappears leaving a vague warning to watch out for the neighbours, she’s forced to move and take over his houseboat business.
With no idea what to watch out for she keeps all the neighbours at arm’s length, including the mysterious guy next door, Ethan. Savannah is attracted to her tall dark neighbour but won’t admit it. She can trust no one. In spite of her fears, they work closely and she can’t deny the chemistry. Finally, she lets her guard down – only to discover he has been lying to her all along...
Will Jax ever return, or has he met with foul play? Who is interfering with the houseboats and stealing from the business? Will Savannah find out the truth about Jax and Ethan’s deal ... and can she ever trust Ethan again?
R*BY Review Challenge 2015
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The eighth title in this year’s R*BY Review Challenge is Riverboat Point by Tricia Stringer. Originally released in December 2014, this is brought to you by Harlequin MIRA.
OK, now what did I think of Riverboat Point?
A great mix of contemporary rural-set romance and ever-present suspense, Riverboat Point is an absorbing read that keeps you thinking and guessing throughout.
Savannah has every reason to be both concerned and upset at her brother’s sudden and inexplicable disappearance. Left in a situation she is completely ignorant of, Savannah reluctantly finds herself leaning on others for help. To be honest, she handles things a little better than I probably would have. I loved her strength and honesty, and it was also lovely to watch her be enveloped in the world that is this small town – finding a home where she never expected to.
Ethan’s recent history is one of war and its after-effects. I loved that Tricia doesn’t shy away from showing how his service continues to impact his life. He has reason for doing what it is he does, and it isn’t hard to understand those reasons.
This could have been an insta-love situation, with both acknowledging at least to themselves that there was an attraction there. Thankfully, their romance is allowed time to simmer and develop, and as a result, I found them to be a real and believable couple. Even with the ever-present secrets that float between them, and how these come to a head, I believed they could make it through and to each other.
The peripheral characters in Riverboat Point add a real strength to the tale – from the mysterious veteran existing in nearby bushland, to the friendly and open townspeople, and the slightly odd neighbours. The suspense that is constant throughout the story is always there, but never threatens to overwhelm. Just when you think you have a hold on what is going on, something happens to make you think differently.
Very enjoyable, and definitely worth taking a peek at.
Riverboat Point is nominated in the Stories with Romantic Elements category at the R*BYs, and I wish you, Tricia, the very best of luck!