Shannon Conner is an investigative reporter on a mission. She is going to bring down the Athena Academy that wronged her 15 years ago. She’s not alone though, an anonymous donor is and has been giving her information for many years, establishing her in the news industry.
When the tips dry up, Shannon hires an investigator to find out the source of the tips never expecting him to turn on her and try to kill her. As she runs for her life, she sees a man in a shoot out.
Rafe Santorini is doing a favor for a friend. He’s following a woman; when he sees her go into a shady bar and not come out he begins to worry. It isn’t long after he enters the bar, that he hears a piercing scream and is forced to defend himself against patrons of the bar.
Athena Force is a new look at Harlequin for me. I rarely read books from Harlequin because they often feel very formulated. Add to that a feeling of deja vu and you get me usually avoiding Harlequins in general. With Beneath the Surface, I didn’t get that feeling. I read an exciting, woman’s adventure novel. It’s not a romance, but an adventure with a hint of romance.
I started this book thinking that the heroine was rather shallow. It didn’t take long for the adventure to drag me with it. Well, not drag because that is something this book doesn’t do. But you get the point. Over the course of the story Shannon proved to be an alright character. She was a lot deeper than my first impression implied.
The one problem I have with the book is the ease with which the heroine allows a 15 year annimosity to depart. I don’t believe that someone holding a grudge for that long can just push it aside for the better good. It seems contrary to human nature. It is explained thoroughly, but it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea of forgiving someone I’ve hated for years in just a few minutes.
That is only one issue with the 276 page book I had. It’s a quick read for adventure lovers that focuses on a female. The first sex scene is around page 250 and that is also where the possible romance comes in to play. Athena Force: Beneath the Surface goes on sale in May, but you can save 20% by ordering it from Harlequin today.