Rarer than Rubies (Precious Gems #1)

Rarer Than Rubies
Title: Rarer than Rubies
Author: E M Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery
Page Count: 214
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


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.

Book 1 in the Precious Gems series.

Sometimes a person just needs a little shove to get out of a rut. When Trent’s agent tells him his latest book was ejected – again – his agent and friends conspire to shake up Trent’s world with a secret trip: to Bangkok. From the moment Trent steps off the plane, his safe and confined world is turned upside down by one Reed Acton. But what Trent isn’t certain about, is Reeds motives. Is he genuine or is Reed playing Trent like one of his cons?

This is a fun little romp through the Thai countryside and…a few less than desirable places. I enjoyed seeing the relationship develop from both sides – Trent breaking out of his self-imposed shell of restrictions and Reed realizing there’s more to life than flying solo and under the radar. Both men drawn toward the other from a place of loneliness.

And as much as I enjoyed the back and forth of “he likes me! He likes me not!”, I have to admit up front, romping on a strange mattress on the floor in a hut in the back water of a tropical country totally triggered my “ew!” button. Seriously, ew…

I also had to suspend my disbelief more than once, there were a few eye-rolling moments, like the logistics of sex while handcuffed at the ankle, and one person is handcuffed to the bed. That still has me wondering about anatomical logistics (I’m geeky that way…)

What I did really enjoy was the sense of humor sprinkled throughout. The comments about the body wash and the lilac boxers made me smile. I enjoyed the rapport the two men developed. I enjoyed watching the neat twists and turns the characters took mentally. And, it’s just a fun “Indiana Jones” type plot. Like watching Indy, sit back and enjoy.

Precious Gems Series

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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: "Never leave home without a book (or two or three)." Though once I learned how to knit that became "Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project." A long-time fan of science fiction, I've since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian's (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that's not a run-on sentence, I don't know what is... I'm not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult. Thanks for reading my reviews! No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson