Book Review: Rough Waters by Maggie Toussaint

Rough Waters (A Mossy Bog Book)

An Amazon Review

Great blend of adventure
5 Stars


Great blend of adventure, who-dunnit, nail-biting excitement, treasure-hunting, romance, and friendship.

Book 2 in this series still takes place mainly in Mossy Bog, but features a different central character than the first book. This story focuses on Jeannie Munro, a single mom struggling to balance life one year out from a divorce, with two young children and a fledgling flower business. A mysterious stranger – Rock Mackenzie, former Navy SEAL and possible bad boy – drops into her life.

Jeannie and Rock “meet cute” when she delivers a large flower arrangement to his home and her young son dials 911 because the delivery takes too long. Jeannie is attracted to Rock, but still scarred by the divorce. While the divorce may have temporarily broken her, one year later she’s stronger in the broken places and refuses to go back to being the woman who lives life passively and waits for someone else to take care of her. Besides, her kids and her business are her priority these days.

Rock pretends to be a guy looking for a place to start over, but he’s really in town to hunt treasure – missing treasure that he think Jeannie may know about, or even have in her possession. They must join forces to figure out who really does have the treasure, all the while fighting a growing attraction to each other.

This book is billed as romantic suspense. I generally run the other way from that kind of novel, but I admire the author’s other works so much, I jumped at the chance when I was offered an Advanced Reader Copy with the expectation I’d do an honest review. I have to say I enjoyed this story waaaay more than I expected to. I read it in about two days, and found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. The dialogue between Jeannie and her bff about Rock was very realistic. The setting was well-detailed, the characters well-executed, the plot really did make me bite my nails and the ending was very satisfying.
Now I have to go read the first one in the series to get caught up. If you like romantic suspense, give this a try. Even if you don’t like romantic suspense, but do like mystery, give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.

In the interests of full disclosure, I was given an ARC of this book by the author, with the understanding I would give an honest review.

Book Description

Former Navy SEAL Rock Mackenzie wants his stolen gold sovereigns back. Time is running out on the loan repayment for his treasure hunt and unless he finds the coins, he will have to forfeit a family heirloom and all hope of finding the sunken ship carrying the gold.

Pink-haired florist Jeanie Munro learned responsibility the hard way after her ex-husband abandoned her and their two children. Once a wild child with a heart full of adventure, Jeanie finds herself falling for yet another bad boy dreamer—until thieves ransack her shop and home and Rock reveals her ex is to blame for their troubles.

Is he? Or did Rock bring danger to her doorstep? In return for his protection, Jeanie agrees to help find the missing coins. Will their thirst for adventure get them killed, or will they discover the true meaning of treasure before it’s too late?


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