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Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Her instincts tell her to help him, and their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Her instincts tell her to help him, and their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces that want him dead. Once fate has brought them together, can they learn to live apart?


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Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Her instincts tell her to help him, and their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Her instincts tell her to help him, and their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces that want him dead. Once fate has brought them together, can they learn to live apart?

30 review for Diamond Bay (Rescues, #2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    I liked this one. We met Kell Sabin in a previous book and he was quite the mysterious character. Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Her instincts tell her to help him, and their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces that want him dead. I liked this one. We met Kell Sabin in a previous book and he was quite the mysterious character. Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Her instincts tell her to help him, and their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces that want him dead. Once fate has brought them together, can they learn to live apart? American. She wondered at the heritage that had given him his dark colouring. Italian or Arabic, Hungarian or American indian, maybe even Black Irish? Slowly he slid down the zipper of his jeans, the denim spreading open in a vee to reveal bronzed skin and the vertical line of downy hair that arrowed down his lower abdomen into the thicker growth of hair just visible in his opened pants ... Met Grant and Jane from the previous book. Ok, you have to suspend the disbelief a little bit ...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    *Spoiler* Everything was fine until, Sabin, the H, woke up then it all devolved into insta-lust with him "gripping her arms to shake some sense into her" (leaving bruises, btw); after which he and Rachel would have cringe-worthy, absolutely mechanical sort of sex where his snake loins would surge into her warm pits all while Sabin demanded she "take it all, all of me, you're mine, you're mine, you're mine..." *Spoiler* Everything was fine until, Sabin, the H, woke up then it all devolved into insta-lust with him "gripping her arms to shake some sense into her" (leaving bruises, btw); after which he and Rachel would have cringe-worthy, absolutely mechanical sort of sex where his snake loins would surge into her warm pits all while Sabin demanded she "take it all, all of me, you're mine, you're mine, you're mine..."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Exciting. Hard to put down. Great fun. Neat characters. I loved the part Joe the dog played. I suggest reading the physical book. Don’t buy the audiobook unless they redo it with a different narrator. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: I hated the narrator. Brenda Sweeney sounded like a little old lady prudish retired school teacher. The way she interpreted phrases was soooo off. Normal adult conversation would not sound that way. For example, one guy asks Jane if she will stay at the hospital to watch over the p Exciting. Hard to put down. Great fun. Neat characters. I loved the part Joe the dog played. I suggest reading the physical book. Don’t buy the audiobook unless they redo it with a different narrator. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: I hated the narrator. Brenda Sweeney sounded like a little old lady prudish retired school teacher. The way she interpreted phrases was soooo off. Normal adult conversation would not sound that way. For example, one guy asks Jane if she will stay at the hospital to watch over the patient. A normal adult answer would be to say “of course” in a matter of fact way. The narrator said it using a high pitched voice - long and drawn out - southern style like it’s so obvious don’t even ask. Another example: Kell asks Rachel how she lifted him onto the bed. She said “the vet” meaning the vet helped her. But this narrator said “the vet” in a very high pitched voice and long and drawn out - like it’s obvious, you should know the answer, why are you asking me? I don’t know if I’m explaining this well, but it was ICK. It did not sound normal or natural for 30-year-old adults. The narrator made the hero sound like a school teacher, not the alpha male. Same goes for sex scenes. This little old lady narrator does not fit. THE STORY: The plot involved CIA type agents and a woman who used to work as an investigative reporter. Feel good ending. