Please welcome Sophia Rose back to the blog with an adventure romance. Treasured Whispers by Kendall Talbot is the fourth novel in the Treasure Hunters series. Come see why Sophia gave it five cups of coffee!
A sunken nightmare. A deadly twist of fate.
When rogue treasure hunter Archer Mahoney and his overzealous sidekick Jimmy dive into dark Egyptian waters, their sights are set on finding the final pieces of a stolen 13th century sacred treasure. But a deadly attack during an unauthorized hunt plunges them into an astonishing sunken discovery that could either rewrite history or become their watery grave forever.
Rosalina’s night exploring an ancient Egyptian temple turns deadly when she is kidnapped by a ruthless adversary out for revenge. But now it’s not just her life on the line —her unborn baby is at risk, and Rosalina won’t go down without a fight.
In Egypt, the land of intrigue holds many dark secrets, but when everything spirals out of control, how will Archer and Rosalina avoid becoming yet another mystery amid the golden sands?
Treasured Whispers, book 4 in the Treasure Hunter series is a thrilling action-adventure novel with a dash of romance. If you love your romance loaded with action and suspense, this is for you.
Warning: For readers who might be triggered by sensitive subject matter, this book contains scenes which depict incest. It is not graphic, however readers sensitive to this should read with caution.
Sophia Rose’s Review
A race to find a 13th century treasure hidden beneath dark lake waters in Egypt has the treasure hunting team back in action and in more danger than ever. A hiatus of a few years had me thinking the earlier trilogy was the end of the series. However, the author chose to pick up the tantalizing leftover plot threads and begin a new series arc for which, I, for one, am tickled to death.
Treasured Whispers is the fourth book in the Treasure Hunters series and it does have connections to the previous trilogy. However, if a person wished to dive in with this one, there is enough in the beginning to get the reader up to speed and able to plunge forward with this new treasure adventure.
Archer and Rosalina are having a baby and both are excited to be parents and have a family together. But, for Archer, he has unfinished business that won’t let him leave it be. He feels drawn to find the remainder of the Calima Treasure that was his dad’s dream and became his own after his dad passed away. Rosalina is ambivalent about this and believes the treasure is cursed after all that has happened before.
And, when they learn that the scholar who was meant to help them decode the old documents has betrayed them and gone treasure-seeking on his own so that they are forced to rush to Egypt’s Abu Simbel Temple and try to regain lost ground on the search, she may just be right. For out of the shadows, an enemy treasure hunter who has sworn revenge on Archer wants to take the treasure and all that Archer holds dear and he puts in motion events that become dire circumstances for Archer and his team.
I am nearly breathless after finishing this book. That tends to happen with many of Kendall Talbot’s heart-stopping adventurous romantic suspenses. Granted, it took me a bit to get my legs under me when I first started because it had been a long while since I read the last book in the series. My memory was bad and I was glad to get re-introduced to Archer, Rosalina, Jimmy his partner, and the rest of their team, young Alessandro and the enigmatic Ginger. All their previous treasure hunting had been from aboard Archer’s beloved yacht, Evangeline, but they leave the Evangeline to hare across the sand to Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel for an Egyptian-set adventure.
Once things got introduced, Treasured Whisper was off to the races with a duel-pronged attack that left Archer and Jimmy imprisoned in an underwater cave and Rosalina and the rest of the crew attacked while at the Abu Simbel Temple light show with one kidnapped, one desperately injured, and everything a mess.
Like with the earlier books, the villain gets narration time along with the others so there are multiple points of view. Massimo was ruthless, but his mother was even more so and their relationship was quicky as the blurb hinted about the incest. Nothing on page, but beyond their cut-throat actions this familial ugliness was just extra grist for my ‘love to hate them’ mill.
While Archer and Rosalina are an established couple, all is not smooth sailing as they disagree on the treasure hunting focus he has and the danger it brings, but she insists on being right there with them. He wants her to stay distant and safe since she’s carrying their child, but the infernal man doesn’t get that she can’t do that when he puts himself in danger. Also, they get a bit of shock about one of their trusted people who had history with the rival hunters.
It turns out that a new season of the series has sprung up and there will be more treasure hunting adventures. I love this series that gets gritty and bloody and desperate, but somehow the crew led by Archer finds a way through. Loved how the author goes the extra mile with the setting so that Egypt comes alive as much as her characters and their situation. Definitely recommend to those who enjoy fast-paced action romance in exotic settings.
*available in Kindle Unlimited
Treasured Whispers by Kendall Talbot brings a new season to this series and opens things for more treasure hunting adventures. #romance #action #TreasureHunters
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