Rarer Than Rubies (Precious Gems #1) by E.M. Lynley

Rarer Than RubiesRating: 3.5 stars

Published: July 29, 2011

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Available at: Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Review: A good adventure story with a little danger, a lot of action and an abundance of chemistry.

Trent is an author who has lost his muse. He has retreated into himself after the death of his boyfriend and has been scared of trying new things ever since. His two best friends intervene and send him to Bangkok – or like his friend likes to call it “Bang Cock”. His mission is to let go, have fun and get laid. As soon as he gets his luggage he meets a handsome American. Reed is a bad boy loner who is set on his ways or so he lets every one believe. His mission is to retrieve the map that was slipped into Trent’s backpack and although he finds Trent extremely attractive he doesn’t have the luxury to deviate from his plans – finding the Ruby Buddha.

I loved Reed. He was a strong, bull-headed man with a tender side. I found him adorable – a very lonely man who is longing to find that one person to connect with. He tried very hard to fight his attraction, not only because he was focused on his mission but because he really grew very protective of Trent. And how could I resist that? He melted me each and every time he thought about Trent and when expressed his emotions to him.

I enjoyed Trent’s voice a lot. He was funny and self-deprecating in a very adorable way. He seemed very real to me and I found myself instantly connecting with him. I could feel his hesitation and understand his inner struggles. He gave himself to Trent and risked his life for him in the off chance that what they have experienced can turn into more.

The author did a great job of taking me to Bangkok and pulling me into the setting, the adventure and the romance of the story. She used very detailed descriptions to make me feel like I was walking the streets, perusing the markets and tasting the food.  The interactions between Trent and Reed were a joy to read. Their dialog was flirtatious and full of humor which helped me get to know them better. The writing was good even if I had to suspend disbelief a couple of times. Some of the scenes were unrealistic to me, but I was already involved in the story and so I chose to continue regardless.

This was a very interesting read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I really liked Reed and Trent and I can’t wait to read more about their adventures and sizzling chemistry.

I received this book through Manic Readers and I would like to thank them and Dreamspinner Press for the opportunity to read and review this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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