Turn the Tide:
A Heart-Pounding Romantic Suspense Anthology
By Katie Ruggle,
Adriana Anders, Connie Mann & Juno Rushdan
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Adult, Thriller, Romance, Suspense
Whether you're diving into treacherous waters,
racing the clock against global annihilation,
or delving deep into an untamed wilderness,
these thrilling tales of love and suspense will leave you breathless.
Any Means Necessary by Katie Ruggle
Katie Ruggle brings trademark wit and warmth to her introduction of a family of five bounty hunter sisters making the Rocky Mountains a safer place—finding love and sowing chaos along the way.
Deep Blue by Adriana Anders
Adriana Anders plunges readers into a thrilling tale of survival (and steamy romance) as a deep sea diver and a former SEAL escape a derelict oil rig overrun with men who have a secret worth killing for.
No Way Out by Juno Rushdan
Juno Rushdan turns up the pressure in a high-octane, non-stop thriller where one woman's defiance—and her fierce love for the man she could never forget—may be all that's standing in the way of a new bioterror threat.
Beyond Home by Connie Mann
Connie Mann shows that in central Florida's untamed wilderness, paradise has a dark side, and the heroes of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are trained to face the worst that man—and nature—can dish out.
Turn the Tide is a pulse-pounding collection of novellas by some of the brightest names in the genre.
More from Katie Ruggle:
Hold Your Breath (Book 1, Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue series)
Run to Ground (Book 1, Rocky Mountain K9 series)
In Her Sights (Book 1, Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunter series)
More from Adriana Anders:
Whiteout (Book 1, Survival Instincts series)
Under Her Skin (Book 1, Blank Canvas series)
More from Juno Rushdan:
Every Last Breath (Book 1, Final Hour series)
More from Connie Mann:
Beyond Risk (Book 1, Florida Wildlife Warriors series)
Any Means Necessary
by Katie Ruggle
Katie Ruggle’s novella Any Means Necessary was my least favorite out of all of these. While I know it is a novella, I found it to be way too short. It felt more like a chapter to me than a short story.
And while I think the story line can be something great, I felt that there were too many characters, or rather sisters, to keep the story flowing well. Maybe if there were a mixture of genders in the siblings it would make things easier to follow? Personally I would cut one or two of them out all together though and have the story focus around two or three instead.
Lastly, I felt that since it is supposed to be a thriller-romance, the love interest just wasn’t there enough either. At least not enough to be considered a romance in my book. But this is a problem I can see being eradicated with just adding to the length of the story as well.
Overall, while I think Any Means Necessary has the potential to be something great, I thought there were too many female characters to follow and it really needs fleshed out in both the romance and word count departments to get it there.
by Adriana Anders
I have never read any of Adriana Anders’ work before, but after reading Deep Blue, I am highly interested in reading more of her work! Deep Blue was my favorite short story in this anthology. It was exciting and suspenseful, but still seemed realistic - because you know, sometimes suspense can make a book (or movie) seem very unrealistic, especially when the military is involved.
I did find Eric and Zoe’s relationship a little odd, more specifically, how shy and unsure Eric was of himself when it came to Zoe, yet he’s a retired Navy SEAL and can flip a switch back and forth between the personalities. It made him seem almost bipolar. But once I got over that weirdness, I enjoyed reading about their relationship.
Deep Blue was written so well, that I’ve already bought Anders’ companion book, Whiteout, which follows the story of Eric’s brother, Ford! Can’t wait to see what kind of suspenseful situations I get into with him!
No Way Out
by Juno Rushdan
With Juno Rushdan’s novella, No Way Out, I have found my new favorite genre to read: Thriller Romance. Where has this genre been all my life?!
No Way Out is a quick read, chock full of action, suspense and action (both in an out of the bedroom!) The story begins immediately with a scene of suspense and wonder: why is this lab and its contents so important to be under such lock and key? And why is Ashley willing to risk her life for it?
The suspense continues throughout, with chase scenes, a near train collision, and shootouts. But throw in a love interest like Logan and the heat gets turned way up while the action is taken to the bedroom!
My only qualm with No Way Out is that I wish it weren’t a novella, but a full length novel. It was a bit short for all of the action that was thrown in, and I feel like the ending was rushed because of this.
Overall, I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the Final Hour series by Juno! (Keep an eye our for my review of Every Last Breath, book 1 of the series!)
by Connie Mann
Beyond Home by Connie Mann was another fast read in this anthology. And while I enjoyed reading it, I had a hard time with parts of it, such as the make-out scene in the middle of a manhunt while a child’s life is at stake. And then there was when Marco returns for Sarah instead of going after the same man and child a chapter later. Where were this FWC’s priorities?!
I felt that Mann was trying too hard in this condensed story to make the relationship between Marco and Sarah work, that it almost had a porno-in-the-making feel to it. Their relationship felt forced, and I felt like it actually took away from the story, which if you were to take out their weird foreplay scenes, is really a great story.
Altogether, I did enjoy the story, and even though I found the romance to be forced, I would be interested to read something else by Connie before making a final judgement on her as an author.
Dani's Score out of 5 (for anthology): 📚📚📚📚🔖
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