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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Aegean Intrigue by Patricia Kiyono Review

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Disclosure: Products were sent to me for review purposes only.  All opinions are 100% mine and totally honest.

Title: Aegean Intrigue
Author: Patricia Kiyono
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Mystery
Length: 84 pages
Release Date: 2-1-2012

Book Jacket
Someone has been stealing priceless Greek artifacts and it's Alex Leonidis' job to uncover the thief. His prime suspect is beautiful archaeological graduate student, Francie Vasileiou. His plan is to join in an archaeological dig and catch her in the act. All he has to do is keep his mind on his job, and not on the way his lovely suspect warms his heart. He's learned the hard way not to trust fragile-looking women who seem to need his help.

Francie wants to get her PhD and become an archaeologist, like her famous father. The sudden invitation to participate in a dig on the beautiful Greek island of Paros is a wonderful opportunity. She has no time for distractions like Alex, the handsome Project Director. Experience has taught her to stay clear of handsome, charismatic Greek men.

On the shores of the Aegean Sea, Alex and Francie work together, searching for treasures from Greece's past. While pursuing their goals, they discover some of the truths they had believed to be carved in stone may have been flawed

My Thoughts*

Francie Vasileiou is a graduate student working on her PhD in archaeology in gorgeous Greece which is extremely rich in culture. Her father was a famous Archeologist, and her mother a famous Actress, so her life was anything but normal. She chooses her true devotion to Archeology in pursuing a career, although it’s against her mother’s wishes- who wants her to follow in her footsteps.

She is working her way through college to support herself in the tiny apartment she lives in. She works in a small restaurant, where she first sees Alex Leonidis, eyeing her. She feels nervous, and asks her boss to follow her home. In reaching the outside of her apartment, her boss comes on to her, and hurts her in the process. She then sees the stranger (Alex) who comes to her rescue.

She doesn’t know, but he is a private investigator, hired by a rich man, who has interest in some artifacts that came up missing from the last dig that she and her professor were involved in. He needs to be able to get close to her to find out whether she was involved in the heist or not.

He acts as Project Director of a dig, so that he can see her work up close. He wasn’t so sure who was involved, but he also didn’t plan to be drawn so passionately towards her. He is drawn to her passion for digging, her beauty even through the roughest and hottest conditions, and her friendliness towards all other workers, and work ethic at keeping everything categorized.

There are still artifacts being misplaced and he can’t figure out who had the time or inclination to do so. Is it Francie who is “accidentally” misplacing those items? Or one of the other crew? The daydreaming and distracted professor, who always seems so absent-minded? The incompetent newcomer who always has a blackberry in his hand? Or the cook?

The details of the Greek Islands and the Aegean Sea seemed so peaceful, so beautiful, and so intriguing. I’ve never been, but I would love to after reading this book. With all the history and beauty, who wouldn’t want to?

I was immediately drawn in like a moth to a flame, because the plot was so interesting and engaging. This is a very entertaining and fun read. It’s a short story, so it can’t be full of details the same as a novel, but I would have loved for it to be. I would have loved to see how the relationship panned out overtime.

It is full of mystery, twists, turns, and a little romance thrown in. I sat down to read this, and didn’t come up for air until I was finished. It didn’t take very long to read, which would make it an exceptional book for a book club to discuss and relate to. It kept me captivated from beginning to end.

I hope I get the chance to read more books by Patricia Kiyono. This is the first book that I’ve read by her, and I love how she tells a story.

You can buy Aegean Intrigue Ebook from Astraea Press for $1.99 for an E-reader



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Jessica is the writer behind Sweet Southern Mama. She is the mother of 2 adorable kids- Aidan, 7 and Adisyn, 5. She lives in Kentucky with her fiance and kids. She loves designing blogs, reading, writing, crafting, all things electronic, photography, and spending time with her family.

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