The Book of True Desires
Betina Krahn
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The Book of True Desires
Betina Krahn
352 pages
August 2006
rated 5 of 5 possible stars
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Cordelia O’Keefe strikes a deal with her crusty tycoon of a grandfather to fund an expedition to uncharted regions that will make her name as an explorer. But first he requires her to prove herself by locating three Mayan stones carvings and something known as “the Gift of the Jaguar.”

To make matters worse, her grandfather insists on sending along his arrogant butler to authenticate her findings and to mete out funds as needed. It soon appears clear that there is a powerful, ruthless third party set on finding the fabled stones and treasure before she can.

An array of other people and animals constitutes the remainder of their crew. Hart has a burro fall in love with him. And he has ongoing banter with Cordelia, who maintains her assault by calling him various names. Not Goodnight, but Goodbody, Goodwin, Goodacre, Goodall, and Goodenough.

As the trail leads them to cross the Caribbean and into Mexico, Cordelia learns that tall, sardonic Hartford Goodnight is far more than just a butler. Their playful banter ends sometimes in passionate, heart–pumping, kisses. Goodnight learns that beautiful, provocative Cordelia is as tough as she is tempting. Soon the pair are hip-deep in danger and desire, racing the competition to the prize - and trying to keep the sparks between them from setting the rain forest ablaze.

Krahn’s latest creative historical is itself a treasure: an irresistible blend of impeccably crafted characters. an adventure-rich plot set in Mexico, with wickedly dry humor. Readers who treasure female protagonists starring in historical romantic suspense thrillers will take immense delight in Krahn’s fabulous new effort.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Brenda A. Snodgrass, 2006

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