Title: Heartifact
Author: Aisling Mancy
Publisher: Men Over the Rainbow
Release Date: November 24, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 111
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.

Harper’s sprits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.

When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with.

Location: Australia and Greece

Fantasy and mythology vs reality and science. They meet in the waters off of Greece.

A modern-day Jacques Cousteau, Harper is a Marine Archaeologist digging for the latest find in the ocean depths off of Greece. With all the latest gadgets and machines at his disposal, he digs a treasure trove. Meanwhile, while he’s sleeping, he’s dreaming of a man who’s a god on two legs and they burn up the sheets every night. Inevitably, talking ensues and cupid’s arrow pierces their hearts.

This story has a lot going on. There is a mystery to solve, there is danger, there is a lot of hot sex, there’s a life change for Harper in the horizon, and there’s a lot of ocean beauty and ancient locations and artifacts.

Harper is brilliant. I mean, really. He’s extremely smart and knows his stuff. That’s why he was hired to be the lead archaeologist on that dig. His life gets complicated, though, when his dream life starts to get confusing. There is something about the man in his dream. That’s one of the mysteries. Who is this guy? Is he a figment of his imagination or is he real or what?

The ending is action-packed and surprising. That’s all I’ll say about it because I want it to be a surprise. It’s really something great.

This story is also full of lessons and details. History lessons and Marine archaeology lessons. I love history, so I found that part fascinating. I am not into Marine Archaeology and I found all the details, and there’s a whole lot of it, about how to do thus-and-so wordy. That’s my only criticism of this story.

I do recommend this book for those who love the ocean, if you love Marine Archaeology, and if you love romance on the ocean then you will love this book.

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Galley copy of Heartifact provided by Men Over the Rainbow in exchange of an honest review.

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