Friday, November 16, 2012

Passion Creek by Avery Flynn

Title: Passion Creek 
Series: Layton Family Series Book Three
Author: Avery Flynn
My Rating: B+

Genre: Steamy romantic suspense
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-77130-104-6
Number of pages: 164
Word Count: 52,886
Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs

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Book Description:
Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.
All Las Vegas cocktail waitress Josie Winarsky wants to do is paint. But when she lands smack dab in the middle in a mob plot, she has to push aside her dreams to find a treasure in Dry Creek, Nebraska and save her family from harm. With Sam at her side and a Vegas loan shark on her tail, the treasure she finds turn out to be much more valuable than emeralds and rubies.

My Review:
For once in his life, Sam decides to let go of his inhibitions and go after the hot waitress in Vegas for a one-night stand. What he doesn't realize at the time is that she has ties to his hometown where he is a very different person. 

Josie is an artist. She's working her last night in Vegas before she heads out for a 6 month artists retreat in Dry Creek. Knowing where she is headed, one of her regular customers gives her a gift...a treasure map for Dry Creek... a treasure known as Rebecca's Bounty. Josie doesn't take it seriously but the crime boss muscle/dweeb duo do and they want that treasure and are pressuring Josie to find it. The problem...the treasure is on Sam's land and this isn't the guy that Josie knew in Vegas.

Overall this was a fun book to read. Sam and Josie are fabulous together. I like how uptight he acts, although that's really not who he is. Josie makes him a different person...and that guy is hot! I liked the twin tie that both Sam and Josie had in common. Although their twin stories are very different, I felt like it added a depth to the story that I really liked.

There's a suspense/mystery/danger aspect to the story because of the treasure hunt. There have been people looking for Rebecca's Bounty for years with no success so this isn't an easy hunt. The climactic scene with Josie was fabulously done. It was late when I was reading it and it definitely kept me at the edge of my seat. A perfect blend of danger mixed in with the hot alpha male that is Sam. Seriously, the book is reading for that scene alone, but luckily, the rest of it is good too. Definitely an entertaining read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

About the Author:
Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Find out more about Avery on her blog ( ), follow her on Twitter ( ), like her on Facebook 
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