by Morgan Brice
Undercover Newark cop Ben Nolan went down in a hail of bullets when a bust went sideways, after a tip-off from a traitor inside the department. When he recovers, he spends a couple of years as a private investigator, only to tire of seeing the worst of human nature. So when his aunt offers him the chance to take over her rental real estate business in Cape May, it seems too good to be true. Now if he could just believe he could ever be lucky again in love.
Sparks fly when Erik and Ben meet. But when a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface, the two men are pulled into a web of lies, danger, and deception that will test their bond—and might make them Cape May’s newest ghosts!
Treasure Trail contains sexually explicit material intended for adults 18 and over.
I was already a fan of this author’s Witchbane and Badlands series and enjoy her writing style and the interconnected worlds she’s already built, so I was eager to get started on Treasure Trail when I heard about it. I like the new setting in Cape May (gotta love real places that have a haunted reputation!), and the main characters’ backgrounds set the stage for a lot of interesting ways for the series to go.
The intrigue behind the old hotel and the mystery that’s brought up surrounding the strange happenings that occurred there—particularly the deaths of its high profile previous owners—were enough on their own to catch my interest.
The romance that kicks off between Erik and Ben adds to the excitement, though for me it did feel like things were a bit on the side of insta-love. I can usually brush that off when it comes to paranormal aspects of things since there’s usually a reason behind the quick attraction and advancement of the relationship; this time it just felt a little too quick given the time frame in which the story takes place (I know something like this is a matter of personal tolerance within the genre, so the pace of the romance may work just fine for others).
I do like the matchup of Erik and Ben though, they seem to fit well together and given their pasts I look forward to seeing how they continue to interact in the series and how their relationship develops.
I also really liked having characters from the author’s other series popping up here in supporting roles—it’s always great to see my favorites showing up like this, and just entrenches me in the world the author has created even more. There are also some other supporting characters who help give this story depth and contribute to the world building, in particular Erik’s neighbor, Ben’s cousin, and a couple of quirky others with whom Erik comes into contact that promise to add to the series as a whole.
Overall, Treasure Trail was a 4-star read for me, and I think fans of the author’s prior works will enjoy the start of this new series. If you haven’t read her other series, the supporting characters you meet here will probably have you adding those books to your reading list—you’ll definitely want to know more (trust me!). This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
About the Author
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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