Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Review for Under the Boardwalk by Carly Phillips

Under the Boardwalk

(Costas Sisters #1)


Carly Phillips 

publication: July 7th 2020

Ariana Costas may be a college professor in Vermont, but she's still a Jersey girl at heart-at least according to her lovable, eccentric Greek family. Then her twin sister, Zoe disappears and her Jersey roots tug hard. Soon Ari is back home, ducking bullets and, to her chagrin, getting rescued by a hunk in a black leather jacket. Detective Quinn Donovan takes one look at the windblown beauty-and then looks again. If this lady isn't Zoe Costas, it's someone who looks exactly like her. Suddenly, Ari's in trouble deeper than the Atlantic at high tide, and Quinn is trying to protect her without spilling his well-guarded secrets ... as déja vu just might become the love affair of a lifetime.

Ariana is a woman running from her own family, a family that she loves but is not always proud to be part of.    She has moved to Vermont to escape them until her twin is missing and assumed dead.    I enjoyed seeing her come home and see her family in a new light.  Sure, they are crazy with their monkey as a pet, crazy con jobs, but there is no doubt that they love each other.    As the story continues, Ariana realizes that she has missed her family but cannot make any life changing decisions until she finds out the truth about her sister.

As Ariana is trying to figure out what happened to Zoe, she meets Quinn and the sparks fly.   Their relationship was fun and complex.  Quinn was keeping secrets from Ariana all while trying to keep Zoe safe.   Ariana and Quinn circled each other, kept their feelings close to themselves, and were trying to not fall for each other.   I genuinely enjoyed seeing these two get to know each other and fall for each other.  

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NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter (below) and receive TWO FREE books at


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