Brazen Snake Books
Paperback / Ebook
$8.99 US / $2.99
Rating: 4 Cups
It is a make-or-break gamble. Dr. Marie Simco has just six weeks to publish promising research results, or lose her job.
Dr. Darren Newman is brought on board as a research Tech Assistant, even though he works for Dr. Adams, Marie’s chief rival for the promised grant money.
Deep in the desert of New Mexico grows a rare plant said to cure viruses like the flu. Marie and her small team of assistants set up camp and begin to search for the small, elusive, bromeliad-type specimen. Their aim is to isolate the compounds inherent in the plant having the specific curative properties. From the start, the expedition is plagued with bad luck, and soon it becomes apparent that the mission is being sabotaged.
There is a spark of sexual interest between Darren and Marie that makes the shy, introverted woman nervous, tongue-tied, and determined to keep her distance. Darren is beguiled by her naivety and bashfulness, while she fights to retain her autonomy. Most of the action takes place while the team is camping out in the remote desert. I love that setting, and though it was not described to my satisfaction in the narrative, I was able to add the details in my imagination since I have often seen the stark beauty of the high desert for myself. The story kept my interest throughout and I enjoyed watching Darren’s pursuit and Marie’s consternation. The suspense is good with several unexpected twists. For those who enjoy adventurous romantic suspense, this book is sure to please.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More