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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.
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I have listened to the others in this series but none have grated my nerves more than the narration in this one. Why oh why does this male villain sound like the witch the house fell on in the Wizard of oz? Geesh. The story was as and predictable as the others. Same recipe with new characters and visits from some of the old. Very average store about treasure hunting, lots of exaggerated female attitudes and angst. As part of the romance package it was okay but I would not pay more to be tortured by this narration.
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.