I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo Segura
Narrator: Frankie Corzo
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Random House Audio on December 5, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes
Format: ARC, Audiobook
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Rival archaeologists must team up on a secret Aztec expedition, or it could leave their careers—and hearts—in ruins.
Archaeologist Dr. Socorro “Corrie” Mejía has a bone to pick. Literally.
It’s been Corrie’s life goal to lead an expedition deep into the Mexican jungle in search of the long-lost remains of her ancestor, Chimalli, an ancient warrior of the Aztec empire. But when she is invited to join an all-expenses-paid dig to do just that, Corrie is sure it’s too good to be true...and she’s right.
As the world-renowned expert on Chimalli, by rights Corrie should be leading the expedition, not sharing the glory with her disgustingly handsome nemesis. But Dr. Ford Matthews has been finding new ways to best her since they were in grad school. Ford certainly isn’t thrilled either—with his life in shambles, the last thing he needs is a reminder of their rocky past.
But as the dig begins, it becomes clear they’ll need to work together when they realize a thief is lurking around their campsite, forcing the pair to keep their discoveries—and lingering attraction—under wraps. With money-hungry artifact smugglers, the Mexican authorities, and the lies between them closing in, there’s only one way this all ends—explosively.
This was such a fun read! I grew up with The Raiders of the Lost Arc movies and was so excited to see that a romance novel inspired by the Indiana Jones movies. It had all of the action and adventure that I hoped for, plus the romance that I counted on. I was hooked by this book right away and didn’t wait to put it down until Corrie and Ford found their happily ever after.
Corrie and Ford were great characters and the chemistry between them was palpable. They did have some history and not all of it was positive. When Corrie arrived to help with the expedition, she was not happy to find her nemesis Ford in charge. They had a lot of obstacles to overcome and it was fun to see it happen. They seemed to understand each other better than anyone else and were able to lean on each other at times.
I listened to the audiobook and thought that Frankie Corzo did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. I thought that she had a very pleasant voice and I had no problem listening to this book for hours at a time. I liked the voices that she used for the various characters in the story and thought that she added just the right amount of emotion to her reading. I do believe that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of this story.
I would recommend this book to others. I thought that it was a fun read with characters that were easy to like. Ford and Corrie were wonderful together and I couldn’t wait for them to figure out that they were worth fighting for. I do hope to read more of this author’s work in the future.
I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House Audio.