by Mia Sheridan
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on January 22, 2018
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Suspense
Format: ARC, Ebook
Source: The Author
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Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancé would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She's even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide—a mercenary.
The man named Thomas arrives in shadows, an unmistakable air of danger about him, promising to help lead her through the ruined, crime-infested country. But when Thomas and Olivia find themselves fighting an undeniable attraction, danger takes on a whole new meaning. Then again, in the lush jungles of South America, all the rules are different and Thomas and Olivia are about to discover that sometimes the thing you seek, isn't necessarily the thing you find.
When I first read the summary for Mia Sheridan’s latest novel, Seek, I was intrigued. A socialite hires a mercenary to take her to Colombia in search of her missing fiancé. I’m a huge fan of Mia Sheridan, and Seek is something that feels new and fresh for her: suspenseful, dark, gritty, but still highly emotional and moving.
Olivia Barton was engaged to Alec when he suddenly disappeared during a business trip. Olivia hires a private investigator, who informs her that Alec is currently in Colombia. But a recent earthquake and tsunami have devastated the country, and Olivia is convinced that Alec has no way to reach her. She hires a mercenary, Thomas, to take her to Colombia so that she can track down Alec and settle once and for all whether or not he left her willingly.
Self-assured, brooding Thomas is a mystery to Olivia, who makes an attempt to get to know him during their trip. Along the way, they realize how much they have in common: namely, painful childhoods and complicated families. This shared pain is coupled with several perilous situations in Colombia that bring Olivia and Thomas closer together.
As Thomas seeks to complete his mission to transport Olivia, she begins to question her relationship with Alec more and more…because she feels something for Thomas that she’s never experienced before. Something intense and real. Although Thomas feels it too, they continually attempt to resist their desires—and it turns out that there are many secrets to uncover before the trip is over.
In Seek, Olivia and Thomas both go on a journey, metaphorically and literally. Nothing is as it appears here and I loved the suspenseful tone that carries throughout the story. Also, the sexual tension between Olivia and Thomas is heightened with each moment of danger that they face.
Lastly, there’s a wonderful connection to some characters from one of Sheridan’s other books that I totally fangirled over. I don’t want to spoil who it is, but I was so happy when I saw this character again.
My heart ached for these characters, then cheered them on. Seek highlights many of the uglier, darker aspects of humanity—which makes it that much sweeter when Olivia and Thomas ultimately find happiness and love. I highly recommend this book.
Rating: 5 stars