A Stella Review: Heartifact by Aisling Mancy


RATING 4 out of 5 stars

heartifact-by-aislang-mancyHarper Kidd is a highly respected marine archeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.

Harper’s sprits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.

When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and the pelora he’s fallen in love with.

The net proceeds from this book benefit The Trevor Project in the US, le Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy.

Once in a while, stories like this one, dreamy, mystical, unreal, are exactly what I need. The union of a really well done writing and an intriguing plot made Heartifact really interesting. Till the end I had no idea how the author could give Harper an HEA but Aisling did really great. A wonderful ending full of wonder and so cute. I liked Heartifact a lot, there wasn’t a moment of pause in the research and divings, there was some action that kept me on the edge and some too hot sex scenes which increased my delight. The details of the expedition were never boring and the pairing of the sea, which I deeply fear, and the archeology, which I adore, was a winner from the start.

I have to say I wouldn’t say no to a sequel, to see how Harper and Dion will be together on a more realistic setting

Don’t forget, the proceeds from this book will be donated to charities, one more reason to give it a chance.

The cover art by Timmy Ashton is simply not a favorite of mine, I would have preferred something more eye catching.

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Kindle Edition, 88 pages

Published November 24th 2016 by Men over the Rainbow (first published October 13th 2016)


Edition Language English

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