Monday, February 14, 2011

Thief of Hearts: Tempted in Thailand


Title: Thief of Hearts: Tempted in Thailand
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Ravenous Press
Publisher URL: http://www.ravenousromance.com/
ISBN: 9781607773818
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Trent has lost his writing mojo. The death of his partner has caused him to withdraw from society and it has finally started to show in his romances. When his friends decide it’s time for him to join the world, they send him on vacation to Thailand.

Reed was supposed to pick up a map that would lead him and the local crime boss to the fabled Ruby Buddha. What should have been a simple job becomes anything but when the map ends up in the wrong backpack. On the plus side, the mistake leads him to Trent and Reed can’t help but be drawn to the sexy writer.

Romance readers always knew that the story’s hero would always be one of the ‘good guys’ years ago. However, today it has become popular for the heroes to have a bit of ‘bad guy’ in them. That unknown element is one of the things that make Thief of Hearts: Tempted in Thailand an entertaining read. From the start of the book, it is unclear just where Reed sits on the scale between good and bad. You know from the moment he shows up that he’s after a map that inadvertently ends up in Trent’s backpack. You also know that it is important for him to get it back or all kinds of hell will break out; however, you just can’t help hoping that he isn’t as bad as he appears. The connection between him and Trent is evident from the beginning and with the rough times Trent has been going through, you want him to find a happily-ever-after with Reed.

The author’s ability to make the men’s adventures come alive and the mystery surrounding the Ruby Buddha will hold your attention until the end. There are some interesting secondary characters that help flesh out the story and will cause more than a few chuckles.

Thief of Hearts: Tempted in Thailand is an interesting and fun story to read. I can’t wait to see if the author has a sequel planned, as I am sure these two would not have any problems finding more trouble to get into.

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