At Star’s End by Anna Hackett
Series: The Phoenix Adventures #1
Published: March 31, 2014 by Carina Press
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
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?
Dr. Eos Rai is desperate to find the last remaining fragment of the Mona Lisa and prove to the Institute that her deceased mother’s work was valuable. But without Institute support Eos must turn to the Dathan Phoenix and his brothers to help her track down the mysterious Star’s End. But Dathan has very different ideas of what should be done with found Terran artifacts and he’ll only agree to work with Eos if he gets the Mona Lisa instead. I always love the action and adventure in Anna Hackett’s books and At Star’s End was no different.
I was already in love with Dathan when he was just a young and arrogant treasure hunter in Among Galactic Ruins and now that’s he’s an older but still arrogant treasure hunter I really enjoyed watching him meet his match in Dr. Eos Rai. Dathan is strong, confident, and a total alpha while still being for the most part a really nice guy. Growing up with a drunk and abusive father has made Dathan tough but it’s also caused him to push relationships away, worried that he’ll turn into his dad. The specter of his father haunts Dathan’s actions quite a bit throughout the story and it takes him a while to finally let go of the past and see what’s right in front of him.
From the very beginning, Eos proves she’s an independent and strong woman and that she can handle Dathan and whatever he wants to throw at her. Losing her mother was devastating for Eos but it’s only encouraged her to be a better astro-archeologist and to push herself to be the person she truly wants to be. Even though she loves to study ancient artifacts, Eos also enjoys the adventure of finding lost treasure. Eos and Dathan may butt heads at the start but they soon realize they make a great team.
**Reader Safety: Hero was abused as a child (referenced, off page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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