Saturday, November 2, 2013

Temptation Bay (Windfall Island #1), by Anna Sullivan

Forever (Grand Central Publishing), ISBN 9781455525355, September 2013

Maggie Solomon has built a life and a business for herself on Windfall Island, the prickly, insular community descended from salvagers and wreckers, off the coast of Maine. Her mother grew up there, and left to marry Navy officer Phillip Solomon, but Maggie, their only child, a girl, and not willing to enter the Navy, was a sad disappointment to her father. Instead, she's returned to her mother's birthplace, become a part of the tightknit community, and built a charter business and a small airport.

She's a loner, and distrustful of strangers, but that's not unusual on Windfall.

When she flies in Dexter Keegan, a stranger arriving on unstated business near the end of the tourist season, she's naturally suspicious that he means trouble for someone on the island. It's annoying that he's so attractive, and persistent, but she's not going to succumb.

But Dex isn't going to let go, because he is a man on a mission: to find out if a baby kidnapped eighty years ago wound up on Windfall--and if she grew up and had any descendants. Having long assumed she died when a smuggler ship, Perdition, blew up, the family has new evidence that she may have survived. There's a large inheritance involved.

Someone is equally determined that the missing heirs, if any, not be found.

This is  both a good, intriguing mystery, and a good romance, with sparks flying between Dex and Maggie. The community of Windfall is well depicted as well, the insularity, the eccentricities, and the deeply felt protective loyalty to their own. Maggie and Dex are each in their own way strong, independent people, each with their own issues making them determined not to become involved.

There is some explicit sex, making this perhaps not suitable for those who prefer their romances "clean."

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.