- File Size: 215 KB
- Print Length: 84 pages
- Publisher: Clean Reads (November 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0074NQ410
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Aegean Intrigue Kindle Edition
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Enter Alex Leonidis, a tall handsome private investigator, hired by a wealthy man with interests in the latest dig site. His objective: to observe Francie closely in order to prove her involvement in the missing artifacts. His plan: to go undercover as a Project Director of the dig site. Alex observed her closely all right -- drawn inexplicably to her beauty, her passion and her work ethic. He has a difficult time keeping his mind on his primary objective.
But artifacts are still disappearing. Is Francie the culprit? Or is it one of the other crew members -- the old, absent-minded professor, the seemingly inept newbie who is always checking his phone, the crew cook? And what will happen when she finds out he's been lying to her about who he really is?
This story is one of those whose plot is so engaging you are drawn immediately in. It's difficult not to want more when it's so good but it ends so soon. As a short story, it can't be judged by the same criteria as a full-length novel (though a longer format would have given the room to flesh out all the details of this amazing story).
I would have liked to see more development in the relationship between the two main characters, as most of it is brought about through the internal dialogue of the respective character and not as much through their interaction with one another. But overall, a very enjoyable read. As it is, there is romance, mystery, twists and turns, betrayal, reconciliation, and much more. It's incredible how the author can pack so much into this story.
A great book for an afternoon or evening read. You can read it in one sitting, and it keeps you intrigued from start to finish.
Francie's first love is finding historical treasures, until she meets Alex. The initial reservations she has towards him melt faster than ice, but she is confused by strange happenings at the work site and she's afraid things are not all the seem to be. Alex is falling for the suspect, going against everything he's learned in the world of a private investigator. What they both find is not at all what either expected.
Ms. Kiyono is masterfully skilled at exposing her reader to a subject like archeology and giving accurate details on the subject while weaving a storyline so intricate that the combination is seamless.
Aegean Intrigue is full of twists, mystery, gripping detail, and a great romance in the mix.
Ms. Kiyono provided me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This one has it all. The backdrop is utterly, perfectly romantic; Athens, overshadowed by Mount Olympus and full of history. The details are be-there perfect, with an exotic and definitely romantic aura throughout. You feel caressed by the warm breezes, and lift your eyes as if you too, could look out over the ruins of the Acropolis.
It seems the perfect place in all the world for Francie Vasileiou, college archaeology student, to complete her studies. Lovely setting, a chance to work off her living arrangements, and a good friend she can rely on. What could be better? The last thing we expect is for a certain type of ugliness to ruin such a perfect setting, and style of living, but one man mars it all.
Francie, perhaps a tiny bit suspicious, was, in fact, rightfully suspicious of her `friend'. Still, she finds help from an unexpected source - the mysterious Alex Leonidis. Of course, he seems a shining knight in his first appearance, yet we discover he has his own agenda immediately. Danger and intrigue clearly go hand in hand here...but can we also hope for love?
We readers might feel a tingling of hope in the early stages, however, each of the main characters has their own motivation. Somehow, they also manage to bring out the worst in one another. In addition, the missing artifacts - and some of the facts about those items - are more than intriguing, they introduce a serious threat. So, the conversations between the two start off more confrontational than romantic. And, those conversations are absolutely riveting and totally believable.
Back-story details, although necessary, seriously slow the story in places. Alex' reflections about the case, a woman, and his wonderful mother all drag. Old loves have left both, separately, less trusting in some manner. This small portion is oddly predictable, in a story that is otherwise fresh and spirited. This is but a small point, however, and it didn't stop me from reading on.
Do read: from the first moments when the group takes to camping out at the dig site, even if you had never thought to visit Athens, you will wish you were there. Even the food brings an authentic flavor to Aegean Intrigue. Long before you are halfway through, you'll be wishing for a taste of the spicy spetzofai and a to be drinking wine from a paper cup. This story is just as full of flavor and a great read.
Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
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