Review: Unfathomed by Anna Hackett

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Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Treasure Hunter Security #4

Pages: 173

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Long, tall, and deadly Morgan Kincaid enjoys her job at Treasure Hunter Security. Raised by a tough Marine father, she loves her guns and knives, and never backs down from a fight. She’s yet to find a man who can keep up with her and after a string of first dates, she’s not feeling hopeful. Assigned to an underwater archeological expedition on the trail of a long-lost shipwreck, Morgan finds herself protecting the very hard, delicious body of a certain globe-trotting archeologist. A smart rogue with a wide smile and a boat-load of charm.

Dr. Zachariah James has information leading to a shipwreck filled with history and treasure. After growing up with nothing, he’s forged a stellar career for himself, but history is more than just a job, it’s his lifeblood. So Zach is amazed to find himself as excited by a woman as he is by his dive. Dangerous Morgan fascinates him, and he’s eager to see what she’s hiding under her tough exterior.

As they dive the azure waters off the coast of Madagascar, they uncover a sizzling attraction and clues to an impossible artifact, but soon they are under attack by dangerous black-market thieves. Among traitors, kidnappings, and ancient temples, Zach and Morgan will need to put everything on the line to have any chance at surviving.

I love quick fixes to cheer me up in normal circunstances. So now that we must be isolated at home during who knows how long, a quick reading that pumps all the enjoyment muscles is more than welcome. In that front, Anna Hackett’s Treasure Hunter Security saga always delivers. Many people may think that writing this kind of book is easy and unremarkable, but doing it like Anna does… I call that mastery! Let’s see which crazy treasure we are about to unearth!

This time the main character is Morgan, the fearless woman and ex-solder that now works for Treasure Hunter Security. She doesn’t trust easily and the fact that she tends to scare most men has made her believe that love is kind of a myth. So, who better than a myth hunter to tame her wild heart? Zach is a young archeologist with dashing looks and unrelenting charm that wants to get in Morgan’s good side since the first moment they met. What better to achieve that goal than hiring THS to provide security for his next dive?

No rest for the wicked or, better said, no rest for the reader. Not a single dull moment in this book. In every chapter, somekind of action scene is taking place. It doens’t matter is if a mission to test the security of a museum, a dangerous dive in Madagascar or a chase through ancient temples of forgotten people. Adrenaline runs wild in this book, which makes the story a very easy-to-read one and with a great enjoyment value. Does it follow the same pattern as previous books? Yes, it is pretty similar in several aspects to other books of this saga. Does that make it repetitive and tedious? Not at all. It is what it works and what Anna does best, so no problem there.

As in all my previous reviews of this saga, I must mention the thing that makes these books much more special: those little bits of cultural knowledge about ancient kingdoms. This time, apart from learning a little bit about Madagascar, we are presented with a bunch of facts about Constantine Phaulkon. Yes, the author throws a bit of fiction over his life, but she does it in a way where she gets to teach the reader some real fun facts about the historical character. As I said other times, this saga is a Trivial Pursuit training in disguise!

Nothing noteworthy about the character. Morgan and Zach fill the roles they are giving quite nicely, but they won’t leave a permanent dent in the reader’s memory. I enjoyed quite a lot that Morgan resists Zach’s charm for the most part, which makes the archeologist to up his game. I have to admit that reading him courting the hard as nails ex-soldier has been a great time killer. Even though the initial hesitance, the romance happens quite fast (it is not a long book, so…). But I wouldn’t consider it far-fetched in that field. More unbelievable is Zach’s mighty stamina, which is quite average for the genre, though. Their first round of naughty encounters is extremly weird. They were supposed to be hidden and as silent as possible, so several bursts of monkey sex don’t seem the most stealthy tactic; but how could I know? Maybe they did that to create an awkward situation for the bad guys and get more time for the rescue to appear. No one wants to step in the middle of such display of hormonal need…

So far, this saga hasn’t let me down in any of its stories. I will gladly add the next one to my TBR list. I’m changing my reading tactic this year in order to avoid starting sagas and forgetting about them during years. My goal is starting as few as possible and finish the ones I have already begun by reading at least one of their books every couple of months. We will see if I can keep my word…

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2020 – Book Gallery

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The danger of such quick reading is that missing new words is easier than with other books. Still, I managed to catch some on my net, so let’s see which is the one that has made the cut for today’s menu:

lurid: glaringly vivid or sensational

In the book, Zach’s fantasies are described as lurid. The guy sometimes behave like a teenager in heat…

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