Thursday, January 18, 2018

ARC Review: Seek by Mia Sheridan

Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancé would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She's even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide—a mercenary.

The man named Thomas arrives in shadows, an unmistakable air of danger about him, promising to help lead her through the ruined, crime-infested country. But when Thomas and Olivia find themselves fighting an undeniable attraction, danger takes on a whole new meaning. Then again, in the lush jungles of South America, all the rules are different and Thomas and Olivia are about to discover that sometimes the thing you seek, isn't necessarily the thing you find.

Seek is a STANDALONE novel with a small, fun connection to the Sign of Love Collection.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I have loved Mia Sheridan's books for years. I read Archer's Voice in June of 2014, and fell in love with her writing. She has a magical way of telling a story, and bringing characters together. Ever since then, I have devoured everything she has written, and loved almost all of it. When I saw that she had a new book out, Seek, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Even though I wasn't head over heels in love with the story, I found it really enjoyable. 

The storyline of Seek hooked me from the beginning. That prologue broke my heart, and made me bawl. The two characters, Thomas and Olivia, both have a separate mystery surrounding them that intrigued me from the start. I wanted to solve it, and figure out what was going on. I was dying to find out what happened to Olivia's fiancee, and why Thomas was being so secretive about certain things. I made some predictions, but when the plot twist was revealed, it blew me away. I had no idea that it was going to happen that way. I was shocked, and couldn't believe it. It had me on the edge of my seat. I ended up reading the whole book in about three hours because I couldn't put it down.

The main reason why Seek isn't one of Mia Sheridan's books that blew me out of the water is that it was really cheesy at points. Almost overly so. Typically, I can stand some cheesiness in romance novels, but it drove me crazy in this. Some of the things that the characters did and said were complete tropes. There's a scene with a motorcycle (I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't read it) that literally made me roll my eyes. This was very close to being a four star read for me, but I couldn't get over how ridiculous that motorcycle scene was.

Despite the cheesiness, I really did enjoy Seek. It proves why Mia Sheridan is one of my favorite authors. The chemistry that Olivia and Thomas had was one hundred percent genuine and made me fall in love with the characters. Mia Sheridan doesn't typically write sequels for her characters and this ended in a way where there's no need for one. However, I really hope that she writes them into a cameo or something in one of her books because I really want more of these characters. I think that if you loved her previous books, or you just want an enjoyable read that hooks you from the start, you should definitely give Seek a try.

I give Seek: 3.5/5.

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I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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