Friday, 12 February 2021

Kensie's Treasure - J.M.Schneider

Kensie’s TreasuresKensie’s Treasures by J.M. Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a good four and a half star read. I really enjoyed this adventure-romance story. Although many romance stories contain an element of something else (suspense, mystery, adventure or the like it's usually an add on or a plot device that influences the way that the romance plays out. Less commonly, you come across a story where the other element plays as important a role as the romance. Kensie's Treasures is one such story.
Kensie has been obsessed with a pirate called Cyrus Buckwell. She leant about him as a teenager as he had some kind of connection with her school (I forget what exactly) and since then she's read and researched him. So much so that not only is it now her area of expertise at the university she works at, but she also is the only one who is an expert on him who has a different opinion of where his ship might have sunk and with it the priceless treasure that he stole from London and had been part of the crown jewels. When no one listens to her, she takes the opportunity when on a cruise to attempt to discover the missing treasure herself.
I don't want to give a full break down of the entire plot, but she meets Julian Burke, a seemingly scruffy layabout, but the only one willing to take her where she needs to be to dive for the missing treasure. The more time they spend together, the closer they become and the more that she questions what's really important.
This is an exciting and gripping read. I really wanted to know what was going to find out. Would Kensie find her treasure? Could she trust Julian? What really is important? It was easy to get pulled into Kensie and Julian's world. Not only are they treasure hunting, but it's clear that they are falling in love and that there's a great deal of chemistry between them. There's also the added danger of the shifty characters who also want to get their hands on the missing jewellery.
I do sometimes get a bit put off by the idea of the heroine not being seen as that attractive until the hero comes along and then suddenly she shines. There is an element of that here, but I think it has more to do with the fact that Kensie hasn't made time for romance and men in her life. She doesn't need Julian to see her worth, but he encourages her to recognise what's important.
I really enjoyed Kensie's Treasure and would recommend it to both lovers of romance and those who enjoy a bit of action and adventure in their reading material.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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