Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Jurassic Heart
Author: Anna Martin
Heroes: Nick Eisenberg & Hunter Joseph
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Suspense
Length: 63,293 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 27, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When paleontologist Nick Eisenberg learns that someone thinks they have found velociraptor bones in Alberta, his curiosity overrides his desire to stay in London. After all, he’s one of the world’s leading experts on prehistoric predators and has always wanted to look for the velociraptor’s North American cousins. There’s only one problem: eco-conservationist Hunter Joseph. While Nick supervises the dig, Hunter rallies support from the locals to oppose the way the team is destroying the landscape in their search for dinosaur bones.
Nick and Hunter just cannot get along. Hunter is self-righteous and pouty. Nick is narrow-minded and geeky. But they have to figure out how to work on the same site without killing each other, especially since someone else out there seems determined to cause Nick more problems than he could have ever imagined.
I loved loved LOVED this!
Nick Eisenberg has spent years searching for evidence that raptors had once inhabited North America. After finishing up a job in London, Nick gets a call from a slimy paleontologist saying he has uncovered velociraptor bones in Canada and needs Nick to verify the identification. Nick immediately hops a plane to Alberta, not knowing that this will last longer than just a quick consultation. What he finds: a disorganized dig, sabotage, his old best friend, and love with a hated eco-conservationist.
I soooo loved everything about this story…even stayed up until 3am reading it even though I was sick as a dog! This is only my second read from this author; had previously read Tattoos & Teacups and also stayed up ’til the wee hours of the morning finishing it. Why? I think its just the way the author delivers a story…keeps me intrigued and hooked until the very end.
Why was this so perfect for me?
There’s dinosaurs! Okay, not real alive dinosaurs, but dinosaur bones still buried in the ground just waiting to be discovered! I can’t even imagine how much research the author must have had to do for this. Of course I know NOTHING about paleontology and archeology, but it all seemed very well done to me.
It’s enemies-to-lovers! Okay, I admit I did not read the blurb for this book and went in completely blind…I started to get a little freaked out when I couldn’t figure out who Nick’s love interest would be. Eventually, I gave in and had to take a peek, but was still freaking out because Hunter was NOWHERE to be seen! BE PATIENT because Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome finally appears at 20% and Oh.My.God do they HATE each other!! Umm, there are even punches thrown! There’s a bit of sexual tension but it gets VERY smexy, very soon after. Yeah, Nick’s a snarky prick and Hunter’s an arrogant asshole…but when all that tension collides… Gah, I loved Nick and Hunter together.
There’s a ‘Boner’. And I adored him with all of my heart!!
There’s very little angst. Probably not any at all. No, just a sweet, building romance between two men who have careers that aren’t known to working together.
There’s mystery. Honestly, the mystery was the weakest part of the story for me…seemed too simple for something so elaborate. I wasn’t too worried about who the bad guys were, but I wasn’t able to figure it out either. Hmm.
It’s slower paced. Yeah, there’s a lot of digging and a lot of dirt, and some may feel that its just too much digging and too much dirt, but I LOVED all of that…even felt liked I learned a bit about the world of dinosaurs.
Now you see why I loved this…
Overall Impression: I Loved It! (duh)
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*