Series: Gravediggers #2
Published by Pocket Books
Publication Date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s second book in her sexy, suspenseful Gravediggers series, GONE TO DUST, features an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.
The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families. Sometimes the dead do rise…
Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.
Elias Cole lived and breathed the live of a Navy SEAL. Now he’s “dead” and his hero’s honor tarnished. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him—The Gravediggers—and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. Her smart mouth and quick wit keep him on his toes, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.
When Miller receives a package from the brother who abandoned her asking for help, it’s clear she’s in over her head with the mess he’s gotten himself into. She needs a professional, and Elias is just the man for the job. Only her brother is a former SEAL—the man who left his team to die—and Elias is more interested in vengeance than saving his life.
GONE TO DUST is an amazingly exciting, fast-paced and entertaining mystery, heavy on the humor but light on the action we’ve come to expect, but soooo good you won’t be able to stop reading until the end. When I read that this book was the author’s tribute to the movie Romancing the Stone, I was not sure how Ms. Hart would be able to pull that off and still remain true to the concept of this series, but I have to say it really is a fitting tribute. Every page and every scene brought the movie to life without taking away from this story and while there was less action than I expected, I still enjoyed it a lot.
Elias Cole was a hero and legend before he became one of the Gravediggers. With a distinguished career as a Navy SEAL and a loving family, he had a very promising future, until the calculated machinations of the powers behind the team cost him all of it. Now Elias is a very angry man with one thing sustaining him: the desire for revenge against the person who cost his his life, which means he has no room for the emotions that Miller Darling stirs in him. But when she needs his skills to save her brother, he’s not going to let her traipse off into the South American jungle without the back-up she needs.
Miller enjoys her eccentric lifestyle which fits her career choice, but beneath all of that is the little girl who lost everyone in her family to an obsession with finding ancient treasure and has since channeled her pain into creating fictional happy ever afters like she never had. Miller does not take rejection lightly and would not give Elias the time of day, except she needs him, in more ways than one.
I had a blast reading this book and laughed so hard at these characters. Miller has a wicked sense of humor and no filter, and her running commentary on pretty much everything was so much fun even when it was inappropriate. Seriously, it felt like I had the movie and the book on split screen.
Elias has the smoldering male thing going for him, but I liked that he was easygoing and laid-back, too. He took Miller’s quirks in stride and gave her what her family never did: the knowledge that she meant something to someone. But being alone with Miller is a chance to know her better, and means accepting his feelings for her and making a choice between his happiness and vengeance, if they get out alive.
This book is certainly not to be missed and I really can’t wait for the next book. More than anything though, Eve Winters is a very intriguing character and I hope we get a chance to explore this character in her own book.
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