Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Treasure Hunter Security #7
The Emerald Tear: ambitious archeologist Oliver Ward leads a dig in the wild jungles of Ecuador and collides with feisty, independent treasure hunter Persephone.
Oliver Ward loves getting his boots dirty on fascinating digs, and investigating strange ruins in Ecuador is no exception. When bandits threaten his team, a small, tough treasure hunter bursts into his world to save the day. He finds himself captivated by the bright, vibrant woman and sucked into a wild and dangerous treasure hunt for a lost Incan emerald.
Daughter of a con artist, Persephone Blake trusts no one and has a plan—find and sell artifacts until she can retire on a white-sand beach. But her plans are derailed when a handsome, smart, and stubborn archeologist pushes his way onto her hunt. She finds herself irresistibly tempted by Oliver, and as they trek deeper into the jungle, danger follows. And Persephone isn’t sure what is in more danger—her body or her heart.
The Emerald Butterfly: former Navy SEAL Diego Torres finds himself helping the one woman who drives him crazy—the DEA agent who boarded his ship and handcuffed him.
Injured and tortured on a mission, Diego Torres was ready to leave the SEALs and loves being captain of his salvage ship, the Storm Nymph. As he begins his vacation, he planned for solitude, late mornings, and drinking beers while watching the Florida sunsets, what he didn’t plan for was the gorgeous DEA agent who boarded his ship several months before. And he really didn’t plan for an underwater expedition in search of a shipwreck and a priceless Incan emerald.
Sloan McBride’s grandfather dreamed of finding the Emerald Butterfly his entire life. Now he’s dying and she vows to find it for him…even if she has to work with the hard-bodied ex-SEAL she got off to a very wrong start with. But as Sloan and Diego work side by side, dogged by dangerous black-market thieves Silk Road, they uncover a scorching hot passion. They will do anything to protect each other, including calling in their friends from Treasure Hunter Security, and they’ll risk everything to beat Silk Road to the emerald.
Anthology: From the two short stories in this book, The Emerald Tear is by far the superior one, even though it has a horrible ending. That first story delivers everything I loved about this saga: cultural tidbits, adventure, action-packed and dangerous situations, sexy encounters in unexpected and impractical places… It only stutters in the romantic part. The second story, led by Diego and Sloan, has a better romantic development, but it lacks adventure and the action is reduced to a couple of bullet exchanges. The story was a condensed copy of the one told in Unfathomed, so we weren’t told anything new.
Cliché: As I have mentioned before, the ending of the first story almost ruins the rest. Am I the only one who thinks that such an early proposal doesn’t make any sense? Oliver and Percy barely knew each other… And that is kind of an habit in this genre. Is it too much to ask for sensible engagements? You don’t need to rush a wedding to get a happy ending…
I must admit I wasn’t very interested in this book, due to the disappointing stories we were delivered in the couple of books before this one. But I also have to admit that I have enjoyed it more than expected and it has rekindle my interest towards the last story of the Treasure Hunter Security.