By: KaLyn Cooper
Heat Level: 3 Flames (Erotic Sensual)
Rating: 4 STARS
Reviewed by: Kristin Arpin
When Jack Girard goes to the Cancun airport to pick up his paunchy, mousy-haired sister-in-law and wife to his late brother, he discovers a beautiful, curvy blonde that he is instantly attracted to even as she chases down her rambunctious toddler. As she calls out a frustrated Addison Girard to tame the little monster, he realizes this woman is his sister-in-law who is off-limits. Technically. However his niece quickly wraps him around her little finger and he can’t help feeling closer and closer to her mother as well. The fact that they have his Gramps’ and his brother Jimmy’s interest in Mayan archaeology in common and that she needs his help and connections to finish her doctorate thesis gives him ample opportunity to spend time with them both and gain her trust. As a single mom with no living family left except Addi, she does not find trust and opening her broken heart easy. Nor is it easy to put memories of Jimmy in the past where they belong. However, Jack is incredibly hot, so patient and gentle with her and Addi and so protective of his niece that Jillian’s heart starts opening to him in spite of her intentions.
There is such sweet and passionate chemistry between Jillian and Jack almost right from the beginning. Jillian is understandably broken and afraid of what she feels for Jack but he is everything she needs right now. The family she can’t give Addison, an opening to the Mayan academic world, and a way to put Jimmy and all her memories of him to rest. Jillian brings with her Jimmy’s research notes and his Gramp’s maps, giving Jack a chance to see if he can finally find the ancient Mayan statues that he spent many summers helping Gramps and Jimmy search for. The ensuing search brings an air of mystery and suspense to the novel which helps it stand out from your typical former Seal romance. The details of the local customs, language, geography and history are well researched enough that if some of them are invented, a reader will not be able to tell. Everything blends seamlessly. The only thing I would have liked to see different was for the suspense to start sooner in the plot line to give it a better pacing. Otherwise the characters are very complex and fully developed and story is incredibly realistic.
I highly recommend this romantic suspense to all fans of the genre and especially fans of hot Seals.
Busy building a new career with his catamaran company, former SEAL Jack Girard had all but forgotten about his grandfather’s quest to find the golden Mayan goddess statues until his brother’s beautiful widow, Jillian, and adorable daughter, Addison, arrive in Cancun with the research. His need to complete the family mission is almost as strong as his desire for Jillian.
Between raising her daughter alone and finishing her doctorate in Mayan anthropology, Jillian doesn’t have time for a man in her life, although, after mourning for two years, she’s ready for one in her bed.
An underwater Virgin Mary statue and centuries-old manuscripts lead the two of them through the Mayan Riviera and directly into danger.
During steamy Caribbean nights together, will they develop the ability to move on and discover the real treasure is family?