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I knew L. A. Fiore was good.. but, with this breathtaking epic romance that spans years, she has truly excelled herself in every way. In the Prologue you're transported back in time to witness a Spanish Sea Captain writing to his beloved wife before his galleon sinks. Then, centuries later chapter one starts in 1999.. teenage Willow is living with her loving grandfather because her absentee uncaring parents are far too busy searching for lost treasures in far flung places across the globe. Willow's grandfather runs a Museum and it's there that Willow becomes fascinated with archeology and her fanciful yet brilliant mind ponders over what wondrous stories the objects could tell about their long dead owners and the drastically different lives they once led.
In 1999 we also meet Kace a fourteen yr old homeless boy who was forced to grow up the hard way.. in foster care and then on the streets. The friendships he formed with Snake, Einstein and a few others will last a lifetime as they form an unbreakeable Brotherhood.. and these likeminded friends will, through hardship and bad times, eventually become Kace's trusted pirate comrades as they embark on a dangerous life of pillage and plunder aboard stolen ships with a very different Kace at the helm. But before then he first meets an angel.
Over the years Willow had also developed a fascination with the ocean so incorporated both in her chosen career of discovering lost treasures lying beneath the ocean. After graduating Willow travels to Cancun to see what treasures lurk within its collections of antiquities.. and it's there that she meets a handsome young man called Kace. Kace was first struck by his angel's vibrant red hair.. then it was her kindness, her beauty, her free spirit, her magical thoughts of times gone by, her beautiful heart and their soul-to-soul connection that totally captivated him. They were instantly attracted to each other.. soulmates.. lovers who'd had very different lives.. and who were destined for very different futures. But before Willow left Cancun Kace gave her a centuries old Captain's Journal that would, years later, send them off on a quest to find a sunken galleon, retrieve a very special necklace, return it to its rightful heir and let the world know of a doomed Spanish love story. Kace and Willow's time together was far too short and it had heartbreaking consequences too because it was there that Kace's life would take a deadly turn - one that would condemned Kace and his friends to a nomadic pirate's life.
For many years these two star-crossed lovers felt the pull of their invisible connection, could only reflect on and dream about the romantic sexy times in Cancun.. dream about a lost love.. dream about what could have been.. and dream about a love that would never be. Then came the day they were reunited.. and what happened next sent my pulse racing. Because the suspense, the sex, the passion-filled declarations of love, the treachery, the lies, the betrayal, the intrigue, the high seas tropical adventure, the sharks in and out the water.. and their beautiful selfless love captured my heart, pulled at my heartstrings and didn't let me go til the very last line in this wonderful saga had finally been delivered. Told from both POV's by two talented narrators who brought this remarkable unforgettable listen, its various characters, its imagery and its intense rollercoaster feels to life so that I could picture each scene with ease.
Worth a credit? Yes, this thrilling book delivered so much more than I ever expected.. it was exhilarating, shockingly good and awesome too. Well done Ms. Fiore.. and thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing Kace and Willow's love story. And, if I only had one book to take on a desert island, this is definitely one that would make it to my shortlist of five.
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This is my first book by L.A. Fiord. I originally got the book because Tracy Marks is one of my favorite narrators. Since I love pirates and treasure hunts I had expected to enjoy the book. I wasn't prepared to be completely blown away. First, Tracy Marks and Aaron Shedlock together are absolutely amazing! I'll get to the story in a minute but the narration was amazing! Tracy Marks was an amazing Willow who is a r mantid at heart even though she hasn't been let down at every turn by her parents. Aaron as Case/Noah was just outstanding! And that opening prologue Aaron did had me pulling over to the side of the road to listen. I was lucky enough to listen to this on a very long flight. I was so captivated I don't think I would have been capable of not listening.
Now for the story, I was blown away! Everything I love all wrapped up one book. Intrigue, romance, suspense, plot twist, treasure hunts, a gorgeous pirate and characters that grab you right from the start. This my have been my first book by L.A. Fiore but I will be looking at all the other books as well. The writing is too good to not have other gems out there. Great book brought to life by two amazing narrators makes this book a perfect 5. Wish I could rate it higher
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