Friday, January 28, 2011

Buried Heart by A.Y. Stratton

Buried Heart
by A.Y. Stratton

Published: 2009
Genre: Romance
Paperback: 312 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
Public relations expert Lauren Richmond believes her family has been jinxed in the love department. To avoid the chaos she suffered as a child, she has built a grammatically-perfect, passion-free life, which crumbles shortly after she rescues a man from muggers.

The victim, Luis Hernandez, is an archeology professor on a quest to locate an ancient Mayan document that survived the Spanish Inquisition. Convinced that the Codex exists, Luis is determined to protect his ancestors' priceless artifacts.

When strangers ransack Luis's home and office and then threaten Lauren, sweet and seductive Luis insists the mysterious map he inherited from his grandfather has nothing to do with the incidents.

Deep in the Mexican rain forest at a Mayan dig site, Luis and Lauren must outsmart ruthless grave robbers and battle phantoms from their past to rescue a treasure that could destroy their love.

Amusing quotes:
"Each discovery has the potential to prove the intelligence, the power, and the brilliance of the Mayan heritage. That's what I'm after."
- says Luis, page 39, chapter 3

How did we get on the floor and how long have we been here?" she asked.
- says Lauren, page 46, chapter 4

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): engulfed
Sweet romance with adventure, humor, mystery and an exotic place.

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  1. I like the exotic part, kind of wish more novels could take place at a Mayan dig :)

  2. Was it the devil that made Guillermo’s hands rescue a scroll from the pile? No matter. Once he had slipped it beneath his cloak, his path was set. Perhaps his fate was too.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a good book.

  3. His fingers detected a cavity below the serpent’s claws, and Guillermo whispered his prayer. “Lord, help me do your will!”


  4. I agree, more books should be written with archaeological settings. And, yes, Indiana Jones had to be in the back of my mind. Hmmm. I like thinking of him right now!

  5. Cool giveaway!
    My favorite line is: With his dangerous prize tucked beneath his arm, he gripped the first ledge and clambered past the eyeless stone warrior with the bulbous lips and clenched teeth.


    Deep inside the cave, Brother Guillermo stumbled on shards of clay and collapsed against the bottom step of the Temple of the Serpent.


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