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 244 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: eight. Setting: current day Gainesville, Florida. Copyright: 1987. Genre: contemporary romantic suspense.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    Kell Sabin is a legend in the shadowy world of intelligence and is a prime target, while on a vacation he senses danger and is attacked, getting shot and his boat bombed but he's tough and despite his injuries manages to swim a bit in the water. Rachel Jones left her investigative journalist career when she lost her husband and moved to Diamond bay where she grew up and was the happiest, she runs two shops and writes. While walking on the beach, she sees something and finds an injured man with a Kell Sabin is a legend in the shadowy world of intelligence and is a prime target, while on a vacation he senses danger and is attacked, getting shot and his boat bombed but he's tough and despite his injuries manages to swim a bit in the water. Rachel Jones left her investigative journalist career when she lost her husband and moved to Diamond bay where she grew up and was the happiest, she runs two shops and writes. While walking on the beach, she sees something and finds an injured man with a weak pulse, she thinks of calling the paramedics but for some reason doesn't and then with a lot of pain manages to drag him to her house with the the help of Joe(a feral and protective dog). Rachel due to her husband and former career has some understanding about men who live in the shadows and thinks the unknown man is one of them, she takes care of him with help from a friend, nursing him. I enjoyed the book quite a lot, like all LH books the hero has instant lust and can't keep his hands of the heroine. Rachel falls for him fairly early, it is Kell who is difficult. He has always led a solitary life even when he was married and doesn't know how to let people in but Rachel just sneaks in, but the nature of his job makes him unwilling to put Rachel at risk even if he has to walk away from her. I enjoyed the glimpses we get of Jane and Grant and I really liked that Rachel was one of those women who could take care of herself and the book is very sensuous as all LH are.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    5 SHINY, VINTAGE-MILITARY-ROMANCE-THRILLER GOLD STARS! After reading this story I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. This is another fantastic story by Linda Howard! Her characters are the Original bad-ass-uber-alpha-males, and Kell Sabin is no exception. I LOVED him! (Kell reminds me so much of John Madea from All the Queen's Men.. which I now want to re-read!) Kell is such a lone wolf. He is so used to protecting everyone, keeping dangerous secrets, and working alone because of the dang 5 SHINY, VINTAGE-MILITARY-ROMANCE-THRILLER GOLD STARS! After reading this story I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. This is another fantastic story by Linda Howard! Her characters are the Original bad-ass-uber-alpha-males, and Kell Sabin is no exception. I LOVED him! (Kell reminds me so much of John Madea from All the Queen's Men.. which I now want to re-read!) Kell is such a lone wolf. He is so used to protecting everyone, keeping dangerous secrets, and working alone because of the danger of his job that he lets absolutely NO ONE into life or his heart. It takes someone as sassy and smart as Rachel to break through his hard shell to get to the 'guts' of who he really is. When they finally give into their attraction for one another it's .. the only problem is that they both know that Kell will eventually leave her. Even though he loves her (and she's the only person he's ever loved) he will NEVER stay with her because of how dangerous his job is. If anything were to happen to Rachel because of him, he wouldn't be able to live with himself. When danger knocks on Rachel's door, it is further proof that he cannot be apart of Rachel's life. ..except their both dying inside The story was amazing, and the characters were wonderful to read. I loved the appearance of Grant and Jane... oh, how I missed Jane's sassy kick-ass character! The ending was great, but the epilogue was FANTASTIC!! If you haven't read anything by Linda Howard, START NOW! It's my opinion that her earlier work (late 80's-early 90's) is the best! You won't be disappointed! :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    Classic Linda Howard. So glad I finally read this one. It reminds me why I love her so much. She was a pioneer of the gentle alpha/gamma hero and will always be a favorite.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ira

