Review: The Relic, by Maggie Nash (Rating: 3.5 out of 5)

nash-the-relicThe Relic, by Maggie Nash
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Word Count: approx. 37,000 words
Genre: M/F Erotica/Romance, Action/Adventure

Originally Released: June 14, 2010
Re-Released: September 29, 2015

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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* I received an advanced copy of this novel from Totally Bound Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

This short novel is packed full of intrigue, danger, and a whole lot of passion! I thought the plot was a lot of fun, and the sex was steamy hot in all the best ways. It’s a pretty short novel, and the focus is definitely more on the erotic side than on the actual mystery, but I still thought the story was an interesting one.

Summary:

Finding herself in the wilds of a Penang rainforest wasn’t something Magda was exactly happy about. Being there on a mission to recover an ancient relic that threatened world peace certainly had its appeal, but the heat, the bugs and wild animals quickly cancelled out any of the excitement of the chase. Adding to her misery was the arrival on the scene of the last person she ever wanted to cross paths with. Vincent Stone, her rival in the search for the relic, and her ex-lover. The man who’d ripped out her heart and trampled on it had no business being in the same country as her, let alone the same town.

Vincent isn’t doing much better as he tries to remember why he’d broken it off with her. She made him feel more than anyone else but in his line of work, and with his past history, he didn’t have room for a relationship. But damn, she made him want one.

Fate has a way of playing with realities though and as they teamed up they both came to realise that sometimes it was better to just go with the flow. They used to be a great team, but could they forget the past long enough to save their lives?

For a novel that’s being re-released, I would expect a lot of the typos and awkward sentences to be cleaned up, but it doesn’t look like a lot of editing was done. Possibly the review copy I received hadn’t gone through the final editing process yet, but there was a blatant typo in the very first paragraph!

Character-wise, this was a mixed boat. Magda is a strong, smart, and sexy woman who refuses to take any crap from anyone, and I really liked that about her. She’s very good at what she does, and she’s unashamedly open about her interest in sex, which makes her a breath of fresh air in a genre filled with demure women. However, she did drive me absolutely crazy at times, when she’s too blinded by her own importance to temporarily submit… which almost gets her and Vincent killed.

“Are you out of your freaking mind?”
“What do you mean?”
“These women do not move around un-chaperoned. You brought attention to us both by defying that rule. How could you be so stupid?” (ePub pg. 50)

Vincent I didn’t like at all. He’s arrogant, full of himself, and a testosterone-fueled ball of anger and sex. KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS, DUDE! He hurts Magda by leaving her because he’s too emotionally constipated to sleep with a woman for anything other than fun, but then refuses to listen to her saying “No thank you” when they reunite, even though he’s just going to hurt her again. I hate guys who think with their dicks instead of their brains, and Vincent is definitely one of those guys.

“Get over yourself, Vincent Stone. Hundreds of women may drop at your feet, but I am definitely not one of them.”
Not this time.
Never again. (ePub pg. 17)

This is a fun read, but not much beneath the surface. The plot is really set up to allow for more sex, which is fine because I definitely expected a light-hearted erotica novel going in. If Vincent had been a more likeable character, I definitely would have rated this higher.

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