Format: epub (purchased)
Release Date: January 11, 2012
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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.
Curiosity killed the cat. Well in my case, curiosity killed my bank account but it died a happy death. I've heard such lovely things about author Elisabeth Naughton's books (and her as a person) from Joan Swan (also a talented author and all around awesome woman) and my friend Rachel that I just had to borrow one of her books. I chose Stolen Fury because well, when I was a little girl I not so secretly wanted to be Indiana Jones when I grew up and Stolen Fury had action, mystery, archeology and romance! What more can this girl ask for?
Apparently I could ask for humor, steamy chemistry and completely likable characters in addition to the above. Stolen Fury is the first in a trilogy that I couldn't put down once I started. I neglected my chores, my pets, my meals, you name it. Bad person, very bad person.
Before I forget can I just say how sexy the name Rafe is to me? I don't know why but it is. I have a list of sexiest names and that name is so there. When one of my "sexiest names ever" is in a book, I have to check it out to see if the author has made said character live up to the idea I have in my head.
Elisabeth Naughton totally did! Rafe is a sexy son of gun and entirely too smart for his own good. He's used to getting his way and going through women as needed to achieve his goals so when he meets Lisa, it was like he hit a brick wall and remained a bit dazed for a while.
Lisa Maxwell is who I wanted to be like when I grew up. She's the female Indian Jones character I envisioned myself to be while climbing, digging and generally doing non-girly things as a child. She was just so appealing as a heroine. Tough, sassy and intelligent while still maintaining her femininity among relics, men and danger.
The sparks between Lisa and Rafe were instantaneous, and always present, even when they were arguing with each other or running for their lives. Lisa can't help but find Rafe sexy. However, just because she was attracted to Rafe didn't mean Lisa was going to just sit back and let him make all the decisions. She's an independent thinker and if her ideas and opinions were the same as Rafe's fine, if they weren't, well, that's just too bad for Rafe. Having them butt heads in the beginning definitely lessened the intensity of the situation they later find themselves in and balances the overall story.
Rafe and Lisa aren't alone in their adventures though. An assortment of friends and family pop in and out of the story and provide everything from comedy relief, information and assistance. Sets up the next two books in the trilogy quite nicely too.
With just enough details and descriptions to give it credibility but not too much to cripple the pace, Stolen Fury is a fun, sexy and exciting beginning to a trilogy that mixes myth and history with adventure and romance. The next two books are sitting in my e-reader and I can't wait to get to them!
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