    3.5 stars. I probably give four stars, if I read it five years ago. It’s a good oldie! 😘 I managed to finish Ms. Howard’s book, while I couldn’t even pass three chapters of many new author’s latest books. 🤷‍♀️ On to Rescues, #3.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zeek

    One of my favorite re-reads, Diamond Bay has everything I adore. An uber-alpha hero who isn't a jerk, a direct, intelligent heroine who doesn't have to tell us she's smart and strong because she shows it in everything she does and their gut wrenching romantic story. Rachel is satisfied with the peaceful life she's made in Diamond Bay on the gulf coast of Florida. She spends her days with her boisterous pets, gardening and doing her chores and she makes a good living writing and owning two souveni One of my favorite re-reads, Diamond Bay has everything I adore. An uber-alpha hero who isn't a jerk, a direct, intelligent heroine who doesn't have to tell us she's smart and strong because she shows it in everything she does and their gut wrenching romantic story. Rachel is satisfied with the peaceful life she's made in Diamond Bay on the gulf coast of Florida. She spends her days with her boisterous pets, gardening and doing her chores and she makes a good living writing and owning two souvenir shops. But her quiet life is shattered when Kell Sabin washes up on the shores of Diamond Bay, shot and unconscious. A woman who knows how to get things done, she almost kills herself dragging him back to her house, because her instincts tell her he needs protected. She of course makes the right decision because Kell is a super-secret agent for the American Government who lives a solitary life of danger and intrigue. When Kell wakes up, he find himself well taken care of and safely tucked away in a secluded house off the Bay he dove into after being shot at. He's momentarily confused, because he knows someone is trying to kill him, but he has no idea how he got to safety. Who is holding him prisoner? After shopping to buy things for her unexpected patient, Rachel arrives home to a fully conscious man. When she realizes who the man is holding a knife to her throat from behind, she's both relieved and frightened. Calmly she informs him she is no threat to him and that he is on the mend. The overly cautious Sabin doesn't know if he should trust the startling woman before him, but, in his weakened condition, he has no other choice. As he allows himself to be cared for, he realizes there is a strange attraction between them. Strange because he's feels he knows her even though he's been unconscious for the last three days. As for Rachel, she's already fallen for the dark stranger who washed into her life so suddenly, and there is nothing she won't do to keep him safe from those who mean to harm him. Kell doesn't like the way she puts herself in danger when the very man whom he suspects took part in engineering the attempt on his life shows up at her house. He doesn't like it all. But her help is invaluable and when he calls in a trusted friend to aid him in snaring the double agent, he knows he has to get away from the woman who not only saved his life, but is about to steal his heart. He, of course, needs to for her own good- for if his enemies discover that he would sell his soul to keep her safe, he would place her and his governments' secrets in the gravest of dangers. Rachel isn't gonna make it easy for him to just walk away, but when his greatest fear is realized, walk away he does. What kind of life can someone lead when they are forced to live apart from their love of a lifetime? You'll have to read to find out! This steamy one-time category romance from the 80's still tops my list as my most romantic, comfort read of all time- even all these years later!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crista

    Linda Howard's Kell Sabin series remains my favorite of her books to date. Midnight Rainbow is my favorite jungle romance, and Diamond Bay is my favorite "nursed back to health" romance. Kell Sabin is the stuff that my dreams are made of. He is secretive, smart, and sexy as all get out! He is shot, finds a way to escape, and washes up on shore barely alive. Rachel finds him, nurses him back to health, and keeps him safe. This is the plot in a nutshell, but there is so much more to this book than Linda Howard's Kell Sabin series remains my favorite of her books to date. Midnight Rainbow is my favorite jungle romance, and Diamond Bay is my favorite "nursed back to health" romance. Kell Sabin is the stuff that my dreams are made of. He is secretive, smart, and sexy as all get out! He is shot, finds a way to escape, and washes up on shore barely alive. Rachel finds him, nurses him back to health, and keeps him safe. This is the plot in a nutshell, but there is so much more to this book than that! I love a romance where the hero/heroine are in close contact for much of the book, and in Diamond Bay they are definitely in close contact for most of the book! The chemistry between these characters was off the charts and I loved watching the hard-nosed Kell Sabin fall hopelessly in love. The action in this book is riveting and the sensuality is scorching. I read this years ago and still pull it out whenever I need a "sure thing". This entire series is awesome and will not disappoint!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    This was good. I liked the characters and it had some exciting moments. I just wanted more of them as a couple. I didn’t feel like the hero wanted the heroine enough so the romance wasn’t as good as I expecting.

  11. 4 out of 5

    KatieV

    One of L.H.'s old Silhouette titles. I enjoyed it. It's fairly light, considering some of the manly bad behavior in other early L.H. novels. The hero did not try to ruin the woman's career/hide her child from her/have her arrested/force her to the sell the family home/etc. I love that crap, myself. Kel Sabin is the mysterious head of the cloak and dagger outfit the hero in book #1 retired from. He's badass and lots of baddies want him dead. Unfortunately some of those baddies are supposed to be o One of L.H.'s old Silhouette titles. I enjoyed it. It's fairly light, considering some of the manly bad behavior in other early L.H. novels. The hero did not try to ruin the woman's career/hide her child from her/have her arrested/force her to the sell the family home/etc. I love that crap, myself. Kel Sabin is the mysterious head of the cloak and dagger outfit the hero in book #1 retired from. He's badass and lots of baddies want him dead. Unfortunately some of those baddies are supposed to be on his side. When he is attacked and left for dead, he can't be sure who to trust. The heroine, Rachel, is an ex-investigative reporter turned writer whose husband was murdered because of an investigation she was running. She knows there are shady, shady characters out there and certain clues tell her journalist self this isn't a normal crime. She decides to take care of the hero until he is awake and able to defend himself. The hero is unconscious and being sponged for at least a 1/3 of the story... seemed like it anyway, but could have something to do with the audio. Let's just say the hero really enjoys his sponging, even if he isn't exactly conscious of it. The heroine is likeable, the hero is hot in his alpha-super-spy way, and the dog is awesome. There is also an appearance by the h/H from book 1. The speaking voices for the heroines took a bit of getting used to. At least this heroine didn't sound as Marilyn Monroesque air-headed as the heroine from book #1 did. The narrator has a fine inner narrative voice for the heroine, she should have stuck with that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophie ♥

