One of the problems with audio books is that you cannot flip back through the pages. So this makes it difficult when a lot of different characters ar..Show More »e introduced into a story. I get the sense the author is trying to set the scene for the following books but it does make it a bit confusing trying to keep track of who each person is.
Apart from that little niggle, my one main complaint with this book, however, is that our hero is a thief. It is tied up in a pretty package and glibly explained away as a sort of “victimless crime” but this does not, to me, mitigate the fact that this man decided to make his living by stealing. And this left me with a bit of an uneasy taste. Because apart from that, I loved the book. The story moves at a good pace, the characters are likeable. The h is no pushover and is a challenging match for the H, and there was just enough plot to keep me interested, without too much boring historical/archaeological detail. No real reason was ever given for the H’s career choice and apparently we are not supposed to care, because he only steals from wealthy art collectors who hoard art pieces as investments. There was some silly explanation about how he then “compensates” them by making donations to charities in their names and so they don’t care that they were robbed (!), but as he was stealing just to sell on to other wealthy art collectors I could just not make sense of how this was all somehow supposed to make it ok. I kept hoping that at the end it is revealed that the hero was an undercover cop or something. But no, he was definitely a thief who, at the start of this story, planned to drug and rob the h of a valuable piece of art. Which makes me wonder: If they had failed to fall in love, and she simply woke up the next day from her drug-induced sleep, to find her art stolen and a charitable donation made in her name, would she have been happy with this “compensation” ?!
At the end of the book, the happy couple decide to set up a gallery/museum in his homeland and I couldn’t help wondering exactly how they planned to stock this new venture, because neither of them seemed too bothered about his past life of crime, and at no stage did he display any pangs of conscience and, apart from some brief references to his “retirement”, nor did he indicate a desire to make an honest living in the future. This major sore point makes me drop my rating from 4 stars to 3.
I liked the first book in the series but this one left me feeling a bit disappointed. It was just very difficult to get invested in the main charact..Show More »ers and too many plot holes to ignore. In fact I skipped the final chapter when it reached the HEA ending because I had just lost interest.
It’s hard to know where this went wrong but sometimes I felt the writer was visualising a movie as she wrote. The book rushed from one action sequence to another only slowing for the sex scenes. Unlike other reviewers I did not mind the flashbacks and found moving between past and present easy to follow – probably due to the excellence of the narration – but I had lots of questions that were not answered.
Where was Kat, the h, while she was playing dead for six years? What did she do? How did she support herself? Why, exactly, did Kat come back? There was all this plot detail about a necklace with a hidden memory card but as Kat herself did not even know what was on the card (if anything) the fact that it featured so strongly in the plot was a bit silly. Everything centered around the fact that Kat had apparently disappeared to protect the H, but I could never figure out exactly how her disappearance achieved this, as the H went on with his life with a relatively high public profile, and did not even know that he was in possession of the memory card evidence. Which meant for six years he did nothing to keep it secure. But why did he then put a fake necklace up for auction (surely not something a reputable dealer would do) and give the original to his current “friend with benefits”? Besides, how did he get the necklace six years previously? Kat owned the necklace and she was killed in a car bomb. So how did the necklace get to the H? Why were so many bad guys trying to kill them both? I could not even figure why they tried to kill Kat back in Egypt at the beginning. She had all these suspicions about who was stealing from the Tombs, but no evidence or proof. So why was she suddenly such a threat to them all?
The final confrontation scene was just pathetic. The h sees the H lying unconscious on the ground in the dark so instantly puts down her gun to check on him; the baddie decides not to tie up the H after knocking him out, so of course he can come to the h’s rescue a few minutes later. Meanwhile after managing to torture and kill several people along the way, when the baddie ties up the h’s sister he does such a poor job she manages to wriggle free and escape.
I was looking forward to reading the rest of this series, but based on this one, I don’t think I’ll bother.
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 ..Show More »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.