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Marine archaeologist Tate Beaumont has a passion for treasure-hunting. Over the years, she and her father have uncovered many fabulous riches, but one treasure has always eluded them: Angelique's Curse--a jeweled amulet heavy with history, dark with legend, and tainted with blood. In order to find this precious artifact, the Beaumonts reluctantly form a partnership with salvagers Buck and Matthew Lassiter. Having to share this dream is more than Tate can bear, but she has little choice. As the Beaumonts and Lassiters pool their resources to locate Angelique's Curse, the Caribbean waters thicken and darken with shadowy deceptions and hidden threats. Their partnership is placed in jeopardy when Matthew refuses to share information--including the truth behind his father's mysterious death several years earlier. For now, Tate and Matthew continue their uneasy alliance--until danger and desire begin to rise to the surface.... "An engaging cast of characters with the enticing mystery of coral reefs and sunken treasure. The Reef is a perfect book to curl up with." -- The Denver Post
Read by Sandra Burr.
Tate Beaumont, a beautiful student of marine archaeology, finds adventure, danger, and passion when she reluctantly joins forces with diver Matthew Lassiter and his uncle to find a legendary jeweled amulet said to be lost at the bottom of the sea.
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Library Journal Review
When Tate, a student of marine archaeology, joins with the mysterious Matthew Lassiter to dive in search of a jeweled amulet called Anguelique's Curse, she hardly expects the dangerÄand the passionÄshe encounters. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Feisty marine archaeologist Tate Beaumont lives for the challenge of retrieving sunken treasure from the depths of the ocean. Years ago, her life had a more personal focus, namely, one Matthew Lassiter, but he destroyed her hopes, and work became her passion. She returned to college with a vengeance, and Matthew retreated to the frozen North where he works as a salvage diver. Now Tate's father plans to ask Matthew and his uncle to help him find "Angelique's Curse," a ruby-and-diamond-encrusted amulet, rumored to have been worn by the witch Angelique as she was burned at the stake centuries before. The Beaumonts and the Lassiters weather their new and tentative partnership on turbulent waters, united by an obsession matched in intensity by only one man--an insane collector who has already committed murder in pursuit of "Angelique's Curse": Matthew's father. Perennial best-seller Roberts has crafted a thrilling treasure-hunt with a trademark edge. One of her most suspenseful tales to date, this novel, a Literary Guild main selection slated for national television advertising, will surely lure a veritable feeding frenzy of fans. --Melanie Duncan
Kirkus Book Review
With her happy balance of love, sex, and the supernatural, Roberts has become the fairy godmother of escapists and the queen of formula romance. Leaving the ``Jones curse'' of last spring's Homeport, Roberts dives now into Anguelique's Curse and the life of another ambitious career girl. It seems that Anguelique Maunoir was a 16-year-old healer who in 1533 was burned for witchcraft, but not before putting her double-whammy on the gold and bejeweled amulet her lover gave her before his own death. Now, Matthew Lassiter and his family of salvage divers have known nothing but bad luck since starting their search for the necklace. Matthew's father was murdered by Silas VanDyke, another of this authors sadly two-dimensional villains, while his uncle Buck lost a leg to a shark. Matthew, though, still hits pay dirt when he and Buck team up with Tate Beaumont and her loving parents to dive for a 16th-century Spanish ship off the coast of Nevis and St. Kitts. Young Tate is the logical, reasonable one of this pair of lovers, studying to become a marine archaeologist and dreaming of one day having her own museum; Matthew, on the other hand, is the stormy one who's had a tougher row to hoe and now loves Tate's mother's home-cooked dinners. Yet, true to the familiar type of honorable ravishers and responsible rogues, he gives Tate up rather than see her drop out of school to follow a lowlife diver like himself. Eight years later, when no one seems particularly happy, the Beaumonts and Lassiters reunite to search for Anguelique's Curse: Tate hopes to establish her professional credentials, Matthew to avenge his father's death. After lots of salty sea and sex, as well as a short course in treasure hunting and marine salvage, the lovers will discover (no surprise) that their fortune is in each other. Clunky denouement aside, Robertss legion of fans will swarm to this. (First printing of 250,000; Literary Guild main selection; $250,000 ad/promo)