This one wasn’t very original but I still enjoyed the action and a good treasure hunt. The characters, Dare and Dakota, were both strong willed survivors who are learning to lean on someone else. After the way this one ended, I’ll be looking forward to the upcoming books!
I liked both Dakota and Dare and must say they fit together very well considering they are so much alike. Both are survivors of their past and have learned to only rely on those they completely trust; in Dakota’s case that’s herself, and in Dare’s case that his brothers. They also both like to be in control as they’ve each had that control taken away in the past. This creates an interesting tension between the two as they battle out for control of everything that’s going on. Dare definitely likes to be in control, especially in the *cough* bedroom where he wants to call all the shots. The story hints at some darker times in Dare’s sexual history but it’s not really addressed directly. There is some kink in this one; but even with all of Dare’s need for control, his main concern is making sure his partner is enjoying herself and he’s quiet the gentlemen about the whole thing. No alpha-holes in this one.
Maybe I’m reading all my Anna Hackett books too close together but this one didn’t feel all that different from ones that came before. In particular, this one had several similarities to Anna Hacket’s Unfathomed from the Treasure Hunter Security series. They both have the hero and heroine going after an underwater treasure and they both have a nasty enemy group after them (Silk Road and Golden Nova). They also both have the following scene, which is a spoiler for the end (see bottom of page for spoiler).
Content Note: references to past abuse
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Phoenix Adventures #8 • Romance, Science Fiction • Carina Press • September 18, 2016
Dare Phoenix runs his convoy with absolute control. In uncharted space, lives depend on it. When one plain, dowdy woman comes aboard, his gut tells him that something is off about her. Soon there are assassins on his ship, sabotage, and people dying, and Dare discovers his drab passenger is definitely not what she seems. Instead, he uncovers a smart-mouthed scam artist who defies him at every turn.
Dakota Jones is a survivor. Life has taught her that if you don’t grab what you want, someone else will snatch it away. Tired of having nothing, she’s stolen a map to the location of an immense lost treasure from Earth and she’s going to find it. Okay, so maybe stealing the map from a deadly terrorist group wasn’t her best decision, but now she just needs to dodge their crazy followers, hide out on the Phoenix Convoy, and find a way to decode the map. Easy, right? Wrong. As soon as she sets eyes on the sexy, in-charge Dare Phoenix, she knows she’s made a terrible mistake.
Dare and Dakota strike sparks at every turn…but with her life in danger, she reluctantly agrees to join forces with Dare to find the treasure. But every step of their adventure is dogged by danger, and the biggest threat they face is getting burned by their incendiary attraction. On this hunt, they will find themselves going beyond their depths, tested to their limits, and deep in uncharted territory.
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The love interests have dived underwater to find their treasure and in differing ways they each run into an instance where they only have oxygen for one person. Neither will leave the other behind so one agrees to basically be pulled along, with the idea that they will either almost drown or in the case of this book, will drown. But the other will make it and revive the other one.