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Can love repair a shattered life in time to save the world?
Daniel Logan is on a lonely quest to find out what drove his lover, a wealthy, respected archaeologist, to take his own life. The answer the elusive key for which Jason was desperately searching lies somewhere on a dangerous and deadly section of Salisbury Plain.
The only way to gain access, though, is to allow an army explosives expert to help him navigate the bomb-riddled military zone. A man he met once more than three years ago, who is even more serious and enigmatic than before.
Lieutenant Rayne has better things to do than risk his life protecting a scientist on an apparent suicide mission. Like get back to Iraq and prove he will never again miss another roadside bomb. Yet as he helps Dan uncover the truth, an attraction neither man is in the mood for springs up against their will. And stirs up the nervous attention of powerfully placed people military and academic alike.
First in conflict, then in passion, Rayne and Dan are drawn together in a relationship as rocky and complicated as the ancient land they search. Where every step leads them closer to a terrible legacy written in death Warning: Contains bombs, archaeology and explicit M/M sex, not necessarily in that order.
Gosh, I liked this book…a lot.
When you read a few books from the same author, you start to become familiar with their style, right? Josh Lanyon will always have the “wait, that’s the end?” ending. Mary Calmes will always have the Jory/Sam remix. And Harper Fox will wax you poetic until you bleed British blood. There’s something comforting to that familiarity.
I have found that I really like Harper Fox books. I don’t always love them, but I’m happy to continue to pick another one up. I am so thankful that I picked up The Salisbury Key. This book was signature-Fox-lovely, but the story itself was just really great. I think this is the top of my list of her works.
There are 2 key relationships in this story and both are handled so…well…poignantly and powerfully and…fascinating.
One is a May-December romance that, as it’s layers are being peeled back and looked at closely, reveals a “father figure” need in the younger man. It’s interesting as he begins to realize how much he relied on the older man…yet in the end, knew without a doubt that he loved him. The other is a GFY-due-to-military relationship and I was less…certain…about the attraction here, but I was more drawn to the 2 MC’s. I am a sucker for loyalty and utter devotion…and these two manage, in a short time, to take care of each other.
I know all of this is a bit cryptic and vague, but I don’t want to give too much away. I will say that I loved Daniel and Rayne. I also loved Jason and even Winter. It was just a really strong group of characters in this book. Pair all of this with a fascinating mystery/suspense storyline and I was enthralled.
Ami – 3.5 stars