An environmental suspense set in the Pacific Northwest.
Friday Harbor, a picturesque small town in the Pacific Northwest, and a haven for fishermen and yachtsmen. For Skye Dunbar, it is a place where she can overcome the pain of a broken heart and put her life back together. Renting a cabin by the shore, the last thing she expects is to be accused of computer hacking.
Jedediah Walker is investigating the dead marine life washed up on the island’s beaches. When he discovers the fish contain a high concentration of toxic chemicals, he suspects someone is deliberately dumping them in Puget Sound. Swift to jump to conclusions, he suspects the auburn-haired woman renting his cabin is somehow involved.
Skye tries to ignore him, but necessity throws them together as they struggle to find those responsible for the environmental atrocity.
"I wouldn't do that if I were you. The water is pretty darned cold at this time of year."
Startled, Skye’s heart thumped in her chest. She turned and scanned the trees in an attempt to locate the voice, emanated from the very depths of the pinewood. She squinted into the early afternoon sunlight. A figure emerged from the trees. He was tall, well over six feet, with raven black hair and the slight shadow of a beard. She couldn't really see his eyes, but had a feeling they would be icy blue and would have that ‘damn you to hell’ expression.
A chill ran down her spine. The cabin was isolated, and even if there was another house within screaming distance, no one would be at home at this time of day. Skye considered her options as the tall figure walked towards her. If he were to prove difficult she could always push in him the sea, and leg it back to the safety of the cabin.
The stranger halted a mere foot from her, forcing her to look up.
He grinned. "Sorry to startle you, ma’am, but I wasn't sure if you were planning on taking anything else off besides your shoes."
Skye's mouth opened but she couldn't utter a word.
"Because if you were, you'd only last about thirty minutes before hypothermia set in, and being the gentleman that I am, I would feel duty bound to come right in after you. That would be a shame, because I'd planned on going home and cooking this fish for lunch."
Coughing and spluttering, Skye choked on her coffee. So a fish was more important than saving someone from freezing to death. She inclined her head to examine him more closely saw that she’d been right about his eyes. Here was a man who didn't suffer fools gladly. Well, Mr Damn Your Eyes could just go back where he came from and take his fishy friend with him!
"You’ll be relieved to know, that I had no intention of taking anything other than my shoes off. The thought of going for a swim hadn't entered my head. But now you've mentioned it, it's not a bad idea. As for you coming in after me, I'll take a rain check, if you don't mind! Not, I might add, that what I do is any business of yours. I was assured that this was private land. May I ask just what you think you are doing prowling around scaring the hell out of people?"
"My, my, we're mighty touchy. What happened, someone wake you up too early?" The icy blue eyes flashed. There was a trace of laughter in his voice that was totally lost on Skye, who felt more than a little intimidated by the stranger's height. She stood up in one fluid movement. Not one inch of her five foot five frame gave her any more confidence. She barely came up to the man's chest—a chest that any woman would feel comfortable snuggled up against. Now where in the world did that thought come from?
Still feeling at a disadvantage, Skye took a long look. Close up he didn't appear quite so intimidating—‘impressive’ was a better adjective. In fact, she could think of a number of suitable adjectives to describe Mr Damn Your Eyes, including handsome, rugged, not to mention offensive and arrogant. This guy would stop traffic in London, but there he would be completely out of place. Here in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest he was totally at ease.
Skye revised her estimate of his height. He was at least six feet four, possibly more. His eyes were deep set and she’d been right about the colour. He had a scar over one eyebrow and smaller one on his chin. She wondered how he'd acquired them, but had no intention of asking. He was dressed in black jeans, which fit him like a glove and a navy blue check work shirt which he wore open at the neck, revealing a tangle of dark hair on his chest. He held a fishing rod in one hand, and a fish in the other, and looked for the entire world, as if he had stepped right out of the pages of her guidebook.
Skye stiffened. "Look, Mr…? Sorry, but I didn't quite catch your name, and at this particular moment, I don't even care to know what it is. I've had a long journey and I'm tired. As far as I'm concerned you're trespassing. I'd very much appreciate it, if you would leave by whatever means you arrived and allow me to finish my coffee before it goes cold."
"My, my. The lady obviously has a temper to match the colour of her hair. Now why don't you take a deep breath, calm down and enjoy the day? You're obviously not from around here otherwise you wouldn't jump down a perfectly innocent person's throat, especially one who's trying to give you some friendly advice. I won't disturb you any longer. I'll be on my way, and for future reference, the name is Walker. Jedediah Walker, but everyone just calls me Walker." Abruptly he turned and strode quickly along the dock. He continued along the pebble beach, in the opposite direction from which he'd come.
Skye smothered a giggle. "Well I can see why!" And what did he mean, "Future reference…?" Hell could freeze over before she would choose to cross his path again.
Skye Dunbar desperately needs a vacation. The highly ambitious computer programmer is hoping the seclusion of an island in the Pacific Northwest will help bring closure to a painful breakup. The London native rents a small cabin in the picturesque San Juan Islands of Washington State where she plans to relax, reflect and get her life back on track. But a mysterious stranger suddenly turns Skye’s holiday plans upside down. A local fisherman with a seductive smile may be exactly what Skye needs to get over her disastrous relationship with Michael.
