by Robyn DeHart
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Athena Smith, the costume curator for a Chicago museum, is elated to finally see the legendary vintage gowns worn by a city icon, Bertha Palmer. But the gowns are owned by the Clayworth family, who are not on good terms with Athena's family. The Clayworths just fired Athena's father from their company for unknown, but scandalous, reasons. So Athena has little hope of gaining the gowns for an exhibition at the museum. While looking at the gowns, she inhales a toxin which acts as a truth serum. Wh...more Esme Worthington only reads about adventures in her studies of antiquities, including the legendary Pandora's box, while she remains a prim and proper miss. However, that is before her study is ransacked by those searching for clues to the key to Pandora's box. Fielding Grey, a treasure hunter himself, just wants to steal the box back from the criminals, but his heart won't let him leave Esme behind. He rescues her, and takes her along on his adventure, but she becomes more than a handful when the temptation of the box becomes too great for her. She opens it and is cursed with lust...which is sure to be directed right at Fielding.
This book is definitely for romance readers who like a lot of action and adventure with their love story on the side. This isn't the type of story that I love, so it was only ok for me. It was a quick, fun read, but there just wasn't enough between the hero and heroine to really grab me.
Fielding was very focused on his work, not exactly a tender romantic. Sometimes I felt like he only tolerated Esme because he was a good person and didn't want her to be hurt, not because he loved her or anything. And Esme only seemed to feel lust for Fielding. Esme was a very intelligent heroine, I just wanted her to have more self esteem. She never believed that someone like Fielding could be attracted to her. So while the adventure was there, I felt like the romance was lacking.
Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 2/5
Bottom Line: If you like a treasure-filled adventure with a mystery to solve, with a little dash of romance, this is the book for you!