***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***Treasure Me by Robyn DeHart
Series: The Legend Hunters, #3
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 1, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance
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The Legend Hunters . . .
The Men of Solomon's meet in secret, their very existence only a rumor among the best of Victorian society. They are treasure hunters, men of wealth and title, seekers of myths and legends. And no legend is as captivating as the Loch Ness monster . . .
Graeme Langford, Duke of Rothmore, has always been torn between his beloved Scottish homeland and his duty to the English Crown. Yet his is truly an adventurer's soul-and he's determined to find a long-lost stone hidden near Loch Ness.
Bookish Vanessa Pembrooke heads to the Highlands to prove the existence of the legendary beast. Instead she finds the first man who has ever shared her hunger for adventure. Soon Graeme and Vanessa are fighting a dangerous battle as well as their own simmering attraction. As their passion grows, so does the danger. Ultimately, they must risk everything to keep the cursed stone out of a murderer's hands. But can they survive without losing the greatest treasure of all-their love?
Vanessa Pembrooke walks in on her fiancee and her younger sister doing the nasty right in front of the library fireplace, two days prior to their wedding date. Vanessa is understandably upset and flees that night to Scotland. Vanessa is a budding paleontologist. She decides to head to Scotland to explore the caves where a fellow paleontologist, McElroy unearthed evidence that the legendary Loch Ness monster existed. Others in the paleontology community ignored McElroy’s finding as nothing! Vanessa who believes that McElroy’s claim does prove the existence of the Loch Ness sets out to Scotland to prove McElroy right. Graeme Langford, Duke of Rothmore, is a member of Soloman’s Legend Hunters club. The Legend Hunters are a secret society of men who love the adventure of seeking treasures. Graeme is longing for home. He is half Scottish and English. He is a Duke and mainly resides in London. His heart belongs in Scotland though.
Graeme runs into Vanessa in a tavern near is mother’s home in Scotland. Graeme intervenes when Vanessa is being hassled by some of the local boys at the tavern by pretending Vanessa is his fiancee. Some verbal jabs are thrown at Graeme and somehow he is goaded into hand-fasting with Vanessa. Believing that the ceremony is not legally binding Graeme sets out on sending Vanessa back home to England on the next train. Graeme quickly learns Vanessa is her own person and doesn’t take orders from anyone. After learning that the ceremony is legally binding Graeme and Vanessa set out on an unexpected adventure of the minds and hearts.
Robyn was an author I had wanted to try for awhile now. Even though this is the 3rd book in the series it read very well by itself. I enjoyed my first Robyn Dehart book. Treasure Me, reminded me a bit of the movie National Treasure meets regency style. I don’t normally say this about heroines in books (cause they tend to do something to annoy me) but Vanessa was an enjoyable character. She in my opinion outshines Graeme, the hero. Her character was very honest and endearing. She ran off to Scotland on her own which is a no, no during that time. After she runs off she acknowledges the stupidity of her action. I liked that! She’s honest, level headed and is a no nonsense kind of gal. Her scientific mind gives her a different out look on things such as sex. Her thoughts on how to stay focus and not get caught up in the lusting was too funny. I kept thinking poor girl good luck trying to resist that sexy kilt wearing man!
As for Graeme I love him. I liked his protectiveness and the fact that he embraces his Scottish side to the fullest. When he’s back home he likes to be in his kilt. Can I just say GRRRRR! LOL! I liked the chemistry between Graeme and Vanessa. She kept him on his toes and was a constant puzzle to him. She’s not your typical virgin miss! In turn I love how Graeme appreciated Vanessa’s mind and body. The secondary story-line involving the menacing bad guy Raven and Graeme’s cousin Niall gave this book the suspense. Raven was really bad. If you are going to have a villain really make him a villain. That’s what Robyn did. Raven was an evil bastard. Some parts of the book was a bit slow and I think more time could have been spent on the relationship between Graeme and Vanessa. It just seemed like so much was going on and the relationship felt a bit rushed at times. Overall an enjoyable read from a new to me author. I’ll definitely check out the other books in this series. If you like adventure, treasure hunting, a smart heroine and a witty and sexy hero then I think you’ll enjoy this book.
★★ Book was read in March 2011. I own my own personal paperback copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
- Seduce Me (The Legend Hunters, #1)
- Desire Me (The Legend Hunters, #2)
- Treasure Me (The Legend Hunters, #3)