Desire Me (The Legend Hunters)
by Robyn DeHart
Paperback: 368 pages
Available: June 1, 2010
Genre: Historical Romance
Book received from: Hachette Book Group
Years ago, Maxwell Barrett found a map to Atlantis and dedicated his life to the search for the mystical lost continent. But when an alluring woman makes a wager for the priceless artifact, he may have discovered an even greater treasure.
A descendant of Atlantis, Sabine Tobias needs the map to decipher an ancient prophecy. What she doesn’t need are the sparks flying between her and Max. He’s too devilishly charming to be trusted: The fate of her people is at stake as well as her heart. Yet a ruthless killer also covets the map. Now Max and Sabine must race to decode the prophecy’s riddle before this criminal fulfills his deadly mission.
Maxwell ‘Max’ Barrett, the Marques of Lindberg is persistent, adventurous and charming. He is also convinced he doesn’t need someone in his life to care about. He cared about his family and lost them in a tragic way when he was he was young and he now has his quest for Atlantis to keep him occupied and enough interested ladies to keep him satisfied. That is, until he meets Sabine Tobias. She is stubborn, quick-witted and aloof but more importantly she’s a descendant of Atlantis. She’s in need of the map of Atlantis Max found when he was just a teenager, the map containing a prophecy Sabine needs battle an evil villain out to destroy her people.
From the moment their paths cross Max and Sabine challenge and entice each other while working together to fight the danger that threatens Sabine’s people, the English people and Sabine’s life. They fight the growing feelings between them acknowledging only the passion and desire that flares whenever they’re together. The romance is subtle but definitely there and I loved how Max and Sabine were both reluctant in the beginning to admit there’s more than just physical attraction between them but ultimately their feelings cannot be denied.
With a crazed serial killer on the loose, an elixir to protect and the last of the 3 Guardians of Atlantis’ life in danger, the adventure part was well taken care of and you might think with these elements the book would fit better into the paranormal genre but I would disagree because despite the light paranormal elements I would definitely qualify DESIRE ME as a historical adventure romance. The mystical elements were smoothly embedded in the story making it a less standard historical romance. However the vibe remained very much that of a historical and adventurous and not once during reading was I tempted to see this as a paranormal romance.
DESIRE ME would have taken me by surprise if I hadn’t read its predecessor, SEDUCE ME. From that book I knew that adventure, romance and wonderful writing were the things that awaited me between the cover pages of this second installment of The Legend Hunters series. And I was not disappointed. I must admit to be a bit confused in the beginning, finding out things about Sabine and her background but the confusion soon cleared as the story took form.
This book was just as very well written and a thrilling read as the first one was. The multiple plotlines were threaded together logically and gradually to give me both lots of aha-moments and moments where I’d think “hmm wonder how this is going to play out.” Though the plots and role of the characters therein aren’t difficult to discern and Robyn DeHart doesn’t use elaborate ways to hide information needed to figure things out, the adventurous element is exciting and not too predictable.
Robyn DeHart writes delicious heroes, sharp-witted heroines and adventurous plots that rival with any Indiana Jones movie. And in the background there’s the development of a heartfelt and endearing love story that’s nicely balanced out against the fast-paced adventurous action. So if you like to read out-of-the-box historical romances, spiced with adventures surrounding mythical legends, DESIRE ME should definitely end up on your to-buy or to-read list because it will undoubtedly entertain you and leave you wanting to read the next adventure as soon as possible.
“I’m not a gentleman, Sabine, and I never pretended otherwise.” His smile was purely wicked. “I’m standing here wondering precisely why I’m not tossing that screen aside and pressing you up against the wall.”
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