Book Reviews

Rarer Than Rubies (Precious Gems 1) by EM Lynley at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 31-July-2011

Book Blurb

When Trent Copeland runs into Reed Acton at a Bangkok airport, he thinks the handsome American is too good to be true. Why would someone like Reed be interested in a quiet, introverted gay-romance writer? After all, even an obvious tourist like Trent can see that there is more to Reed’s constant unexplained appearances in his path than meets the eye.

Reed Acton has one mission and one mission only—he needs to get the map that was accidentally slipped into Trent's bag and keep the mobsters who want the priceless artifact from taking deadly revenge. Trent Copeland is a delicious and damned near irresistible diversion, but Reed can’t afford distractions right now, especially if he wants to keep Trent safe.

From Bangkok's seediest back alleys to the sacred north, the two men will fight to stay one step ahead of the bad guys and learn that the only treasure worth finding is... each other.

NOTE: This second edition contains over 4000 words of added material not contained in the previously released ebook.


First Edition published as Thief of Hearts: Tempted in Thailand by Ravenous Romance, 2011.


Book Review

This book is an interesting mix between a good old-fashioned action adventure, an exciting hunt for hidden treasure in an exotic location and a modern-day romance. Not only that, it is also a study of what happens when a somewhat insecure, withdrawn writer collides (quite literally) with an action-driven, somewhat macho agent. Trying to figure out the mystery and the true motives of the mysterious Reed had me glued to my seat and just as fascinated as Trent.

Trent is a guy who definitely grew on me. He starts out totally lost. He is withdrawn and a scared-of-everything-outside-his-apartment hermit who still mourns the death of his lover two years earlier. Forced into a trip to Thailand by his truly obnoxious and irritating ‘friends’ (no, they did not grow on me one bit!), he has a few revelations that change his life. I loved watching him struggle with the unknown environment, then cope with all the surprises, and finally grow as he learns that he can do a lot more than sit at home and write romance novels. He may not end up as a secret agent anytime soon, but he is definitely a changed man, more daring, by the end of this adventure.

Reed starts out as somewhat of a mystery. That fits well with his identity as a secret agent. He is very macho, judges Trent by his appearance and has no patience with anyone who doesn’t fall into line with what he thinks needs to happen. Being on an undercover mission makes him as lonely as Trent in a way, but his coping mechanisms are very different. I didn’t like the way he first treated Trent, but had to give him credit for changing his opinion in line with the changes Trent made. He turns out to be a great guy and by the end of the book I really liked him.

If you like mysterious agents, initially shy writer-types, an adventure story set in an exotic location that really comes to life, plus want some exciting twists and turns in your plot, you will like this book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 214 pages/74199 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-March-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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