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‘Va bene.’ Alessandro huffed. ‘I think I’ll take my chances with a toaster.’"
For all those like Archer (and me!) who'll take the shark over the toaster...
Shipwrecks and sharks and diving and treasure hunting and romance and awesome food and medieval history? How could I not snap this book up the moment I saw it? Better yet, it was brilliant. I'm delighted to hear there's a series, because I definitely want more.
Having read Ms Talbot's Lost in Kakadu, I know she can bring you right into the heart of the characters, all the while transporting you to beautiful scenery that you see through the characters' eyes. I still wasn't prepared for how much I enjoyed this, though - from awesome underwater seascapes to the streets of Florence, complete with the aroma of Rosalina's amazing cooking. It's a heady mix, even without a centuries-old treasure hunt.
The treasure hunt is reminiscent of Dan Brown, Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, with plenty of action and adventure, though the romance elements (I shall give you no spoilers, so I can't say who this blossoms between) certainly take the edge off, making this more romantic suspense than a thriller. At one particularly nailbiting moment, I found my heart racing, wanting to stop reading because I couldn't stand to watch (read?) what was going to happen next, while at the same time absolutely needing to know...
Five stars. No question.
Archer and Rosalina are lovers that have parted ways, fed up with his constant hiding of his past she heads back to Italy.
Archer lives a luxurious life with his own yacht but he has many demons in his past and he can never bring himself to be truly open with Rosalina but the past never wants to stay there and his comes back to haunt him.
A drunken call from Rosalina one night sends Archer across the world to Italy and he hopes to start looking for a treasure from his past and rekindle his relationship, will he be able to do both?
Of course his treasure hunt is not going to go smoothly, some unsavoury types are on his trail as the story moves from Italy to the Greek Islands.
The story moves on very well but of course I'm not going to spoil it for you! Rosalina and Archer were enjoyable characters to be with, she is typical hot headed Italian and he was definitely more laid back sailor type but together they sizzled and their treasure hunt had almost a little bit of Dan Brown to it.
If you like your romance with a good hint of adventure and mystery then this is for you.
Thank you to Escape Publishing /CBB for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review
This book has the right formula for my kind of book. I love romances with a mystery, a bit of adventure and tons of fun. Treasured Secrets almost hits the mark...
Treasured Secrets took me a while to read for two main reasons: 1) I'm currently re-watching Grey's Anatomy and that sucks up 90% of my time and 2) I felt like I was missing something... I love a quick read, but not so much when I son't understand the motivation behind most of the plot until over halfway through. I had so many questions.
1) Why did Archer and Rosalina have to break up, spend months apart and get back together? There was literally no conflict keeping them apart other than Archer's wishy-washy secrets and nightmares. Fair enough, he doesn't want to put pressure on Rosalina to 'fix' him or whatever. But when they're back together after months of being apart, it takes nothing for that issue to be blown aside. Like I said, I found a half answer around 80% in but it still made very little sense to me for most of the book. The romance was lovely, however, and it was a nice side story.
2) Why did Archer care so much about the treasure? Something else I just didn't understand was the motivation behind Archer wanting the treasure so badly (other than the fact it was treasure.) Archer has money. It clearly states that. So what mystery does the treasure answer? We know his father's death was just a crazy coincidence. The treasure is literally just a plot-device to take Archer around the world and achieve some personal growth. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE TREASURE. Seriously, when they do find it, they purposefully keep it kept secret from the police as if they own it. You don't own it. Hand it into a museum or something.Read more ›
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Their life takes a turn when Archer asks her to leave when Rosalina asks him about his dream. Heartbroken, she returns to Italy but is unable to forget him. Months later while visiting a church, Rosalina spots an old painting showing the same locket that Archer wears and is so mysterious about. What is it?
It is with this unexpected visit to the church that life changes for Rosalina and in turn, for Archer. Thrown in a 700 year old mystery, their love is tested. Will they come together again or is their love a thing of the past?
I picked up, Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot because of the blurb which intrigued me with a mystery, suspense, adventure and finally, a romance. With all my favourite ingredients, the cover showing a quaint setting with promise of exotic locales had me picking up this book to read.
