Contemporary Fiction, Review

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn is my first read of this author’s work but will definitely not be the last!

about the book

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital.

But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer–one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.

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my thoughts

With an appealing combination of danger and desire, this action-packed friends-to-more romance captivated my attention page after page! The author’s attention to technical detail and skillful descriptions immersed me (pun intended) into the world of Carrington, North Carolina and the lives of Leigh and Ryan.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that I long to actually leave the vicinity of my hometown, I’m always drawn to characters who return to their hometowns after a long absence (maybe this helps me appreciate the comfort and familiarity of what I want to escape). Leigh needs that kind of security in her life and the shelter of a highly qualified (and devastatingly handsome) old friend doesn’t hurt!

Ryan is a good (though not perfect) guy, making it nearly impossible not to fall for him from page one. His protective nature and specialized skill set (I enjoyed reading all the bits about diving and criminal investigations) set the stage for some seriously heart-pounding modern-day knight in shining armor action that in no way, shape, or form disappoints.

Fans of romantic suspense authors such as Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason, Rachel Dylan, and Cara Putman definitely need to pick up Blackburn’s work! I highly recommend this story and eagerly anticipate reading the next installments of this and future series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Lynn Huggins Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul.

She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her first book, Covert Justice (Love Inspired Suspense), won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Her second book, Hidden Legacy (Love Inspired Suspense), released in June 2017 and her new Dive Team Investigations series kicks off in March of 2018 with Beneath the Surface (Revell). Visit her website!


Dive Team Investigations series

book 3 coming September 2019

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