Treasured Lies by Kendall Talbot

Treasured Lies by Kendall TalbotTreasured Lies by Kendall Talbot

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Escape on October 22, 2015
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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I was excited to continue with this second book in the series to see what happened with the treasure, Archer and Rosalina’s romance, and with the tenacious villain, Nox. The story jumped right in where the first one left off so it doesn’t make for a good standalone.

It is unavoidable to not have some spoilers for book one by discussing this second book so I just wanted to give fair warning. I will do my best not to give away much more than can be surmised from the blurb.

Due to Jimmy’s injuries from the fight with Nox and his men, Rosalina is now Archer’s temporary diving partner as they survey the wreck and begin the process of locating and bringing up the artifacts and treasure. She enjoys the knowledge that they are engaged and back together even as she yearns to go back to Italy and be with her family to share in her happiness. Alessandro is giddy with excitement as the historian gets the job of researching and cataloging each piece that Archer and Rosalina bring up. Everyone is a little on edge when a rival treasure hunter begins sniffing around. He is ruthless and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

While the treasure hunters work to bring up the treasure, Nox begins to recover from wounds that should have killed him all the while plotting revenge. He has his own adventures of survival, but what keeps him going is his dream to have that treasure and make Archer and his band of treasure hunters pay.

Things are pretty exciting and suspenseful for this second installment of the series. The group has just survived one attack from a rival group and now they face another lethal fortune hunter. The romance is now headed in the right direction, but Rosalina must now learn to set aside her doubts and trust Archer. The group must balance their treasure fever with the need to actually survive even as Archer’s mother starts to speak about things of the past that have a strong bearing on the present.

As with the first book, this one is full of exotic places, Rosalina’s delicious foods, excitement of historic treasures, life at sea and underwater diving, and the rush of danger. The romance and passion has not cooled in fact, it grows deeper and heats up quite a bit between Archer and Rosa. I enjoyed the secondary romance going on, too.

I have to add that when it came to Nox’s story, I felt for him as I did when I was a kid for Wiley Coyote in the Road Runner show.Nox has bad intentions and is driven by greed, but he suffers greatly through mishap after mishap making me pity him somewhat. It’s an interesting secondary plot line to follow a villain’s adventures that are as interesting as the main thread with the hero and heroine.

All in all, I enjoyed this one as I did the first. Moderately, but good. It is passionate and adventure-filled. Would definitely like to see what comes next after that exciting climax. Those who love romantic suspense set in exotic locales and focused on a treasure hunt should definitely give this series a try.

My thanks to Escape Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #350 RS

Cliché Klatch #212 ‘feels like you’ve known him forever’

About Kendall Talbot

Brisbane author Kendall Talbot’s used to daydream about robbing the bank she worked in. Thanks to her husband’s gift of writing lessons in 2008 she decided to write about it instead.

An adrenaline junkie and mum of two Kendall says, “I love the idea of screaming and the feeling you get when you are about to jump.” Now-a-days she gets the same rush writing action adventure scenes.

Her debut novel “Lost in Kakadu” won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year in 2014. Amongst the great reviews Kendall was quizzed on how to make the famous “bra slingshot’ that featured in the book.
Rosalina, the heroine in Kendall’s new book “Treasured Secrets” is a chef in Tuscany and the Greek Islands. Food, flavours and romance sustain our heroine as ruthless competition will do anything to prevent her from solving a 700 year mystery to a great missing treasure.

Recipes from “Treasured Secrets” debut in their own book “Rosalina’s Treasured Treats” you can cook along as you read the book.

Next on Kendall’s hit list is the Crime novel she’s long dreamed of. Yes she’s robbing that bank! Set in Brisbane in 1992 “Double Take” is scheduled for release September 2015.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Sounds like a great romance, and who doesn’t love to read about exotic locales?

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

    • Exactly, Stephanie! Between the Greek Isles, Italian wine country and Rosa’s food, I was sold. 😉

  • I do like rom sup, but read too little of it 🙁

    • I had a dry spell with RS for almost a decade and I love it. Finally got back into reading them last year.

  • I love those adventure filled romances, I see I definitely need to look up book one though. Fabulous review hun.

    • Yes, this one will be confusing without book one. Thanks for the kind words, Renee!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Good to know it doesn’t stand alone well and the very reason I love having all the books in a trilogy in my hot little hands, I so hate the wait 🙂 Great review Thanks

    • I try to make sure I let folks know when getting a book out of order isn’t a good idea after a few mishaps of my own. It is very hard to wait between books. You are so right about that, Debbie. 🙂

  • romance full of adventure? oh how interesting, some of the things have me now very curious

    • I was hooked on book one the second I saw the word ‘Treasure’, Lily. 😉 Somethings just perk us readers right up.

  • This sounds like an exciting and suspensefull sequel! It can be nice when books start right where the first book ended. The treausre hunting aspect and the exotic places sound like a great addition and make me curious about this book. I like how you say the villain storyline is just as interesting, I just finished a romantic suspense where the villain storyline fell a bit flat. I am making it my goal for next year to read more romantic suspense as I don’t read nearly enough books in this genre and I’ve enjoyed those I read so far! Great Review!

    • It was nice to not get a huge recap of the previous story and that the author just went on with the plot line. Oh yes, treasure hunting, great food, and the Med were a huge hit with me.
      I like that the villain is a well-drawn character, too, Lola. I like knowing why they do what they do and some books just don’t give you that. I need more than the fact that they do bad things and need to know what makes them tick and what they are doing when they aren’t around the hero and heroine. LOL

  • Another deceving cover! I wouldn’t have guessed that this is a suspenseful novel. It looks more like a holiday romance or something

    • It does! Haha! But that’s partly true, too, since they are in the Greek Islands on a yacht for their treasure hunt and there is romance.

  • Sounds like you enjoyed it quite a bit. I do like the premise for this one. Great review.

    • Yes, I have a good time with her books. It’s the treasure hunting. 😉

  • I like the treasure hunting aspect, and ya know I have a thing for romantic suspense I need to add book one as it sounds like they build on each other.

    • Yes, that’s my favorite part, too. Definitely start with book one as these are like parts of one story.

  • Oooo looks good. Love the whole treasure bit.

    • Most delicious part aside from Rosa’s food and the romance.