Dagger In The Sea by Cat Porter
Published by Self-published on June 6, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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"The velvet tongue"
That's what they hear
"The silent fixer"
That's what they whisper
"Turo DeMarco can slice you with that smile"
It's been known to happen
But the one truth they don't know could get me killed.
It's already gotten me thrown into the fire.
I'm the rising dark star of Chicago's criminal underworld, but I've been warned, and I have one chance to make things right, flying halfway around the world to do it.
Then one hot AF heiress gets in my way with an unforgettable kiss and a blast of gunfire, hurling us both into the eye of a Mediterranean hurricane, tangling us in the ultimate high stake game
Our impulsive escape to a Greek island exposes cruel lies, sour truths, explosive passion…and bares our bitter souls
I was always told that actions speak louder than words,
and Adriana proved it to me.
Yet there's one thing that speaks even louder-
Blood in my heart, blood on my hands.
Blood never lies, never plays games.
Neither do I.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Be prepared to fall in love with Greece and relish in the romance it nurtures.
Edgy’s virtual Buddy Read of Dagger In The Sea was quite the experience. Sparkles got there early and teased us with her updates. I do need to disclose that Cat Porter asked Sparkles’ to proofread Dagger in the Sea for her, which is why she got it before we did.
Sparkles: You guys will love Turo! Lily, you’re going to be in mobster heaven.
Lily: Happy Days!
Sparkles: And Turo is one nasty, filthy, sexy asshole you want to cuddle and soothe.
Spice: Just our type.
Lily: I can’t wait (smirks).
Spice and I weren’t jealous at all…
It was at this point that Spice got sick. She was so ill she couldn’t read and suggested I start without her. So I found myself sitting with my cup of tea, iPad in hand as I dove in to savour Dagger in the Sea.
We had met Turo in Fury and we were bouncing about with joy when heard he was getting his own book. The references to Finger and Serena in Turo’s story gave us a huge buzz.
Sparkles: Oooh, Finger. Just as good and evil-mastermindy as ever.
Lily: Turo talking about Serena. How did I forget where he came from?
Sparkles: Wahahahahahaha It happens Lily, especially to you
Dagger in the Sea is a moving romance set primarily on the coast of Greece, including its idyllic islands. The descriptions of the islands along with the wonderful stories to go along with each location were beautifully vivid. This was a slow burn romance but once Turo and Adri become a couple, they well and truly make up for lost time.
Sparkles: You guys won’t believe this but it seems Turo’s is a slow burn romance. I’m on page 445 of 775 and there’s been no actual sex yet
Lily: But is there electricity in the air?
Sparkles: Are you kidding? it’s insane
The language was rich, the scene setting spectacular and the romance continued to blossom through Turo’s caring attention to Adri. a woman he could see was not a regular holiday hookup. But, it was at this point our opinions started to split. Sparkles’ was in romance heaven, but as readers who live for danger and action between the pages, it was becoming clear Dagger in The Sea was not going to be the book Spice and I expected it to be. Don’t get me wrong, there was an undercurrent of suspense, but the romance was so huge, it overshadowed it.
We were also struggling in how we each thought of Turo and this resulted in pages of conversation between us. Here are the highlights.
Sparkles: Turo is a freaking animal: bossy, alpha and filthy in the best possible way.
Spice: He was definitely a dirty talker of the nth degree (which I love) but I felt like he was being made a chump by both parents and others too. He was very…reactive to what was going on his his life. Not a planner, not taking control. Definitely not who I thought he would be.
Lily: Me too Spice. Can’t say I was a fan of how quickly he turned on his mother. He seemed gullible
Spice: That’s the word I was looking for. And naive.
Sparkles: I really felt for him. Like he was duped by the father and his need to prove his mother wrong. And he was proud. And his mom is an asshole
Lily: Isn’t she just?!
Spice: She is definitely is an asshole.
Sparkles: That’s why I just want to give him a cuddle. I hurt for the boy he was.
Spice: You’re such a softy. I kept wanting to tell him to man up. LOL
Sparkles: Yeah, well…
Spice: But I did feel bad for him.
It’s about the halfway point when the pace thankfully began to pick up, although again, never to the levels Spice and I expected. At times, this read more like a travel guide than a suspense novel.
Lily: Upside of reading Turo is I would now like to visit Greece
Spice: If I ever get to go, I know this book will be coming with me. It’s the perfect Greece vacation read.
But, although we appreciated the imagery the elaborate descriptions gave us, it started to get on our nerves a bit. It’s good we had Luca to somewhat balance out all the flowery imagery and prose.
Spice: 42% We are getting his inner thoughts about perfectly fried calamari but nothing about what’s really going on or even what he thinks is going on. I’ve passed annoyed and am headed to straight up bitchy about this.
Lily: Luca runs hot and cold. And there’s nothing like good calamari, it can make or break a dish
Sparkles: And yeah, Luca is a f#cking psycho. Hope he gets his own book
Spice: He is one crazy douchenozzle, but I’m not sure I could handle a whole book filled with his brand of asshole.
When we all had finished and started to discuss it, we were still split. For Spice and I, although we had issues with Turo not being who we wanted him to be, we still enjoyed the book. It just wasn’t the book we thought it would be which reflected in our ratings. Sparkles loved it despite the flaws. Turo, in all his glorious dirty talking splendor, won her over enough for her to forgive him his issues.
Our advice is to go in knowing the sheer power of the romance will overshadow the suspense making this more of a relationship-driven romantic suspense. Dagger in The Sea is a sweet, sexy, dirty book with the occasional dark twist to spice things up.
Buddy Read Rating: 3.75 Divergent Stars.
Sparkles- 4 stars
Lily: 3.5 Stars
Spice: 3.5 Stars.
Flame rating: 5 Dirty Sexy Stars
About the Author
Cat Porter was born and raised in New York City, but also spent a few years in Europe, Texas and the suburbs along the way. As an introverted, only child, she had very big, but very secret dreams for herself. She graduated from Vassar College, was a struggling actress, an art gallery girl, special events planner, freelance writer, and had all sorts of other crazy jobs all hours of the day and night to help make those dreams come true. She has two children’s books traditionally published under her maiden name. She now lives in Greece with her husband and three children, and freaks out regularly and still daydreams way too much. She is addicted to old movies, the History Channel, her iPad, her husband’s homemade red wine, really dark chocolate, and her Nespresso coffee machine. Writing keeps her somewhat sane, extremely happy, and a productive member of society. If you enjoy character driven epic tales, her books are for you.
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