Book Title: Mayan Secrets
Author: Ciar Cullen
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: samhainpublishing.com
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Sphinx Minx
Troya Twamley is a forever after kind of girl. She's just broken her engagement to a star major league ball player who didn't understand that after three years of living together. She plans a sabbatical in Greece, to finish writing another biography of a dead explorer and to forget all about Mike.
Tyre Rasmussen, an eccentric archaeologist who firmly believes in no attachments, tempts her to a dig in Mexico instead. He has the long lost journal of Frederick Catherwood, written in 1840 and describing the Mayan Entrance to the Underworld.
Troya has always been fascinated by Catherwood. And she is more than tempted by "Indiana" Rasmussen as well. There's lots of sizzle as the two try to save a colleague and determine the truth. Is it a myth, or do they truly enter the gateway to hell?
The information on the ancient culture was fascinating, but I would have liked a little more detail on the workings of the exploration. I was intrigued by the proximity of modern restaurants and hotels to the site of ancient artifacts.
Tyre has a devoted twin sister named Babylonia and a diverse team helping him. Sinjin Twaine is a slightly older archeologist who claims to talk to ancient rulers. There are references to an earlier book (Mayan Nights) which focuses on SinJin. But this is a completely new adventure, reading very well on its own.
The romance and the mystery are both well-paced and believable. The characters are clearly drawn and highly understandable. Lust, palpable danger, and the eerie possibility of otherworldly evil at work - this is hard to put down.