by Sophie Penhaligon
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Pub Date 01 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 19 Jun 2021
Athena Duncan is living a life as a cosseted academic with her parents in Oxford when tragedy strikes in mysterious circumstances. In an effort to assuage her grief she travels to Paris where she meets the enigmatic playboy Patrice Moreau who is determined to show her what she has been missing in life.
Meanwhile hovering in the background is the equally distracting Dr. Jack Latimer, professor of archeology from Harvard. Both men seek to win her, but do they have an ulterior motive?
A mystery involving her father’s integrity and a missing Egyptian artifact causes Athena to question everything she once believed as true.
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I absolutely loved this book!! The plot was so cute, and the writing style was so easy to follow for me. It was a fun little book and such a good one to get out of a slump, or for someone who's looking to ease their way back into the book world.
Romance in the archaeological world sign me up. Yes this book is a romance but it’s also a bit of a mystery as well and I love the combination. I also really identified with the main character. A great read.
I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. I was rooting for Athena from page one and continued to enjoy her story all the way to her happily ever after.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance.
More of 3.5 stars if I'm completely honest but I do like to round up not down.
Athena comes from an academic family and when tragedy strikes she immerses herself in grief.
Her Godfather manages to coax her into taking a job in Paris near to him and that's when Athena's life gets complicated.
She's caught the eye of a suave Frenchman but there is more to him than meets the eye. And after a short interlude, she realises that no-strings are not for her! But as one man leaves her another comes back into play. When she returns to Oxford her new boss is none other Dr. Jack, the same guy who had a confrontation with her father shortly before his death. But is he truly just a visiting academic or is he also more than he appears?
Whilst my history-loving little nerd self loved all the history and missing relics, I did struggle to like Athena. She was too naive and damsel-in-distress for me - I do prefer my main characters to have a bit of gumption about them. Similarly, the men who came into her life made me squirm (and not in a nice way). One is a bit of lech in my opinion and the other seemed to have developed a bit of an obsession over her when she was only a teenager!
But if you can ignore that otherwise the story was well developed, although I felt the action ending felt a bit rushed. The beginning of the book was a bit slow so don't expect to jump right into action/adventure! The secondary characters were well-formed and I'd happily read more from this author.
Athena is following in her fathers footsteps but she notices something is going on. However, her parents pass away in tragic accident before she can find out. This secret comes back to impact her life in the form of two hot bachelors, one French and one American. This sends her life spiraling as she tries to get to the bottom of the situation and figure out who just wants her for information. Who can she trust and what is going on with her fathers legacy? This steamy romance was an entertaining and quick read. Would recommend if you just need some spice with a little mystery in the plot.
I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley
This book had it all romance in history and so much fun and witt you just can't go wrong
Athena is the only child and brought up in a well protected and loved atmosphere. When they suffer an accident under extra ordinary circumstances in Crete and when both of them are killed, Athena returns to her Oxford roots to try to make a start of her life without them.
Athena had a suspicion that everything was not quite what it was with the death of her parents. Meeting the enigmatic Patrice very much man about town who befriends Athena and becomes her lover and indicates that other than sex, he has no interest in any kind of relationship. Hovering in the background is Dr. Jack Latimer, whom she met at her uncle's home and whom she heard having arguments with her uncle. When he turns up in Oxford as her Professor the coincidence seems too much, but Athena is a bit naive and accepts that it is just a coincidence.
The story dealing with artefacts from Egypt and the lucrative trade in them and how unwittingly Athena and her father have become part of this and how many people are on her tail trying to see whether she knows anything about the piece missing and which belongs to a museum in Egypt and which is being pursued by both good and bad guys. Athena becomes the magnet because both sides know that it has to be somewhere which she may knowingly or unwittingly know of.
Set in Oxford, Crete and Paris all three settings unimaginably lovely the story was a good one. Athena is a bit naive for a grown up woman but the story was good.
This was a fun story! Romance with just a hint of suspense. Athena has a mystery to solve- her parents death. She has 2 love interests, and she doesn't know who to trust, which is hard enough right there for a story. It all comes together quite nicely, and the happy ever after is so sweet, that I'm still savoring it.
The first thing that I absolutely loved was the detail in the description of the places Athena went to in Oxford and Paris for example, it was really vivid and you could start to picture what was being described. I naturally loved that there was even a little archaeology in it, which is not a common topic in fiction books. It was a very easy read.
What can I say. I liked this book. Must read. Do it. If you do anything else. Read this book today. Great read and enjoyable.
I got serious Mummy/ Indiana Jones/ Laura Croft vibes and I would be the first in line if there were more adventures in store!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC which I received in return for an honest review.
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