Title: Rarer Than Rubies (Precious Gems #1)
Author Name & Publisher: E.M. Lynley (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 23, 2012 – 214 pgs
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.
This was my first time reading EM Lynley. I LOVED….loved …loved the details the author provided about this whole journey. As you are reading, you can picture every aspect in your mind. The attention to detail is captivating. It was a sexy, suspenseful Journey with Trent and Reed, that will keep your heart pounding until the very end. I couldn’t put this down and was very happy to have the next one, Italian Ice, at the ready!!!!
This is the start of Trent and Reed’s journey, the moment when the romance writer and the undercover agent collide in Thailand.
I don’t think this is the best book of the series by any means. I found the character development sketchy – both men remain types, almost caricatures – Trent is a rich, high- maintenance Hollywood clothes horse while Reed is shady, resourceful and very butch. The men’s trust issues and relationship baggage become a little bit tedious over the course of the story.
Thailand is described beautifully. EM Lynley’s descriptions of the ambiance, climate, scenery and food are wonderful. But where the country comes alive, the plot remains wooly. I struggled to follow the action sequences and still didn’t fully understand what had happened by the time the characters had their fact clarifying conversation at the end of the book.
So this book is the start to a great series, but I didn’t feel it was a great story on its own. in later stories, Lynley’s characters become more appealing and her plots become more intriguing. Read this as a series introduction, but please don’t discard the series because of this book.