Monday, August 24, 2015

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

This is an adult contemporary romance (Rated NC-17)

(Three and a half Beachy Hearts)

Book Summary

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets.

To summer tourists, it's the crown jewel of the town's stunning scenery. To the residents of Whiskey Beach, it's landmark and legend. To Eli Landon, it's home...

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigation after being accused of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife. And though there was never enough evidence to have him arrested, his reputation is in tatters as well as his soul. He need sanctuary. He needs Bluff House.

While Eli's beloved grandmother is in Boston, recuperating from a nasty fall, Abra Walsh has card for Bluff House, among her other jobs as yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist. She is a woman with an open heart and a wide embrace, and no one is safe from her special, some would say over-bearing, brand of nurturing - including Eli.

He begins to count on Abra for far more than her cooking, cleaning, and massage skills, and starts to feel less like a victim - and more like the kind of man who can finally solve the murder of his wife and clear his name. But Bluff House's many mysteries are a siren song to someone intent on destroying Eli and reaping the rewards. He and Abra will become entangled in a centuries-old net of rumors and half-truths that could pull them under the thunderous waters of Whiskey Beach...

Passion and obsession, humor and heart flow together in a novel about two people opening themselves up to the truth - and to each other.

My Review

This isn’t one of my better reads of Nora Roberts. While the premise of the book is good, too much is put into making the characters different that I found Abra a little unbelievable.

I liked that Abra was self-confident, but I didn’t think she’s was Eli’s match. Their relationship seemed a little too convenient and forced to be believable. They also felt more like friends than lovers. I didn’t actual buy it when they said I love you. And I think that’s what made the story not work for me.

Other than that, I enjoyed Eli. I thought he was believable and strong.

For a little while I became confused as to the who done it, probably before I DNF it. But when I came back to the book, I knew without a doubt who did it which was kind of a disappointment. I’m not sure why the police never really looked into that option. Yes, the one was focused on Eli. Still.

Overall, I can’t really recommend this one. Nora has hundreds of books. Plenty that are really good. Why waste time on something a bit mediocre. Then again, give it a shot it you like. You may enjoy it more than me.

Audio Review
Luke Daniels does a good job with the narration.

My book boyfriend is Eli.

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