Archeologist and folklore expert Nate Murdock has discovered ancient stone carvings that will either revolutionize thinking in his field or get him laughed out of it entirely, and he’s hired world-renowned photographer Alex Martin to document his find and bolster his claim. When the alluring Alexandra Martin, not Alex, shows up for the job, Nate’s not sure whether to send her packing or take her into his arms.
Alexandra Martin, the daughter of the famed photographer and just as talented with a camera, is a dark-haired and dark-eyed beauty. Years ago her father built his reputation on photographs he’d stolen from her, and she’s out to prove once and for all that she’s the real deal. When the opportunity to work with the celebrated and ruggedly handsome Nate Murdock falls into her lap, she jumps at the chance—whether he likes it or not.
As tempers flare and accusations fly, the two dig in for a battle of wills and an uneasy truce at their remote mountainside camp. But when drug smugglers trap them in a cave and leave them to die, Nate and Alexandra realize they must trust each other—and the fiery passion growing between them—and surrender to a mysterious force as it guides them through a perilous escape and the acceptance of a powerful love as primal and compelling as the mountain itself.
This is a unique story as far as the paranormal aspect is concerned. It is well written with no editing issues that I noticed. The intimacy between Alex and Nate is steamy and intense without being too explicit.
Alex is a woman with some serious control issues, sometimes to her detriment. The issues stem from the relationship, or lack of, that she has with her father. His betrayal devastated her. On top of that her ex was a real jerk. Alex seems to have painted all men by their standards and is determined to stay away from them. She fights her attraction to Nate with everything she’s got and I have to admit at times she got on my nerves. It was a bit OTT with Alex getting close to him and then closing up and pushing him away. I can see where that was a necessary part of the story; didn’t stop it from being annoying at times. I’ll admit that when she gives her heart she really gives it.
Nate is a man burned by a past relationship and he also fights his desire for Alex in the beginning. He comes across as a real person with character flaws and issues. There were a few times when he would get angry and go off on Alex in an almost cruel way and I did not like him at those times. I understood it was a protective reaction and he felt bad after, but still. They finally come together while they try to get out of the cave, solve the mystery of the mountain, and stop the smugglers.
There’s plenty of action throughout the story. I enjoyed the mystery of the cave and had to wait until it was revealed, didn’t figure this one out. Overall I enjoyed the story and recommend this to those wanting a romance with plenty of action and a bit of the paranormal with it. I felt the HEA was believable.
Kate Douglas is the author of the popular erotic paranormal romance series Wolf Tales and Dream Catchers, as well as the Zebra series DemonSlayers. She is currently writing the next Chanku series, Spirit Wild. The first book in the series, Dark Wolf, is available now.
Kate and her husband of over forty years have two adult children and six grandchildren. They live in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, California, in the little town of Healdsburg.