Accused of stealing artifacts from a 500-year-old shipwreck, underwater archaeologist Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name. She's concealed her past and taken a job certain to give her access to the buyer of the missing antiquities. She's finally closing in on her goal when she's distracted by a sexy, charismatic intern who makes her want something other than revenge. But Lee Scott is no intern. He's looking for the lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme, and Erica is his prime suspect. He'll do whatever it takes to win her trust and get her to reveal her secrets, even seduce her. As Erica and Lee struggle to conceal their real agendas, the one thing they can't hide is the attraction that burns hot between them. When Erica's quest puts her life in jeopardy, Lee must choose between old loyalties and a woman he never expected to fall for.
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Great mystery/ thriller/ romance Interesting characters and story with unexpected twists. The author communicated the main characters emotions very well and takes you on a rollercoaster of emotional empathy. Looking forward to the next book in the series
Not that bad really, I enjoyed listening to this - mostly! It’s a mystery thriller, with two seemingly totally separate mysteries; the start sets up number one in the 50’s, then comes up to present day with Erica, stressed, living on the breadline and on her nerves, providing the intro to the other problem. Heroine Erica (gorgeous with a tumbling mane of hair) and hero Leigh (chiselled features and equally gorgeous) narrate alternate sections, a good device to get both sides of the story all the time, which worked well. I didn’t like how Erica is such a victim of her hormones! At one poiont Leigh belittles her in front of a potentially important client, essentially reducing her to a sex object, and when she’s in a position to lay into him for his behaviour, she starts with a somewhat juvenile “I hate you”, and even when she discovers the depths of his deceit she still crumbles when he kisses her - which had me rolling my eyes and muttering.
About half way through theres a scene I found quite uncomfortable to listen to. They’ve finally got into bed, and the immediate post coital moment, with her naked underneath him and glowing, he starts questioning her about what he sees as her lies. When she tries to get up he pins her, holding her hands above her head, not letting her get away, and compounds this threatening, heavy behaviour, by kissing her. I was really uncomfortable with this - it smacked of abusive relationships, a “c’mon baby you know you want it really” sort of thing - and when she doesn’t run the minute she can, but lets him comfort her, I was so furious with her! I’d never, ever forgive behaviour like that. And at that stage she has no idea of the depth of his deception - poor Erica!
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The ending - did I spot the baddies? No - you’re led rather heavily to one (this isn’t including the obvious two who wear “I’m bad” signs round their necks from the off, but the other - nope. The end wraps up both mysteries, maybe a bit neatly, I found the endless declarations of lurve and happy-ever-after (after knowing each other for 2 weeks and both lying their heads off about who or what they are???) a bit OTT, as was his flashing the cash, “hey sweet-cake (or whatever he calls her) buy yourself some pretties on me, oh and I’ve refurnished your home, you can thank me nicely later…” (I paraphrase somewhat!). But, for all I’m sounding negative, I had no trouble listening to this right through while attacking the treadmill and doing my abs.
It’s not badly read - at first I found the narration a bit flat, and there was little character separation - I struggled a bit to work out who was who - but either I tuned in, or the narrator warmed up, and it ceased to be a problem.