Former Navy SEAL Callum Ward has one motto--live life to the fullest. He saw the worst of war and lost good friends, but now he works for Treasure Hunter Security. When he's not providing security for archeological digs and invaluable museum exhibits, or off on daring treasure hunts, he's rock climbing, racing, or skiing. Nothing--and no one--has ever tempted him to slow down...until on an expedition into the Cambodian jungle, he has to work with one opinionated, prickly photographer, Dani Navarro. But soon their straight-forward trek to find a lost temple turns deadly, and Cal and Dani find themselves under attack from a dangerous black-market antiquities ring prepared to kill.
Dani Navarro lives for her photography. For years, it's been her escape from her family and their frivolous lifestyle, affairs, and dramas. With her camera in hand, she travels the world, capturing other people's moments and avoiding messy entanglements. At first, she thinks Cal Ward is no different from all the other men she's known, but as their expedition turns into a hazardous dash through uncharted jungle, she uncovers a tough, intelligent, and sexy protector. Together, they must outwit their pursuers and find not only a lost temple...but a priceless, powerful artifact.
The first book, Undiscovered, took the readers to Egypt but this time we are transported to the steamy jungle of Cambodia and it's clear Ms Hackett has done her homework. I'm sure many readers will imagine a hero in a fedora carrying a bullwhip but it made me think more of King Solomon’s Mines as lost temples are discovered. Now, as with any exciting adventure, it's not without danger as the deeper our heroes go, not only do they learn more about each other, but they soon discover they are not the only ones chasing an impossible dream.
I liked Cal in the first book so was overjoyed to see him get his own story. He is a man who lives life to the max and whilst he doesn't seek any permanent relationships, he is determined to enjoy everything that life has to offer. Pairing him up with photographer, Dani, was sheer genius as like him, she is a free spirit but Dani has surprising depths. A woman with an artistic soul, yes, but also one who is up for any challenge and whilst she might guard her heart, there's no mistaking the physical tension that quickly escalates between Dani and Cal.
Clearly I can say no more about what happens in the jungle but it did have me imagining the stunning temples and ruins as the author captured my imagination. I found myself wanting to see it all for myself as Ms Hackett brought history to life.
What I can say is treasure hunting and stealing antiquities is unfortunately a real problem in many countries and I'm loving the way this author explores it whilst at the same time giving her readers a fabulous and romantic adventure.
I suspect the next book, Unexplored, might feature the rather hirsute Logan but have to confess there's a certain government Agent who intrigues me and please can we have the gun toting Morgan at some point? Yes, these larger than life characters leap off the page and I can't wait to find out what sticky situations they wind up in next!
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review