I received this book for free from Publisher ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Desire Me by Robyn DeHart
Series: The Legend Hunters #2
Published by Forever
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Source: Publisher ARC
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Years ago, Maxwell Barrett found a map to Atlantis and dedicated his life to the search for the mystical lost continent. But when an alluring woman makes a wager for the priceless artifact, he may have discovered an even greater treasure.
A descendant of Atlantis, Sabine Tobias needs the map to decipher an ancient prophecy. What she doesn't need are the sparks flying between her and Max. He's too devilishly charming to be trusted: The fate of her people is at stake as well as her heart. Yet a ruthless killer also covets the map. Now Max and Sabine must race to decode the prophecy's riddle before this criminal fulfills his deadly mission. - via GoodReads
Fans of Amanda Quick’s intriguing storylines and Madeline Hunter’s wonderful characters will love DeHart’s writing! Desire Me is The DaVinci Code with romance!
Maxwell Barrett is a member of London’s most exclusive club, the Men of Solomon’s. They meet in secret, each one searching for some piece of ancient history. One man’s search is a mystifying as the next and Maxwell is looking for the city of Atlantis. He found a map showing the location of Atlantis years ago. Since that discovery, he has dedicated his life and studies to prove, once and for all, that Atlantis does exist. Finding this lost land has become his passion…that is until Sabine Thomas walks up to him and tries to win the map from him in a game of poker.
Sabine is just as mysterious as Maxwell. She is a decent of Atlantis and has to see the map in Max’s possession in order to stop The Chosen One on his path of destruction. This evil adversary is killing guardians of Atlantis and taking their elixir, risking exposure of one of the greatest secrets in the world. The only lead Sabine has is this map, which supposedly has the prophecy written on it explaining how to stop this catastrophe from occurring. What neither one of them expects is the attraction they feel towards one another on their quest to stop this dangerous foe.
Be prepared to sit down and devour this book. The story is so original, yet so timeless readers will fall in love with it from the first chapter. There is something very intriguing about this book. The characters are just as fascinating as the story. If you love books about adventure, ancient artifacts with a bit of romance thrown in, this book is perfect for you. DeHart is a charming writer. She is not perfectly in touch with the time period, but rather has added modern touches to this Victorian era and made the writing funny and clever. There were many times I smiled or laughed out loud, enjoying the journey I was on with this book:
“She’d been surprisingly passionate. Yet full of pluck and fire. Precisely the sort of combination Max found irresistible in women…Under normal circumstances, he would pursue her, yet she seemed utterly unmoved by his charms. Of course, this wasn’t surprising given that he had broken into her home.”
Max is irresistible. He is so confident, so sure of himself, that it’s incredibly sexy. But he is not overly vain, he is a strong capable hero. Sabine is the strong, independent heroine that is the perfect match to Max’s personality. They feel an attraction towards each other in the beginning of this book, but it really becomes nothing more than that. I could see many readers interpreting this as a lack of development in the characters romantic relationship but really it is a consequence of the two being so perfect for each other. They are both so independent and driven by their respective desires with the lost city of Atlantis that the ignore what is developing between them. They become oblivious to how much they are starting to depend on each other, but at the same time, as the reader, you see their connection as soul mates.
This is book two in the Legend Hunters series, but it is easily a stand alone book. There is hardly any time or enough pages to introduce the other members of the society so the previous story is not necessary to enjoy this book. While the hero from the first book is introduced, it just a brief glimpse of that character and nothing more. You will not be lost in picking up this book without having read the first one. Although I’m sure once you finish Desire Me you will want to read it!