Among Galactic Ruins by Anna Hackett
Series: The Phoenix Adventures #0.5
Published: August 8, 2015 by Anna Hackett
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
When astro-archaeologist and museum curator Dr. Lexa Carter discovers a secret map to a lost old Earth treasure—a priceless Fabergé egg—she’s excited at the prospect of a treasure hunt to the dangerous desert planet of Zerzura. What she’s not so happy about is being saddled with a bodyguard—the museum’s mysterious new head of security, Damon Malik.
After many dangerous years as a galactic spy, Damon Malik just wanted a quiet job where no one tried to kill him. Instead of easy work in a museum full of artifacts, he finds himself on a backwater planet babysitting the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.
She thinks he’s arrogant. He thinks she’s a trouble-magnet. But among the desert sands and ruins, adventure led by a young, brash treasure hunter named Dathan Phoenix, takes a deadly turn. As it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want them to find the treasure, Lexa and Damon will have to trust each other just to survive.
Dr. Alexa Carter is on a mission to find an old Earth treasure long ago worshiped by a temple of priestesses. This is Lexa’s first mission into the field and she’s determined to prove her father wrong and show that she can be successful as an astro-archeologist. In typical Anna Hackett fashion, Lexa was a tough, strong, and brave woman who knows how to take care of herself. I loved her excitement over every find and how much she wanted to find and preserve ancient artifacts. She loves the thrill of a treasure hunt but also only has the best intentions towards what she finds.
Acting as personal protection for Lexa, Damon Malik is security conscious and doesn’t tolerate fools. He’s butted heads with Lexa ever since he began working at the museum but he also can’t deny his attraction to her. Damon was my perfect kind of hero, he’s protective, passionate, a touch arrogant and he’s 100% behind supporting Lexa. We only get hints of his past but we get enough to reveal that Damon had a hard upbringing and then a dangerous and weary career as a spy.
“I can’t remember why I didn’t like you.”
He smiled. “Something about me being an arrogant ass?”
“Oh, right. It’s coming back to me now.”
While Lexa and Damon start out a bit antagonistic, they decide to explore their mutual attraction. As they venture into the deadly and unforgiving desert, they have to depend on each other as well as their treasure hunting guide, Dathan Phoenix. I really enjoyed Dathan and can’t wait to read his book! He was cocky and funny and I imagine he’ll be quite the rebellious treasure hunter as an adult. The small hints at the destruction of the Terran Earth, other planets, and the Phoenix brothers sets a great tone for the rest of the series.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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