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Posted August 5, 2011
Action Adventure Travel...
Adventure...that is the mainstay of this book. Trent is a romance writer that has gotten into a rut in his life after the death of his partner 2 years ago, so his best friends set him up for a surprise vacation to Thailand in search of adventure. Adventure and excitement is definitely what he finds...as well as passion, danger, suspense, and even some great life lessons. As a reader, it makes for a great book.
Reed is an American living in Thailand. A very important map accidentally ended up in Trent's backpack and Reed's life is depending on him getting it back. The fact that Trent is gorgeous and built doesn't hurt anything either.
Trent is built...6 foot plus and the muscles to go with it...all obtained from time at the gym. He's also completely addicted to his creature comforts- first class all the way and he's going to smell good getting there. I loved how addicted he was to his smelly lotions and potions....such a great little quirk.
On the other hand, Reed has earned his muscles the hard way through various missions. He has learned to simply be thankful for when he actually gets a shower. At first, he is completely enamored with Trent based upon Trent's looks, but as he learns how particular Trent can be about certain things, that fascination turns to derision. But when the going gets rough, Trent steps up and toughens up really quickly.
There was a great character arc for both of these characters- Trent as he becomes more adventurous and daring; Reed as he learns to rely on someone else. They make an absolutely great couple and I really enjoyed watching their romance blossom. There is just something about two guys showing their love for each other that is just so innately sexy.
But it was not just a romance story to this book. There was also a great adventure/action story line and it definitely kept the story moving at all times. There is a lot of action in this book and I never knew how things were going to go next in this exotic location of Thailand. The Ruby Buddha with the little details and history tidbits thrown in throughout the story made for a fabulous story line. I feel like I learned a lot in this book about the region and religion, but it was all added to the story so seamlessly- it flowed in perfectly. Really a well-written book all the way around. It makes you yearn for a bit of adventure travel (without all the life/death situations.)
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