From the back cover:
In a conspiracy of hearts the survival of love depends on every whispered word...
When Lady Camelia Marshall barges uninvited into Simon Kent's London laboratory with a business proposition, she finds the famous inventor not at all as she had imagined. Far from the elderly scholar she expected, Kent is handsomely disheveled, suprisingly brawny, and decidedly uninterested in helping her pursue the archaeological work of her late father that could make known to the world the stirring secrets of an ancient culture and the mysterious cave paintings of the lost Tomb of Kinds.
Though intrigued by the strikingly unconventional beauty of Lady Camelia, Kent cannot fathom leaving behind his inventions and research to scrabble in the African dirt. But while he may not grasp the magnitude of Camelia's proposition at once, someone else does--someone willing to go to dangerous lengths to stop Camelia...and anyone associated with her. Suddenly, seduced by the sun-kissed hair and bronze skin of this gifted and indomitable woman, Kent finds himself drawn into a risky adventure that will lead him to an astonishing paradise he could never have imagined.
And my review:
I didn't expect to love this book, but I did expect to like it, as I'd enjoyed Karyn Monk's ONCE A WARRIOR, and never once had to force myself to finish it. Unfortunately, that was not the case with EVERY WHISPERED WORD.
On the plus side, this book is written with Monk's trademark humor and attention to historical detail. Her characters are well-rounded "real" people. I especially liked the idea of two misfits (the mad inventor and the female archeologist) falling in love.
It should be noted that while this book is part of a series, it also works as a stand-alone. I wasn't left feeling lost, even though I hadn't read any of the other books in the series. I won't get into a plot synopsis here, as I think many of the other reviews on this page do that quite nicely. But I will give you the reasons why this book got only two stars from me.
I already mentioned the humor, which is always a plus in a romance. The problem here was that a lot of it was out of place. For example, there was a scene where the heroine, Camelia, gets attacked by a couple of ruffians intent on stealing her money and giving her a warning to stop her excavation work. The author goes off onto this completely unrelated tangent where the attackers are discussing about how one will know if the other's being sarcastic or not.
(Paraphrased) "Well, I'll let you know when I'm about to say something sarcastic so that you won't pay any attention to it," the first one says.
"If I'm not supposed to pay attention to it, then why bother saying it at all?" the second one replies.
"Okay fine, I just won't be sarcastic at all" the first one shoots back.
Funny? Yes. Appropriate to the scene? No! The heroine is being restrained with her arms behind her back and a hand over her mouth. She's fighting for her life and the two men are taking the time to discuss their communications problems. It just didn't fit.
The author also liked to do pages and pages of dialogue, often with no prose in between the phrases. After awhile, it was really annoying. I constantly found myself having to go back and count the lines of dialogue so I'd know who was speaking (odd lines: hero, even lines; heroine). This was distracting and made it a lot harder to lose myself in the story, which is ultimately what I want from a book.
Fans of Monk's will no doubt want to buy EVERY WHISPERED WORD anyway. If you're a newcomer to this author's work, I suggest you borrow this book from the library, or try ONCE A WARRIOR, which was an enjoyable read, even if it's not a keeper.