Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review - Dangerous Descent & The Unseen by Sabrina Devonshire

Dangerous Descent (Love in the Labyrinths, #1)

After months of working in a dreary department store, laid-off outdoor adventure director Rebecca Devereaux vows to change her life's trajectory.

Kent Dunbar believes Vietnam's Mountain River Cave may be the largest in the world. His sponsors demand that he leave immediately to survey the cave and study its origin, leaving him little time to organize staff. Desperate for assistants, he sends out a mass email to recruit qualified workers. Kent is pleasantly surprised to receive an application from Rebecca and hires her.

The instant Kent and Rebecca meet, they find attraction too hot to handle. Soon, every jungle tree and shelf of cave rock becomes a potential place to release their pent up passion for each other. But Kent's not used to commitment, both are dealing with traumatic pasts, and murderous gemstone smugglers are on the loose near their camp. Will their tumultuous love affair survive?

This is Book 1 of the Labyrinths series. The Unseen is Book 2.

~ Cassy's Review ~ 

I was asked to read this ARC for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. It had a nice flow to it which made it easy to read and kept me moving. It had the perfect mixture of hot, steamy sex, humor, adventure, and action. I loved the characters. They were believable, and I could picture this as a movie playing out. I love when authors describe scenes so well that I can picture myself in the book with them. The descriptions of the jungle, caves, and critters were so real, I could feel the damp, hot air, the wet, soggy clothes, the pain of sore muscles and the burn of blistered toes and feet. The passion, anger,love and fear.

Rebecca Devereaux is just trying to get her life back to normal. After a tragic event on her tourist/resort hikes leaving one of her clients dead, she can't find a job other than working in a department store, which makes her miserable. All hope was lost until she sees an email from someone looking for expedition assistants to explore Vietnamese Caves. She thinks the job is perfect for her and is hired by Kent Dunbar getting her best friend Amanda hired as well. When she meets her new boss, she thinks he's egotistical if not annoyingly attractive. Both try to fight their attraction for each other in turn fighting like cats and dogs.

Add in Amanda and Kent's friend Tom's blooming romance, the creeper camera man, and Bunny the high maintenance princess who has no idea what she's doing as well as gem smuggling murderers and a surprise cliff hanger you have a great recipe for a wonderful read.

I loved Rebecca's sharp wit and sarcasm, especially when she was giving Kent a good tongue lashing. Kent's character is so serious, at times I wanted to slap him and tell him to lighten up a bit. 

I love this book and can't wait to read the sequel! FIVE amazing stars for me!!!

The Unseen (Love in the Labyrinths, #2)

After gemstone smugglers murder three men, Kent Dunbar pretends to abandon his exploration of Vietnam's Mountain River Cave and his relationship with new love, Rebecca Devereaux. Imagining Rebecca has safely left the country, he plans to pursue the smugglers with help fromVietnam Veterans who served with his father in the war.

Rebecca is devastated by Kent's rejection. At the airport, she overhears men discussing Kent's mission. Rebecca convinces her best friend, Amanda, to stay and when the flight is cancelled, high-maintenance Bunny ends up with them as well.

While Rebecca and Amanda confront their men, first with words, then with naked flesh, Bunny suffers guilt over her whiny behavior and vows to toughen up and break free from her abusive past. But no one's safe in the jungle or underground labyrinths with murderous smugglers around. Will the adventurers prevail?

~ Cassy's Review ~

I was given an ARC of this book by the author for an honest review.

The Unseen takes off where Dangerous Descent left off. This book had a good sense of adventure and suspense just like the last one. It continued to capture my interest, but also had a paranormal twist to it. The gem smugglers are still after Rebecca's group, but now have obtained a special powder that gives them special abilities like going invisible and floating.

I enjoyed learning more about Amanda and Tom from their points of view. Bunny was more a interesting character in this book. I found myself wanting to read more about her and learning how she came to be the person she is and how she grew into a better person throughout the story. I liked the new characters I got to meet in the story as well and all the hot, steamy coupling.

There was just one area that was kind of confusing to me in the book. Just when I felt like the story could continue on for awhile longer, it was suddenly one month later. I really enjoyed the story until then, but then really enjoyed the ending of the book. It's still worth reading. I gave it 4/5 stars because of that. But other than that it was a great read!

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