    3.5 stars? I did enjoy this one even though I liked White Lies much better. Digging this series by Linda Howard. 3.5 stars? I did enjoy this one even though I liked White Lies much better. Digging this series by Linda Howard.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Audiobook: Narrator - Brenda Sweeney I enjoyed most of the narration of this book with the exception of some of the narrator’s interpretation of the heroine’s voice. Her choices in how the heroine might say a line, that left no clue as to what the character was feeling, often left me disappointed in her performance. I felt she was leading me down the wrong path of what the character was truly experiencing and taking my own thoughts away from me. Despite that, I loved her performance of the hero a Audiobook: Narrator - Brenda Sweeney I enjoyed most of the narration of this book with the exception of some of the narrator’s interpretation of the heroine’s voice. Her choices in how the heroine might say a line, that left no clue as to what the character was feeling, often left me disappointed in her performance. I felt she was leading me down the wrong path of what the character was truly experiencing and taking my own thoughts away from me. Despite that, I loved her performance of the hero as well as a couple of important secondary characters. Enough that I immediately went back and picked up her audio of their story. This is a steamy, romantic thriller that kept me engaged from the very beginning. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this author’s writing and exactly why I started reading her to begin with. Rachel was fierce and independent but knew what she wanted. Unfortunately, just because she wants Kell doesn’t mean she’ll have him. He lives a life that puts those around him at risk and he refuses to do so to Rachel. I loved the bit of push and pull between these two because they each had great arguments for doing so. I wondered how they’d ever work it out. There is a lot of action and drama from outside sources and a wonderful visit from Grant and Jane from Midnight Rainbow. Every one of these characters are very well developed within an intriguing case that defines danger. This is classic Howard and I loved listening to it! Listened via Audible Escape Dual POV - although difficult to discern when the view point changed during the audio Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h’s husband died but while she still misses him, she is not still hardcore grieving him; H not a man-whore (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Naksed

