Coast Guard pilot Nick Armstrong savors the taste of danger. But after his helicopter crashes into the ocean during a mission, shattering his knee, he encounters a whole different type of thrill when he meets his new physical therapist. Maybe being grounded isn’t so bad after all.
Smart, sexy, and deeply guarded, Chloe Reynolds is the type of woman who drives Nick crazy for all the right reasons. But as she tries to help him heal, Chloe struggles to keep her heart—and secrets—safe.
For years, she has been told that Nick is responsible for her brother’s death, a “fact” that she slowly learns may not contain the entire truth.
But can Chloe’s growing feelings for Nick, and their undeniable chemistry, really overcome a years-long family feud? Or will the past ultimately destroy the future they both desperately want?
Title: Turbulent Waters
Series: The Billionaire Aviators #3
Author: Melody Anne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Guilt. Revenge. Fear. Desire. All are very powerful emotions, combine them and they become rather explosive. Nick is the sole survivor of his Coast Guard helicopter crash while on a rescue mission in stormy Pacific waters. The guilt is something he’s going to have to incorporate into his daily life, that’s not going away. It doesn’t mean that Nick will wear that on his sleeve for the world to see, but it is alive within. The fear that his injuries will prevent him from doing the one thing in his life that he loves, he’s good at and gives him a purpose. He’ll do just about anything to get back on the job – what’s more pain added to what he’s already carrying.
Chloe has been hired by Nick’s Uncle Sherman to provide live-in care for Nick during his recovery. She’s a former nurse, and a top notch Physical Therapist. She’s strong, stubborn, beautiful and has her own separate agenda for taking this job. Her father, who has always been a bit mad and abusive her entire life is blaming Nick for his son’s death. While Chloe morns her brother’s death, she’s not completely convinced that Nick is truly to blame. Yet her fear of her father will keep her focused on what she needs to do, find proof of Nick’s part in the crash. The growing desire between Chloe and Nick, the lack of real proof that the crash was nothing more than an horrific accident is slowly changing Chloe – in more ways than she expected. With Nick at her back, for the first time in her life she may finally be able to stand up to her father and his schemes.
To be fair, all of the Armstrong brothers have been lovely flirts their entire lives. It’s as natural to them as their eye color. Yet, as each brother finds that one woman for him and settles down the broad ranged flirting is confined to their personal lady. So yes Nick is a natural born flirt, and at times he does take it a bit over the top with Chloe – but I got the impression that Nick was reacting to what he felt, what he wasn’t sure how to handle by being an overly large image of his usual self.
There are a lot of undercurrents in Turbulent Waters. And they add a bit of extra tension to the romance developing with Nick and Chloe. If there is a villain in this story, it is definitely Chloe’s father who wouldn’t know how to be less than an abusive bully if it could save his life. Watching Chloe slowly begin to doubt, mistrust and disagree with everything her father had told her is one of the rewarding aspects of this story. Seeing someone who has been abused their entire lives take the risk to stand on their own, defy their abuser and put their trust in another man is always going to be an empowering, enjoyable part of the story for me.
I believe any reader of contemporary Romance will find something to like in Turbulent Waters. It’s a solid story, with undercurrents of hidden secrets and deep pain. A truly enjoyable couple, with returning couples we’ve met before this story has so much to offer. I would recommend this one for any Romance reader who enjoys being emotionally involved with the characters… along with a strong family of support and love.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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