Saturday, May 27, 2017

Black Sands


GIVEAWAY

COBLE, COLLEEN
BLACK SANDS

Even a tropical paradise can have fire surging beneath.
Even a loving family can break each other's hearts.
Even an unforgivable act can be redeemed by love.

Volcanologist Annie Tagma loves her family with a fierceness that lights up her quiet exterior. But unseen forces seem to be tearing the family apart with the fury of the hot lava that seethes beneath their Hawaiian home. And the only person she can turn to for help is the man she blames for all the trouble.

Mano Oana can't get past the guilt of what happened to his best friend on that devastating day in Iran. He's even taken leave from the Navy to make amends to the Tagma family and help them out of trouble for which he's partly responsible. But how can he get them to trust him when he can't even trust himself?

Like Distant Echoes, the first book in Colleen Coble's popular Aloha Reef series, this page-turning story combines mystery and suspense with tender romance in an irresistible island setting.

My Review

An intense and riveting page-turner. Complicated family dynamics paired with a difficult romance kept me reeling -- never mind the twisty turny plot and parade of intriguing characters that might -- or might not -- be motivated by evil intent. This is Colleen Coble at her gnarliest. :-) Throw away your armchair sleuth manual and just sit back and enjoy the tumultuous ride!

This is book 2 in the Aloha Reef series but it reads fine as a standalone. Though if you have read the first book you'll be happy to reacquaint yourself with some familiar faces in this one.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like to win a copy of Black Sands, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email in your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please add the title into the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 28 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

30 comments:

  1. I have not read this series, but it sounds like I need to! The last Coble novels I've read are the Rock Harbor Mysteries, so I'm woefully behind. Like you said, so many books too little time!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Me too, Trixi. I'm slowly catching up thanks to my public library. Good luck.

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    2. Looks like my Overdrive library system has the ebooks for all the Aloha Reef series! So if I don't win, I can still read them :-) Though I prefer paperback, at least I have access to books and I'm still using the !ibrary.

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    3. My library is getting more Christian Fiction in ebook format now but I still request a print copy and they will automatically purchase a print if they have the ebook in the collection. Phew!

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  2. I love Colleen Coble's books! I see more back reading in my future! KAV, thank you for the great review and the chance. Have a wonderful weekend!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Eventually we'll catch up, right? Good luck, Caryl.

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  3. I love her books, but have not read this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mo1202007ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. I was familiar with her Rocky Harbor series and some of her more recent books so discovering this Aloha Reef series has been pure delight. Good luck, Melissa.

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  4. Would love to read. Haven't read this series by Colleen Coble (the only series I haven't read yet)!

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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    1. Wow -- you're doing really well. I'm still trying to catch up. Good luck, Mindy.

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  5. I'm eager to read this series! Thank you for the great review and giveaway, Kav!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  6. Reading her book Haven of Swarns. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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    1. Ohh -- that's the reissue of Abomination which I read a few months ago. Isn't it good? Good luck, Kim.

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  7. Kav, you had me at twisty turny. This one sounds like a winner!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Well, Colleen Coble and twisty turny go hand in hand, don't they? LOL Good luck, Melanie.

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  8. Looks great I have never read any of CC's books 😕 They all sound good 😁 Thanks for the chance. iamabho at gmail dot com

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    1. If you like romantic suspense you should really try her books. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. I think I bought one of her e-bundles when it was on sale I'll have to move it up the list they sound really good

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    3. Just checked and I have a 7 book starter set 😄 I will definitely try and read that soon

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  9. I recently visited Hawaii for the first time so I'd love to read this book! I've only read one book by Colleen Coble and I'm looking forward to reading more by her.

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. You'd totally appreciated the Hawaiian elements in this book! Good luck, Heidi.

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  10. Colleen's books are so good.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Yes they are! Good luck, Lucy.

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  11. I've been a fan of Colleen's for a long while. Love the Rock Harbor series but haven't read the Hawaii series yet. I have a couple others. Would love to win this one. Thanks. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. The Rock Harbor series converted me and now I'm trying to catch up on all her books. Really enjoying this series as well. Good luck, Paula.

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  12. I enjoy Colleen's books but I missed this series. Looks like I've got some catching up to do. Thanks for the review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  13. I haven't heard of this series before. I love Coble's books.
    Dianna

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  14. This sounds like another great series. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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