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Below the Surface by Elizabeth   Lee
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There were two things I absolutely knew for sure: finding treasure on the bottom or the ocean was every bit as exhilarating as my father had said it was, and Danielle Alvarez was the love of my life.


This was my first book by Elizabeth Grace and I doubt it'll be the last. Below The Surface marks book one in what will be a series based on treasure hunters and it's certainly different from anything I've ever read.

I'm a sucker for a second-chance romance, and the story here gave me serious Into The Blue vibes, which certainly didn't hurt my metal visual...uhem.

It's been five years since Daniella 'Dani' and Dylan have seen each other. Their relationship didn't end on the best of terms and both still hold on to the resentment and anger of the past. But when a mutual friend claims that he has proof of the existence of sunken Spanish ship that many believed to be just a legend and had been a borderline obsession of Dani's to find, it brings them back together again.

Dani stayed on the little Florida Keys island and barely making ends meet as a diver on boat tours. Dylan left her five years ago to make a different life for himself in Boston. If they find the ship, it can make all their dreams come true...or shatter them altogether if it proves to be just a legend.

As interesting as it was to read about underwater treasure hunters, I got a little bored with a lot of the details. I wanted a deeper look into the characters and their past. As it was, I felt like it barely grazed the surface. The reader gets bits and pieces of what happened to Dani and Dylan's relationship five years ago, but it wasn't nearly enough to make me truly understand why each made the decision they did. I wanted more development on the characters individually and wouldn't have minded more focus on them as a couple. As it was, it felt like the romance came secondary to the treasure hunting and the rest of the story. I just never connected to the characters or their relationship to really get invested in the story and so I found myself skimming quite a bit.

That's not to say it still wasn't a fun read, because it was. The deep sea diving, the history of the sunken ship, the found diary, all of it made for an adventurous little read. I just wish the romance itself was a touch more developed. If you're looking for something different, definitely give this book a go. It's well written and the romance is quite steamy. I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series, especially after that tease in the synopsis.

ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review

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Reading Progress

May 4, 2016 – Shelved
May 4, 2016 – Shelved as: arc-to-review
June 5, 2016 – Started Reading
June 6, 2016 – Shelved as: contemporary-romance
June 6, 2016 – Finished Reading

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