by Amy Craig
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Hadley lost her sister to cancer. When an explosion puts her in the middle of a family squabble, Johann asks for a week of discretion to protect his brother. Torn between her research and the loneliness in his gaze, she agrees, but family dynamics upend her understanding of loyalty.
He swirled the ice in his water and smiled. “Two to be exact.”
“And the bad one?”
“He won’t trouble you.” His expression tightened. “To succeed with your research, you need Johann’s discipline and his deep pockets. He’s the right choice.”
His proclamation unnerved her. Dr. Stefan’s guidance usually came with hints of old-world aftershave, not ultimatums. Uncertainty raised gooseflesh on her skin, and she wondered if a family investor would be too close to home. She refused to start the meeting at a disadvantage. “What happened to peace, love, and horizontal organizational structures?”
Rubbing the condensation off his glass, he shook his head. “That’s not how life works in Germany.” He looked up. “Trust me, my dear, the view is much better from the top.”
His bittersweet smile struck a chord in her heart, but his hidden vulnerability intrigued her. Adjusting her seat, she acknowledged her impending graduation signaled the end of his guidance but hoped their relationship would mature to friendship. What tradeoffs have you made, Dr. Stefan?
The server walked into the courtyard and presented a bottle of cabernet.
Turning, Dr. Stefan scanned the label and nodded. “Very good.”
Wordlessly, the server filled their glasses and accepted two dishes from a busser. “Smoke-tinged artichokes and roasted eggplant skewers.” He placed the dishes on the table and backed away.
She caught his appraising stare, but she looked away and focused on the garlicky yogurt sauce and delicate olives edging the plate. The eggplant glistened with olive oil. Licking her lips, she raised her glass of wine and wondered if she could begin. “Your nephew is late.”
“By design, I’m sure,” Dr. Stefan said. “Johann doesn’t make mistakes.”
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The Peninsula is the first book I have read by Amy Craig. After reading this one, it will not be the last. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense with a few twists and turns that I could not have predicted. I thought the main characters, Hadley and Johann, had great chemistry. I admit that it started off rather slow the first few chapters. I am so glad I continue to read as I quickly was engaged and had to keep reading to see what would happen from scene to scene.
I am giving The Peninsula four stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading romantic suspense. I would love to read more by Amy Craig in the future to see where she will take her characters and readers to next.
I received a digital copy of The Peninsula from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.