Publication Date: May 22, 2012
“A DETERMINED EXPLORER
When famed Egyptologist Michael Hurst discovers that the infamous Hurst Amulet is hidden in Scotland, he insists his trusted assistant, Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton, accompany him north. Strangely, the usually unflappable Jane seems perturbed by their destination—the mysterious Isle of Barra. A fascinated Michael watches as his staid assistant transforms, revealing intriguing layers of mystery and vulnerability. Could he be about to uncover not one, but two, precious treasures?
A DAUNTLESS PRINCESS
Once her clan’s princess, Jane fled Barra years ago to avoid a forced marriage. Since then, she has made her living as efficient Miss Smythe-Haughton—the perfect (and highly paid) assistant. Now she must confront her secrets . . . including her feelings for her irascible employer, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Michael Hurst.
A PERILOUS PLEASURE
Others are also searching for the missing amulet, however. Can Jane and Michael learn to trust each other in time to solve two riddles: the location of the Hurst Amulet, and the meaning of the vivid passion flaring between them?”
Throughout the course of the Hurst Amulet series Hawkins has teased us with the possibility and probability of a romance between Michael Hurst and his feisty assistant Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton. All the anticipation was completely rewarded as their story comes to life in this subtle blending of a good Indiana Jones movie and tempting bits of the Bard’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
These two larger than life characters practically leap off the page and it’s hard to tell which is more captivating; their chemistry laced bickering or the underlying sense of genuine friendship from which it evolves.
In this final book of the series Hawkins manages to bring the adventure, begun in the first installment, full circle in a way that is completely satisfying for the reader, for which I must give massive kudos.
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