Jedediah Walker is a man on a mission. The marine biologist is in a race against time to find out who’s responsible for poisoning fish in Puget Sound. Dozens of dead marine life have washed up on the shores of the San Juan’s and Walker fears the toxic dumping could soon endanger people. Walker knows solving this crime needs his full attention but he’s distracted by a beautiful vacationer who is renting his rustic cabin. The attraction is intense and mutual but he’s suspicious of this secretive woman whose unexpected arrival seems highly suspect.
“Walker watched Skye in the moonlight, and could see she was fighting an inner battle, and wondering if it was the same battle he was fighting. There was no denying she was beautiful, just as there was no denying he wanted her, but he was also sure that somehow she fit into the investigation, but he just couldn’t figure out where.” Skye is hesitant to let down her guard and get involved with another man who may mistreat her. Her trusting nature and high powered profession has put her in jeopardy before. Skye and her business partner, John are on the cusp of gaining international notoriety for developing a cutting edge computer program. But she never expected her job skills would once again put her safety at risk. Skye dismisses her better judgment and falls hook, line and sinker for the smooth talking Walker.
“For ten long minutes Skye fought to control her swirling emotions. Her feelings towards Walker were totally confused. Only a couple of days ago she had hated the sight of him and the mere mention of his name. Now she found herself responding to his every touch. Was it possible? Was she really attracted to this arrogant, complex, but devastatingly handsome man?” Suddenly, Walkers’ search for the polluters gets personal after someone hacks into his computer and vandalizes his Seattle office. He’s determined to expose these dangerous criminals and fears the woman who has stolen his heart may be involved with something more sinister.
Three Weeks Last Spring by Victoria Howard is an engaging romance novel with well developed characters. The fast paced plot keeps the reader intrigued until the very end. This is a debut novel for Victoria Howard who lives in South Yorkshire, England.
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Coffee Time Romance
Skye Dunbar is having a tough time trying to put the previous year behind her. The computer expert thought it would continue to haunt her everyday until she happens to meet Jedediah. Now he seems to be the number one problem in her life, but something tells her things are about to change for both of them.
Jedediah Walker is a marine biologist who has been called upon to look into the incidence of the dead fish that continue to wash onto the island beaches. With so much on his plate, he failed to remember he has leased the cabin on his land to Skye and now that she is settling in, he is not too keen on having her presence on his land.
When Skye rents a cabin in the San Juans, she looks forward to some peaceful relaxation. She wants to rebuild her life and forget the old stuff in her past. Then she meets Jedediah who gets her gourd and when she learns he is the one that lease her the cabin, she wonders how they will ever get along. Jedediah has his own troubles trying to uncover who is poisoning the fish with toxic chemicals then dumping them in the sea. After Skye enters the picture, it appears things get worse and when his computer files get hacked into; he decides to do some checking on her. He dislikes anyone digging into his personal affairs. He sets out to learn more about Skye and her real involvement in the area. Skye has her own concerns with Jedediah. She has never really trusted men and Jedediah is no exception. She wants nothing to do with him or his research. But things suddenly shift when a terrible storm hits and Jedediah goes to take make sure Skye is okay. As the chase begins for the criminals behind the destroying of the fish, Skye and Jedediah embark on events that send them circling for right answers as their paths split then cross again but someone wants to keep them apart.
Three Weeks Last Spring is a romance that takes the reader on a remarkable journey that gets better with each page. Skye and Jedediah both have problems that continue to be troublesome but no matter how bad things appear, their hearts seem to connect but neither wishes to be the first to express so. It is like a cat and mouse game of wits. One thing is certain; Ms. Howard spins a tale that places the reader directly into the lives of the characters. The blending in of the plot with the fish and the breaking into the computer made the story flow smoothly. The other secondary characters contribute to the storyline to make this read a great adventure. With a plate full of action-packed adventure that kept this reader entertained, Ms. Howard creates an enjoyable read.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Skye decides to take a sabbatical month: a month to relax, read and try to get over the pain of her broken relationship. So she goes to Seattle, to stay in a cabin at the San Juan Islands. She really needs some time on her own.
But on the first day she already has a visitor, a tall man with a sense of humor and absolutely beautiful eyes… But who does he think he is to tell her what she can or can not do? He has good looks but that’s about it. He’s too arrogant. And she doesn’t like the way he sneaked up on her. Maybe she should call the owner of the cabin and complain… The next night, Skye wakes up and has the scary feeling she has been watched.
Walker is surprised to see this woman as he thought he had rented his cabin to a man… If he had known, he would have said no. The presence of a woman could be too disturbing at this time, with such important things on his mind.
He can only hope he isn't putting this woman in danger by letting her stay. He’s so close to finding out who’s poisoning the river with toxic chemicals and killing the sea life.
I can say in all honesty that Victoria Howard has written a page turner with her debut novel. While reading Three Weeks Last Spring you are not only reading about what is happening to Skye at the present time, but piece by piece you also find out what happened with her before she went to Seattle, about her troubled relationship .This makes your understanding of her sharpen more and more by every piece. So much happens in this wonderful book, too much to write all down in a review. But if it would be possible to rate this book 6 flags, I would do it immediately. This book is filled with so much suspense and of course romance, it deserves more than the maximum score!