Title: Treasured Secrets
Author: Kendall Talbot
Opens: …Moments like these were said to happen in slow motion…
Blurb: The last place Rosalina expected the clue to a 700-year-old mystery to lead is back into the arms of Archer, the one man who broke her heart. But neither can solve the puzzle without the other, so together they set off on a new adventure, weaving from Tuscany’s underbelly to Archer’s luxurious yacht in the Greek Islands, trying to ignore the sparks that still fly unhindered between them. Archer desperately wants to salvage the relationship he shattered years before, but fighting for Rosalina’s love soon takes a back seat to fighting for their lives. They aren’t the only one on the trail for the treasure, and their competition isn’t bothered by ethics and morals to achieve their goals. With evil close on their trail, and Archer wrestling with the remnants of a childhood tragedy, Rosalina begins to wonder if perhaps there are some secrets that were never meant to be revealed
My Thoughts: A couple of years ago I read Kendall’s award winning debut novel Lost in Kakadu and really enjoyed it. So I was overjoyed when she contacted me and asked if I would like to read her latest release. TREASURED SECRETS is promoted as romantic suspense, and while it certainly does have romance in it –the focus is on the edge of the seat adventure that drives the story from beginning to end. The story opens with Rosalina and Archer splitting up after a 3 year relationship – night after night Archer suffers from a horrific nightmare about the day his father died, the dream has him screaming and waking Rosalina up. But he won’t tell Rosalina what happened, or even what the dream is about. When she pushes for more information he tells her that they are parting as she deserves a better life without him in it. Archer doesn’t believe he is worthy of love. She returns broken hearted to Italy – he immerses himself in his yacht charter business. Months later when visiting an ancient church with her historian expert friend, Rosalina sees something in a painting that reminds her of something Archer owns – and she is attacked by a monk when she tries to look closer at the painting. She sends a message to Archer telling him what she has seen not expecting any response. Imagine her shock when he turns up on her doorstep in Italy a few days later. It is not long after this that the two of them, and their friends, are plunged into treasure hunt that will eventually lead to a fight for their lives. Secrets are revealed, history is uncovered and friendships – and love – are finally forged.
Both Rosalina and Archer are such real characters and come alive on the pages – totally believable yet by no means perfect. The background takes us from Australia to the Greek islands via Italy and the descriptions of the places they visit left me wanting more. The villain of the piece was a truly horrible, evil, creepy and truly unlikable person.
TREASURED SECRETS has it all – romance, action, adventure, danger and the occasional glass of wine.
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B – Great – I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.
With thanks to Escape Publishing and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.