Nine years ago, archaeologist Maren Hudson lost everything when a member of her team was killed during a routine dive. Now she's been drawn back to Mexico and the career she walked away from in order to protect the most precious thing in the world: her daughter. One desperate phone call brings salvage expert Thad Leighton back to Mexico.
For his murdered brother, he's ready to settle the score, but one look at Maren and everything changes. Years may have passed, but she's still as mesmerizing as she once was, and a few days on site together have him questioning his priorities and why the hell he walked away from her so long ago.
Sparks between them reignite, but Thad knows Maren is holding something back. Thrust together in the middle of the sweltering Yucatan, Thad is more than willing to strip away her layers. But while the truth might offer the second chance he's been searching for, forgiveness may be as elusive as the relic they're both hunting. Because when Thad unearths Maren's biggest secret and discovers who she's really working for, suddenly it's not just about a life that was stolen from both of them; it's about staying alive and outwitting a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
©2013 Elisabeth Naughton (P)2014 Tantor
"A wonderful story about yesterday and today with promises of forever!" (Tea and Book)
Obsessive reader of at least 5 kindle books a week. Only use audiobooks to survive my daily 90 minute walk to work.
This was a good book, with an interesting story line, a good build of suspense and a couple with a hot attraction.
It does, however, like many romance books lately, have sex plonked into the plot at wildly inappropriate times. After a bomb nearly kills them underwater, the couple sleep overnight in cave, tramp through wild jungle, get attacked by a crazy woman, and take shelter from a hurricane in a bath tub, then feel like having sex. Seriously? She had suffered shoulder and back injuries in the bomb and he had a possible concussion but they feel turned on??! All I could think about was how much they both would need a shower! Later on in the book they have sex the day after the h is so badly hurt she gets 14 stitches in her shoulder.
Apart from this annoying instant recovery from injuries, this is a decent book, and a definite improvement on the last one I read in the series. The plotline is interesting with just enough archaeological detail to keep the reader involved. I have to admit the whole blackmail/threat plot and the reasons behind it were a bit weak, and the villain of the book seemed just a little too powerful, (he kidnaps the daughter but h never even considers just going to the police?) but there was enough action in this book to distract me from caring too much about it. I cannot help thinking if the writer concentrated less on trying to fit in the seemingly obligatory graphic sex scenes, and spent more time developing the story line, and filling up a few plot holes, she would be writing some really exciting fiction. As it is, this is still a very good book, you just need to suspend your disbelief a bit. The narration is also excellent, and there is a lovely ending. May I note also, that it’s nice to see a realistic portrayal of motherhood in this book. The daughter is always the priority, and is always included in plans, thoughts and actions, right up to the end of the book.
This book was a struggle to finish and the only reason I did was because of a long car ride. I loved her other series and even the first few books of this series, however this one just missed the mark all together. The main character literally made the worst decisions possible, and whined the entire time.
Another great book by Elisabeth Naughton. I really enjoy these. I wasn't sure how this one would be as it introduced new main characters. But Maren and Thad were instantly interesting and a few favorites from previous books showed up.
I haven't read any of Naughton's paranormal series but I had always stayed away from contemporary romance until I read my first of Elisabeth's books and loved them. Maybe I'll give the paranormals a shot. I do enjoy her writing.
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