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Review: Love, Artifacts, and You by Sarah Ready

A love that spans from the jungles of Central America to the hidden caves of Romeo, New York.

Infamous treasure hunter Emma Castleton desperately wants to find the Lost Treasure of Romeo. Emma’s been labeled a fraud and she’s determined to fix her reputation.

She’s also been promised that when she finds Romeo’s Lost Treasure, she’ll finally find her soul mate. But Emma knows that’s a lie. Her true love died ten years ago on a devastating treasure hunt in Central America.

Former street kid Andrew Santiago loved Emma with all his heart. That is, until she shattered his life, betrayed his trust, and left him for dead. Now Andrew’s back, wealthy and powerful, and determined to take his revenge on the woman who broke his heart.

But as Andrew and Emma hunt for Romeo’s Lost Treasure they uncover secrets of the past, buried artifacts, and ever-present danger. Soon, they’re confronted with a choice, what is the greater treasure – true love or revenge?

Title:Love, Artifacts, and You
Author:Sarah Ready
Series:Soul Mates in Romeo (Book 4)
Pages:228
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Second Chance Romance
Revenge Romance
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:Romeo, New York, USA
HEA:✔️
Release Date:26th October, 2021
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A romantic adventurous romp

I am delighted to be returning to Sarah Ready’s wonderfully romantic world of Romeo and her Soul Mates in Romeo series. This story introduces us to a brand new couple who haven’t appeared in the earlier books although we do get some cameos from previous couples and, of course, the town’s resident love predictor, Miss Erma. For those who are new to the series, fear not, this book stands completely alone and comes complete with its own (delightful) HEA.

We start off in the past with a quick flashback to a younger Emma and Andrew. And then move through the years with a quick run through of who Andrew has become and the reasons why. Then we’re back in the present and straight into our tale and the romance.

Emma is our heroine and she is the sweetest, kindest person you could imagine. But she’s got a backbone, too. She knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to go after it. I couldn’t help but admire her optimistic attitude and she was the perfect addition to the town of Romeo. Her love for Andrew never wavered and it was so sweet to see her paired with the bitter and broken man he’d become.

“…a delightful mix of romance and treasure hunting culminating in a deliciously adventurous romantic romp.”

Now to Andrew and please wait while I first perform some dreamy sighs. This is the kind of hero that I am 100% here for in a romance. He’s angry and bitter – broken by more than just his recent experiences. That he wants to destroy Emma is a minor blip because man, does he ever just need a hug from a good woman. I felt his angsty emotion all the way to my tippy toes and I fell in love from the first moment.

This story didn’t actually go the way I expected it would. Not in a bad way, I just assumed I knew what the conflict would be and I was wrong. There was still the age old element of ‘will they work it out in time?’ and how would they get through this to their happily ever after. I enjoyed the fact that even with all the distrust, both Emma and Andrew were very rational during all the mishaps you would expect to break them apart. That helped show me these two really loved each other and believed they were the others soul mate.

They also have a great friendship, great chemistry and gorgeous sexual connection. I do enjoy a bit of sex in my stories and this had the bonus of both sweetness and the ‘throw them up against the wall must have them now’ kind.

This book gave me the lovely vibes of films such as Romancing the Stone – a delightful mix of romance and treasure hunting culminating in a deliciously adventurous romantic romp. I am a huge fan of this series and more so of Sarah Ready’s writing. She’s got such a fun and engaging style that I devoured this book and can’t wait for this series to continue. 5 stars and hugely recommended.

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review *

Author Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy.

Her books have been described as “euphoric”, “heartwarming” and “laugh out loud”. Her debut novel The Fall in Love Checklist was hailed as “the unicorn read of 2020”. She loves to write fast-paced, emotionally compelling romances about quirky, smart women and the men who love them.

Before writing romance full-time Sarah had lots of fun teaching at an Ivy League. Then she realized she could have even more fun writing romance. Her favorite things after writing are adventuring and travel. You’ll frequently find her using her degree at a dino dig site, crawling into a cave, snorkeling, or on horseback riding through the jungle – all fodder for her next book. She’s lived in Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and NYC. She currently lives in the Caribbean with her water-obsessed pup and her awesome family.

You can visit her online at www.sarahready.com

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Soul Mates in Romeo Series:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4

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