I always love the action and adventure in Anna Hackett’s books and this was no different. I loved the idea of intergalactic treasure hunters and what a group the Phoenix brothers are! From a purely selfish want, I was hoping to get a cameo by Damon and Lexa from Among Galactic Ruins since that’s where we first meet Dathan. But even without that I enjoyed the book.
Hackett does such a great job of writing likable heroes that can still be tough and alpha without being obnoxious. I always worry when a book has a bad boy because I don’t like reading about assholes, but Hackett never lets me down. I loved Dathan and really enjoyed watching him meet his match in Dr. Eos Rai. He’s strong, confident, and a total alpha while still being an all around nice guy. I’m happy Dathan and Eos didn’t bicker too much over the treasure hunter vs. archaeologist thing as that would have gotten annoying. Instead they realize they make a great team and that even though Eos loves to study ancient artifacts she also enjoys the adventure of finding lost treasure. They make a great opposites attract couple that understands and appreciates the other even when they don’t always agree.
It was obvious Nikolas and Darc were being set up to be a future couple and I’m not sure how I feel about Darc yet. I mean, she has tried to kill the brothers several times, so there better be a really good reason for her actions.
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Phoenix Adventures #1 • Romance, Science Fiction • Carina Press • March 31, 2014
Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star’s End–the last known location of the masterpiece–she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy, a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.
Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like their father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble, but he’s lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to…but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment?