Redonk Nutshell: Intelligent and spirited woman gets tangled up with an adventurer on a quest to find a fabled treasure at Loch Ness

The 3rd in Robyn DeHart’s Legend Hunter series, Treasure Me is a fun, guilty pleasure of an adventure story between two very head strong leads. After discovering her fiance in the arms of her youngest sister, Vanessa Pembrooke decides to indulge herself with a trip to the Scottish Highlands in order to pursue her dreams of paleontology.  On her way there she crosses paths with Graeme Langford, a man who steps in as her rescuer when randy burly-men start harassing her in a pub.  Graeme poses as her fiance, and when dared to prove it, he allows the pub inhabitants to perform an old-school Scottish binding ceremony.  Unbeknownst to both Graeme and Vaness, the binding ceremony, though not acknowledged by English law, is official by Scottish law.  Thus, Graeme is committed to putting things back to rights once they’re out of harm’s way.

Vanessa, however, has different plans.

I really enjoyed DeHart’s first Legend Hunter book, Seduce Me.  Treasure Me has a similar tone, a girly sort of Indiana Jones adventure involving danger, archaeology and intrigue.  Vanessa is a breathe of fresh air, as far as heroines go.  She’s one of those people who are very intelligent and book-smart, but lack a bit of, er, world-smart. Ya know?  Her take on the world is very clinical and detached, yet somehow down to earth.  Graeme’s presence forces her to re-examine her view on things.   He’s the fire to her Bunsen burner.  *giggles*

Graeme blows hot and cold for me.  He’s not necessarily an uber-alpha, which is nice, though he has no qualms about taking over the reins when he wants to.  His younger brother on the other hand, lawd bless him, is a complete moron. Poor guy.  Easily seduced by a venomous tongue, Graeme’s younger brother goes from sweet boy to villian in a predictable and shallow plot “twist.”

Treasure Me is a fun read, a great quickie to pass a dreary day.  It’s adventure meets sensual awakening set against the lush backdrop of the Highlands.

Treasure Me by Robyn DeHart, 384 pgs, 3/1/11

Rating: C

Romance: 3/5         Raunch: 3/5

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