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.