Review Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell
Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in the Yucatan and teaching in the college classroom. Burying herself in her work, Lina has had little experience handling menâ€”especially one as fascinating, headstrong, and exasperatingly secretive as Hunter Johnston. A former immigration and customs enforcement officerâ€”a lone wolf used to calling the shotsâ€”Hunter bursts into Lina’s world after some important, extremely valuable Maya relics have gone missing. To recover them, he’ll need the beautiful, brainy archaeologist’s help . . . and in the process, he sets her structured academic life spinning wildly out of control . . .
Because finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of a mystery that will plunge two unlikely partners into adventure, romance, passion, and danger more thrilling, sensual, and deadly than either of them could have ever imagined . . .
There were parts of this book that had me entranced, the initial relationship between Lina and Hunter, the mystery of the artifacts and who El Maya was, the mystery and majesty of the “end of the mayan world” and the archeology and the education and information that was contained within these books pages.
However, every part of the book seemed just a hair from spectacular. The mystery parts were great but it seemed just slightly underwhelming, it was ALMOST criminal minds-ish enough, but not quite. Their family mystery of the Reyes Balams was ALMSOT seedy and weird and crazy dynasty southern family incesty enough but not quite. There was ALMOST enough crazy but it was just a notch less than the crazy that was necessary to really push it over the edge. I needed the book to just be a hair more insane.
A hair more intense, and a hair more amplified in every way and it would have been amazing. I did love and enjoy the Mayan aspects, the Mexican history and what i learned about the different histories of the Mayan culture and mayan history. I really enjoyed it, and will definitely look for more books in that vein soon since it was so definitely different and interesting and completely unique, and it was fascinating.
Overall Rating: C+