by Kat Martin

April 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7382-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Deep Blue is the last book of the Sinclair sisters. We’ve read about Charity and Patience and now it is Hope’s turn to have her happily-ever-after. Of course there are bumps along the way - it wouldn’t be a Sinclair story without them. Remember, they made a pact with each other to have one big adventure before they settled down whether to a career or marriage. We’ve had the wilderness remoteness for gold mining(Midnight Sun) and we’ve had the rodeo with the cowboys (Desert Heat). Now we are in for a treat with the sea and sunken treasure.

Hope comes home to a ransacked apartment with the police already there. She doesn’t know who would do anything like that. Before she can even begin to clean up the mess her boss called, telling her to come back to the office. It seems she is now on the way to the Caribbean for a sunken treasure story for an adventure magazine where she will be writing three articles. This new story interferes with her current one and it seems that is exactly what someone wants is Hope out of the picture and out of New York.

Of course Hope isn’t prepared for Conner Reese and he is not prepared for Hope in more ways than one. Conner didn’t know about an article being written and if he did he would have tried to stop it. He doesn't want or need any amateurs or anyone else getting in the way, which is exactly what would happen. They wouldn’t be able to move about freely and of course they would want to leave to get supplies.

Sparks fly each time Hope and Conner are around or even in the same room with each other. Hope doesn’t trust men and she doesn’t think she ever will again; at least she isn’t planning on it. She doesn’t want to get involved with anyone no matter how attracted she is to them. She blames herself for something that happened to her two years earlier that is causing her not to move forward.

The adventure begins from the moment Hope steps aboard the recovery boat and it doesn’t stop. There are some unsavory forces at work against Hope, as it seems she didn’t leave the story behind in New York like they wanted her too. She is still involved and they don’t like it one bit. It seems that no matter where she goes she is in danger and it is lucky for her that Conner is ex-Navy SEAL.

Ms. Martin has given us a marvelous story of finding love when we least expect it and learning to trust again and that not everyone is alike, you just have to have faith in them. She paints the picture of the recovered treasure, the diving and undersea life and the island in detail that it is like you are there and seeing it all first hand instead of just reading it in black and white. The scenery comes alive. From Hope and Conner down to each and every secondary character they all have a place and purpose in the story, from Michael, the cook's son, to Conners' ex-girlfriend who shows up out of nowhere.

Even though the story is the last of the Sinclair sisters’ you do not have to read them in order to read Deep Blue . They can each stand-alone. But I do recommend that you read them, where it is in order or not. This is one trilogy you do not want to miss and it reminds me of all the other Kat Martin books on by keeper shelf and tbr shelves of why they are keepers and why she is an auto buy for me.

Reviewed in March 2005 by Pam.

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