Title: Treasured Lies
Author: Kendall Talbot
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Opens: “…Nox’s eyes stung…”
Blurb: The discovery of The Flying Seahorse, a 13th century shipwreck, nearly killed Archer’s two best friends. Now, with their recovery assured and his fiancée back at his side, Archer can finally hunt for the treasure that has haunted him since his father’s death years before. Rosalina learned things about herself that she didn’t expect: her capacity to love, her capacity to forgive and her capacity to do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves. Shooting Nox with a spear gun saved Archer’s life, and brought them back together — this time forever. Now she’s with her fiancé, in the beautiful Mediterranean, with a real chance of ending the guilt that’s tortured Archer for two decades. But Nox isn’t dead, and he hasn’t given up. Archer and Rosalina may believe that they are safe, but nothing could be further from the truth. What once was about treasure is now about revenge — and it’s very, very personal.
My Thoughts: TREASURED LIES is a sequel to the edge of the seat adventure Treasured Secrets which I read and enjoyed mid last year. That story was based around the romance between Rosalina and Archer as they sorted their lives out and did battle over treasure with the villain of the story, Nox – a vile, horrible, evil, creepy and truly unlikable person. This story picks up a few weeks after Treasured Secrets finishes and it turns out from the opening line of TREASURED LIES that this odorously malevolent human being is not dead after all. But I have to confess though for a very small while (a couple of pages) I actually felt sorry for everything that author Kendall Talbot threw at Nox – I mean he really deserved it he is a very nasty person, and at first I cheered the author on as she really went to town on him (reminder – never write a bad review for this author – she knows how to punish) but yes, there was this one brief time that I though poor Nox – the sympathy didn’t last long!! It just demonstrates the writing talent that Kendall has that enables to enables me to feel any sympathy for a very horrible person.
TREASURED LIES is less about the relationship between Rosalinda and Archer and more on Treasure Hunting – and just how cut throat it all is. The setting is fantastic, wafting over the Mediterranean Sea on a yacht with good food and wine. Then leisurely diving in clear waters and carting treasures back to the surface. You would think that with Nox busy elsewhere all this treasure hunting should be a doddle! Not so, there is another evil treasure pirate in the area, Ignatius, and he is rich, brutal and doesn’t play fair!!
Summed up, TREASURED LIES has everything that you need in a good book, romance, suspense, adventure, conflict, laughter, explosions and drama, I am looking forwards to seeing what happens next as the ending is obviously open ended.
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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