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Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell


According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth . . . or will their prediction become reality?
Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in Yucatan and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor’s structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?

Helping out a friend, former immigration and customs enforcement officer Hunter Johnston is determined to recover the missing pieces and he needs Lina’s help. A man used to calling the shots and working alone, he isn’t comfortable letting anyone get close, especially a beautiful and brainy woman like Lina. His gift for reading people tells him there’s a lot going on below that professional exterior, and he’s more than a little curious to probe her depths.
Burying herself in her work, Lina’s had little experience handling men, especially one as fascinating and exasperating as the secretive, headstrong Hunter. A devoted archaeologist, she has the skill to excavate those protective layers all the way to his core. 

But finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of a mystery that will plunge these unlikely partners into adventure, romance, and danger more thrilling, sensual, and deadly than either of them knows. . . . 

In Beautiful Sacrifice, Elizabeth Lowell manages to make a history lesson on Maya history and culture fascinating as she blends it with murder and intrigue and the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar.  Hunter needs Lina's help identifying some important artifacts but when they are attacked by a group of men speaking Maya and Spanish who try to kidnap her for the "El Maya", they are on the run. When Lina seeks her family's help, little does she know she is walking right into a spiderweb of family politics and deceit. 

Thank you to William Morrow, imprint of Harper Collins publishing for providing me with a courtesy copy of the book.


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