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A standalone, contemporary romance that's faster, steamier, grittier . . . but with the emotional impact you've come to expect from New York Times bestselling author Mia Sheridan.
Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancé would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She's even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide—a mercenary.
The man named Thomas arrives in shadows, an unmistakable air of danger about him, promising to help lead her through the ruined, crime-infested country. But when Thomas and Olivia find themselves fighting an undeniable attraction, danger takes on a whole new meaning. Then again, in the lush jungles of South America, all the rules are different and Thomas and Olivia are about to discover that sometimes the thing you seek, isn't necessarily the thing you find.
THIS IS A STANDALONE SOLSTICE NOVEL. Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Good, short read
This was pretty good! It’s really short, kind of a novella, but it’s a very fast paced book. There was a lot happening in the beginning but it was a little boring. Halfway through was when it really picked up. I really loved the ending. The twist could have been developed more but overall it was really good. Given how short the book is, I really believed Liv and Thomas’ love for each other. Really good read. If it was longer and move developed it had the potential to be a great story.
Finding suspense and love in the jungles of Columbia
I was so happy and excited when Mia surprised us with the announcement of a secret book she’d been working on. I’ve devoured every book she’s written so my grabby hands were working overtime to get started on this book.
Mia warns us in the blurb that this book is grittier and darker than her usual stories, and just reading the prologue told me this was going to be the case. My heart was already pinching from reading it. When you read the synopsis and it starts with a wealthy socialite whose fiancé has disappeared in a country that has been ravaged by natural disasters and she hires a guide to take her there, you can think many things. Who is she kidding? She’ll never survive a day in the jungle. But Olivia Barton is nothing like appearances lead you to believe. Mia takes the reader so deep into the heart and soul of both “Livvy” and her guide, Thomas.
Thomas is dark and mysterious, telling Olivia he’ll guide her to where she needs to go to find her fiancé since he needs to be in that area for some business of his own. Mia is such an expert at crafting her characters, giving the reader full access to the outward persona, but then revealing their hidden depths little by little throughout the story. Livvy thinks she’s gotten to know Thomas pretty well over the days they’ve spent together traveling, but does she really know who this guy is?
This book would make an excellent movie, the fast paced drama, suspense and action that takes place along their journey. Not to mention the attraction that Livvy and Thomas have for each other, one that they can only keep at bay for so long before the pull is too much and they have to give in to their desires.
Mia packs a lot into this story, but with it being shorter than her other books, I feel like there is so much more to this story than what we see. I would have liked to see the ending of the book a little more developed than what we get. Of course, I’m greedy with Mia’s books, but in this case I felt it wrapped up too quickly. It is still a wonderful story and hopefully we’ll see more of these characters in subsequent books. AND if you’ve read Mia’s other books, you’ll be thrilled to see a cameo from one of her other beloved characters.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is fast paced, suspenseful and action packed. And the connection between Thomas and Livvy is electric!