Leila Hunter Standiford, a beautiful soap opera actress, is on vacation sailing in Mexico with her friend Gabe Alexander. They have just arrived in Puerto Felice when a boat is destroyed in a fire, and a body is found below. Luckily, the ship’s handsome owner, Ari Starns, wasn’t on board. When Leila offers to help him, she soon discovers that he turns out to be the man who could boost her acting career. Meanwhile, an arms dealer is in town, and is looking for a diver to salvage the precious cargo of a shipwreck located in the Sea of Cortez before a hurricane hits the area. Things get complicated when a kidnapping occurs, and Leila and Ari fall for each other.
Hurricane Hole is the second book in the Romantic Mystery Sailing Trilogy. This is a fast paced mystery, but I thought parts of the story were a bit far-fetched. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I thought some of Gabe’s actions were a bit of a stretch, especially his fate at the end of the book. In addition, the fact that Leila and Ari were in the same Mexican town just when her agent called her about him was too coincidental. However, the story is entertaining, and keeps the reader on the edge of her/his seat. I certainly wanted to know how it would end.
Hurricane Hole was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
Fun facts about the book and the author:
- R.P. Dahlke lived aboard a sailboat in Mexico for several years. During this time, she became acquainted with vacationers and expats who were running from their family, the law or the IRS. She also had experience with storms and hurricanes while at sea.
- She worked in marketing before becoming a writer. In fact, she frequently uses her background to help other writers promote their books.
- The author is a fan of Sara Donati, Ariana Franklin, Diana Gabaldon and Ann Parker.
- Puerto Felice is a fictional town based on La Paz, Baja, Mexico.
About the author and her work: R.P. Dahlke’s Website
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