This book has a classic jungle adventure feel to it, like romancing the stone but much better. As a matter of fact, if you saw Romancing the Stone and thought, "This could have been a great movie... except it isn't... " you'll love this book. The tension is perfect. I loved the dialogue between the H/H. They fight each other every step but it is wonderful fun. Not tedious like some books get when the H/H have constant disagreement. I guess because they obviously like each other.
Linda Howard does it very well---combines an exciting adventure story with a sexy romance.
There's a mysterious lost city---maybe . . . Our heroine has to go and find out for sure. There's also a fantastic red diamond---maybe. Same thing. Our heroine has to locate it. But the thing is, the old map says the lost city and the gem are in the heart of the Amazon jungle, and she has to mount an entire expedition to get there.
And the people she can afford to hire to trek through the jungle aren't what anybody would call trustworthy. There's a handsome but dangerous-looking guide, a number of Indian and mestizo porters, and a brutish looking Portuguese. Also along the trek is the financial backer, whom she learns (after he's hired) happens to be a drug dealer on the run from both the police and his suppliers. And let's not forget her ne'er do well brother who has hated her since the day she was born.
Doesn't this sound like an enjoyable trip?
This one and Cry No More are my favorites of all her books, and I've probably read about 15 of them so far. This one has it all: suspense, jungle adventure, superstition, struggle to survive, and a very, very sexy hero and hot romance.
When Jillian goes through her deceased father's things she finds information which sends her off on an adventure to find evidence of a secret civilization of Amazon Women (I kid you not). Along for the trip is her rotten, good for nothing step-brother and a shifty drug dealer who is funding the archeological dig. She brings the brother along for some lame reason but you just have to go with it.
She allows the two men to hire the best guide in the area even though she is suppose to be the archeologist and should be in charge. But what do I know? Ben, the guide, is a cocky guy ruled by his genitals. Fortunately Jillian has remembered to bring along her birth control because you know she's going to need it.
The rest of the book is an adventure to find this hidden civilization with such obstacles as pirates (!), wild beasts and of course each other. It was a bit over the top and the romance seemed very out place considering the circumstances but as escapist fantasy I guess it was alright.
A highly readable and almost believable fiction tale. The characters are believable and devilishly clever at hiding their secret agendas. Who wouldn't want to discover the whereabouts of a true Amazon tribe?
A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it -- even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man -- over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face. Jillian watched him come to a fast boil when she refused to reveal their exact destination upriver in the uncharted rain forests -- and resolved to stand her ground. Neither of them could foresee what the days ahead promised: an odyssey into the fiery heart of passion and betrayal, and a danger that would force them to cast their fates together, immersed in the eternal, unsolved mysteries of love....
Archeologist Jillian Sherwood attributes her lackluster professional reputation to the fact that her late father, also an archeologist, was notorious for his supposedly crackpot theories, such as one about a lost city in the heart of the Amazon jungle that was home to a band of Amazon women warriors. Equipped with a map from her father's papers, Jillian is determined to find the lost city, thereby salvaging her father's reputation and her own. She is accompanied on the two-month expedition by Rick, her half-brother, who still resents her being daddy's favorite; Steven Kates, an unprincipled crook who has money to fund the venture and plans to steal anything valuable that turns up; Ramon Dutra, a jungle-wise thug; and Ben Lewis, an experienced guide who is more macho than any human being needs to be. Unfortunately, the more intense their adventures, the less realistic they appear because the characters have charmed lives. A pirate attack, an encounter with a jaguar and a hazardous walk along the side of a mountain give Howard's ( The Touch of Fire ) romance an adventure-yarn feel, but since Jillian seems to be virtually indestructible and Ben, as her only possible love interest, is inevitably guaranteed survival, the book lacks real suspense.
A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare diamonds;it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it-even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man-over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face. Jillian watched him come to a fast boil when she refused to reveal their exact destination upriver in the uncharted rain forests-and resolved to stand her ground. Neither of them could forsee what the days ahead promised: an adyssey into the fiery heart of passion and betrayal, and a danger that would force them to cast their fates together, immersed in the eternal, unsolved mysteries of love.