no instant chemistry between Andrea Hollister and Daniel Fuchs, at least on
Andrea’s side. The best that she can manage is antipathy, bordering on disbelief,
that this is the man who took away the lead position on her dig and yet wants
her to join him. Daniel knows that he needs her to fill a key position on the
dig. He also likes looking at her cleavage.
and Andrea are the same age, but he got his doctorate while he was young and is used to
being in charge. At least on a dig. Andrea throws him off balance. He likes her hair, her perfume and her work
ethic. In other words, he likes everything about her. He worries that when he
publishes his theories it will ruin her chances to advance her career. Daniel
realizes that he fell into his position easily, but that Andrea has a long,
hard path to follow in order to achieve her doctorate.
herself, Andrea pumps everyone who knows Daniel for information about him. She
tells herself that it’s just a simple schoolgirl crush. Yet, while she likes him
as a person, she feels like a traitor. She is convinced that his theories can’t
be right. She knows that her academic
advancement will come at the cost of discrediting him.
the forces against them: commercial development of the site. There’s a lot of
money at stake and the people involved don’t want to be put off by what they
consider a student summer program.
There’s also politics in academia, that is, whoever is in power wants
his position supported, not challenged. And a wrangle over whose land the dig
is on leads to a court case.
favorite part: wait until you get to their first kiss. Never in the history of
romance novels has there been a kiss like it. The second kiss leads to even
favorite part: the modern story is interspersed with the story of the couple
who lived there thousands of years ago.
Their problems were just as serious to them as the problems of the
people at the site today. The two stories do eventually intertwine.
have strong willed, intelligent protagonists, who are interested in much more
than just throwing smoldering looks at each other. You don’t have to know
archaeology or even understand when they discuss strata, vertical or layering. The
story is entertaining and modern. It’s a
easy read and a great book.