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Reluctant Smuggler
December 29, 2008, 9:42 pm
Filed under: Fiction review


Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

From the back of the book:
They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer but what if you can’t tell the difference? For security consultant Desiree Jacobs, the assignment is simple: make off with an ancient Mayan artifact, and hand it over to the good guys in time to plan her wedding to ultra-fine FBI agent, Tony Lucano. Yet, in a world where no one is as they seem, Desi must decipher who the good guys are-before she ends up in the hands of a ruthless enemy. Suddenly, artifact recovery turns into archaeological espionage, and the woman who finds all the answers must now ask questions. Who’s looting priceless antiquities underneath the nose of the baffled Mexican government? And what does a violent gang of drug and human traffickers have to do with missing artifacts? Even with Tony on her side, Desi will need way more than luck to survive against the odds. She’ll need the truth- not just to set her free, but to liberate many innocents caught in the snare of calculating evil.

Reluctant Smuggler is one of those rare gems of a book that comes only so often: immediately upon ending the book you begin going back through and reading favorite parts. When I finished I had a big grin on my face and exclaimed “that was soooo good!!”. I love the setting, the characters, the plot: in one word everything! There is a ton of suspense mixed throughout the book. Wow was this a thrilling read. Desi is a realistic heroine and Tony is a gallant hero. What an honor this was to read Reluctant Smuggler before it came out. My one pet peeve is that I read the 3rd one first, now Ms. Nelson has me hooked! You can read this one as a stand-alone though.


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