Review by Veronica

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Series Name: Gabriela Rose, #1 

“Hello, darlin’,” Rafer said. “I always knew you’d be back, but I always expected you to be in my bed, not under it.” 

The Recovery Agent is a fast-paced adventure book that is a lot of fun to read! 

Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.

Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Lima. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it—Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.

Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.

The Recovery Agent was my first Janet Evanovich book, so I didn’t know what to expect. I have heard many good things about her Stephanie Plum series, so I was super excited to read the debut novel for her new series. I loved the premise of this story; it has this Tomb Raider feel to it (which is right up my alley). I ended up really enjoying this story and the characters in it. It was a great way to escape the world for a few hours. The story is fast-paced and readers get to explore some fabulous tropical locations.

The characters are what really stood out for me in this book. I liked them all. Gabriela is a wonderful heroine; she is strong, fierce, and smart. I enjoyed going on this treasure hunt with her. I really, really liked Rafer. I think he was my favourite character in this book. He constantly had me smiling, and Lord, is he a charmer (and he knows it). I loved how he would interact with Gabriela and tease her. The secondary characters were quirky and fabulous, and I hope some of them come back in future books in this series.  

The romance in this book is on the light side. There are sparks between Gabriela and Rafer. In future books, I can see things heating up and blowing up between these two. Janet did an excellent job giving her readers a taste of what to expect from this potential couple. The banter between Gabriela and Rafer was witty and enjoyable.

The Recovery Agent is the perfect book to take with you on vacation because it’s an easy-breezy read that is just so much fun.

Thank you, Simon and Schuster Canada, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.