Blackwater is book #2 in the Tainted Water New Adult romantic novella series. This is Reether Jones’ story of events which we read about in book #1 Blue water. As well as being from Reether’s POV (or Link as he’s also called) I felt it answered some of the questions and gaps which readers may have had whilst reading the first book.
Reether prefers the peace and quiet of underwater swimming; he’s lucky to live with a lake in his backyard. For years he’s swum in the lake with best friend Whit, but the book opens with him horrified as she begins to drown whilst trying to save another.
With adolescence, Link and Whit have moved from best friends to falling in love with each other; however, everyone sees this, but them. Connie is currently Link’s girlfriend, but when Whit and Crash get together, Link is consumed with jealousy.
Crash, aka Harold Thompson, is the son of a drug baron. When Link finds out, he tries to keep Crash away from Whit, especially as Crash’s dad was behind the drugs which killed Whit’s brother. Link vows to keep Whit safe as she sleeps alone in her home; he camps outside her house each night, but he’s not the only one on night patrol. Crash, too, is keen to protect Whit. Their sole purpose turns them from enemies to friends; Link learns more about Crash, his tortured life and the real danger that Whit is in.
Shocked to learn that Crash, Link and Whit’s parents were once all friends, Link reels from new information about his own parentage. As the net around Whit closes in both Link and Crash vow to put their lives first before that of the girl they love.
Heart-warming heightened passion from two young men as they sit on the cusp of a dangerous adult world. I enjoyed book #1 and it was good to see the story from Link’s eyes. I will warn you that this book deals with the horrors of human trafficking; however, it shows them in a suitable way for the new adult readership.
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THIS NOVELLA IS THE SEQUEL TO BLUE WATERS. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU READ BLUE WATERS FIRST.
The blue water Whit once loved now looked black because it was claiming her, taking her from me.
Whitney Summers is Link’s best friend. He would do anything for her, even sacrifice their friendship to protect her. Whitney believes she understands what is transpiring in her life, but so much stirs beneath the surface. As her closest friend and protector, Link faces the darkness in his own life to guard the girl he loves.
This is Link’s story…
There was no beauty in her dying that day…
About the author
India R. Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels, and the music for the Forever series.
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Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”
Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations.
Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.