Title: Treasure Trail
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Release Date: June 26, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal Mystery
Page Count: 248
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Erik Mitchell traveled the world uncovering art fraud and relic theft, which pitted him against spoiled billionaires, unscrupulous collectors, mobsters, and cartels. He worked with law enforcement across the U.S. and Europe, but then a sting goes wrong, Erik ends up injured and returns to find his partner cheating. He decides to stop globetrotting and buy an antique shop in scenic Cape May, NJ, rebuild his life, and nurse his broken heart.
Undercover Newark cop Ben Nolan went down in a hail of bullets when a bust went sideways, after a tip-off from a traitor inside the department. When he recovers, he spends a couple of years as a private investigator, only to tire of seeing the worst of human nature. So when his aunt offers him the chance to take over her rental real estate business in Cape May, it seems too good to be true. Now if he could just believe he could ever be lucky again in love.
Sparks fly when Erik and Ben meet. But when a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface, the two men are pulled into a web of lies, danger, and deception that will test their bond—and might make them Cape May’s newest ghosts!
Treasure Trail contains sexually explicit material intended for adults 18 and over.
The story had an intriguing set up as both men were pulling up stakes and moving to same tiny coastal town in search of a new beginning. Both of them are still nursing wounds from previous relationships and are trying for career change. One night to relax and have fun at their respective friends’ prodding brings them together.
Despite similarities both have unique voice and even short introduction gave us detailed view of their history. It made them sympathetic from the start. And hey, Ben puts Marvel posters up on walls when he moves into new place! (I’m a fan!)
The suspense plot is nicely set up, there is a little bit of old history, old scandals and just a touch of paranormal. Also it’s a great way for the two to met again. I was practically jumping up and down in anticipation!
The story builds up slowly as past and present converge to land our heroes in danger. It had satisfying development and conclusion on all fronts. There is a promise of more to come as this is first in new series and I look forward to reading more of Ben and Erik’s adventures!