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Over the years I have read many books. It’s a rarity that a book takes me through varied emotions, leaving me exhausted yet happy at the end. This is one of those books that leaves you sad that it finished. I wanted the story to go on and on.
‘Beneath The Surface’, is aptly titled since what lies beneath the surface of the book is a riveting story about a mystery that gets entangled with a love story and an adorable dog. This book will have you in its grip from page one. Even though I have not read the first book of the series, this book can be read as a standalone too. Each page holds you captive and you find it impossible to put the book down.
Plot: Ryan Collins is a fashion photographer who leads a highly successful life surrounded by beautiful women. Emily is an illustrator. The story begins with Emily having inherited a mansion from her deceased Aunt Millie. Both were close to each other. Emily chanced to drop upon a mystery her aunt had been trying to unravel. The mystery turned out to be a deadly drug racket with some famous names involved. This leads to unexpected events that embroil Emily into a mesh of occurrences.
Emily becomes a witness to a drug crime in her town. It was something her aunt had been trying to unravel. The risks mount against Emily when she is asked to testify. Her life is endangered and an accident brings her together with Ryan, who happens to rescue her. Soon the two fall in love but their past haunts them both and keeps them from admitting their true feelings.
Both have demons they need to defeat in order to discover their true self. More so in the case of Ryan. He is fully aware of what he wants but the diabolic past chains him down, preventing him to go for what he needs. He needs to confront his past, accept it and move on for his relationship to move.
B. K. Stubblefield has done a marvelous job of incorporating human emotions as they happen in real life. Nothing of what you read seems fictional. It can be seen as something that can happen around us, making it all the more relate-able. The characters are not linear, rather rounded with each having different shades that surface as the situations change. Each character is well written and has a distinct personality that stays with you. The romance is not mushy but will make you feel warm and light-hearted. The love story sees its own ups and downs as does every relationship.
The book does not disappoint but surely needs editing and spelling check. B. K. Stubblefield is an author you need to watch out for. For readers looking for a complete novel with emotions, suspense, thriller, romance and all, then definitely grab this book.