Today, I am a host for the blog tour of The Red Pearl by C.K. Brooke, coordinated by YA Bound Book Tours.
The Red Pearl
by C.K. Brooke
Genre: NA Fantasy/Adventure Romance
Release Date: November 2015
Treasure lost… passion found?
Antonia Korelli is on the run from her coven of priestesses. She never desired a life confined to the temple, relegated to chastity and service to the goddess, Azea. Instead, she longs for true love and adventure in the Kingdom of Elat.
Robin Watkins is a fiery dreamer on a mission of his own, to uncover the legendary lost Red Pearl. Only, he must first regain his treasure map, which was stolen by his former best mate and conniving ex-girlfriend.
When Antonia becomes unwittingly entangled with Rob, she’s more than dismayed to find herself stuck on his harebrained hunt. But somewhere amidst their bickering and banter, their plight for survival through desert and tropics, and the joint pursuit of impossible dreams, Antonia begins to realize that perhaps she might have found the unforgettable adventure – and romance – she was seeking.
*Advisory: Contains some sensual/sexual content
This was a whirlwind fantasy adventure that left me on the edge of my seat. I finished it in one sitting.
I found the characters to be enjoyable and likeable. Their trip is wrought with peril and romance and this led to states of heightened emotions. Antonia is a smart and sharp tongued young woman who has spent her adult life as an apprentice to the priestesses. She wants more and seeks it out. On the way she crosses paths with Robin, a rough and tumble guy who is focused on one thing and finds Antonia to be a distraction he just might need.
The main drive of the story was established early on in the book. Although, there were some detours on the way (as all great adventures have), the main goal of the characters drove the plot on and made for a well paced book.
The ending tied everything up nicely, which I thoroughly appreciated. This is a great fantasy read. If anyone enjoys a high fantasy book the likes of Indiana Jones meets The Glittering Court I recommend you try The Red Pearl.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers’ Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books – reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. There’s tons to check out at the new CKBrooke.com, so come and see what she’s up to!
48fourteen Publishing: https://48fourteen.com/catalog/the-red-pearl/
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