While I had hoped a "glued-to-my-seat" story, I was somewhat disappointed with the book. Firstly, I could not understand why Archer was so adamant to keep the secret and thought that it would be something big but when the secret was unveiled, well, I didn't find anything worth breaking your love over. Secondly, the love triangle among Archer, Rosalina and her friend in Italy is weak and for sometime I kept hoping for fireworks here with two men fighting for their love but this didn't happen. The professor kept professing his love for Rosalina but then easily let her go like all his previous proclamations of love were nothing! Thirdly, Rosalina is shown to be living with her Nana in Italy but when Archer arrives, not even once is there a confrontation between him and Nana. How is it possible for two people living in the same house to never meet? I kept hoping to see Nana's reaction to Archer's return but the meeting never happened. Fourthly, the villain is hinted at having a disease and his motivation behind the treasure is also related to this disease but then nothing concrete is shown to us about his history, what ails him and the treasure is nothing related to this! It all got very confusing.
However, despite the above points, I did enjoy visualizing the luxury yacht, the exotic locales of Italy and the Greek Islands and the underwater beauty with crisp clarity of the water and abundant and varied fishes and sea plants. The best part of the story is Archer's past which held me captive and his eventual revisit to his past had me misty eyed and hoping for peace and happiness for him. The thrill of the chase to find the treasure and saving themselves from the cruel and cunning villain had me sitting up and swiftly turning the pages.
The author's writing style is simple and engaging but the plot while promising wasn't executed to its full potential. I was not satisfied with the points I highlighted above and so I think the plot could have been handled better. The romance part is great and I loved the emotions that the author is able to elicit from the readers but the mystery and suspense part needed work.
All in all, an entertaining story which took me places. 3.5 out of 5 to Treasured Secrets.
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But one thing led to another and eight months later Archer was flying to Italy from Australia, while his mate Jimmy sailed Archer’s luxury yacht to the Greek Islands where they would eventually meet up. Archer’s search for answers to a mystery which had eaten into his life for the past twenty years was suddenly given a much sought after clue, and by Rosa no less. So accompanied by her long-time friend Alessandro, she joined Archer on Evangeline to hopefully solve the problem, with Jimmy and the chef, Ginger also on board.
As they island hopped, searching all the while, Archer didn’t let his guard down – with evil close behind, Archer knew they would stop at nothing to beat him in solving the 700 year old mystery. But would Archer at last find peace from the tragedy of his past? And would they manage to solve the mystery and stay safe?
Treasured Secrets by Aussie author Kendall Talbot was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be! The cover picture led me to believe it would be a romance – yes there was some romance involved, but much more intrigue and suspense rippled through the story than I had imagined. I loved it! Gripping and intense, it was hard to put down. I was totally involved and can’t wait to read the next in the series, Treasured Lies. Highly recommended.
The story opens when Rosalina lays down an ultimatum to Archer. They have been together for three years with him running his treasure hunting business and Rosalina the cook on his yacht. Rosalina knows Archer has secrets and it hurts her that after all this time, he won't open up and trust her. Archer sees the frustration in Rosalina and knew the time would come that he would have to end things with her because he doesn't deserve love after what happened in his past. He loves her just as she loves him, but he silently watches her leave.
It has been several months and Rosalina has returned home to Italy where she is just going through the motions. Right about the time, she decides to move on with her interested childhood friend, she makes a discovery in a church that may or may not be a clue to Archer's past. She angrily contacts him and that brings him to her. She has inadvertently set in motion the hunt for a 700 year old treasure. Archer's arrival frustrates her because she still loves him, but is determined not to let him break her heart again. Archer has learned what it is to live with a huge lonely hole in his heart with the loss of Rosalina so he will use this hunt to be his chance to win her back.
Archer and Rosalina aren't the only two in the hunt. Nox, a dark and determined nemesis, is determined to have the treasure and will ruthlessly do whatever it takes to get it. He lurks in the shadows waiting for the opportunity to strike. Archer's quest is about more than the treasure and is a personal journey to lay aside the ghosts of his past. He will do whatever it takes to protect those on his team and stop Nox.
This one begins dramatically with a scene from Archer's past showing the horrific event that has shaped him and made him the way he is. Then it moves to another dramatic scene where the lovers separate. It was interesting having the story begin with a break-up because at that point I wasn't vested in the characters so I didn't feel the impact of their parting. I hate break-ups so I was actually okay with that.
The next part of the story was my least favorite because Rosalina and Archer took turns driving me nuts ironing out their issues. Mostly it was Rosalina blowing hot and cold because Archer closed her out of his past and let her walk away. She jumped to conclusions that he thought little of her because he wouldn't spill his guts and he let guilt create a barrier to his own happiness. Even after he came clean, she continued a love triangle situation that brought another guy's feelings into play when she knew full well that she was just using him as a buffer against Archer.
