Review: The Blue Dolphin by Robena Grant

The Blue Dolphin by Robena Grant
Series: Desert Heat (# 2)
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 296
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

When Debbie Williams discovers a dismembered body in the dumpster behind her health spa, she’s determined to find out what happened. As a single parent, she must be sure the town she loves is safe for her daughter. Debbie won’t be deterred by anyone—not even the ruggedly handsome agent on the case who doesn’t appreciate her amateur sleuthing.

After his partner’s body is uncovered, DEA agent Jack Davis vows revenge. But three words shouted over the phone before his partner died—azul, delfin, Almagro—are Jack’s only clues. Even worse, a sexy blonde spa owner refuses to stay out of his investigation, and the chemistry between them is difficult to ignore.

As danger strikes ever closer, Jack and Debbie must figure out what blue dolphins and a small California desert town have to do with a dangerous drug cartel…all while protecting their hearts from an attraction neither can resist.


Review: The Blue Dolphin is the second book in the Desert Heat series and can be read as a stand- alone. I found this title to be a bit more exciting than the first book.

In The Blue Dolphin we are introduced to Debbie Williams (who had made an appearance in the first book, Unlock the Truth) and DEA agent Jack Davis. Debbie has unwittingly found herself thrown into the middle of a murder investigation when an unidentified body was found in the dumpster behind her business place. The investigation of this murder led to her crossing paths with Jack Davis who was working undercover in a bid to solve the murder of his best friend and partner. Debbie is not your typical romance heroine. She is a thirty-six year old single mother whose past is filled with pain and disappointment and who also enjoys the thrills she gets from being an amateur sleuth. As such the discovery of the unidentified body behind her business place saw her devising ways in which she find out who was responsible. Jack also has a painful which made it easier for him to understand and empathize with Debbie. It was this commonality coupled with their mutual desire to solve the murder mystery that brought them closer. Jack was working undercover in a bid to find out who was responsible for the murder of his partner and friend. I felt that the romance between Jack and Debbie was a bit underdeveloped. I thought it was rushed and somewhat unrealistic and the chemistry between them was lukewarm.

What The Blue Dolphin lacked in romance it more than made up for in the mystery and suspense department. This story is filled with a lot of twists and turns and it had me guessing from one moment to the next as to who the true villain was. The story was engrossing and riveting and I just could not wait to find out what was coming next. Ms. Grant grabbed my attention from the very beginning and was able to hold my interest to the end.
Overall this was a fun read and I am looking forward to reading more from this author.