Review: Unexplored

cover-unexploredTitle: Unexplored
Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Treasure Hunter Security #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: Novella
Available: 12th July*


Former Navy SEAL Logan O’Connor is big, rough…and haunted by a past betrayal. Now he works for Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs – easy. Daring expeditions – no problem. But on a mission to the Peruvian Andes, he collides with cool, classy CEO, Sydney Granger, and they are swept into a deadly hunt for her kidnapped brother and an ancient lost city.

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*Released as part of the nine all new stories box set, Romancing the Alpha 2

Individual release August 2016

Source: ARC from the author

The Treasure Hunter Security squad are back, and this time it’s Peru! But don’t pack your gear for the Incan trail just yet, because we won’t be visiting Machu Pichu. Instead the archeology here is all about the pre-Incan Chachapoya, also known as the Warriors of the Clouds, and the action follows a set of hidden clues that should hopefully lead to a missing brother as well as hidden treasure and plenty of danger.

The archeology is what I love best about this series, and the sense of place each book manages to capture as the action jets to a different part of the globe each time. It’s not just pretty set dressing, the culture and landscape play an integral part in the action, and I really enjoyed this aspect of the novella.

Sadly, I can’t say the same about the rest of it. I didn’t like Logan at all, found Sydney pretty forgettable and had a few issues with certain moments of the plot. I get that Logan has trust issues, and very good reasons for those, but the way he treats Sydney is awful. First he dismisses her as an ice princess who doesn’t feel anything, then he demands she give him her full life story. He knows nothing about her or what she might have been through in life that could have made her the person she is, but still, he feels entitled enough to demand and intimidate her life story out of her. Not cool. He didn’t improve enough for me to ever like him, so I have no idea what Sydney sees in him – other than instant attraction.

And it is instant. This is a short read that takes place over a short amount of time and is packed with travelling and action. These two are thrown together and somehow that’s love. I’m not convinced.

Nor am I convinced that a quick Googling of Silk Road would bring up a few hazy stories of the secretive bad guys and a link to Treasure Hunter Security. Not without wading through a stack of stuff about the actual Silk Road (both historical and current incarnation), anyway. Then there’s the incredible way Sydney manages to ride and trek for ten hours straight, yet still manage a marathon night of sex and is also able to walk without pain the next day. What kind of work is she doing as a CEO? That’s some serious training she must do during her time off. Throw in a bout of entirely unlikely sex during the danger, danger, we’re-all-going-to-die-if-we-don’t-keep-moving moment, and let’s just say this book didn’t really win me over. The end was also far too cheesy for me, not to mention wraps up far too quickly and conveniently.

Overall, if you’ve been loving the series so far, I’m pretty sure you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. Personally, though, this one didn’t quite work for me, but I’m still curious to see where these books head next.

Unexplored is out as part of Romancing the Alpha 2 on July 12th.
Visit Anna Hackett for more details.


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