Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Crashing Waves by CJ Baty

How about a little mystery, a who-done-it and some romance all in one! Today I’m excited to share Crashing Waves by CJ Baty! I hope you’ll check out my review and the great GIVEAWAY at the end of the post too!

Happy Reading!


Crashing Waves – CJ Baty

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Drifting Sands (The Warfield Hotel Mysteries #1)

Crashing Waves (The Warfield Hotel Mysteries #2)



Justin Warfield ran away to Italy to put the events of last summer and a certain dark-haired private eye behind him, to no avail. If anything, he can’t help but rehash what happened over and over. When he finally returns to South Carolina, the hotel he runs with his brother has suffered a series of incidents that are starting to look less accidental after a death threat is received.

Not satisfied that Moses Lee and his local police will find the culprit, Peter Warfield calls in the services of his good friend Marcus Drummond to help. Marcus is torn. He wants to help his friend, but he also knows that if Justin has moved on after their failed flirtation last summer, he will be devastated.

Tensions mount as danger seems to follow them at every turn, stalking them as they get closer to solving the mystery of who is behind the sabotage of the hotel.


3-3.5 Stars
There was a lot to this story, a lot going on with all of the characters, but overall I enjoyed it. I really liked Justin and Marcus and I was definitely rooting for them despite all of the obstacles thrown at them!
Justin and Marcus are thrown back together after their ending over the summer when mysterious accidents keep happening at Justin’s hotel, The Warfield Hotel. There are too many to just be coincidences and when Justin’s brother Peter get fed up with the lack of help from the local sheriff he calls in PI Marcus to help. Even though Justin has just decided he might give dating someone new a try, the chemistry that still exists between him and Marcus is too much to ignore and so are Justin’s true feelings about Marcus. Marcus is all for it, having had feelings for Justin long before!
As the two men reconnect, things continue to go wrong all around them. This group has to face some very dangerous moments and some serious heartbreak as secrets are revealed. Not everyone is who they thought they were and someone is seriously working against them.
Again, there is a lot to this story and a lot of players. I found myself more focused on the relationship building between Marcus and Justin than the actual mystery as that seemed a bit transparent to me. But, I did like seeing the two men come together and support each other and build that relationship that they both deserve. I wanted to see them happy together. Overall, this was a good story, I liked the characters and really do look forward to maybe a Damien and Robert story!

Author Bio

C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart, however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

She has a loving and supportive family who don’t mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story, and a network of friends who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.
One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”


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