Monday, March 8, 2010

stolenfuryPaperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Love Spell
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0505527936
ISBN-13: 9780505527936
Source of my copy: I won it from a giveaway
Cover Image from GoodReads
Synopsis

To unearth a centuries-old secret, an archaeologist must team up with the rakish thief who's stolen both an ancient relic and her heart...
Oh, is he handsome. And charming. And sexy as all get out. Dr. Lisa Maxwell isn’t the type to go home with a guy she barely knows. But, hey, this is Italy and the red-blooded Rafe Sullivan seems much more enticing than cataloging a bunch of dusty artifacts.

After being fully seduced, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. She’s staked her career as an archaeologist on collecting the three Furies, a priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs. Now the one she had is gone. But Lisa won’t just get mad. She’ll get even.

She tracks Rafe to Florida, and finds the sparks between them blaze hotter than the Miami sun. He may still have her relic, but he’ll never find all three without her. And they’re not the only ones on the hunt. To beat the other treasure seekers, they’ll have to partner up—because suddenly Lisa and Rafe are in a race just to stay alive.


Michelle's Review:

When I read the few chapters of this book I questioned whether I would like the hero Rafe, who was a treasure hunter. He seduced the heroine (though seduction wasn't his initial plan) and took an ancient relic from her safe. I know the whole archeologist and treasure hunter falling in love while searching for priceless artifacts thing has been done before but I haven't read any books (or watched many movies) with this theme so I really wanted to see how the story will work out and if I was going to believe it.

Believe it I did! I really liked this book! It has the fast-paced, reads-like-a-movie feel I like when reading romantic suspense. You know how it's usually the hero that has the more interesting "skeletons in the closet"? Well, in this one it's the heroine, Lisa, who has quite a past that came back to haunt her in a big way. Not that Rafe doesn't have secrets either, but it was the heroine's story that was put in the forefront which I liked. Rafe and Lisa were both in their late thirties and I thought they acted like their age. Both were both are strong, capable, interesting and well-matched characters and there were plenty of sexual tension between them right from the start of the book. I also liked the secondary characters, which included Rafe's ex-wife--no, there wasn't anything between Rafe and his ex-wife at all except the easy banter between good friends--and Lisa's twin brother, who were great addition to the story and I want to know more about them (good thing these two have their own book!) .

Although there were a couple of slow parts, there were a whole lot of action to keep you reading through the night. Also, I'm happy to say there were no unnecessary archeology or Greek/Furies facts thrown around in this book--just enough to keep things interesting. I haven't read romantic suspense in a while and this book reminded me what I was missing. A solid debut from Ms. Naughton (who I think writes like a veteran author in this book and I can't wait to read more by her) and I give it 4.75 out of 5 stars.

Other books in the series:
stolenheat stolenseduction










**Disclaimer: I won this book from a giveaway. My review is based on my own experiences with the book and only share my honest, unbiased opinions. PLEASE use this review only as a source and not the definite answer to your inquiries. All images used on this post was taken from either Goodreads or the author's website.**

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