by Colleen Coble

November 2005
ISBN: 0-7852-6043-9
Reviewer Graphic Button WestBow Press
Trade Paperback

Annie Tagama is mourning the death of her mother and her brother and trying to recover mentally from a volcanic accident that left horrible burns all over her feet. Her boss, Gina, is determined that Annie get back on the job and face her fears, but Annie is finding it hard to concentrate when her younger sister, Leilani goes missing. She has no one to call except her brotherís best friend, Mano Oana.

Mano Oana is on leave from the Navy and takes the opportunity to return Tomi Tagamaís belongings to his family, even though they are rightfully angry at him for being responsible for Tomiís death. But no sooner does he deliver the boxes of Tomiís belongings when he learns that Leliani is missing.

A strange phone call indicates that Tomi is still alive and in serious danger. Mano and Annie donít know what to believe. Where is Tomi and why is he in danger? What happened to Leilani? Could the two incidents be somehow related?

Even though Black Sands is the second book in the Aloha Reef series, it easily stands alone. It is nice to see some of the characters of the first book in the series make an appearance in this book. Annie is realistic, struggling to overcome her problems and gain control as her life skyrockets out of control. Mano has just learned heís suffering from an incurable disease and that he must think about his Naval career, but his attention is forced upon Annie and her problems instead of his own. I didnít guess who was behind the events until the end of the book.

I enjoyed Black Sands, but I canít say it was really outstanding. Still, Colleen Coble brought her characters to life and the setting and plot was unique. I recommend Black Sands to anyone who enjoys Cobleís books, or loves a good romantic suspense.

Reviewed in November 2005 by Laura.

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