    The waves would wash him toward the beach. She turned and staggered back toward shore, and two seconds later her hand closed on thick hair. Fiercely she jerked his head above the water, but he was limp, his eyes closed. "Don't you die on me!" she ordered between clenched teeth, catching him under the shoulders and towing him in. Kell Sabin washes up on an isolated shore off the Florida Coast after being the victim of an assassination attempt by an international terrorist organization. Rachel J The waves would wash him toward the beach. She turned and staggered back toward shore, and two seconds later her hand closed on thick hair. Fiercely she jerked his head above the water, but he was limp, his eyes closed. "Don't you die on me!" she ordered between clenched teeth, catching him under the shoulders and towing him in. Kell Sabin washes up on an isolated shore off the Florida Coast after being the victim of an assassination attempt by an international terrorist organization. Rachel Jones finds him steps from her beach front cottage and proceeds to nurse him back to health in private, without alerting the authorities. When he regains consciousness, Sabin is loath to answer her questions. As far as he is concerned, the less she knows, the better, and the quicker he gets out of here (despite his growing attraction to her), the less danger she will be placed in by his pursuers. But Rachel has other ideas and she is not going to let him get away with pushing her aside. One thing Linda Howard does oh so well is the quick, sharp, humorous banter and there were loads of it here. "Call me 'Joe'." He drawled. "I can't do that," she replied. "'Joe is what I call the dog, because he wouldn't tell me his name, either. Make up another one." The protagonists were both interesting, likable and definitely had chemistry with each other. LH always writes the best love scenes and she delivered on this front. Plus, there was a third character that was just as interesting if not more endearing, which was Joe, the once-abused guard dog that Rachel rescued. I lost my heart to him. With all this, why only a three star "meh" rating? Too many plot holes, buffoonish villains, and a disappointing ending. There is only so much push and pull I can take. Here, the whole "If you really love her, you will set her free, for her own good" attitude from the hero was unromantic imho. I want my heroes to be all "mine, mine, mine" and go after their lady love because, despite the good, bad, and ugly, they just can't live without each other. Don't let that deter you from trying Diamond Bay though. I think fans of Linda Howard, and of romantic suspense, would find it an entertaining afternoon read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    DNF @ 15% I just can't with the heroine. She found a naked stranger unconscious (with 2 bullet holes in him) on her private beach and decided to tend to his gun shot wound herself and not to call the police. Because by looking at the injuries alone she can tell that the man was a secret agent. And apparently it was better that he went into a coma in her bed than him being offed in a hospital bed by some corrupted cops. I could not get pass the ridiculousness of her thinking. I am throwing in the DNF @ 15% I just can't with the heroine. She found a naked stranger unconscious (with 2 bullet holes in him) on her private beach and decided to tend to his gun shot wound herself and not to call the police. Because by looking at the injuries alone she can tell that the man was a secret agent. And apparently it was better that he went into a coma in her bed than him being offed in a hospital bed by some corrupted cops. I could not get pass the ridiculousness of her thinking. I am throwing in the towel. Why torture myself.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Overall rating: 4.75 stars! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ No - they are both celibate during a 5-6 month separation. And yes, it was confirmed for both people. (hide spoiler)] Intimate Pasts: (view spoiler)[ The heroine hasn't been with anyone since her late husband died - I can't remember how long, but I believe greater than a few years. It seems to have been awhile for the hero. The hero wa Overall rating: 4.75 stars! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ No - they are both celibate during a 5-6 month separation. And yes, it was confirmed for both people. (hide spoiler)] Intimate Pasts: (view spoiler)[ The heroine hasn't been with anyone since her late husband died - I can't remember how long, but I believe greater than a few years. It seems to have been awhile for the hero. The hero was married years ago. He is since divorced. He never really loved her but was "fond" of her. He didn't want her to be involved in his dangerous lifestyle since he considered her an "innocent" civilian. Anyway since then he had sex when he had it and that was that. There was no mention of how often, but there were no attachments and it seemed like it couldn't have been often because he didn't like to have ANY sort of connection to any one person and that includes sex. Also, at the start of this book, he is actually on a 6 week vacation alone. There was no mention of wanting to have sex with ow or anything in his inner thoughts during the beginning of that time either. He doesn't dwell on his past with women until later on when he realizes his desire for Rachel that is more than he has ever felt for any one woman in his life. He doesn't continually speak about his past - just once or twice and it didn't bother me at all. During their separation, he flat out says that he had no desire for any woman that wasn't Rachel. Period. (hide spoiler)] Push/pull: (view spoiler)[ Yes and it was totally understandable. He loved Rachel and told her as much and didn't want to risk her, especially when she ends up getting shot. He just can't deal with it. For those that WANT to know, Rachel DOES reach out to him and he doesn't respond. It takes a mutual friend to step in and lie to him about something for him to come back around, but once he does, he knows he can't leave her again because he can't live without Rachel. (hide spoiler)] OW/OM drama: (view spoiler)[ None (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes - very sweet! (hide spoiler)] My review: I also enjoyed the premise of this book. I actually started with White Lies and am working my way backwards. I skipped book 3 simply because I heard the hero is a huge dick, and LH's heroes are already kind of dickish (but totally redeemable) so I figured I'd stick with the ones that I KNOW are redeemable for now. A big plus for this one was that the heroine's name was Rachel ... what a fabulous name if I do say so myself! Reading this book has me curious to read Grant and Jane's book :) Jane is kickass!

