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In Deep Waters (The Tale Of The Sea) (Silhouette Romance) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2002

Book 2 of 4 in the A Tale of the Sea Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Silhouette Romance (Book 1608)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373196083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373196081
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,711,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've always been a fan of fairy tales and "happily ever afters", but I'd never read a category romance until my senior year of high school when my A.P. English teacher, Mrs. Cooper, had the class study genre fiction. She assigned each of us a Harlequin Romance to read. Mine was set in the Canary Islands and I couldn't wait to read another one. And another and another. I was hooked. Needless to say, I owe Penny Cooper a debt of gratitude. And yes, we do keep in touch!

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in mechanical engineering, I worked for Allied Signal analyzing engine performance in Phoenix, Arizona, and my love of romance novels continued to grow. One day, I decided to write a romance of my own. Easier said than done I quickly learned, but I discovered the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America and realized how little I knew about writing romances.

After three years in Phoenix (Tempe, actually), I began to hate the Arizona summers. Who cares if it's a dry heat? Anything over a hundred and ten is still hot. So I took at job at United Airlines in San Francisco. I was still analyzing jet engine performance, but now I had travel benefits. I spent five years traveling the globe. My love for writing romances also grew.

Writing became a passion, and the few hours spent at the computer during lunchtime and in the evenings weren't nearly enough. With lots of prodding and support from my husband of six months whom I met working at UAL, I decided to follow my dream and write full-time.

It was a good decision. My first full-time effort, FIANCE FOR THE NIGHT, was also my first sale to Silhouette Yours Truly. When I got the call that Silhouette was buying my book, I was pregnant with my first child. I was jumping up and down so much, my husband was afraid I was going to go into labor.

I moved to the Silhouette Romance line with my second sale, IF THE RING FITS. My daughter was three months old at the time and I was so tired I barely remember the phone conversation with my editor. Thank goodness my husband was home once again when the telephone rang or I might have thought I dreamed the second sale!

I sold my third book, THE WEDDING LULLABY, when I was pregnant with my second child and got a literary agent, too. I'm represented by Annelise Robey at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. I started hoping being pregnant wasn't a trend or a requirement for future sales. It wasn't even though we now have three children.

With the closing of the Silhouette Romance line, I was moved from the New York editorial office to the Harlequin Mills & Boon editorial office in London in May 2005.

I live in Washington with my real-life hero husband, two daughters, a son, lovable, but oh-so spoiled indoor cats and an adorable forty-eight pound Norwegian Elkhound who thinks she's a lap dog. I love to ski, rock climb and read!

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on September 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"In Deep Waters" is the story of Kayla Waterton, researcher, and her love for Ben Mendoza an ex Navy officer, who now works as a treasure hunter.
Orphaned at an early age, Kayla, wants to realize her foster father's dreams and find the lost ship the Isabella. She is hired by investors to accompany Ben on the voyage, Ben objects to a `female' presence in the crew and the `disruptive' influence she has on his men and his three-year-old daughter Madison. This conflict turns into passion when Ben, unexpectedly finds himself attracted to Kayla, even though, he feels she is `a crackpot' and a liability on the trip. Can Ben overcome his prejudice towards Kayla and learn to love again?
I really think this book could've had potential if the plot hadn't been so formulaic. Melissa McClone's writing, was quite touching at spots (especially in the Prologue), and the parts where Kayla is interacting with the crew. Unfortunately, this novel had several flaws that I feel are worth mentioning.
First, Ben Mendoza, is a rude `alpha.' He is almost unforgivable to Kayla in the beginning and his attitude towards women is almost 16th century. By page thirty I didn't give two figs for Mendoza, or his tragic past, and couldn't fathom why Kayla did either.
Kayla herself is a barely `fleshed out' nice girl, with hardly any backstory, who spends the majority of the time on the ship scolding crewmen for using `bad language' in front of Mendoza's three-year old daughter, painting toenails, and joking around in the mess hall YAWN. Kayla is supposed to be a brilliant research analyst, and we see none of those talents displayed here.
This novel would've been great if the author had managed to emotionally hook us with Ben and Kayla romance. Unfortunately the sheer `formulaic quality' of this novel kept me from suspending my disbelief long enough to enjoy it, and like its predecessor the 'mermaid' subplot was barely touched upon. Disappointing.
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By Jerry Conklin on January 4, 2015
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Hartsell VINE VOICE on September 23, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Kelley Hartsell for CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Kayla Waterton has always loved the sea at the same time she was terrified of the secrets it held. She indulged her love for it by becoming a maritime historian, the best in the field. Her greatest desire was to complete her father's life-long dream of finding the sunken ship, Isabella, a three-century old pirate ship, believed to hold the greatest treasure of its time. She finally gets her chance to go on a search expedition for the ship when the salvage operation her museum hired to find the ship goes off on its search in the wrong area. Kayla decides to join the expedition in hopes of leading them correctly to finding the lost ship.

Captain Ben Mendoza is the owner of Xmarks Explorer, the operation hired by Kayla to find the Isabella. He is one of the best in his field, so is none too pleased when required to take Kayla along on his hunt. He is convinced his research is correct and the ship is right where he thinks and refuses to listen to Kayla when she tells him otherwise. He makes it his personal mission to prove Kayla can't handle the job and to make her want to leave. When his entire crew becomes smitten with her, including his three year old daughter Madison, he is all the more determined to get her to leave.

Kayla and Ben are at odds from the moment they meet, the only thing they have in common being their mutual desire to find the Isabella. She is a dreamer and he is a realist, convinced it was his ex-wife's following her dreams that led to the dissolution of their marriage. All he cares about now, besides his career, is his daughter, and making her as happy as can be. His is furious with Kayla for filling Madison's head with nonsense, believing it will only hurt her in the long run.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly F on August 9, 2002
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There's a mystery surrounding Kayla Waterton's past...and she's ready to look for answers aboard Ben Mendoza's ship. But what she finds is more questions. The biggest one is, how did she manage to fall in love with this sea-hardened sailor who doesn't believe in magic and dreams?
In Deep Waters has magic and mystery...and most of all a great love story! Melissa McClone shines.
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