In the Eye of the Storm by Robert Thier

Posted in Action/Adventure/ Historical Romance/ New Adult/ Reviews/ Young Adult 26th November 2016
In the Eye of the Storm by Robert ThierIn the Eye of the Storm by Robert Thier
Series: Storm and Silence #2
Published by Robert Thier on June 6th 2016
Pages: 252
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four-stars

Egypt... land of romance, mystery, and exploding camels. Lilly Linton thought she'd be ready for anything after one month of working for her boss - cold, calculating businessman Rikkard Ambrose. But when they embark on a perilous hunt through the desert, she has to face dangers beyond anything she has encountered before: deadly storms, marauding bandits, and worst of all, a wedding ring!
Can the desert's heat truly be enough to melt the cold heart of Britain's richest financier?
With additional chapters from the perspective of Mr Rikkard Ambrose.

A grand adventure in Egypt, complete with bandits, a mysterious search for an enemy who seems to have a huge underworld of connections in his hand and an epic sandstorm bring Lilly and Ambrose ever closer. As always, Robert Thier’s special brand of humour is the storytelling’s prominent feature and never more so does ‘In the Eye of the Storm’ feel like a filmic narrative that’s like ‘The Mummy’ minus the paranormal bits. Instead, those are replaced by epic rides through the desert, endless kisses (though this are apparently done in under pretence and out of necessity) and several ridiculous, laugh-out-loud scenes that definitely require the suspension of disbelief.

I’ve come to think of Lilly/Ambrose as an ongoing TV ‘ship’ because it defies conventional romance pairing development at every turn, seeing as there seems to be no ending yet when it comes to the very interesting – but exhausting and frustrating – love-hate relationship that has developed between them. Where the sniping and insults do amusingly provide a convenient cover (and source of humour) for how they feel about each other, the tug of attraction between this pair is never quite admitted to, with both Lilly and Ambrose still very deep in denial as they attempt to rationalise away their smitten behaviour through increasingly hysterical mental reminders that they will never be attracted to someone they apparently despise.

The return to status-quo at the end of the book disappointed me however, with a resolution that went nowhere, especially with the ridiculous notion that Lilly would have been escorted back to England by a soldier who never questioned her inopportune appearances in Egypt and the lies he must have known she was telling. That Lilly and Ambrose returned to work in the ending chapter as though nothing had taken place left me equally dissatisfied with an ending worthy only of drama serials: to be continued.

four-stars

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