  17. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    Sometimes it's nice to slip back into an "oldie, but goodie" from Linda Howard. Although more romance than suspense, Diamond Bay delivers the characters and plot that made Linda Howard a household name. I liked both of the primary characters (Kell and Rachel) and thought LH did a good job developing them and their scenario. One of my favorite aspects of LH is that she develops strong female characters and Rachel was heroine worthy. The secondary cast was small but decently developed and you get to Sometimes it's nice to slip back into an "oldie, but goodie" from Linda Howard. Although more romance than suspense, Diamond Bay delivers the characters and plot that made Linda Howard a household name. I liked both of the primary characters (Kell and Rachel) and thought LH did a good job developing them and their scenario. One of my favorite aspects of LH is that she develops strong female characters and Rachel was heroine worthy. The secondary cast was small but decently developed and you get to see Jane and Grant from the previous book in the Rescue Series aka the Kell Sapin Series. I would have liked more suspense at the end as it was wrapped up rather quickly and I think LH would have delivered more if it had been written later in her career. I'm re-reading this series and really enjoying it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Diamond Bay by Linda Howard is a 2016 Avon Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book was originally published back in 1987, but has been reissued in e book format. Linda Howard is one of my very favorite romantic suspense authors. I have been reading her books for years and am so excited to see some of her backlisted titles being released in e book format. “Diamond Bay” is the second book in the Kel Sabin se Diamond Bay by Linda Howard is a 2016 Avon Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book was originally published back in 1987, but has been reissued in e book format. Linda Howard is one of my very favorite romantic suspense authors. I have been reading her books for years and am so excited to see some of her backlisted titles being released in e book format. “Diamond Bay” is the second book in the Kel Sabin series, but it can be read as a standalone. Kel is the leader of a top secret intelligence agency, living a shadowy, dangerous life along with an elite team. While trying to take some down time, Kel suddenly finds himself under attack. Wounded, he manages to swim to an isolate beachfront, but if Rachel Jones had not seen him on the shores, he would most assuredly would have died. Rachel is living a quiet life in Florida after her husband’s death, writing articles, and running a few gift shops. But, her life had been very different when she worked as an investigative reporter. However, it is that experience that tells her to keep Kel’s presence in her home a secret from the authorities. So, she nurses him back to health, not knowing a single thing about him, but quickly learns that people are looking for him, and they are not good guys. Who is this beautiful man who has taken over her life? What are his secrets? Is he a hero or is he dangerous? I loved this book the first time I read it, and found I liked just as much now, maybe even more! Kel Sabin is a wonderful hero. He’s dark, brooding, dangerous, and sex on a stick. Rachel is a smart woman who feels deeply, and is willing to do whatever it takes to be with the man she loves, against all odds. The plot is dark and tense, very suspenseful, with a high octane ending. This is the quintessential romantic suspense format that made it my favorite romance trope, then and now. Often times, contemporary or romantic suspense novels written in the eighties or nineties do not translate well when they are read in modern times. But, this book has managed to stay relevant without the dated quality many reissues suffer from. I can only think of one occasion when a word was used that was a dead giveaway to the time frame the book was written in. One may notice the lack of computers, cell phones, and social media, but as I re-read this book, I didn’t even miss those aspects. This book is just a solid, suspenseful, steamy, romantic suspense novel, proving Ms. Howard’s talent can transcend time and generations of readers. Which, lead me into the future. This e-book gives readers a sample chapter of Linda Howard’s new romantic suspense novel- “Troublemaker” slated for release in the summer of 2016. So, even if you read this book back in the day, this would be a great time to re-read it, and for those haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it and hope you will love it as much as I do!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Decent story. Reread. This one was okay but not one of my favorites from Linda Howard. Still it was fairly solid. I think mostly I felt that Kell Sabin could have been developed more in depth. It seemed to lack a bit of tension between the two leads. Plus John Rafferty's arrival was a bit of a deus ex machine. Not bad, just not a favorite for me. Decent story. Reread. This one was okay but not one of my favorites from Linda Howard. Still it was fairly solid. I think mostly I felt that Kell Sabin could have been developed more in depth. It seemed to lack a bit of tension between the two leads. Plus John Rafferty's arrival was a bit of a deus ex machine. Not bad, just not a favorite for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda (not getting friends updates at this time)

