“The Art of Possession” by Cari Z.


When a treasure-hunting black ops soldier and a disgraced, reckless archeologist team up in search of a priceless artifact, they might get more than they bargained for.

Ever since leaving the Green Berets to work in private security, Alex Tucker has longed for some excitement—and he’s about to get his wish.

Archeologist Malcolm Armstrong needs the chance to prove he isn’t a fraud. Along with Alex, he’s hired to track down and authenticate a valuable scepter, in a hunt that turns deadlier than either of them imagined as they search dangerous locations across three continents and try to stay ahead of the factions who want the treasure for themselves—and Malcolm and Alex dead.

Just as they realize the feelings between them transcend convenience and the thrill of the chase, a rival reemerges, threatening everything.


Wow, this was fun. A lot of fun. I would certainly classify this as a thrilling adventure first and foremost with an unexpected romance pulsing underneath. Alex is on an assignment and he has rules; he’s an all work and no play sort of guy. At least until his new temporary ‘partner’ Malcolm gets under his skin. They are paired up and tasked to retrieve a precious artifact that has been stolen. Their chemistry is off the charts but those pesky rules keep them apart. As the danger kicks into high gear so does their attraction. Nothing quite like a brush with death to remind you to keep on living. Both men are held by invisible chains to their past and desperately wish to break free. But recovering the piece comes first. Or is it possible to secure the artifact, cover their six, and sail into the sunset together? Now that would be awesome!
*hint* …awesomeness occurs


I always enjoy Cari’s stories and was easily hooked this time around. The pace is steady and the adrenaline is high. Engaging from the start, I didn’t want to put it down. I’m also a sucker for well-done “opposites attract” and our soldier and professor couldn’t be more polar. From dangerous battles to tender bedtime stories they take us on a unique adventure. I enjoyed the full round of secondary characters (well, almost) and the ever-changing setting. The romance is subdued but I found their progression natural and intoxicating. One thing is for sure, I was never bored!


As I mentioned, both men were prisoners to their past. I loved how they discovered acceptance, forgiveness, and love will set you free. I loved their slow but fierce burn. I loved how protective they became. I loved their stubbornness. Neither believes the fall of the cards is in their favor but throw caution to the wind and…take a chance on love and that’s what I loved the most. I could easily see trouble following them around and if Mal and Alex surface for another story, you can bet I’ll be there too!


bewareAn exhilarating action-packed tale with a dash of romance. A turnabout heist with a few twists. And a strong craving for more.



If you’re easily dazzled by treasure hunting and love a dynamic duo, I believe this quest is just what you’re looking for. Hop on and hold on, it’s a marvelous ride.



TITLE: The Art of Possession
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 195 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2019
BUY LINKS: Amazon, Dreamspinner

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