Title: The Curse
Author: Mandy Baker
Published Date: September 25th 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Mystery
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Alex was a controversial treasure hunter. Until the day Liz came storming into his life and changed his world forever. Now, an archeologist on a dig in the California desert, everything goes terribly wrong and everyone, including Liz, disappears. It is up to Alex to follow the clues and find the answers. Will he be able to trust his heart and rescue Liz? Or will hard headedness and self-doubt lose her to the curse for all eternity?
This book had a wonderful storyline and plot and I felt that it really had the potential to be a great 5 star read, however, I felt that certain aspects of the story got lost along the way and could have used more detail. This book was very original and I thought that it was really interesting, especially the fact that the curse dated back to Liz’s grandparents, however, the author didn’t go into great details about the curse and what the curse meant. I felt like there needed to be more to the actual curse than the memories that Alex relived before finding Liz. I think that Mandy Baker has a lot of potential with this series and that adventure/mystery/romance seekers will enjoy this quick and easy read. I just think there needs to be a bit more development into the actual curse and the gifts that Liz has. The back story of the curse seems vital and perhaps we will see more of it the next book. I feel that in order to really establish a connection with the characters as well as to thoroughly enjoy the adventure playing out there needed to be a few less missing pieces.
This story is about Liz and Alex and if you were to dismantle the story line down to its basic foundation you would see that it’s really about the genuine love that they share for each other; the love that ultimately saves them both. The characters were very well detailed in how they met, how their relationship came to be and how they both loved one another, this was clear, it was just the purpose of the curse that was not. I also enjoyed learning about Bob, but didn’t feel that he had a vital role in the story, that he was just there….I would have liked to have learned more about him and his role in the curse.
Overall, this is a good read, just needs a few more details. It is a quick one or two day read, so make sure you have plenty of time before starting as you will lose track of time as you read right through it. I am looking forward to the next book to see how the details pan out as well as to see where the author takes the story next.
I think Baker has a lot of potential with this series and adventure/mystery seekers will enjoy these quick and easy reads. I just think there needs to be a bit more development and back story in order to really establish a connection with the characters as well as thoroughly enjoy the adventure playing out without so many missing pieces
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