- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1st Printing edition (May 22, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061629863
- ISBN-13: 978-0061629860
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,375,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. . . .
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From the spunky heroine's first class lecture, we know the end of the world is coming and it's customary for the priest-king to sacrifice something precious and valuable to the blood-thirsty god. From about 25% into the book, we know why the bad guys want our heroine, what they plan to do to her (HINT read the book title)and when. The only remaining question is who the main bad guy is. At the start of the book, there are three possible evil-doers. About one-third of the way into the story, we discover that the priest-king must have royal blood. Okay, that eliminates two possible bad guys, making the rest of the book entirely predictable. You'd think, as intelligent and knowledgeable about Mayan customs as our heroine is, that she too could have figured out why she's being chased. Had she done so, she could have spent quality time with the alpha male hero at a ski resort in northern Maine or somewhere distant from the threat. Does she do that? of course not: they both head for the Yucatan, home of the Mayan civilization, so that she'll be close by for easy kidnapping and the big finale. It's all poorly plotted, and disappointingly silly.
The alpha male hero is also confusing: he becomes involved in the story because his best friend has been wrongly accused and he is determined to clear his best friend's name. Again, one-third of the way into the story, the friend is cleared and no longer cares about the Big Important Search. Does our hero stop searching when his best friend is no longer threatened? Of course not! He continues trying to solve the problem, even though his friend is no longer involved. WHY? We never know. If you think he stays involved in order to protect and defend the heroine, then again: Why take her to the Yucatan?? That's where the threat comes from. It's ridiculous. Had our hero taken the heroine to a ski resort in Colorado for some quality romance time, the threat would have fallen apart because the obvious bad guy wouldn't have had anyone to sacrifice on the Big Day.
No, I'm sorry to say it but this book is not nearly as good as Ms. Lowell's earlier books. There's too much information about the Maya and not enough time spent on developing the relationship between the characters. The relationship is just intensely THERE between the characters from the first page, without any explanation of why they're attracted so strongly to each other. Save your money on this one (at least until the price comes way, WAY down) because other people are writing far better stories right now. I suggest you try Anne Stuart's Ice Series or Pamela Clare's I-Team series, or Kaylea Cross's books, or Laura Griffin's Tracers series - all far better plotted and thought-out than Beautiful Sacrifice. Ms. Lowell, it's been too long between books and this story was not worth the wait!
I would NOT recommend this book to anybody. Very disappointed!!
The St. Kilda books were short on romance but you always knew the people were attracted to one another and cared. She did not finish the St. Kilda books before she moved on, it was a bad mistake. I'll be more careful before I spend the money buying a first edition. I'll wait for the review I have never done that before.