Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Port Aster Secrets

Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets, #3)
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Published by  Fleming H. Revell Company
4 Stars

Brief Description:

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.  

This was an enjoyable read.
I have read several of Sandra Orchard's books, but this is the first one in this series.  I truly think it would have been helpful to have read the first two books in the series before this one though.  With that being said, this is a very intense, suspenseful romance set in Port Aster. 
We are introduced to Kate Adams, a research scientist, and Tom Park, a local detective.  Tom and Kate have a history together and even though it's been somewhat rocky both have deep feelings for each other.  The problem is Tom's actions have hurt Kate deeply and she doesn't think she can forgive him, so she keeps her emotions locked inside. 
She is determined to find out how exactly why GPC Pharmaceuticals is so interested in the amendoso medicinal plant.  Tom is on a possible runaway case and has been searching for clues in the disappearance of Caleb, but when Katie's friend becomes ill suddenly all clues are pointing to the possibility that Caleb's disappearance is related to GPC. 
Tom fears for Katie's safety and vows to protect her at all cost. 

If you like a lot of suspense in your stories with a little romance thrown in then this is definitely the book for you.  I liked Kate's character, but become frustrated with her at times.  She had one agenda and seemed only focused on that, but she has a good heart and means well.  Tom's character I fell in love with.  It seemed like he was trying to do everything right, but kept running into one road block after another.  The story flows well.  I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good suspense. 
I received this from Revell for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence.  All opinions or thoughts are my own. 
Sandra Orchard

Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of mysteries and romantic suspense with Revell Publishing and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense imprint. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and The Word Guild (Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren.  Learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features at or connect at

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