My rating: 4 of 5 gargoyles
This is the second book in the series. We first met both Matt and Harry in the first book of the series, where they’re making serious lust-eyes at each other at a rehearsal dinner the prior couple were attending. She’s an archaeologist haunted by the loss of her military husband about ten years ago and he, unknowingly, was the commander of the fateful mission that killed her husband and in fact is also still haunted by it. This is not revealed until AFTER their initial googly-eye moments and then – yeah. There ends up being a lot of “Oh, I can’t go near her because she’s his wife…” angst.
On the whole, I liked this book a lot. There’s continuing intrigue in the Middle East as Harry meets up with the military specialist (Matt) about a metal fragment she found while on a dig. Together they find themselves drawn further in as a fellow archaeologist dies suddenly and the donors behind Harry’s (and others’) digs presses harder and harder to know what she might have found.
I laughed and cried at times in this book. Harry really needed to finish healing from losing her husband and I think Matt was good for her. Matt … yeah, he’s a typical military guy, focused on completing his mission and as Harry becomes PART of that mission, his attempts to avoid getting close to her fail miserably. She’s pretty good for him and I loved the two falling in love.
There were some nice secondary characters who provided a healthy bit of suspicion as to their real motivations for being on (or near) Harry’s dig. I didn’t see some of the twists and turns this book and I really like that fact.
So, over all, this is a great book and I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a good military romance set in the Middle East (between two Westerners).
4 solid gargoyles!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review also appears at Royal Reviews.