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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Stolen Treaures by Laurie Ryan

Stolen Treaures by Laurie Ryan
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Length : Full Length (206 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Claire Saunders is on the brink of realizing her dreams and putting her past behind her. She could care less about a group of pirates preying on San Diego. Nothing will derail her. Or so she thinks, until she finds herself an unwilling passenger aboard a schooner at sea. A reluctant participant in a covert operation, she sails farther and farther away from everything she's worked so hard for. Without her there, it will all fall apart.

Hot-shot agent Dion Gaetani can't believe he's been saddled with a civilian. Worse, a woman. Guilt-ridden over a prior op gone bad, this is a burden he doesn't need.

Together, they must work in close quarters to capture a rogue band of pirates. The stakes are high. Dion's own boat, the Treasure, is the bait. And an unwelcome yet undeniable desire is the complication.

Pirates. Usually the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word pirates is the Disney movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”, or maybe the renowned pirate, BlackBeard. However, reading the news demonstrates that piracy is still a constant threat today.

Ms. Ryan manages to introduce such a contemporary theme into her romance novel, Stolen Treasures. Easily enough she captured my attention on the first pages through the character of Clair: a hardworking young woman who is trying to survive the day to day grind in a yacht club were she is ignored and undermined. The pirate look alike Dion, and the sparks that flew at their meeting made me stay and want to find out what would happen between them.

Once they were on the boat though, I couldn’t stop reading. Ms. Ryan wove a web of sexual tension between them that had me crying out loud in frustration: when was something going to happen between Claire and Dion? The moment finally came, and though it was not as spectacular as the build up had suggested it would be, it was still charming.

Through all the palpable stress, life on the boat went on. Other characters like Roger, Mark and Aidan appeared and disappeared. Aidan, however, was the one that caused a most favorable impression on me, and I would really love to hear more about him.

But, the dangerous piracy of today involving stolen ships and weapons was still going on through all the love and life aboard the Treasure. One of the bad guys was slightly predictable, but that does not detract from the story itself since it holds other elements of surprise. Though the epilogue was unnecessary for it adds nothing useful to the story itself, I enjoyed this story. Stolen Treasure is a befitting read for high, or low tide.

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