The Lost Chalice by Anita Clenney~ ARC Review

The Lost Chalice by Anita Clenney~ ARC ReviewAuthor: Anita Clenney
Title: The Lost Chalice
Series: The Relic Seekers #3
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Pages: 304
Release Date: 2015-02-10
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Adrenaline-fueled adventure and epic romance mix seamlessly in the third installment of New York Times bestselling author Anita Clenney's Relic Seekers series. Relic hunter and archaeology expert Kendall Morgan has a lot on her mind. After finding the Fountain of Youth--and discovering that Nathan, her handsome billionaire boss, might actually be her long-lost childhood love--she could really use some time to think. Except a two-thousand-year-old Protettori guardian has just teleported into her bathroom, desperate for help. The Reaper, an ancient and sinister being consumed with finding the world's most powerful relics, is after the Holy Grail. Now Kendall must use her sixth sense to find it first. With both Nathan and her brooding bodyguard, Jake, by her side, Kendall sets out to find the lost chalice in a dangerous quest that will test her abilities, her heart, and everything she thought she knew.
Format: eARC
Also by this author: Guardians of Stone, Fountain of Secrets
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

The Lost Chalice is the third book in the Relic Seekers series by Anita Clenney. It is a mix of romance, history, adventure, and paranormal. I love this series, mostly because the author knows how to mix all these different elements together so one doesn’t overshadow the others. In particular, I was glad that the romance didn’t bog down the story.

I find it easy to suspend disbelief, even when some things are really fantastical.

Some people might not like the love triangle in the book between Nathan, Kendall, and Jake. I could understand how Kendall could be confused about which guy to be with. However, I think it needs to be resolved in the next story of the series. It can only go on for so long.

I enjoyed the “Backstory” section at the beginning of the book. I thought this was an excellent way to bring readers up to speed if they haven’t read the first two books. It gets all that out of the way so it doesn’t slow the pace of the actual story.

I also liked how, for once, it seemed that a guy was more in love than the girl was. Jake has it bad for Kendall, but Kendall barely acknowledges her feelings for him. It seemed this was because of more than her conflicting feelings for Nathan; it seemed she really wasn’t into Jake as much as he is into her. I felt sorry for Jake, which was a refreshing change from other stories where it is the girl who gets led along or pines for a guy she can’t have.

The Lost Chalice was a great book. However, I was a little lost about what Marco’s big secret was. Either I missed it or the author hasn’t revealed it yet. Another thing I was a little disappointed about was Nathan’s past. I expected a big twist that would turn everything upside down, but it didn’t happen.

I recommend The Lost Chalice to readers who like stories about relics, Christian history and mythology, and King Arthur folklore. As long as you aren’t the type who is bothered by love triangles or ideas of reincarnation, you should give The Lost Chalice a try. You can jump right into the series here, or you start with the first book Guardian of Stone.

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