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Smoke on the Water (Mystic Beach, #3) by Aislinn Archer

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The sea is vast, full of legends and mystery. Under its surface hide both beautiful treasures and dangerous secrets, as rockstar David Carter is about to discover.


My two great passions: the ocean and music. I could have been a marine scientist, but fate made me the bass player in one of the biggest bands on the planet. I’m living a life anyone would envy, but I'd rather spend my time on the beach than in the limelight, I've waited my whole life to find that one girl who gets me. Now that I have, will I risk it all to become part of her world?


Music is my life, and what I dream of is becoming a sound engineer, so my recording studio internship is an incredible opportunity — if I can actually convince my boss to give me a chance to do what I was born to do, despite my being a girl. Little did I know how complicated things would get when I met our latest clients. I may have found the love of my life, but sharing my deepest, most dangerous secrets with him could spell the end for us both.

"Smoke on the Water," Book 3 in the Mystic Beach Fantasy Rockstar Romance series, blends Celtic mythology with steamy romance, suspense, music and magic to weave a fantastical tale of two souls tied together by fate and love. Thrust into danger as deadly secrets are revealed and dangerous adversaries threaten to tear them apart, can true love (and a little divine intervention) give them the strength to win their fight — for what's right, for each other and for their lives?

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

SMOKE ON THE WATER is the third book in the Mystic Beach series and features the quiet bass player, David, and sound engineer, Piper. These two are a match made in heaven, but the devil is in the details. Those details being someone who thinks he has a claim over Piper already.

Man, everywhere you turn in this book there is a misogynistic jerk just waiting to be put in his place. Luckily for me, Ms Archer does that with aplomb. All in her own good time, of course, but it did happen.

The sparks between David and Piper are apparent from the very beginning but, for varying reasons, Piper asks they keep things on the down low. David isn't too happy about that but - for Piper - he agrees.

The thing I loved about this story is how the focus is on Piper and David. You could read this as a standalone. If you don't though, like me, you get all the little snippets of things that happened in books one and two, but from a different angle. I love that!

The other part I loved was that their social awkwardness disappeared when it was the two of them. They may say the wrong thing to others, but not really to each other. They were understanding of each other and gave encouragement whenever needed.

Hunter and Brighid are a favourite couple, and they now have company in David and Piper. Declan is next and I can't wait. I'm just hoping Rory gets her HEA because her backstory just about killed me! Highly recommended by me.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Aislinn Archer is an award-winning journalist, columnist and photographer, music and tech journalist, and editor, as well as a semi-retired live sound engineer.

She has created two interconnected series spanning the contemporary/paranormal fantasy and rockstar romance genres, set in coastal Delaware, where she has lived for more than 20 years. She is a member of Mensa and the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids.

In her free time, Aislinn is an Irish language learner, persistent advanced-beginner guitar and bass guitar player, photographer, foodie, gadget guru, jewelrymaker and lampwork glass artist. She is a voracious reader of the urban fantasy, fantasy and rockstar romance genres, and dedicated music fan across many genres. Aislinn also loves visiting Disney World with her teenage son and her best friend, attending concerts and spending time on the beach.

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