by Katie Ashley
Release date: July 2nd, 2013
Twenty year old Lane Montgomery never imagined her usually boring summer in the boonies would require her to trade her toe shoes for hunting boots or her monotonous college textbooks for treasure map deciphering. Never would she have imagined after breaking her grandmother’s precious Native American statue, danger, a lost treasure of Cherokee Gold and a hostage situation would arise. Nor could she predict that the one man destined to protect her and her family was her childhood nemesis and former crush, Maddox Diaz.
Returning after three years in the Army, twenty-three year old Maddox Diaz is confronted with more than he bargained for when agreeing to help his childhood buddy and deepest regret, Lane. Suddenly he is thrust into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with armed and ruthless treasure seekers that results in car chases and gun battles all in the presence of the one girl who still manages to haunt his dreams and drive him wild with desire.
Lane is determined to deny the sizzling chemistry with the man who stole her virginity and broke her heart. She just wants to stay alive with her heart intact. Will she be able to resist the man whose body sets fire to all her senses?
REVIEW: Search Me is the story of Lane and Maddox as they look for buried treasure. They have criminals on their tail, trying to take the map and gold before Lane and Maddox can find it. Along the way Lane and Maddox find each other.
Three years ago, Maddox and Lane spent one night together. Lane gave Maddox her most precious gift, her virginity. He was an ass and walked away. Three years later, they’re thrust together on a treasure hunt and he’s still an ass.
There was plenty of action and suspense in this story. Lane and Maddox were running from gunmen, involved in shootouts, kidnapping, hostage situations and setting fires. While parts of it were predictable it was still enjoyable. We didn’t get to any romance between Lane and Maddox until over 50% into the book. I didn’t feel any sparks or sexual tension between them. Maddox was an ass for the first 60% of the book. It was only in the last 40% that I began to kind of like him. Lane was a little harder to get a read on. She was a little wishy-washy for me. That could be her lack of experience with dating and boys or it could have just been her love for Maddox.
I definitely would have liked to have seen more romance and tension in the story. That being said, it was a decent suspense/action story.
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Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.
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