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Monday, May 26, 2014

Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell--A Review

Memorial Day--a lovely day for remembrance.   Soldiers who fell in protecting the freedoms we  cherish.  Thank you fallen heroes and thank you to those who returned from the grasp of wars.     Thank you for suffering those horrible sights, smells and sounds in my place.    Thank you for suffering the time away from loved ones and family, for enduring, for surviving.    You are my heroes!  And in today's world, we need heroes to look up to!   Look no further than our soldiers at home and abroad.

Have a wonderful weekend one and all!


According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth . . . or will their prediction become reality?

Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor's structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?

Helping out a friend, former immigration and customs enforcement officer Hunter Johnston is determined to recover the missing pieces and he needs Lina's help. A man used to calling the shots and working alone, he isn't comfortable letting anyone get close, especially a beautiful and brainy woman like Lina. His gift for reading people tells him there's a lot going on below that professional exterior, and he's more than a little curious to probe her depths.

Burying herself in her work, Lina's had little experience handling men, especially one as fascinating and exasperating as the secretive, headstrong Hunter. A devoted archaeologist, she has the skill to excavate those protective layers all the way to his core.

But finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of a mystery that will plunge these unlikely partners into adventure, romance, and danger more thrilling, sensual, and deadly than either of them knows. . . 

From My Perspective:

Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell was an archaeological thriller-romance read that had me on the edge of my seat throughout the read.   The romance was hot and heavy as  Lina and Hunter yielded to their need.  The story was rich in Mayan culture and belief, and violence as blood was shed in sacrifice.  Lowell's characters were rich and well developed, strong in their individual rite.

The story was shrouded in mystery and very intriguing as Hunter and Lina searched for the missing artifacts.   Returning to Lina's childhood home, they were met with an ailing grandmother,  a selfish mother and a temperamental father, and a cousin lost in the traditional Mayan ways of the past.

The most perfect, most beautiful of all sacrifices was to be the Mayan princess, unless Hunter could somehow stop the event from happening.    His entire future depended upon it.   This was a very intense read and as a result was very enjoyable.   Lowell's writing style, although very informative, was smooth and easy to follow.

I rated this book 4 winks!


Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.  I purchased this book for my personal collection.

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