by Carla Neggers

February 2006
ISBN: 0-7783-2237-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Carla Neggers is well known as a master of romantic suspense and this title is well deserved. Her newest novel Breakwater upholds Ms. Neggers' tradition. Breakwater continues her beloved Marshal Services series. Undercover Marshal Huck McCabe and justice department consultant Quinn Harlowe meet over the dead body of Quinn’s best friend Alicia, who has died under suspicious circumstances that seem to center around the Breakwater security facility where Huck is undercover investigating a suspected vigilante movement. When Quinn’s investigation into the death of her friend and Huck’s investigation merge together the two of them must uncover a plot that reaches into the highest levels of Washington society.

Breakwater is a good book but not the best book Neggers has ever written. The main characters are beautifully scripted and the suspense is superb. However, the disjointed addition of many beloved characters from previous books seems a bit off and distracting right during the most climatic moments of the plot. On the other hand the brief glimpse the reader catches of these beloved characters does make the heart warm. The relationship between Quinn and Huck is fast paced and immediate. The sparks fly right from the start and that makes the book capture the interest of the reader. The mystery that the story centers around is a bit confusing to the reader and the motive behind it a bit contrived. However, the action is powerful and the story is saved by its characters. The evil men are really rotten and the good guys are perfect just the way every romance reader wants it. If you love suspense and have enjoyed Neggers other novel that pick up Breakwater to cure your winter blues.

Reviewed in March 2006 by Jen.

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