Monday, September 23, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Stolen Chances" by Elisabeth Naughton

Nine years ago, Archaeologist Maren Hudson lost everything when a member of her team was killed during a routine dive. Now she’s been drawn back to Mexico and the career she walked away from in order to protect the most precious thing in the world: her daughter.

One desperate phone call brings salvage expert Thad Leighton back to Mexico. For his murdered brother, he’s ready to settle the score, but one look at Maren and everything changes. Years may have passed, but she’s still as mesmerizing as she once was, and a few days on site together have him questioning his priorities and why the hell he walked away from her so long ago.

Sparks between them reignite, but Thad knows Maren is holding something back. Thrust together in the middle of the sweltering Yucatan, Thad is more than willing to strip away her layers. But while the truth might offer the second chance he’s been searching for, forgiveness may be as elusive as the relic they’re both hunting. Because when Thad unearths Maren’s biggest secret and discovers who she’s really working for, suddenly it’s not just about a life that was stolen from both of them, it’s about staying alive and outwitting a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants

Maren and Thad were hot and heavy 9 years ago when they are reunited for the search of an artifact that took the life of Thad's brother during the first search.  But for Maren, she could not put that episode behind her.  She now had a daughter from the relationship and a dangerous treasure hunter hounding her to try and find that artifact.  

I've been reading a lot of new authors lately and although I have liked many of these books, it is a real pleasure reading work from a veteran writer.  Elisabeth Naughton has outdone herself with book 4 in her Stolen series.  She is at the top of her romantic suspense game with this book.  It is suspenseful and emotionally engrossing. She writes the stories of reunited lovers so well.  There is a certain yearning that comes with second chance stories and she manages to hit the right notes.  Maren and Thad are wounded after their first relationship and now bring both maturity and baggage to this adventure.  The plot is well thought out and there are plenty of twist and turns to keep me from going to bed on time.  I was hanging on the edge throughout the story and absolutely did not want to put it down.

Loved. Loved.  Loved.  Best in the series.

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