Book Review: DARK WATERS by Toni Anderson

Series: Vancouver Island – Carver Brothers
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Source: Review copy through the Amazon Vine Program

Danger once again laps at the shores of Barkley Sound, the Graveyard of the Pacific…

Since her rocky childhood and its abrupt, brutal ending, schoolteacher Anna Silver hasn’t given her trust easily. But when her estranged father gets in over his head—again—and winds up dead, his last message to Anna is as clear as it is insistent: she’s in danger and Brent Carver, the man with whom he shared a prison cell for five years, is the only person she should turn to for help. With nowhere else to go and with her father’s killer on her trail, Anna flees to what she hopes is safety.

​Tucked into the west coast of Vancouver Island, Brent Carver’s isolated home hasn’t seen many visitors. And his friend’s daughter is the last person he ever expected to grace his doorstep. She’s in trouble, and he can’t deny her protection…just as he can’t deny his attraction to the independent beauty. As their passion sparks into flame, the perfect storm brews off the coast of his island home, bringing with it a sadistic killer hunting Anna and the secrets she’s come close to uncovering.


DARK WATERS is the second romantic suspense novel I’ve read by Toni Anderson, and like the first, I really enjoyed it. Ms. Anderson has a knack for blending sizzling romance, angsty, well-drawn characters, and nail-biting suspense into a riveting read.

This story begins with Anna Silver receiving a frantic voice mail message from her father just before he dies. He’s an ex-con who’s found trouble again, and now Anna’s life is threatened. Her father tells her to find safety with Brent Carver, a man he shared a prison cell with for many years.

Since being released from prison four years earlier, Brent has shut himself off from the world. He makes a living as a reclusive yet very successful artist, and he doesn’t venture far from his secluded home on Vancouver Island. Brent’s none too thrilled about a strange woman invading his private space, but when he finds out Anna is his best friend’s daughter and hears her tragic story, he can’t turn her away.

Anna and Brent – wow, these two were lugging some heavy emotional baggage. I’m not sure which one had been wronged the most, but my heart went out to both of them. Understandably, they had major trust issues, yet somehow they made their relationship work. On top of that, Anna had a truly evil baddie on her tail wanting something of her deceased father’s. The villain was horrid! Not happy to just get the information from Anna, but he had to be a sadistic you-know-what too, playing on her fears. He made me cringe.

DARK WATERS was a fast paced, entertaining romantic suspense novel that was heavier on the darker “thriller” elements, which I liked. My only quibble was that I found it hard to believe Brent went to prison for 20 years for his crime, considering he was 16 at the time and there were extenuating circumstances. Still, it was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of the genre.

Rating: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: EDGE OF SURVIVAL by Toni Anderson

Publisher: Carina Press
Released: November 21, 2011
Source: Review copy from the author
Rating: ★★★★½

Dr. Cameran Young knew her assignment wouldn’t be easy. As lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team, her findings would determine the future of a large mining project in the northern Canadian bush. She expected rough conditions and hostile miners—but she didn’t expect to find a dead body her first day on the job.

Former SAS Sergeant Daniel Fox forged a career as a helicopter pilot, working as far from the rest of the human race as possible. The thrill of flying makes his civilian life bearable, and he lives by his mantra: don’t get involved. But when he’s charged with transporting the biologist to her research vessel, he can’t help but get involved in the murder investigation—and with Cameran, who awakens emotions he’s desperate to suppress.

In the harsh and rugged wilderness, Daniel and Cameran must battle their intense and growing attraction while keeping ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to silence her…

In the wilds of northern Canada, a biologist living with diabetes falls for an ex-British military man haunted by his past in Toni Anderson’s romantic suspense EDGE OF SURVIVAL. The book opens with a bang as Dr. Cameran Young finds the body of a murdered woman on her arrival in Labrador. Cameran is there to study the impact of mining on the local fish population. She never planned on becoming involved in a murder investigation, or with the helicopter pilot hired to help her during her research.

Daniel was part of an elite team in the Special Air Service in the British army, but he has been suffering ever since his last mission ended in tragedy. Daniel’s job as a helicopter pilot stationed in the middle of nowhere was supposed to protect him from becoming involved with anyone. But, there’s something about Cameran that draws him to her, and since trouble seems to follow her around, Daniel can’t help but be there to protect her.

EDGE OF SURVIVAL was a thrilling, fast paced story with well drawn characters. Ms. Anderson did an excellent job creating a heroine faced with the challenges of having diabetes. Cameran was smart, strong and determined to achieve the goals she set for herself. Daniel will have lovers of tortured heroes swooning. Daniel is the type who is difficult to like at first, but you can’t resist wanting to see the right woman save him.

I really enjoyed the plot and the unique setting of this book. I studied environmental science in college, so I found Cameran’s research project intriguing, and Northern Labrador sounds so beautiful. I always wanted to be a part of an environmental impact assessment team, but alas, it wasn’t to be. I’m happy I can live vicariously through amazing characters.

EDGE OF SURVIVAL is full of action, multi-dimensional characters with plenty of angst, page-turning suspense and romance.

Thank you to the author for sending me a review copy of her book.