But then things got going when the race for the treasure took over. I loved how the author wove in the hunt for the answers to Archer's past with the treasure hunt and in turn, the romance grew and heated up as well. I was fully engaged at this point and loved the build of excitement and the increased pace. There were some good twists. The story wrapped up nicely, but left me eager to continue the series, hopefully with more treasure hunts.
On a side note, this is also a foodie lover's story. Rosalina's food had me licking my lips and made me soooo hungry. The author wrote a companion recipe book to this story with all the recipes.
All in all, it was an exciting, delightful treasure hunt romance. I loved the international settings including the time on Archer's luxury yacht. The romance is steamy and the partnership of treasure hunters was a fun crew. Contemporary Romance fans might want to give this a go.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Not even a full year after an explosive argument that left Rosalina heart broken and her fleeing Australia, she stumbles upon the completed replica of Archer’s pendant. One of a few things he would not share with Rosalina, no matter how comforting and kind she was. Rosa is so infuriated that Archer continues to keep something from her, so when finds a key to unraveling Archer’s secrets she can't keep it to herself.
She’s starting to rebuild her life in Italy. She has take back up her friendship with long-time pal Alessandro, which is the perfect cover-up when Archer comes stormy the gates of an Italian villa.
Archer’s also masterminded his own plan to have a marina buddy bring his yacht to the Greek Islands. Jimmy is more than happy to do it for the money he’ll be earning, and he’s bringing along a new chef, seemingly less competent chef.
Rosa, Archer and Alessandro get caught up in a whirlwind adventure, chasing a 700 year-old mystery down a rabbit hole. There are a lot of twists and turns, a long-held secret and some insanity thrown in. The adventure is like a mystery thriller unfolding, a la National Treasure style, in the Greek Islands.
The plot was captivating from the moment the ball got rolling. At first I wasn’t sure where it would lead, but it slowly unraveled through some fast-paced scenes and quite a bit of tension between the characters in the grand adventure of a treasure hunt.
The cast of characters were the perfect group. There’s a slight love triangle going on between Rosa, Archer and Alessandro; Jimmy brings up the yacht with Ginger and they all set off for the very place that haunts Archer’s dreams.
Once the whole group gets underway, the relationships mesh so well. They are all working toward a greater cause, and it’s like they are one tight-knit family. That’s not always the easiest to create with such an eclectic mix of virtual strangers, and they share one crazy adventure together.
One thing that struck me as I continued to read was the attention to detail in the descriptions. They were vivid and brought depth into the story, and I felt I could connect better with the characters because I could relate to the complexities and nuances of their minds.
Archer Mahoney keeps having nightmares about sharks attacking him and his father. They seem to happen around the same time each night. Rosalind has comforted Archer every night for three years, but he won’t tell her what his nightmares are about or what the pendant means that he never takes off. Archer has decided that he and Rosalind are getting too close and it is time to let her go. When she realizes he won’t open up and let her in after three years, she returns to Italy.
Once at home her friend Alessandro takes her to this church and she indulges him as she listens to him as he spouts the history of the church. She is shocked to see a similar design that Archer wears around his neck. She is now furious. Archer said he has never been to Italy. She makes a drunken call to him calling him a liar.
Archer is shocked and excited. Rosalind may have the information he needs. He has been trying to find out more about his pendent for years. He arranges for care of his boat and hops a plane to Italy and Rosalind. When he gets a look at the church he is confronted by a priest who is fixated on his pendant.
The mystery deepens as their lives are in danger. The priest is determined to find the location of the treasure that Archer and his father must have stumbled across. He will stop at nothing do get what he wants.
Rosalind is quite the Italian woman. I like her fiery personality. She refuses to settle with the half relationship she had with Archer. She returns to Italy and concentrates on herself. I like how strong the author portrays her. She is an awesome character. Archer is a bit damaged with the childhood tragedy he witnessed. He became an orphan after his father was killed and his mother gave up. He shut himself off. The author has created a complex man full of hurt, anger and uncertainty.
The storyline was about treasure hunting. It was exciting and full of mystery. The characters have to research and find the answers they need. The pieces of the puzzle were not always expected but intriguing.
The crazy priest, Nox, gave the dangerous edge to the story. It created to suspense to the story and he provided the danger and chase given to the main characters. He would stop at nothing to get the treasure buried at sea. His logic was warped and his mental capacity severely compromised. This book was a new story of adventure by a great author. I give it a 4 out of 5.