Last week I shared the release of the newest book in the Rock Point series, Cabin 12. I enjoyed the first book, Keeping 6, so I was looking forward to reading this one. Thanks to the author I received an ARC of this book. Keep on reading to find out what I thought of this book!
Title: Cabin 12
Series: Rock Point Series #2
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 13, 2018
Even at thirty seven, with a challenging but rewarding career as a paramedic, Bella Gomez is treated as the baby of the family. It’s made her allergic to anyone meddling, so she chooses to keep mostly to herself. Unfortunately that doesn’t stop her family from inserting themselves in her life. Nor does it deter the one man she knows she shouldn’t get close to from showing up on her doorstep.
Jasper Greene, an FBI agent with the La Plata County field office, doesn’t even know the meaning of family. His team is his family, which is why—when his boss asks him to keep an eye on his baby sister—Jasper readily complies. Even when the sister in question is a spectacularly developed princess with plenty of attitude.
With a shooter on the loose and corruption running rampant, Bella is a magnet for trouble, and Jasper finds himself with his hands full—in more ways than one.
Like I said, I enjoyed Keeping 6 and was excited to give this one a go. One of my concerns with Keeping 6 was that romance was really heavy in the book and kind of left the suspense part lacking. Some things were kind of unrealistic in my eyes. I have to say in Cabin 12 that is not the case at all. The suspense aspect is actually more center stage than the romance.
In Cabin 12 we meet Bella and Jasper. I loved this, because Bella was a character I enjoyed in Keeping 6. She’s one of the main characters sisters in that book. She moved away when she had some problems and her family wouldn’t leave her alone. She needs some space and living near her brother is the best she can do. Bella is a character that I really loved. She has been through a lot and needs to work through it. Slowly she starts realizing how strong she is and fights for herself. I loved how much she grew in this book!
Jasper is the other main character and works with Bella’s brother. He’s Jasper’s boss. His work is everything to him, because he didn’t have a family growing up and that’s what his team is to him now. I loved Jasper. He is so protective and caring and will do just about anything for someone he loves. Even though he is still learning how to let himself feel. Only Jasper definitely way too much.
In the beginning, Jasper and Bella seem like an unlikely pairing, but it works better than you think. They have fun flirting, teasing and even arguing. It’s clear there’s an attraction, it just takes them awhile. Like I said, the romance isn’t center stage, but it doesn’t mean you don’t feel it!
A case Jasper and his team are working on is pretty important and very scary. In the end it has way more things to discover than they expected. It ends up involving them all and it really kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved that the author doesn’t drag it out, but gives just the right amount of holding off on information.
All in all, this book is a great combination of romance and suspense. We get the sweet, romantic and sexy moments we crave in a book like this, but also suspense that leaves you wanting more. And for readers who read Keeping 6, you get a look at how the characters are doing from the first book. I love when authors do that.
I really hope the author gives us more books in this series!
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The ceremony was lovely, and I swear I saw my brother surreptitiously brush away a tear. Something I will file away for future use, should I need some extra leverage.
Of course I was back on Jasper’s arm, following the newly married couple back to the house, and just like the walk up the aisle, he was silent. A tad unsettling, since what little I know of him, he never seems at a loss for words. The silence felt ominous.
I’m reminded of that when I spot him coming out of the house, holding a beer bottle by the neck between two fingers, casually making his way over. I look for an escape but am weighed down by Kim’s little boy, who I offered to watch while his parents dance under the strings of lights covering the roof of the rented canopy tent. Exhausted from the long day, Asher fell asleep on my lap in seconds, his warm cheek pressed against my cleavage. There’s no way I can slink away with a sleeping toddler plastered to my boobs.
“Your scar is showing,” he says, pulling out a chair and sitting down, his back to the dance floor.
“Shit.” I try to reach around Asher to tug my dress into place, but part of my skirt is wedged underneath his little butt.
“Lift him up.”
Fearing my family will make a scene if they see my injury, I do as he orders, but throw in a scathing look for good measure. A blush quickly replaces it, when I feel the surprisingly rough pads of his fingers brush the skin where my thick thighs are pressed together. My body responds immediately, and I’m suddenly grateful for the little boy on my lap, effectively hiding the evidence.
Damn that man. I mentally scold myself for responding to him the way I do. It’s like it’s genetically ingrained for me to be attracted to this type of guy. Handsome, charming, charismatic, and easily distracted by the next piece of fluff darting in front of his eyes. It’s not healthy.
“Last thing I expected was to find you sitting here looking like some kind of modern-day Madonna with a child on your lap. I’d figured you’d be partying it up on the dance floor by now.” His raspy voice draws me from my musings, and I’m not quite sure whether to be insulted or flattered right now.
“And I’m surprised you sat down to join me, I keep looking around to see where you might have left your flavor of the day.”
Clearly I went with insulted, echoing back what I choose to take as a negative characterization. His eyes go big in his head as he looks around him, appearing confused.
“Flavor of the day?”
“Your date? The tall blonde I saw you schmoozing with at dinner?”
Last thing I expected was the deep belly laugh escaping from his wide smile.
Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.
A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.
She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!
I’m not sure if this book is going to get anymore books, but I would love to read more in this series. There are definitely a few characters I would like to know more about. Have you ever read anything by Freya Barker? If so, what did you think?