Author: Rachel Grant
Publisher: Janus Publishing, LLC
Overall Rating 4.40
Erica Kessling always loved archaeology. The science and the lure of discovering a piece of our past drew her in like nothing else. Even the mind-numbing tasks of searching through archival data, or piecing together a long forgotten historical puzzle, or working with a less that reputable crew in an underwater salvage operation doesn’t phase her.
But when she is accused of stealing artifacts from an underwater site in an attempt to protect the artifacts from a criminal operation, Erica has no choice but to hide her background and passion and try to clear her name the only way she knows how– by uncovering the truth and taking some long awaited revenge on those who shattered her career and her life.
But there is a distraction- a very sexy, tempting, and downright dangerous intern by the name of Lee Scott. He’s underfoot, in her way, and increasingly on her mind. What’s more, Lee Scott isn’t here to learn about the finer points of archaeology. He’s here to bring down a smuggling ring, and he has his sights set on Erika as his main suspect. And he’ll do whatever it takes to get the truth out of her- including seduction.
This book is complex. There is no way around it. It is multi-layered and in some cases very convoluted, but for the most part it works. Rachel Grant does an excellent job of weaving all the different plots, subplots, and character motivations into a dynamic package. It isn’t always neat and tidy, but that’s refreshing in a way. Life is rarely so straightforward as that.
The characters are well drawn out and believable, complete with a number of quirks that make it easier to have an emotional connection with them. Although I won’t lie- there were quite a few times the emotion I associated with the characters was one of frustration. Frustration at the choices they made, and frustration at their apparent unintelligence when it came to certain clues.
I also enjoyed how the job of an archeologist was depicted. It was so fantastic to see the day to day activities instead of the glorified Indiana Jones fare.
Perhaps the one major drawback in the book, unfortunately, stems from its complexity. There were a few times when I don’t think the minor subplots added as much as they could have. I would have like to see a little more development of the money laundering aspect and the actual smuggling aspect of the story, but even without that it is still a good read.
0 Stars- Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star – Perfect gift for that person you can’t stand
2 Stars – Put it on your “to borrow” list
3 Stars- Buy it if you get a chance. Worth a weekend read
4 Stars- Definitely add to your library
5 Stars- Impulse Buy Approved
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