The Majj are a group of scientists that isolate themselves from the rest of society. To prove themselves a worthy member of the group they must complete a charter by the time they are 30. Tru Van Dye is a member of the Majj and 29. She has one year to figure out her charter or lose the only home she has ever known.
She finds a strange plate among her father’s things and believes her charter lies in finding the lost Curzon Collection. She hires Rayce Coburne as her guide. He hates the Majj but needs the money from the job to help complete his luxury space station, so he can retire fully from his Indiana Jones lifestyle.
I read Unearthed, the first in this series, a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. I liked the second book even more. Tru is an innocent heroine as she has been sheltered her whole life. She thinks she knows how to deal with Rayce and going off-world because she had built a holograph program of Rayce. However, nothing prepared her for the real man. Rayce is everything you expect in a romance novel hero. He is rugged, hot, dangerous and totally sexy, and he has a pet dog named Elvis.
Tru knows nothing about men and even less about sex. Her innocence is pretty funny at times. She is musing to herself about her lack of knowledge and needing a teacher:
“Coburne, would you mind teaching me about sex? It’ll only take a minute. Of course, we can wait until after you stop laughing hysterically.“
Tru then heads to the VirtuWav to experiment with sex in a hologram world. Not knowing what he is walking into, Rayce follows her into the virtual world and gets a surprise. Tru does not realize the gentle lover she found was the real Rayce and not a hologram. He later laments to himself that the best sex he ever had was virtual and he isn’t sure his ego will ever be the same.
Tru and Rayce travel to different worlds to find pyramids. They need to place the artifact on the top of each pyramid, in hopes that the final result will lead them to the lost collection. They fight the elements, strange creatures and race against time. The Majj realize that Tru has gone off-world without permission and are looking for her. Their reasons for looking for her are not out of concern for her welfare – the new head of the administration wants to destroy her reputation, mostly out of spite. Through their adventures, they come to love and trust each other.
The book has a steady pace of action and sex, and the characters grew as the story progressed. However, it did get predictable - Tru and Rayce head to a planet, Tru’s information on the planet and its inhabitants are a tad faulty. Something always goes a bit wrong and the plan changes at the last minute. However, I did enjoy the story and can’t wait to read the next one.
Unraveled is a romance story first and foremost, with a science-fiction action adventure tossed in for spice. Ok, the love story is a bit sappy, but it was perfect for the mood I was in when I read it. After a long stressful day, sometimes you just need to lose yourself in a sappy romance, and this is the perfect book to do it with. The sex scenes are pretty steamy and there are plenty of them. I really cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I can only hope they keep getting better.
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