Published by London Wall Publishing on January 25th 2018
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In Hannah Fielding’s latest novel a young archaeologist who travels to the remote island of Helios to investigate an ancient shipwreck, becomes caught in a web of dark obsession, mystery and seduction.
In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Hercules was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams.
Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Theodorakis. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her.
As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Theodorakis family. What dangers lie in Helios: a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment?
Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Oriel Anderson is an archaeologist specialising in underwater archaeology. When she sees a job opening in Greece where she would be working on an ancient shipwreck she jumps at the chance. This was to be her dream job, the opportunity of a lifetime.
Damian Theodorakis is the owner of the island that Oriel will be working from. He is gorgeous, he looks like a Greek God, and to Oriel’s immense shock he is also the man that she had had one night of the most intense, sensual, amazing sex with. A man who was gone the next morning and whom she had never learned the name of. She had never forgotten him, or that amazing night. Damian hadn’t forgotten her or it either. Six years later when he saw her photo on the applications for the diving job he immediately knew that he had to hire her. Thankfully she was the best qualified for the job too.
Straight away Oriel made sure that Damian realised that they would only have a professional relationship and that the past should be kept in the past. He hurt her when he just left before she even woke up all those years ago. Damian agrees to her stipulations but knows he is going to try his best to convince her to be more than just working acquaintances.
That particular part of the story could easily have been enough to fill a book, but Aphrodite’s Tears is so much more than just a romance, albeit a fabulously sensual, passionate, sigh-worthy one. There was also the archaeology that was fascinating, seeing what was discovered and learning the history of it and how it was linked to other areas mentioned in the story. There was a lot of history to be learned about Greece when Oriel and Damian were sightseeing, and there were ancient festivals that they took part in which were so delightful to read about. There is so much mythology to Greece and the author shared some of it in this book.
Add to that Damian’s mentally disturbed selfish sister, his murdered wife and brother, smuggling, and a looming volcano and you have one absolutely fabulous book. I would have liked to have read more about the archaeology side of things, but the book already could have been easily split into two parts as it was, so I can’t complain that the author had to keep certain parts of the story curtailed. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the author’s notes at the end of the book where we are told just what parts of the book were factual or based on fact, and which weren’t. I was amazed at just how much was factual! It may have taken a while to read this book but it was well worth every minute.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.