    Have this one ready after you read MIDNIGHT RAINBOW. This is Kell Sabin's story. I especially enjoyed that characters from MR were included in the plot. Have this one ready after you read MIDNIGHT RAINBOW. This is Kell Sabin's story. I especially enjoyed that characters from MR were included in the plot.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    4.25 stars "'I love you,' he said harshly. 'I've never loved anyone before in my life, not my parents, any of my relatives, or even my wife. I've always been alone, different from everyone else. The only friend I've ever had is Sullivan, and he's as much of a lobo as I am. Do you really think I could sacrifice you? Sweet hell, woman, you're my one chance in a lifetime–' He broke off, a muscle in his jaw twitching as he stared at her. 'And I don't dare take it,' he finished quietly." After fin 4.25 stars "'I love you,' he said harshly. 'I've never loved anyone before in my life, not my parents, any of my relatives, or even my wife. I've always been alone, different from everyone else. The only friend I've ever had is Sullivan, and he's as much of a lobo as I am. Do you really think I could sacrifice you? Sweet hell, woman, you're my one chance in a lifetime–' He broke off, a muscle in his jaw twitching as he stared at her. 'And I don't dare take it,' he finished quietly." After finishing Midnight Rainbow, I had to read Diamond Bay right away because, hellooooo, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome who doesn't smile much and is shrouded in mystery. Kell Sabin is a classic Linda Howard hero and oufff he is so sexy, I can't even deal. Kell Sabin has always been emotionally aloof. He wasn't a noisy or laughing child. He was always silent and solitary and he even held himself aloof from his parents. And that's exactly why he's such an intense lover. He was too intense ever to love casually, lightly, to play the game of romance over and over. His emotional distance had been a defense, but Rachel had shattered it, and it hurt. God, how it hurt. And it is his emotional aloofness that made him perfect for his job as an agent tangled deep in intelligence–an emotionless soldier, so to speak. Diamond Bay begins with a bang, quite literally. While on vacation, Kell gets attacked and gets severely injured. He makes it to shore, where Rachel Jones takes him in and nurses him back to health. The suspense aspect of the book is pretty low key. The people who tried to kill Kell are looking for his body, not knowing that he's still alive. Diamond Bay is not as action-packed as Midnight Rainbow; the action only happens in the beginning and in the end. But I really liked it despite the low key suspense. Rachel and Kell are more serious as a couple. There's quite a bit of angst because Kell's job is dangerous and prevents him from having a normal relationship with Rachel. Their romance is super intense and sexy. In contrast to Rachel and Kell, Jane and Grant are more fun, mostly Jane LOL. But I love both couples! And I love that Jane and Grant made an appearance in this book. It was so interesting to see the contrast between the two couples. "He loved her more than he'd known a human being could love; he'd never loved before, but when he'd fallen, he'd gone over hard. It pervaded his bone and tissue; he was never allowed to forget even for a moment. When he slept it was with the memory of holding her in his arms, but more often, he lay awake, his body hard and aching for her softness to surround him. Overall, a solid and memorable Linda Howard book. I'm excited to read the rest of the Rescue series. I'm assuming that the last two books are probably connected to each other, but not to Midnight Rainbow and Diamond Bay.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    4 stars. This is the second book in Linda Howard's vintage Kell Sabin/Rescue series. Despite the really dangerously stupid and unrealistic action the heroine took to rescue the hero, the rest of the book is really good romantic suspense. Jane, the heroine from the first book, makes a memorable cameo. 4 stars. This is the second book in Linda Howard's vintage Kell Sabin/Rescue series. Despite the really dangerously stupid and unrealistic action the heroine took to rescue the hero, the rest of the book is really good romantic suspense. Jane, the heroine from the first book, makes a memorable cameo.

  23. 4 out of 5

    D.G.

    **2.5 stars** Even though I sort of enjoyed Diamond Bay, too many improbably things happened for me to rate it higher. 1. Rachel finds Kell injured in the beach and instead of calling 911, she immediately assumes he's a secret agent. O_0 2. Even though Kell's escape from death was miraculous (he was shot and dumped in the middle of the ocean) the villains assume he's alive (assuming that he was able to swim injured for miles instead of drowning of being eaten by a shark) and then IMMEDIATLY focus o **2.5 stars** Even though I sort of enjoyed Diamond Bay, too many improbably things happened for me to rate it higher. 1. Rachel finds Kell injured in the beach and instead of calling 911, she immediately assumes he's a secret agent. O_0 2. Even though Kell's escape from death was miraculous (he was shot and dumped in the middle of the ocean) the villains assume he's alive (assuming that he was able to swim injured for miles instead of drowning of being eaten by a shark) and then IMMEDIATLY focus on Rachel, like he couldn't have landed anywhere else. 3. Rachel falls in love with Kell almost immediately, even though the guy is unconscious for a good chunk of the time they're together. 4. Super agent Kell is caught with his pants down but is saved by Rachel's neighbor, who brings his ranch hands to subdue the very well trained villains. The narration wasn't as bad as the first book - Rachel sounded like a grown woman. Overall, definitely not the best book in this series. You can feel free to skip it and enjoy the rest.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Diamond Bay" is the story of Rachel and Kell. Rachel lives peacefully in solitude at a Florida beach-house since her husband's death with her pet Joe, when a mysterious stranger washes up ashore. She rescues him with much difficulty, and later with the help of her vet Honey and dog Joe, helps restore his health. Kell Sabin is enjoying his time off when he is targeted by his enemies, and wakes up injured in a beautiful stranger's house- while his nemesis continues to look for him. Soon extreme pas "Diamond Bay" is the story of Rachel and Kell. Rachel lives peacefully in solitude at a Florida beach-house since her husband's death with her pet Joe, when a mysterious stranger washes up ashore. She rescues him with much difficulty, and later with the help of her vet Honey and dog Joe, helps restore his health. Kell Sabin is enjoying his time off when he is targeted by his enemies, and wakes up injured in a beautiful stranger's house- while his nemesis continues to look for him. Soon extreme passion erupts between the two, but Kell is dedicated to his job and does not want to settle down. Will Rachel's love be enough to make him stay? Good book- very high on drama and horniness/sex, and almost no angst. Kell was very reticent imo, and he should have given in sooner. The heroine was resourceful and strong, and I am so glad we got to see Grant and Jane's HEA. Very sweet epilogue. Safe 3.5/5

