Zelda Dragos has the family I always wanted. Need to be broken out of jail? Call your cousin. Need a safe broken into? Call your Uncle. What’s not to love? Oh yeah! The Aunt who wants to sacrifice your virgin self to a demon. That’s kind of a downer. As Zelda tries to pull off her latest endeavor of uncovering an ancient treasure she runs into Derek Sloan, alpha male extraordinaire who just happens to fling all her senses into overdrive. He lays it on thick to seduce her but she’s sure it’s just for the treasure. But when he makes what must be the ultimate sacrifice to save her, she’s pretty sure she’s just found the love of her life. Now just to convince him.
This was a creative, hysterical read that kept coming up with new ways to amuse and amaze. Who knew there were so many ways to ditch a determined man? The one-line zingers just kept coming at lightening speed and kept the story zooming right along. The romance between Derek and Zelda was fun as well as steamy, and the total disregard of privacy by her family rang true to me. I loved her cousin Fabian and found him fascinating, as I did all her family members. Derek’s cadre was funny on a whole different special ops scale that one has to read about to appreciate. A different kind of read that provided entertainment and laughs as well as steam.
After being laid off from her psychic gig, Zelda Dragos decides finding Montezuma’s lost treasure has to be easier than prying a check out of the state’s unemployment office. The fly in the ointment is the tenacious Derek Sloan, an Indiana Jones type, who wants the gold for himself.
The first clue in the treasure hunt is an Aztec amulet on display at the Phoenix Art Museum. All Zelda needs to do is “borrow” it for a bit. Unfortunately, Derek has the identical plan. With the help of a holographic diversion featuring the Rock as Montezuma, Zelda zaps him with a stun gun and walks off with the Amulet.
Zelda uses all of her tricks to discourage Derek’s relentless pursuit; a smoke bomb, mace, a hive of angry bees and getting him arrested. Out of options, Zelda finds herself stuck with a partner who thinks she needs a keeper and he’s just the man for the job.
To find the treasure all they have to deal with is an angry Apache Thunder God, Asmoday, the demon king of the Ninth Hell, eight thousand vengeful Aztec spirits and a mummified Aztec warrior. Adding to the mess is Zelda’s evil Aunt Sophie and Uncle Dante who wants the treasure for themselves. Dante’s lethal goons are hot on their trail. Derek and Zelda soon discover love blooms in the weirdest places.