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She hides her turmoil under a sea of calm. His past won’t leave him alone. Can they weather the tempest to find their perfect match?

Eden Perez carries many regrets. Returning to Michigan for a twelve-month fellowship after ten years in California, the surgeon longs to forge a bond with the daughter she left behind as an infant. But when her careful plans end in a muddy mess and her landlord comes to the rescue, she’s quick to repay his good deed by filling in as a bartender at the handsome man’s restaurant.

Tate Siren has taken a vow of solitude. Ditching a high-stress job and an abusive relationship, the business owner tries to ignore how his heart skips every time he sets eyes on his stunning tenant. But when her mixology skills help him out of a bind, working side-by-side makes it impossible to escape their simmering attraction.

Feeling unworthy of a happy ending, Eden struggles to believe a fresh start with the easy-going entrepreneur can be smooth sailing. And after Tate’s vindictive ex crashes the party and threatens to tear them apart, he fears his hopes for a balmy life with the gorgeous doc could be sunk forever.

Caught in a squall of lies and secrets, can they set sail for sunny skies?

Stormy Waters is the standalone second book in the heartfelt Lake House Love contemporary romance series. If you like relatable heroes, small-town backdrops, and humor to go with the steam, then you’ll adore DK Marie’s splash of joy.

Buy Stormy Waters to cast off for paradise today!

My Thoughts:

Jumping into the second book of the series, I worried that I would be missing out on a bit, but thankfully it can be read as a standalone. The amount of steam built into the story is precisely placed, making the pacing of the story enjoyable.

This book pulls out on the stops on making you explore your true feelings toward the characters (especially Eden). It’s easy to villainize her, yet you want to hold onto the hope that she’s truly worthy of forgiveness. I’ll admit that even I wanted to pull out the torches and pitchforks along with the town. But as the story flows, I began to empathize with her and love seeing an authentic transition.

Tate’s traumatic past experience is unique and one that I couldn’t quit reading to fully understand what he’d been through. The twist on this typically being written as a woman’s experience made it add quite a bit to the storyline. Kudos to the author!

Both characters are such a mess and all the secrets —ugh!! But honestly, I found myself absorbed so deep that I had no clue what was going on around me. The steam is well-paced in the book and adds to the plot instead of taking anything away. Now I’m going back to read the first book in the series!

I received a complimentary copy to review. All opinions are my own.

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Meet DK Marie

DK Marie’s a voracious reader. Her number one love is romance and devours any and all of its genres, but also enjoys thrillers, horror, and non-fiction. Basically, if there are words on a page and a spectacular story, she’s diving in, heart and soul.

However, there’s one thing she loves even more, and that’s writing her own steamy contemporary romances. Her five books out now, Fairy Tale LiesLove SongsTaste of PassionColors of the Heart, and Making Waves readers are calling compelling and addictive. They’re a mixture of heart, heat, and humor. Brimming with confident heroines and kind heroes, all living, loving, and lusting in and around her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. 

When not falling in love with her characters, DK Marie is laughing, relaxing, and planning her next adventure with her family. Okay, and also drinking boatloads of coffee, chatting on social media, and dreaming about her next travel destination.

Connect with DK Marie https://dkmarie.com