For those who mix their romance with danger at every turn, Archer’s treasure-hunting adventure series, The Blades of the Rose, is perfection. With its paranormal twist, complete with a nod to every wild action-adventure movie and even Homer’s Odyssey, Archer’s second installment is fun and exhilarating.

Greece, 1875. Sworn to protect the sources of magic from the evil Heirs, Bennett Day is a womanizing adventurer who is captivated the instant he meets London Harcourt, daughter of the Blades’ nemesis. After years of quiet widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity to accompany her father to the Greek isles to translate an ancient dialect unlocking the secret of the fire of the gods. Bennett must prevent them from reaching their goal; he just never expected to fall in love. London defies her father to fight at Bennett’s side, meeting strange creatures, and surviving the angry seas and ruthless enemies. But will her discovery of the truth behind her husband’s death threaten everything? (ZEBRA, Oct., 376 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin