Trying to uncover secrets to save her professional reputation, historian Sarah Munro finds herself in the crosshairs of two mysterious and dangerous organizations—but also with some unexpected allies, including one very sexy former Green Beret.
Sarah’s professional life has been dedicated to reframing a Colonial-era pirate romance, but after colleagues publish her work prematurely, she is ridiculed. That's not what she needs on top of her father’s deteriorating health and related professional struggles. Trespassing in a private cemetery for research, she is suddenly the target of a crime boss who wants her to find the ancient pirate hiding sites her research was leading her to and also of Cassio, another enigmatic figure who is part protector and part assassin and who threatens to harm her if she finds them. Enter Nate Walker, a sexy ex–Green Beret with his own checkered past who is suffering from similar headaches and seizures as her father. Protective and fierce, he stands by her side at all times and falls in love with her. That's difficult since he’s learned he’s going to be sent to a military prison hospital for nearly a decade, but while he’s around, he’ll defend her to the death. Combining his military and math skills with Sarah’s historical knowledge enables the two to solve the ancient riddle. Now they just have to figure out who is friend, who is foe, and how they can survive—and keep Nate out of jail. Wray’s sophomore romance has way too much going on and too many shadowy, convoluted characters doing things with high drama and ultimately pointless urgency, though the immediate thorny romantic issues are smoothed out in satisfying ways.
An interesting central theme that’s overplotted to a confusing degree and careens more than unfolds.