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Book Review: The Treasure August 22, 2009

Posted by battysgirl in Books, Reviews.

  The Treasure

Iris Johansen

Date: December 9, 2008 —   $16.50 —  Book

Two stars (of a possible four, of course)






From Publishers Weekly
Set largely in 12th-century Europe, this intricately plotted historical romance from bestseller Johansen, the sequel to Lion’s Bride (1996), is replete with majestic castles, ruthless assassins and gentlemen rogues. Two star-crossed lovers become unwilling participants in a deadly struggle for control of an artifact that could contain the very secrets to immortality itself. Ex-assassin Kadar Ben Arnaud wants nothing more than to live a quiet life in Scotland with the love of his life, former slave Selene Ware. But when Arnaud is summoned by his old master to collect on a promise he made years earlier, he’s honor-bound to leave the safety of his home and embark on a perilous journey to steal a priceless treasure from a stronghold in Tuscany. When Ware is kidnapped, Arnaud finds himself forced to embrace the darkness of his past in order to save her. The smoldering relationship between Arnaud and Ware will keep romance fans turning the pages. (Dec.)
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From Batty’s Girl

Like many female authors, Iris Johansen started her career with sordid romances until she was known well enough and then branched out into thrillers and mysteries.  This book is a return to her previous works with characters that were introduced in one of these romance novels.

I felt the book fell flat.  I didn’t like the female lead she was childish and surly beyond the usual damsel in distress/progress woman mix in most historical romances.  I felt the male lead was a saint like no man can be to not only put up with the twit but also to have waited until she was of age! It was just Meh. 

I personally much prefer Johansen’s Eve Duncan novels!



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