Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Treasure Trail
Author: Morgan Brice
Series: Treasure Trail #1
Heroes: Erik & Ben
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: 248 pages
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Release Date: June 26, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Erik Mitchell traveled the world uncovering art fraud and relic theft, which pitted him against spoiled billionaires, unscrupulous collectors, mobsters, and cartels. He worked with law enforcement across the U.S. and Europe, but then a sting goes wrong, Erik ends up injured and returns to find his partner cheating. He decides to stop globetrotting and buy an antique shop in scenic Cape May, NJ, rebuild his life, and nurse his broken heart.
Undercover Newark cop Ben Nolan went down in a hail of bullets when a bust went sideways, after a tip-off from a traitor inside the department. When he recovers, he spends a couple of years as a private investigator, only to tire of seeing the worst of human nature. So when his aunt offers him the chance to take over her rental real estate business in Cape May, it seems too good to be true. Now if he could just believe he could ever be lucky again in love.
Sparks fly when Erik and Ben meet. But when a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface, the two men are pulled into a web of lies, danger, and deception that will test their bond—and might make them Cape May’s newest ghosts!
Treasure Trail contains sexually explicit material intended for adults 18 and over.
I was really intrigued when I read the blurb for this one. I love stories about mediums or the like so I was eager to start it, especially since I’ve enjoyed this author’s other works. This one didn’t disappoint at all. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I loved Erik and Ben as characters and how different they are but how well they fit together. Erik is a bit of a surprise in that he seems non-threatening and maybe boring looking but he’s led an exciting life by uncovering art fraud. It was interesting to read about his stories and how he just wants to settle down. With Ben, he looks the part of the bad, intense guy but he’s kind of a sweetheart. I loved how they both met and how they were brought together. I won’t go into much detail but it was intriguing to see things play out with them and how things were connected with the Commodore Wilson Hotel.
I absolutely adored this book but I had one small issue. Erik and Ben got hurt a lot but then it felt like the next day, they were almost all better with not much mention of their previous injuries when just the day before they were struggling to move. For the most part, it felt like their injuries were an excuse for why they weren’t having sex, which I’m all for less smut, but I would have liked a little more follow through on the after affects of those injuries… you know, after care for the injuries. Most of what they endured, weren’t things that would go away after a nap so I wanted to see that follow through.
All in all, I really enjoyed this one. I love that this is a start to a new series but we still got to see some of the characters from her other series. I also really loved Erik and Ben. Not just as characters but also the fledgling relationship they’re developing. I’m really looking forward to seeing where things go from here and definitely give this a go if you’re looking for a good start to a new urban fantasy series.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*