Reviews: Desperate Escape, The Curiosity Keeper


When Dr. Maddie Gilbert is kidnapped by rebel forces in West Africa, special ops agent Grant Reese races to rescue her. But the ruthless drug traffickers holding Maddie hostage have powerful connections—maybe even inside the US government. And they’ll go to any lengths to silence her—permanently. Grant knows that getting Maddie free and safe is just the first step of this mission. Because he’s fallen for the spirited beauty, and as her enemies pursue them, Grant must face a second battle—the one to win her heart.

Review: Thrilling, fast-paced…in a word, exceptional. I love romantic suspense and Lisa Harris does a great job keeping me intrigued while making me fall in love with Maddie and Grant as they fall in love with each other.

Rating: 5 roses


“It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail’s egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whomever possesses it.”

Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop on Blinkett Street. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille has no choice but to accept help from the mysterious stranger who came to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content working as a village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may or may not be the answer to his questions.

Curious circumstance throws them together, and an intricate dance of need and suspicion leads the couple from the seedy backwaters of London to the elite neighborhoods of the wealthy to the lush, green Surrey countryside—all in the pursuit of a blood-red gem that collectors will sacrifice anything to possess.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, each will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.

Review: As I sit to write this review, the verse in Proverbs 31 comes to mind. “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.” (NLT) 

Camille and Jonathan’s story was full of intrigue, though it’s not listed as a suspense, and love–sacrificial love. I enjoyed getting to know both the keeper of the curiosity shop and the apothecary. I loved “seeing” the things in the shop. Both characters had a deep need to care for others and it made me care for them. This novel pulled me in and kept me there, wondering how everything was going to work out.

Rating: 5 roses

I received these books from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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