Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Perfect for the men of Treasure Hunter Security. Former Navy SEAL Declan Ward is haunted by the demons of his past and throws everything he has into his security business--Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs - no problem. Daring expeditions - sure thing. Museum security for invaluable exhibits - easy. But on a simple dig in the Egyptian desert, he collides with a stubborn, smart archeologist, Dr. Layne Rush, and together they get swept into a deadly treasure hunt for a mythical lost oasis. When an evil from his past reappears, Declan vows to do anything to protect Layne.
Dr. Layne Rush is dedicated to building a successful career--a promise to the parents she lost far too young. But when her dig is plagued by strange accidents, targeted by a lethal black market antiquities ring, and artifacts are stolen, she is forced to turn to Treasure Hunter Security, and to the tough, sexy, and too-used-to-giving-orders Declan. Soon her organized dig morphs into a wild treasure hunt across the desert dunes. Danger is hunting them every step of the way, and Layne and Declan must find a way to work together...to not only find the treasure but to survive.
Okay, it's rugged former Navy Seals (yum!) and all mixed up with discovering ancient antiquities so a rather obsessed Professor is the perfect foil. Layne has the chance of a lifetime running the dig that just might reveal a secret many believe to be a myth. Yet she's not alone in her suspicions, and when treasure hunters invade the camp it's high time to get security in but the rather demanding Declan is not getting the jump on Layne. So what if he's fit in the nicest possible way, it shouldn't make an iota of difference that he seems almost at home around Egyptian artefacts as Layne does! Yet as things start to escalate, the pair is thrown together more and more until it's just the two of them with a dangerous enemy hot on their trail!
Oo, this is more of a romance suspense in many ways but taken up several delicious notches. Think of a modern day Indiana Jones and you kind of understand Layne. She is passionate about history and wants to share it with everyone. I loved that with just a few words, I could feel her joy at discovering relics from the past. There's a scene about a third of the way in that was amazing with detail and focus that held me enraptured. It doesn't stop there though and Ms Hackett lets her imagination have free reign as this story hurtles to its conclusion.
Declan is just one of the security team who we meet but he sure is made in the heroic mode. A born protector in many ways, it's something that just drives him. However, as we learn of his past, we see it's also almost a curse as he cannot forgive himself for any mistakes. No self-flagellation but Declan will go to the wall to save those he can and obviously right now it's Layne who holds his focus.
My final thoughts are as Undiscovered is the first in a new series, Ms Hackett clearly wanted to introduce her characters from Treasure Hunter Security so possibly that took a little away initially from this story. Yet the adventure we go on with Declan and Layne, whilst fantastical, felt exciting and the pace of the romance seemed realistic. There were moments when my heart was in my mouth as I couldn't see how they could overcome what the author kept throwing at them. Yet this couple battles on relentlessly, ending up with an emotional yet sweet ending
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.