Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancé would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She’s even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide—a mercenary.
The man named Thomas arrives in shadows, an unmistakable air of danger about him, promising to help lead her through the ruined, crime-infested country. But when Thomas and Olivia find themselves fighting an undeniable attraction, danger takes on a whole new meaning. Then again, in the lush jungles of South America, all the rules are different and Thomas and Olivia are about to discover that sometimes the thing you seek, isn’t necessarily the thing you find.
Seek is a STANDALONE novel with a small, fun connection to the Sign of Love Collection
Can a romance be both slow-burn and insta-love? Because SEEK seems to fit both of those descriptions flawlessly. I kept feeling like they’d been fighting their feelings for so long, only to be immediately reminded they’d only known each other for days. Whether a slow-burn, insta-love romance is a thing or not, that incongruous dynamic worked so well in this book.
SEEK is a standalone novel, there is a cameo from one of Mia Sheridan’s Sign of Love characters, but it is so fleeting you wouldn’t know who he was if you hadn’t read his book. The cover brands it as a Solstice Novel, so I can only hope we’ll be getting another powerful series from Ms. Sheridan. SEEK is told in dual first-person perspective by Olivia and Thomas.
I felt like this was a bit of a departure from some of Mia Sheridan’s other novels. Much of that is likely due to the length, SEEK was shorter than her other books, so it had to move quicker than her other novels. While I love the deep, intense, purposeful plotting of her other books, there was an amazing relief in the speed and action that propelled SEEK forward. The conflict broiling under the surface of this book kept me on the edge of my seat and my eyes glued to my kindle.
Olivia was not at all who I’d picture her to be when she first appeared on page. She was the embodiment of beauty and strength and – most of all – hope. The more I learned about Livvy and her past, the more in awe I found myself. She may have had her flaws, but they only served to make her relatable and human. She was the perfect counterpoint to Thomas, who had long ago forgot what hope even looked like. Together they made something so much more than the sum of their individual parts. I loved how they complemented one another and facilitated the healing of the scars they’d both carried for much of their lives.
The only wish I have for SEEK is that there be more of it. I would have loved to see more of Olivia and Thomas’ backstories. And the stories of some of the secondary characters. I also would have loved to have more of their HEA. I feel like I could read Mia Sheridan’s description of paint drying and find it compelling, though, so wanting more of her stories isn’t even a criticism, it just comes with the territory.
Mia Sheridan is a wordsmith. Every time I pick up a book she’s written I’m completely swept away into the world she’s created and find myself falling deeper in love with her words. I won’t pretend to know how she’s able to craft a single sentence and captivate me so deeply I don’t notice whole hours of time passing around me as I live in her art. Ms. Sheridan is a virtuoso when it comes to the written word, and I’m like a starved woman waiting for her to grace us with her next masterpiece.
Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.