Title: Black Diamond
For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else.
The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.
Author: Susannah Sandlin
Series: Wilds of the Bayou #2
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Romantic Suspense, Suspense
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Jena is strong, smart and competent but like any human beings she’s not exempt from being affected by the bullets that left emotional and physical damage. She’s so well liked and respected by her coworkers that it’s obvious she’s a very good person and extremely competent at her job. Though she was raised by distant, harsh parents, she still loves her drug addict brother and gives him a place to stay as he tries to put his life back together.
Cole is much harder to read. It’s well into the book before we know why he’s chosen a recluse’s life in a very inhospitable place. Somehow Sandlin manages to make Cole likeable even when he’s ignoring his obnoxious neighbor, keeping his distance from Jena and hiding evidence of a man’s death. When he admits his after the fact, unintentional involvement in Jena’s case, we know he really is a good person. It’s much harder to man up after and admit his mistake than it would have been to have given Jena the info originally. I’d have loved to see even more interaction between Jena and Cole. They were so good together.
The suspense is well written as Jena digs into the case. Several times the happenings from the last book is mentioned and while I wished I knew that whole story, the fact that I hadn’t read the first book did not leave me at a loss figuring out this one.
I enjoyed the book and Sandlin did a really good job at creating a story with a lot of intrigue and interesting characters.