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Rising Tides by Nora Roberts
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bookshelves: author-nora-roberts, favs-reread, genre-romance-drama, reviewed, stars-4
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series / favorite author
Recommended for: romance readers / Nora Roberts fans
Read in January, 2004

Rising Tides is the second book in Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay / Quinn Brothers saga. It features the middle brother, Ethan, who was the 2nd boy rescued by Ray and Stella Quinn and given a new life. He's the epitome of the saying "still waters run deep." Ethan may be able to hold his own in a fight with his brothers, but he prefers to take things slow, to think them through and doesn't see the need to chatter unless there's something that really needs to be said. He's battered and scarred from a tragic childhood that haunts him to this day. The abuse he suffered has kept him from acting on his feelings for young single mother Grace Monroe, but with Seth in the picture, Ethan finds that not only has his life drastically changed, but he can't keep his feelings for Grace a secret any longer.

This is yet another highly enjoyable book from Nora Roberts. I liked it almost as much as book 1 in the series. Ethan is such an interesting character. At times he's just as rough and tumble as Cam but at other times, he's a quiet loner. His tragic childhood is heartbreaking and it makes you just want to give him a big hug (and maybe a kiss or two...). When it comes to his relationship with Grace, you can really see how the past still haunts him and causes endless conflict. Roberts played that out perfectly, especially the resolution.

Normally I don't enjoy books with kids in them, but Grace's daughter Aubrey is just too cute for words. I really liked her small parts in the book. And I liked Grace as well. She was a real sweetheart.

One of the great things about this book, and common to NR trilogy books, is that even though the book focuses on one couple (in this case Ethan and Grace) you still get plenty of the other characters. They are still a basis of the story. It really helps you to know them better and develops this amazing sense of family and togetherness.

And another great thing about the book is the progression of Seth's story. It was touching to read about how much he's improved since the Quinn's took him in. He's growing and starting to put the past behind him. I love the interactions he has with everyone. For a 10-year-old, he's a really strongly developed character.

If you read and enjoyed Sea Swept then you should definitely read this book, and you'll most likely enjoy it. It is a great continuation of the series and just an all-round nice romance to read.
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