Maggie MacKenzie wants nothing more than to hold her own child in her arms. But after three years of marriage, she and Riley have yet to conceive. The heartbreak of disappointment is almost more than she can stand. Riley MacKenzie would do anything for his wife, and watching the sadness fill her eyes every time she holds a new niece or nephew is torture. He decides what Maggie needs is a no stress vacation where they can concentrate on—certain bedroom matters. But their vacation ends up mirroring the first time they met in more ways than one, and they realize that spontaneity is sometimes the best way to get what you want.
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
Riley, likely my favorite of the MacKenzie brothers is back in action in this hot follow-up to his original novella which paired him with his now-wife, Maggie. After three years of marriage and partnership, Maggie and Riley are looking to expand their family but to date, they have had no luck despite a lot of practice. Riley and Maggie have never had a problem with the practice but each is justifiably frustrated with their lack of success and the waning heat in their relationship. Determined to bring the heat and the passion back into their relationship, Maggie impulsively hops a flight to Egypt to be with Riley at his dig site. Maggie’s suitcase is packed with more than just clothes and as soon as Riley sees her and the toys, the heat returns and some of the frustration fades away.
Being away from Maggie is hard for Riley but as an archaeologist, some opportunities are just too good to pass up. Riley is a world-class archaeologist and when he got the call to search for the more myth than truth Egyptian Book of Souls, he jumped at the opportunity. According to the myths, the one in possessions of the Book of Souls will wield untold power and though many have searched for it, none have every discovered its final resting place. As expected, Riley has come closer than any before him and with a renewed spirit thanks to a night of phenomenal sex with his wife (and a real shower!) Riley uncovers the lost Book of Souls.
Both Riley and Maggie can feel the innate power of the Book of Souls and after just one night in their possession, they both know it is something that can never fall into the wrong hands. Luckily Maggie and Riley are just a few steps ahead of the bad guys because in a moment of pure evil, Riley and his entire team is threatened for possession of the book. The bad guys are bad for a reason and prove they are willing to go to any length necessary to possess the Book of Souls.
The Bottom Line: Riley’s appeal in this read is as it was in the first. It’s hard to beat intelligent, hot and kinky and Riley has it all in spades. His reignited passion and desire for Maggie takes him over the top on the hot scale and Maggie’s response is equally steamy. Clearly the two are meant for one another and their compatibility shines through in both the sexy scenes and in the moments of danger. There is never any question of their devotion to one another and in a very happy ending, they get exactly what they deserve! In all, I am still totally smitten with the MacKenzie family and really love these follow-up novellas to the original stories. These reads are full of interesting, fully-developed characters who are more than the naughty bits they often engage in. Hart has created a series dedicated to a large family that is as sexy as they are interesting.
About the author and where to find her:
Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller—a dazzling adventure—where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn’t imagine why people weren’t knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one’s virginity wasn’t all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can’t help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex.
Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana’s books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many others. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.
Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers.
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