Review: Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin


Author:  Susannah Sandlin                  Book Publisher: Montlake Romance

Paperback, 255 pages                                  Published October 18th 2016

ISBN13: 9781503940413                            Series:  Wilds of the Bayou #2

Jena Sinclair isn’t exactly hiding in the beauty of the bayou, but as a wildlife agent it has become a place of refuge where she tries to forget the tragedy that scarred her body and soul.  However, when a mutilated body of a fisherman shows up , Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe and the something is definitely stirring up the alligator population to act in weird and dangerous ways.  The deaths are bad enough but there has been a terrible influx of a new and highly dangerous drug known as Black Diamond which is turing drug addicts into sociopaths with death wishes.

Jena’s investigation led her to the bayou where she happened to meet Cole Ryan – a handsome recluse struggling with his own tragic past – who just so happens to know a bit more than he would like to admit to.  But someone is dealing death and destruction throughout Terrebonne Parish and after a while Cole realizes two things; one, he must come forward with what he knows, and two since meeting Jena another obvious suffering woman maybe he’s ready to leave his self imposed exile and return to the 21st century.

What a most interesting and fresh plot that Ms. Sandlin has come up with in this second book of her Wilds of the Bayou series.   Very enjoyable with two wounded souls who one can see are simply made for one another.  Combining the suspense and mystery of “psycho” alligators, dangerous drugs, murder and mayhem BLACK DIAMOND seems to have touched on all the checks I want to see in a great read.

This was a fast read, both in length and especially the steady pace of the story which I found was not easy to put down.  Both of the leads were fully fleshed out and their motivation neatly tied up.  All things considered the romance was dealt both sweet and sexy.   What more can be said except I highly recommend BLACK DIAMOND for anyone looking for a very different themed excellent read.

Marilyn Rondeau

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