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Friday, September 25, 2009

Jewels of the Sun by Kiss Carson

Jewels of the Sun by Kiss Carson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (296 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Born on the mysterious island of Ambrosia and whisked away to mainland Australia when only a few days old, Selena Lewis grows up hearing tales of unimaginable treasures and a floating island, trapped in the nineteenth century, which only appears every 25 years.

Now, the island has returned and Selena is determined to prove to the treasure hunting community that the island exists, as does the treasure. Kidnapped and blindfolded, she's held hostage by virile pirate captain, Saxon Ambrose, who piques her curiosity both sexually and emotionally.

Drawn into the very depths of Ambrosia, Selena finds the Jewels of the Sun, the diamond pillars that allow the island to survive, and the treasure she's waited all her life to find. However, the Jewels are dying, and so is Ambrosia. Her love for Saxon is the key but is it stronger than her struggle for treasure hunting fame? In the end, will love conquer all?

The saying “Love makes the world go around” came to mind as I read this story.

JEWELS OF THE SUN is an unusual type of fantasy that pulls the reader in with both modern and long-ago settings that serve to bring pre-destined lovers together.

An undercurrent of perverse humor flows through the story as the spoiled, ambitious Selena Lewis finds herself a captive of a pirate prince, the rebellious Saxon, Crown Prince of Ambrosia. Her partner and long-time friend Brian and her long-time enemy Tony are rescued and end up on Ambrosia. In time, they all become entangled with Duke Kingsley Lambert, the childhood friend and now rival of Prince Saxon.

Selena is “self-reliant, resilient, assertive, and totally dedicated to getting to Ambrosia, a floating island where she was born twenty-five years ago. She wants to find the legendary jewel cache that she learned about from her parents. Its discovery would make her famous in the world of archeology—an honor she covets.

Never amenable to the stately, boring life of a prince, Saxon had done some very unorthodox things over the years that his mother, Queen Ann, has aided and abetted. However, he has reached the age that his royal obligations must be attended. He must marry.

When Selena comes on the scene, Queen Ann sees her as a foreigner and a “nobody” that has caught Saxon’s eye. Immediately, the Queen invites Marie; a childhood friend of Saxon’s to come for a visit with the intentions of their being married.

While mother and son are at odds with the rift between them getting bigger all the time, King Michael and Brian, through research and undercover work, bring to light important historical facts s well as an immediate plot for assassination. The Queen’s plans are derailed but events have already set Ambrosia on a course of destruction. Only one thing can save it.

Kiss Carson’s writing has an undertow that sucks the reader into a tantalizing tale. A few scenes and settings take the reader away from the main plot and a few coincidences pop up to detract but the exciting and “just-have-to-know” feelings get the story back on track and move it along beautifully.

JEWELS OF THE SUN sparkles with life and love that will not be denied. If Selena and Saxon get to their happy-ever-after, their future promises to be exciting and joyous while they fulfill a prophecy about Ambrosia’s jewels and true love.