The Treasure Hunter's Lady (Legends and lovers #1)
Published February 8th 2012 by Alice R. Cummings
For years, Romy Farrinton traveled at her world-famous archeologist father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.
Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he's harboring a secret—he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archaeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.
In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love.
My rating: 4/5
A copy was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review: thanks Allison!
Wonderful storyline: an excellent mix of enthralling romance, filled with non-stop actions, just enough of ''paranormal'' situations, creatures and charming characters. Allison Merritt, the author, has an interesting writing style and I was grateful for a chance to discover her first establishment in the Legends and Lovers series!
I was hooked when Romy was saved by Abel on the street! I loved that part, the way they meet and the promise of more when they encounter again, later.
Something about those characters: everything around them seem to fall in place to make the perfect romance/love story!
The enthusiasm, energy and wit of Romy, make me want to read more and more:
I don't appreciate seeing females characters getting into trouble because of the childish behaviours and never listens to anybody, but with Romy, it was different, even challenging and I wanted to know where she'll end up with that personality! I loved to read about the consequence of her choices!
I wish Abel would be more possessive about Romy, but that didn't bother me that they took they time to ''build'' the relation between them. Abel is a ''Bad Boy'' but in the same time, he's a gentleman!
The whole story was interesting and the author, Allison Merritt, always gives me something to hold on. Sometime it was the plot, other time, the relation between Romy and Abel or the relation between Romy and her father. The fact that Romy wanted more for her life, and try so hard to stand up on her own was fascinating.
I loved the way the author was able to introduced her characters, they background and the way she was able to mix this up to create an exciting story.
I recommend this book to every Romance lovers, the ''paranormal'' parts weren't enough present (for me) to be mention as a Paranormal Romance novel. But that doesn't take anything from it. I loved this book and if you're a romance reader, you'll love The Treasure Hunter's Lady!
Now, the interview:
When did you find out that you wanted to be a writer?
My mom told me that since I learned to read, I was always writing little stories. It wasn't until I was in middle school that I thought writing was what I really wanted to do. I got the idea from my best friend, who also wanted to be a writer, but she moved on to other things and I couldn't get it out of my head.
Where did you find the inspiration for The Treasure Hunter’s Lady?
I was watching The League of Extraordinary Gentleman one evening with my husband. The characters in that movie are pulled from literature, but set in an alternative universe and given weapons and technology out of a sci-fi novel. I looked over at hubby and said, "I want write something like that!"
Tell us more about your book.
Originally The Treasure Hunter's Lady was set in Australia. I'd been working on a historical romance about early life in Australia and I thought, it would be fun to write a book based on an Australia legend. Unfortunately, I think agents are frightened by trying to sell a book set in a foreign country in the States. So to impress an agent, I changed the setting to America. And more unfortunately, it still wasn't what she was looking for, but the deed was done and it worked out just as well, I think.
Did you have to do some research for your book?
I had to do the research twice because I've never been to Australia and then when I switched the setting to America, I had to find a myth that wouldn't change my plot too much. One of the truly interesting things about myths is that a lot of cultures have variations of the same myths, so it wasn't too difficult to find one similiar to the original plot.
Why did you choose to write Paranormal Romance?
You know, my first love was historical romance. I've been reading romances since I was 12 (my mom made me swear I would skip the naughty parts). I've written two historicals, but they're both neatly tucked away in a dark corner of my flash drive. I kind of laughed and said I'd never write paranormal or fantasy or anything off the wall. It just goes to show you should never say never. I'm so wrapped up in the paranormal and mythical elements that I wrote in The Treasure Hunter's Lady that I'm writing at least two more in the series.
Did you choose the book cover, or did you have some options for the design?
I actually made that cover. Does it show? No and I love it !!! Can you seen an amateur hand there? That smiling couple hit me as the right pairing for Romy and Abel almost immediately and the waterfall represents one of my favorite scenes in the book, so they fit together perfectly.
Which actor would you choose to play the role of your hero should "The Treasure Hunter’s Lady" ever be turned into a movie? (Tell us for Romy and Abel)
For Abel I would choose Cam Gigandet. He actually prefers bad guy roles, but he'd make a great Abel. I've wanted him to be Abel ever since he was in Priest. And for Romy, I have a girl-crush on Rachel McAdams. She'd be perfect as Romy.
Where did you find the inspiration for the name of your main characters: Romy and Abel?
As you find out in the story, Romy's full name is Romancia. Even before I really had a plot idea for the book, I had Romy's named picked out. The characters came before any other other part of the book. Romancia is a name that came out of the blue. You won't find that one in the baby books. Interestingly enough, Roman, which is a feminine name, means adventureous, whic his appropriate for her. Abel, is of course, Biblical. I've always had a thing for Biblical names. They have kind of a heroic sense about them.
Oh, I want to be Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove. She had studly Kronk to carry her around and do all her bidding.
What is on your TBR pile or what is your next to-be read book?
If you could have a paranormal power, which one it would be and why?
I think psychometry, or the ability to "read" information from objects would be pretty cool. You could pick up ancient artifacts and tell where they came from, who handled them, and what they meant. Oh the stories some things could tell!
I want to know:
Dark or Brown Chocolate? Brown.
Coffee or Tea? Tea.
Witch or Fae? Witch.
Favorite color? Green.