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Kendall Morgan is a wonderful character. However, I sometimes wanted to shake some sense into her. She works for a billionaire as a relic finder. She has a special gift that allows her to track down, as well as know things about, the artifacts she procures for her boss. When her boss, Nathan Larraby, hires her to locate four powerful relics, little does she realise the danger she will face. Not just from Nathan's reclusive nemesis known only by the name of Reaper (as in Grim), who is also after the artifacts, but from her attraction to her co-worker, Jake Stone.
This is an urban fantasy romance with a twist. I started reading the story and was instantly hooked. The story is told through the view points of Kendall and Jake for the most part, but as it progressed, other characters, namely Nathan, also has his say.
I found myself on a roller coaster of emotion as the story unfolded. I enjoyed getting to know the characters better and we are introduced to quite a few new ones.
This story sees the trio thrown into danger as they uncover more secrets from the secretive Protettori, and unravel the secrets hidden in their own pasts. It continues from the end of book one. Jake and Kendall grow closer together and consummate their attraction, and Nathan finds out that the changes he is experiencing is linked to an event in his past. They also uncover a mysterious connection between the Protettori, King Arthur, and the fountain of youth. This sees them travelling from Italy to England in an attempt to find the lost fountain of youth, fabled to give anyone who drinks from it not an immortal life but a longer one. The mystery and suspense kept me reading until I'd finished the book. However, I was a little disappointed that the relationship between the three didn't develop as much as I thought it could have. There is definite chemistry between the three; Jake and Nathan not so much, but they both have feelings for Kendall. I could see the potential for a threesome, but the author seems to have shied away from this aspect. Perhaps they will get together in the third book? I guess I'll just have to read it and see. The book ends in a cliffhanger and I am now looking forward to reading The Lost Chalice as soon as possible.
Anita Clenney has written an intriguing paranormal romance full of action and adventure. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. I would definitely consider reading more books by this author in the future, and there is a high probability that I would add her to my favourite authors list too.
Due to the above mentioned scenes of a sexual nature (which are not explicit), as well as some violence, I do not recommend this book to young readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love paranormal/supernatural romances/romantic suspense/urban fantasy/action/adventure or myths and/or legends genres. - Lynn Worton
Of course with these kinds of novels, suspension of disbelief is a necessity. However in Fountain of Secrets, that suspension was stretched so far it snapped. **SPOILER remarks ahead**
If you ever saw the film National Treasure with Nicolas Cage, you may remember the curious lack of tension in it. That's because you're expected to believe one person can miraculously stumble upon secrets no one else could ever have figured out. The treasure map is on the back of the Constitution, of course it is! Let's go get it, okay that's done what's next? Secret code? Give me ten minutes and I'll have it figured out.
That's exactly what Fountain of Secrets does. Our heroes magically stumble onto secrets thousands of years old on the first try. "Look for the stone with a circle on it." "Oh here it is, a hidden chamber/stairway/crypt/whatever." Seriously, people have been searching for the Holy Grail and the Fountain of Youth for centuries, and two Americans just magically accidentally find both -- all within the space of a week and with only a vague idea where it might be, using only information contained in brochures or gleaned from a gift shop employee. "Farfetched" was left in the dust a while back.
The next disappointing thing is the relationship(?) between the two main characters. Remember, the h herself muses, "I've only known him a week." The H continues to be a tedious bore, always trying to get the h into bed, although less so than the previous book. Despite the many, many confusing, dangerous and presumably exhausting adventures they've had over the past few days, including kidnappings, attempted murder, and supernatural events galore, they've somehow managed to fall in LUV. So now he's insanely jealous and possessive. Because that's always fun.
Here's where it gets really icky. The main character's personal histories were interesting enough, although the reader can certainly figure out what's going on well before those involved do. (To be fair, they're figuring out millenia-old mysterious of the tops of their heads at the same time.) But then the story takes a fatal turn.
Seriously, don't read any more if you don't want *** SPOILERS***:
Surprise! The hero and heroine are the reincarnation of Guinevere and Lancelot, while their friend/employer is the reincarnation of King Arthur. This was where my suspension of disbelief snapped like a rubber band and I actually said, "Really. Because of course they are!" Yes, beyond magical, lucky, and in love after one week, our heroes are also the literal embodiments of mythical lore. Sigh. Now you've gone too far.
Of course, like every other magical discovery, this preposterous theory is accepted with barely any resistance, just comments like, "I was always interested in King Arthur and his knights as a kid." Well yeah, that's proof enough for me, now let's go find the Holy Grail after lunch!
The author didn't have to make all the action in two books take place over a week. There could have been months of planning and research, some false starts, some wrong turns, some recovery from injuries. Then the discovery of magical relics, as well as the love between characters, might have been easier to swallow. There's no tension or drama when the characters discover everything on the very first try without any previous knowledge of these places except what they pick up in casual conversations. It felt a little insulting to me as a reader, to think I was dumb enough to believe that could actually happen.
Here's the actual point I was completely done with this story. Jealous Lancelot-incarnation Jake says to Guinevere/Kendall, "He might be King Arthur but he can't make you come (like I can)." Seriously?! EWW! First of all, what a stupid statement. Second of all, what a stupid statement. Third of all, gross. Not sexy. They're not even in bed at the time. She doesn't even punch him in the throat for talking to her that way, especially in public.
Add in an almost literal cliffhanger and boom! it's done and I was done, as well. The author thanks all the people who helped her develop and edit this story, and apparently none of them saw anything wrong with it, so maybe it's just me. Regardless, I won't be reading the third book in this series, where they presumably find Atlantis, fgure out who really killed JFK and what happened to the Lindbergh baby while preventing an evil bad guy from destroying the world.
Even though I could for free.
Two stars because I finished it. I had to remove half a star for the incredibly annoying and totally unbelievable side character of the redheaded kid, Art.