REVIEW by Ginny: Final Resort by Dana Mentink (@Danamentink)
Ava Stanton has no need for love or tales of hidden treasure—until her uncle is kidnapped at her family’s ski resort. Now she needs help from professional treasure hunter Luca Gage the man she’d tried to forget. Signs point to a fortune hidden in the mountain, and Ava and Luca need to find her uncle before his assailant finds them. As their search for treasure draws them closer together, Ava must decide how long she’ll run from love. She doesn’t have much time, because something is buried under Whisper Mountain—and someone is willing to do anything to get to it.
I can only blame myself really. I didn’t know that this… imprint… series… whatever the effe Love Inspired is considered was the Jesus imprint. Not that I have anything against Christian romance. And it’s not like I HAVE to have graphic content, heavens no. *gigglesnort* Okay, that pun was not intended, and I apologize for it. I just generally avoid it because… well… I’ve been burned before.
See, for me, the main criteria for a romance of any genre is the feeling that the characters at least like each other. It doesn’t have to be right away. Hell they can spend 90% of the book thinking they hate the other person while ignoring their butterflies. But at some point, I’m going to want to have the sense that the characters have hit that point where even if it’s unlikely, they want to spend more time with the other person.
I didn’t get that here.
What I did get was that these two characters knew each other as teenagers, always kind of had a crush on the other, and then spent under a week searching for treasure and missing uncles together. Then end up together, of course, because… Well I don’t know why actually…
Because God put this person from their past back in their path I guess.
Listen… I run into lots of people I knew from high school. That doesn’t mean we’re meant to be. It means I live in the same town I grew up in…
Now, I can’t say this is true for every Christian romance, I can only tell you that it’s a trend in the ones I’ve read. Maybe I haven’t given the genre a fair shake, and if there are Christian romances you just love then PLEASE send me any and all recommendations because there are times where I’m honestly like “ugh… another scene with boots knocking? Really?” and would love a fall back genre.
Back onto “Final Resort” though.
So I wasn’t feeling the whole relationship… and honestly I didn’t get a very good feel on either of the main characters. They felt a bit… err… generic to me… But what I can say is that the mystery was…
Okay, it was kind of generic too. Like there were a couple of moments where I was all “oh… you mentioned that… lemme guess in three pages we’re going to have some CRAZY scene with… yup there it is.”
2.5 stars. There was nothing wrong with it. Not really. Aside from Ava being called something different every other page. It was just kind of blah.
I received a review copy of this title from NetGalley.