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Review: Stolen Chances by Elisabeth Naughton

Friday, October 4, 2013

Stolen Chances by Elisabeth Naughton

Stolen Chances (Stolen Trilogy #4)

by Elisabeth Naughton

 

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Nine years ago, Archaeologist Maren Hudson lost everything when a member of her team was killed during a routine dive. Now she’s been drawn back to Mexico and the career she walked away from in order to protect the most precious thing in the world: her daughter.

One desperate phone call brings salvage expert Thad Leighton back to Mexico. For his murdered brother, he’s ready to settle the score, but one look at Maren and everything changes. Years may have passed, but she’s still as mesmerizing as she once was, and a few days on site together have him questioning his priorities and why the hell he walked away from her so long ago.

Sparks between them reignite, but Thad knows Maren is holding something back. Thrust together in the middle of the sweltering Yucatan, Thad is more than willing to strip away her layers. But while the truth might offer the second chance he’s been searching for, forgiveness may be as elusive as the relic they’re both hunting. Because when Thad unearths Maren’s biggest secret and discovers who she’s really working for, suddenly it’s not just about a life that was stolen from both of them, it’s about staying alive and outwitting a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

 

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Overall I thought this was a really great book. The main characters had a strong chemistry and there is adventure entwined in the story as well as romance.

I liked Maren and Thad a lot. I really enjoy learning about their past together and how the story unfolded and them coming together again. They share a history, have a pull towards one another, and their attraction is obvious. They're still drawn to one another after all this time – I could really get a sense of longing from both of them. There was a slow build in the heat department and then bam! major hotness!

I enjoyed the treasure hunt aspect of the story that they were on, it reminded me of Indiana Jones in a way and that extra element of danger and intrigue made for a really exciting story. I think I might have enjoyed that a bit more than the romance part. I thought the other characters were well developed and I was left with no lingering questions.

The ending was fantastic! It made the book for me. All the drama and then how everything played out – perfect. It was a great movie type ending, I could totally picture it. 

I will say that I really enjoyed it but I never felt fully connected. I did think there were parts that were a little drawn out. It had all the key elements that make for a great story, I just never had that couldn’t put it down feeling. There was chemistry, attraction, and major intrigue throughout and I thought it was a solid book, definitely worth the read. 

This book can be read as a stand alone book.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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