I'm known for writing cold, dark romantic suspense novels. But even I need to warm up after awhile. ENDLESS NIGHT will take you to the cliffs of Maine's rugged coast in the middle of a blustery nor'easter, but Jungle Of Deceit will have you sweating in the jungles of Guatemala. Whatever your geographical or weather preference may be, chances are that I'm going to weave you a tale of romance and danger in one of them.
Jungle Of Deceitby Maureen A. Miller
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Mitch Hasslet, a war photojournalist relegated to a desk job, is the sole witness to a heist of Mayan artifacts. Recruited by the enigmatic director of the Museum of Art and Antiquities, Mitch is sent to Guatemala, the last location the shipment was tracked to. Acting as the museum staff photographer, Mitch joins a group of archaeologists. His goal is to locate the artifacts as swiftly as possible so that he can collect his compensation and get the hell out of the jungle.
Alexandra Langley is about to run out of funds. She has yet to discover the lost Mayan civilization she knows lurks in the rainforest. To achieve her grant, she will accept the museum's latest nuisance, Mitch Hasslet, and any other obstacle that is sent her way.
Unsuccessful and desperate, Alex has decided to move the group to a portion of the jungle referred to as, �No Man�s Land�-a sector where archaeological teams have ventured but never returned.
As Mitch and Alex discover romance, will their bond protect them in a jungle filled with deceit?
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A very well paced romantic thriller that starts off fast and doesn't let up. Miller introduces us to a couple of new characters, Alex and Mitch, who can't help but have sparks between them despite the harrowing events surrounding them. There is action and adventure aplenty with some serious romantic elements thrown in to the degree most writers of the action genre seem afraid to delve into. Not only has Miller dared to go there, but has done so tastefully without overdoing it. I think this could be the beginning of a great series so let's see some more of Alex and Mitch.
Doctor Alex Langley is a tough (on the outside) archaeologist, her estranged father the esteemed Doctor Franklin Langley. When it comes to men, she has serious trust issues. Enter Mitch Hasslet, a digs photographer foisted on her by the Museum of Art and Antiquities, who has his own agenda. Adventure, romance, mystery, thrills, twists. Jungle of Deceit has them all. The sultry Guatemalan jungle complete with mosquitoes (made me itch) is more than simply a backdrop - it's integral to the story and a character in its own right. Deceit is all around. Miller's fluid and easy writing style makes for a fast, page-turning read. Engaging and entertaining. Highly recommended.
Jungle of Deceit is an unputdownable adventure of a smart, beautiful archeologist, her crew of young graduate students, a photographer and some truly bad guys in the Guatamalan jungle. There are surprises in the plot that were totally realistic yet unguessed by me, and a believeable romantic involvement that develops between the lead "actors." I say actors because reading this novel was like watching a movie unfold right before my eyes. The scenes are described so that I didn't realize the descriptions were there, what I mean is the story flowed without the obvious "ok, now for the description of the jungle at this juncture" moments. I never felt the urge to skip over any paragraphs to get to the next interesting part -- there were truly no slow or boring sections, and yet the jungle and the caverns and the temples and the characters became real to me, that's a sign of good writing. The relationship between Mitch and Alex (Alexandra) is real and believable and enjoyable to watch develop. Romance and adventure and mystery and action, whew, I read this novel in 2 days, and when the battery in my NookColor needed charging, I finished reading on my laptop. It's that good.
Great story, it really kept my interest I love a romance mixed with a bit of danger and suspense, and Mitch's humor at just the right time was refreshing. Alex was likable but just barely, I think she needed to loosen up a little.
This was my third book from Maureen Miller! As with her other books I enjoy how she takes her hero and heroine on a journey together. They don't meet and instantly fall in love, but they get to know each other through crazy circumstances and that pushes them together. It seems more real and believable to me. Maureen has very descriptive writing that makes you feel as though you are in the story - you can feel the elements, the fear, and the love. I wasn't sure about this book at the beginning - meaning I wasn't sure about the story line as it was different than what I have read in the past, but once I got started I was really hooked and wanted to follow all the paths to the end. I enjoyed Mitch and Alex's interactions and wanted to find out more about Phillip and the compound. There was enough romance throughout the book, too. As with her other books, it is sweet romance that I like - a look here, a kiss there, a touch, a comforting embrace, leading up to tasteful intimate scenes. All of Maureen’s books have been fun for me, as they have taken me on a journey I would (hopefully) never be on! Now I just have to pick out which book of hers to read next!
Dr. Alexandra Langley is a woman trying to get out from under the shadow of her famous archeologist father, Franklin. It seems no matter what she does in the field, his name looms large. When an opportunity comes up to look for lost Mayan artifacts in the jungle of Guatemala, she jumps at the chance to lead her own expedition. She runs her group with an iron hand. She must not show any weakness or vulnerabilities, that is, until photo-journalist Mitch Hasslet joins her team. Mitch has his own demons to overcome from a past war assignment. When he accepts the assignment from the enigmatic Museum Director, Mr. Nicholson, to track a stolen shipment of Mayan artifacts, he has no idea that he would be joining Alex's team. Sparks fly between Mitch and Alex and not always in a good way. Ms. Miller does a good job of revealing the back-stories for both of the main characters while weaving an intense and engaging storyline. Searching for Mayan artifacts in the jungle has its own perils especially when the team stumbles into an area known as "No Man's Land." The jungle comes alive with vivid descriptions, almost too vivid. It made me realize that I never want to visit there--the humidity, the mosquitoes and the screeching night sounds are definitely not for me, but it’s a sign of excellent writing when you're so immersed in a story that you start to feel itchy right along with the characters. Jungle fires, lies, deception and a fight for their lives make JUNGLE OF DECEIT a romantic suspense story at its best. This is the second story I've read by Ms. Miller and I have no problem recommending her books highly to fans who want more than a typical romance story.