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    (Book 2 in the Kell Sabin spy set. Howard's older romantic suspense series) This was good! My favorite in this series is Midnight Rainbow, but the whole swirls is suspenseful and sexy. (Book 2 in the Kell Sabin spy set. Howard's older romantic suspense series) This was good! My favorite in this series is Midnight Rainbow, but the whole swirls is suspenseful and sexy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    3.5 stars for me. I’m a bit more discerning these days. I enjoyed this but never felt invested. Good read. Rachel and Kell were good and I liked their story. Not sure I loved the ending but it was ok. Kind of abrupt.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shireen Hakani

    Liked it a lot!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Diamond Bay 4 Stars When an injured and barely conscious man washes up on her isolated beach, Rachel Jones makes a split-second decision to keep his presence secret while he recuperates. CIA operative Kell Sabin is grateful yet wary of the beautiful stranger who saved his life. Neither Rachel nor Kell can deny the attraction that sizzles between them, but can their love survive the danger that stalks them? The basic premise requires a certain degree of suspension of disbelief mainly due to the hero Diamond Bay 4 Stars When an injured and barely conscious man washes up on her isolated beach, Rachel Jones makes a split-second decision to keep his presence secret while he recuperates. CIA operative Kell Sabin is grateful yet wary of the beautiful stranger who saved his life. Neither Rachel nor Kell can deny the attraction that sizzles between them, but can their love survive the danger that stalks them? The basic premise requires a certain degree of suspension of disbelief mainly due to the heroine's questionable decision-making processes at the beginning of the book. Nevertheless, the romance is engaging and the suspense plot ratchets up the tension. The primary focus of the book is Rachel and Kell's growing physical and emotional intimacy. They have wonderful chemistry and their traumatic backstories not only contribute to their individual characterization, but make their relationship all the sweeter. The villains are rather cookie-cutter, but there are some intense moments and the final showdown is satisfying. All in all, another entertaining golden oldie from Linda Howard.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Kyahgirl)

    3/5; 3 stars; B+ This was an older romantic suspense story by Linda Howard and narrated by Brenda Sweeney. The story didn't have the depth in character that Howard's later books have but it was an entertaining RS nonetheless. Brenda Sweeney did a pretty good job on the the narration. I tried listening to her narration of book 1 in this series, Midnight Rainbow, but had to stop because the main female character sounded like a mentally challenged 10 year old. Very tough to get behind a character li 3/5; 3 stars; B+ This was an older romantic suspense story by Linda Howard and narrated by Brenda Sweeney. The story didn't have the depth in character that Howard's later books have but it was an entertaining RS nonetheless. Brenda Sweeney did a pretty good job on the the narration. I tried listening to her narration of book 1 in this series, Midnight Rainbow, but had to stop because the main female character sounded like a mentally challenged 10 year old. Very tough to get behind a character like that in a RS story! Anyway, Diamond Bay is a bit farfetched and old fashioned but I liked Rachel and Kell and the dog Joe!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lea's Audiobooks Hensley

    Brenda Sweeney's narration is great - content was not as great and gets 4 stars. Too much time spent in the characters' minds to make an outstanding audiobook but Sweeney handles it well. Although this is an old favorite that I'm thrilled to see in audio format, it has a slow start that Howard fans like me will gladly work through. I'm afraid it may be too slow for those new to this 1987 print release. Brenda Sweeney's narration is great - content was not as great and gets 4 stars. Too much time spent in the characters' minds to make an outstanding audiobook but Sweeney handles it well. Although this is an old favorite that I'm thrilled to see in audio format, it has a slow start that Howard fans like me will gladly work through. I'm afraid it may be too slow for those new to this 1987 print release.

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