Ames’ review of The Secret of Othello by Sam Cameron.
A shooting star streaks across Fisher Key’s skies. Natural phenomenon or secret military satellite? For Steven Anderson, any mystery is a welcome distraction. He’s vowed to avoid all the island’s pretty girls until the SEALs approve his waiver request. Unfortunately his libido—and the girls—have other ideas. Meanwhile, Denny Anderson is busy wooing the boy of his dreams. If he plans things right, he won’t be the only virgin entering the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Too bad every romantic rendezvous is ruined by misunderstandings, interruptions, and pesky tourists. As the days get hotter, the twins are drawn into an underwater race against time, tide, and treason. Suddenly, true love is the least of their problems. Under the waves, no one can hear you scream…
The Secret of Othello picks up where Mystery of the Tempest left off. Denny has come out to his family and he and Brian are now seeing each other. Denny has only a few weeks left until he leaves for the Coast Guard Academy. Steven has also come clean about his failing the vision test to get into the training to become a SEAL. He did submit a waiver, so he’s on pins and needles waiting to hear back about that. In the meantime, he’s going to stay away from girls, since they’re nothing but Trouble. And Brian…because of the events of Mystery of the Tempest, his going to MIT is not exactly a sure thing anymore. So with the last few weeks of summer, all the guys have something going on. The last thing they need is to start snooping around after some spy satellite weather ballooon…whatever the government is saying that thing was that was shooting through the sky.
I was looking forward to read more about Denny and Steven because I wanted to know how things would turn out for them. But things start off a bit rocky. One night, during a storm, a tree falls through the roof in their bedroom, resulting in them living on a friend’s boat while their parents take over the suite above their mom’s bookstore. Brian and his mom are living in a hotel room and Brian wants to be there for his mother, so him and Denny aren’t connecting as often as they’d like. Also, Denny and Steven’s aunt has come to town and she’s not exactly accepting Denny’s orientation…something Brian wants him to step up about. And Steven, trying to stay away from girls results in three of them ganging up on him! LOL
I like how the mystery builds up throughout the story. Everyone sees something shooting across the sky and it’s alluded to a few times…and it’s always on the back burner but not really taking center stage. But as the story unfolds, so to does the mystery. And then boom, everything comes together at once and all the odd things that are happening start to make sense and then someone is in danger. I liked it, thought it was well balanced because I don’t like when the mystery overtakes the story.
However, I did not like how things ended between Brian and Denny. I liked the tension that was there between them, the restaurant scene and Denny’s reaction to what he saw and Brian’s reaction to Denny’s reaction. *sigh* I love that stuff. But the book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, emotionally. If that makes sense.
Overall, I’m giving the Secret of Othello a B-. I enjoyed it, but that ending…I don’t want to wait for resolution!
..and that’s your scoop!
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