Book Review: Deep Waters, Book 1 of The Security Specialists by Jessica R. Patch (+Goodreads Giveaway)

"When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown . . ." - Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

Title:  Deep Waters
Series: The Security Specialists, Book 1
Author: Jessica R. Patch
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date:  July 1, 2017 (Kindle), July 4, 2017 (Paperback)
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction / Suspense


Thirty feet underwater when her oxygen tank fails, Caley Flynn fears it's been sabotaged--and she'll be the next to die. Her intern's already dead, her home breached and something's amiss at her Florida marine-life rescue center...but no one believes she's in danger. Except Shepherd Lightman. When Caley's brother asked him to check on her, the marine turned security specialist hoped it would be a case of calming down a nervous veterinarian. But the threats are all too real. Rescuing Caley and remaining alive isn't easy, but resisting his boss's sister is where the real danger lies. Because with his heart in the balance, he'll do whatever it takes to stop a killer who's desperate to keep a secret hidden.

"I know this isn't part of your assignment, but I need physical contact. . . a hug. a pat. Whatever.." (51)

That line from Jessica R. Patch's latest suspense, Deep Waters, which is the first book in a new series, The Security Specialists cracks me up. It's honest and cute.  I've had the pleasure of reading Concealed Identity and Final Verdict from the author and just absolutely loved it. I knew coming into Deep Waters, we'll meet some familiar characters, and I just enjoyed catching on on their action. It's real fun to see the overprotective side of Wilder, when I've enjoyed the humorous and charming part of him 0 at least that's what I remembered.  With Deep Waters, the suspense lies in the uncertainty of who's trying to harm Caley, Wilder's sister, and why. 

The setting of sea turtle studies and rescues are interesting, and gives a "lighter" atmosphere for our "machine-man body guard," Shepard. These two are so much fun to read. The quiet hero who's like an "iron wall" that keeps his "words and emotions hostage" (79) may just met his match of a heroine who's skilled at melting his wall. A great start to a new series that's sure to start a fan base for the "security specialists" and for the author, if you haven't already fallen in love with her words of romance and suspense. With that said, I'm ending this this lovely message:

"Don't let fear rob you of loving someone and being loved. 'Cause loving someone . . . that's the best kind of living. That's like walking on water. Get out there. Trust God to hold your hand if your faith sinks." (179)
Yep. Get out there, and be sure to pick up a copy of Deep Waters, out July 4th!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. Readers will identify with characters that are flawed but redeemable. 

Jessica grew up in southern Illinois. She attended Central Bible College where she met her husband, an ordained minister with Destiny Ministries. She's served as a Biblical Studies teacher, Women’s Ministry leader, Regional Women’s Representative,  co-pastor with her husband of the Young Adult Ministry as well as taught workshop and spoken to Women’s groups. Currently, she teaches the new & growing believers class with curriculum she wrote. She is a member of the ACFW, and Byhalia Christian Writers Group, a chapter of American Christian Writers. 

When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she'll probably never cook. She's the author of the Seasons of Hope series, Fatal Reunion, and Protective Duty. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.

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