Marc reviews Anna Martin’s ‘Jurassic Heart’. (The book was published by Dreamspinner Press on December 27th, 2013, 196 pgs).
This book was provided free of charge for an honest review by the author and DSP. 😉
Why I read this book: I’ve always been a big Dino fan. After reading a few shifter books, I tried to find a dinosaur shifter book (still looking). But that was the time I saw this book at DSP and even though it is not a shifter, it was fricking exciting to see Dino Bones on the cover. I HAD to read it!
When paleontologist Nick Eisenberg learns that someone thinks they have found velociraptor bones in Alberta, his curiosity overrides his desire to stay in London. After all, he’s one of the world’s leading experts on prehistoric predators and has always wanted to look for the velociraptor’s North American cousins. There’s only one problem: eco-conservationist Hunter Joseph. While Nick supervises the dig, Hunter rallies support from the locals to oppose the way the team is destroying the landscape in their search for dinosaur bones.
Nick and Hunter just cannot get along. Hunter is self-righteous and pouty. Nick is narrow-minded and geeky. But they have to figure out how to work on the same site without killing each other, especially since someone else out there seems determined to cause Nick more problems than he could have ever imagined.
Cover: THERE ARE DINO BONES ON THE COVER. LOVE IT!!!
Title: Pretty much everyone knows Jurassic Park. So I though replacing the Park to Heart was a great choice, given that this is a romance. Works well for me 😉
Story: I just finished reading this book and I had a geek boner for the entire time I read it. Starting from the very beginning where the author gives detailed info on the dinosaurs that are mentioned in the book (Jep, I read the entire thing 😉 ) to the very end when the dig is over. I just loved this completely new and awesome setting.
Ever since I was a kid and celebrated my 8th birthday in a closed museum, getting to go beyond the ‘Do Not Cross’ markings to touch the skeletons and carry real bones in the storage unit, the idea of a lost world we can barely imagine has fascinated me.
I didn’t know how a romance between two guys would be weaved into a story about discovering ancient dinosaur bones, but needed to find out. It’s a case of opposites attract and the main protagonist finds love (and hot sex) in the arms of the ‘enemy’ by the end of the book.
So, as I said – the setting is unique and wonderful. The secondary characters were AMAZING. ‘Boner’ (Yes, that really is his nick name) was one of the most fun and intriguing characters I haver encountered in a book. The ‘goth twin’ were very intriguing and ‘Mimi’, the former teacher and adopted mother by choice was the heart of the story, even if she wasn’t an active part of the team.
Nick was a sympathetic main character and I loved being able to watch as he obsessed over finding a raptor on the Northamerican Continent. His attraction to the guy who was trying to shut him down- an attraction he hated but couldn’t stop – was hot as hell to watch. However, I thought the relationship developed a little fast (without the reader getting to know him and his points of few very well) and I would have liked for there to be more tension with their opposing viewpoints rubbing together and perhaps more of a possibility of Hunter being involved in some way in the mystery, which is very quickly and completely dismissed in the book. There was a lot of potential for tension and angst, but it turned out to be a much sweeter romance than I anticipated. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, this book was a fun read and made my heart happy, but it had the potential of going under my skin and that never happened.
Still, they were hot and cute together and deserved the happiness they found each others arms. The resolution of the mystery surprised me and I had a lot of fun reading the book. AND there are frickin Dino bones in the book!!! XD So a great read that I can strongly recommend. I did not regret reading it at all and will read more of the author. Hope more books will use unique settings like this. And Dinosaurs. It always comes back to Dinosaurs!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood.” She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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