The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on July 21, 2012 (currently $2.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as of writing this post)
Overall rating 3.86 with 3,005 ratings and 260 reviews
Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
Series: Stolen #1
Published by Self-Published on January 19, 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple
To unearth a centuries-old secret, an archaeologist must team up with the rakish thief who’s stolen both an ancient relic and her heart…
Oh, is he handsome. And charming. And sexy as all get out. Dr. Lisa Maxwell isn’t the type to go home with a guy she barely knows. But, hey, this is Italy and the red-blooded Rafe Sullivan seems much more enticing than cataloging a bunch of dusty artifacts.
After being fully seduced, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. She’s staked her career as an archaeologist on collecting the three Furies, a priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs. Now the one she had is gone. But Lisa won’t just get mad. She’ll get even.
Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres and it seems like romance books are the most prevalent free books, especially first in series books. I keep Goodreads shelves sorted by genre and source so when I’m in the mood for something hopefully I can find it. In the early days I didn’t use shelves as well or specifically, so older books like Stolen, first in the Stolen series, don’t always get found.
Luckily, it was easy to read and get absorbed in this action packed story. One thing about this genre is the urgency and danger and often some sort of forced proximity either for protection or in this case, Lisa and Rafe end up working together. They had skills the other needed. Treasure hunting requires thinking skills, money for equipment and travel, and some physical abilities. It also took them to beautiful and exotic locations.
Lisa and Rafe have both had disappointments in life and made a few questionable choices at times. However, they are both smart, skilled and good at heart. Luckily they both have family and friends who have their back, especially Lisa. Her twin brother, Shane was a strong and at times rather humorous character. Shane is a police detective in Chicago. Rafe has an ex-wife who is also on hand, and also a cop. I like that we get some of both Lisa and Rafe’s point of view.
Neither Lisa or Rafe is interested in a relationship, and they are more enemies who can’t trust each other anyway. But the attraction is undeniable. They come to respect each others skill and choices, as they learn more about each other. Danger finds them wanting to protect the other. The shocks and twists of the hunt, along with the sexy romance, make this a heart-stopping read.
These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those. Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.
So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now, what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed a freebie, link up to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) below.
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