Friday, March 20, 2015

{Romance Minute Review} Carved in Stone by Kate Douglas

Carved in Stone

Carved in Stone by

Archeologist and folklore expert Nate Murdock has discovered ancient stone carvings that will either revolutionize thinking in his field or get him laughed out of it entirely, and he’s hired world-renowned photographer Alex Martin to document his find and bolster his claim. When the alluring Alexandra Martin, not Alex, shows up for the job, Nate’s not sure whether to send her packing or take her into his arms.

Alexandra Martin, the daughter of the famed photographer and just as talented with a camera, is a dark-haired and dark-eyed beauty. Years ago her father built his reputation on photographs he’d stolen from her, and she’s out to prove once and for all that she’s the real deal. When the opportunity to work with the celebrated and ruggedly handsome Nate Murdock falls into her lap, she jumps at the chance—whether he likes it or not.

As tempers flare and accusations fly, the two dig in for a battle of wills and an uneasy truce at their remote mountainside camp. But when drug smugglers trap them in a cave and leave them to die, Nate and Alexandra realize they must trust each other—and the fiery passion growing between them—and surrender to a mysterious force as it guides them through a perilous escape and the acceptance of a powerful love as primal and compelling as the mountain itself.
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{Details} ebook, 215 pages. Published September 13th 2013 by Beyond the Page Publishing. Source: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 3/5 - I liked it!

"Full light was at least an hour away, but the pale glow in the eastern sky outlined the rocky monolith towering over Nate Murdock's campsite." (page 1, line 1)
A romantic suspense novel with a bit of a paranormal twist. The book moved quickly; right from the first funny and awkward meeting Alex and Nate are attracted to each other but things don't go well. Quick tempers and miscommunication complicate the situation but are soon resolved. Then the adventure starts.

I enjoyed their cave escapade. Kate Douglas did a good job of describing her vision of the cave, making me feel like I was right along there with them. I did get a little fed up with Alex, the whole 'all men are unreliable, untrustworthy', etc. Nate had proven himself over and over again. I also would have liked a bit more development, both in the characters individually and their relationship.

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