How can you not love a romance that takes place in the Caribbean - Grand Cayman to be exact. Having been to Grand Cayman, even though it was so long ago, reading this novel brought back memories of the sandy beaches, blue water, and the smell of salt in the air; all of which makes me want to be there this very moment as it's absolutely beautiful. Anyways, back to the novel. "Riptide" is a well-written, fast-paced story with elements of romance, suspense, and mystery with a few twists and turns thrown in. I loved both Noah and Lauren, definite chemistry between the two. Even though they both have something in their lives they're trying to deal with, they don't let it get in their way of having fun together. Even as their feelings grew for each other, they were able to overcome the obstacle or secret that they just discovered which I thought was amazing for the author to do. There was no chasing, or miscommunication that would break them up, get back together, break them up again, get back together again. Both Noah and Lauren discussed the problem and dealt with it like adults. Talk about refreshing. I wish more authors would take this route. I also loved how the author only touched upon what past incident both Noah and Lauren went thru instead of going back in the past and rehashing the whole ordeal. This is an engaging and intriguing novel, at times even keeping you on the edge of your seat; with a few surprises along the way. Definitely worth your while.