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Dana Marton
Girl in the Water
Dana Marton, author

Adult; Romance; (Market)

He doesn't mind breaking rules, just never his own. Rule #1: You don't seduce the woman you protect. After the death of his wife and twin sons, Army vet Ian Slaney is a shadow of his former self. On the path of self-destruction, only his best friend's disappearance in South America pulls Ian back from the ledge. He rushes to Brazil, only to discover that his friend was murdered. The single lead in the case is also the single biggest obstacle--Daniela, a mysterious beauty very much in need of protection, with a host of secrets hidden in a dark past. As the two of them track down clues and try to untangle an impossible case, they draw the attention of all the wrong people, and danger follows them back to the US. Ian wants the murderers. Daniela wants Ian to acknowledge the hot sparks of passion between them. But convincing Ian to set aside his protective instincts proves more difficult than teaching a water buffalo to tap dance.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10


In this gripping tale of romantic suspense, the murder of her American protector leaves Brazilian child prostitute Daniela’s life entwined with that of his friend, Army veteran Ian Slaney, whose life is in ruins after the tragic loss of his family during his deployment to Afghanistan.  Despite some overly-contrived twists, the fully developed characters and the well-researched and sensitive portrayal of Daniela’s ugly history will engage the reader and deliver both action-movie thrills and emotional satisfaction at a level well beyond that of the average romance.

Date Submitted: September 30, 2016

Marton’s tense nail-biter of a contemporary romantic thriller spans two continents and several years as American Ian and Brazilian Daniela join forces to find the man who killed Ian’s former army buddy, Finch. The story comes to life with descriptions as lush and colorful as the wild Amazonian jungle where Daniela lives a hand-to-mouth existence with her mother. At 15, Daniela is forced into prostitution. Years go by and eventually she’s sold to Finch as a housekeeper and sexual slave. After he is murdered by a mysterious man, a terrified Daniela hides out in his home, which is where Ian finds her when he goes looking for his friend. Since she’s the only one who can identify Finch’s killer, the two form an uneasy alliance. Ian vows to protect Daniela from all men, including himself, which becomes a problem as she begins to fall in love with him. Marton succeeds with an edgy mix of love and danger. (BookLife)
Brand New Release from 2016 RITA Award Winner Dana Marton

New York Times bestselling author Dana Marton has a new epic romantic adventure coming out on October 11th. GIRL IN THE WATER is a spellbinding story about love and hate, honor and evil, hope and justice set against the exotic backdrop of the teeming Amazon rain forest.

Ian Slaney doesn't mind breaking rules, just never his own. Rule #1: You don't seduce the woman you protect.