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I loved this story for so many reasons. The characters were very likable and appealing. I enjoyed Logan and Kit’s romance and how their friendship starts with having to work together to save Dizzy, and slowly grows into a relationship that is so much more.
The world building is fabulous. I loved how the author runs with the idea of a previously undiscovered archipelago, and populates it with dinosaurs, of both known and new species. The science felt realistic, and I liked how both Kit and Logan were very capable in their fields. I also liked how they never forget that dinosaurs are dangerous and wild animals and need to be treated as such.
As a bonus I enjoy New Zealand references in stories, so that made me happy.
I liked Kit and Logan. It’s obvious both men are attracted to each other, though both are stubborn and won’t back down about how they think situations should be approached. I thought that said a lot about their strength of characters. I loved nerdy!Kit and how his hacking skills paid off as the story progressed. I liked the balance between Logan being very capable with the physical side of his job yet also highly intelligent and educated with his degrees in vet science and animal biology. Their backgrounds give the story an added element of realism. The author has done some serious research in regard to the dinosaurs and the detailed scientific theories and it shows. The scenes with Logan in the wild and his run in with dangerous dinosaurs, and poachers, were edge-of-seat reading, and I was seriously worried for him.
I loved Kit’s mothers. Both of them totally rock, as well as being fabulous parents. It’s obvious he and his family care deeply for each other. I enjoyed their scenes with Kit and Logan and how they’re straight up about their observations about what’s really going on—“you’re foster parenting a dinosaur with him.”
Leilani is a great character, and I love the banter between her and Kit, and the way she goes out on a limb to help save Dizzy. I liked how her stories of Hawaiian mythology work in with the history of the archipelago. Dizzy is a character in her own right. She’s adorable. I appreciated that, although they’ve raised her, they try to return her to the wild where she belongs.
I guessed who the bad guy was working with the poachers, but that didn’t detract from my reading. The guy is a thoroughly nasty piece of work, and I enjoyed that part of the plot, and it progressed and concluded.
The epilogue made me happy.
I’d recommend this story to readers who enjoy a mix of romance, adventure, and geeky smarts, with fabulous world building and characters. And a cute baby dinosaur. 5 out of 5 stars.
The South Pacific Archipelago is home to a tiny island community of around three hundred scientists… and twenty thousand dinosaurs. As a paleogeneticist, Kit Sterling leads a team studying the dinosaurs to unlock the unanswered questions of evolution.
But there is something more dangerous than dinosaurs on the islands.
Head ranger Logan Beck discovers evidence of poachers, while rumors of a black market for dinosaur leather swirl around the community. Kit and Logan haven’t always gotten along professionally, though that has nothing to do with their attraction to each other. So when they’re thrown together to save an injured infant dinosaur, their professional disdain turns into a clandestine romance.
With not just the injured dinosaur at risk, but all of the precious dinosaurs on the islands too, Kit and Logan have to figure out how to balance their budding romance without letting their careers go extinct.
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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