No words are wasted getting under way as terrorists rampage
through the palace in the tiny Pacific island kingdom of
Solana. I came to the second in the Royals of Solana
series without having read the first - just as well or I
would have been worried as to the fate of characters. As it
is we meet Alanna who stumbles through the dark carrying
the JEWEL OF SOLANA. The princess is terrified but
determined and makes her way to the home of a friend with
a boat. This is her only chance, as the marina is ablaze.
Talk about having my heart in my mouth! Alanna switches
identity with a false passport and races off the island
looking for a US consulate. She has to leave everything
behind—all but the crown jewels. Alanna, having the
of local people whom she decides not to put at risk, comes
across as a strong, conscientious figure. She meets Flynn,
an ex-American Navy man, yacht captain for a luxury-
obsessed client, and hitches a ride on the classy cruiser
he staffs. She can't admit her identity, so this means
working for her way—she's got a lot to learn. They're
from safe; these waters contain well-armed pirates and
I like that the well-plotted takeover is discussed by the
terrorists, and on news broadcasts, showing us the
gang intend to keep the palace, airstrip and marina they
have seized, along with mineral rights. They cynically
claim the UN won't care who owns the wealth as long as
the populace are not being killed. The king had been
facilitating anti-drug trade operations in Solana's waters.
This adds depth and reasoning to the adventure.
The more I saw of Alanna, the more I like and admire her.
She's sometimes terrified but acts firmly, and while she
may not know how to polish brass or cook, she's volunteered
at the hospital so dressing wounds comes naturally. She's
proud but not haughty, wealthy but not spoiled. Flynn
doesn't know what to make of her, but he's got his own life
to lead. More than once it's only his protective
instinct which gets them out of a tight spot.
We enjoy sightseeing in Pacific waters plus a lengthy
thrill-ride in Susan Sheehey's
exotic adult romance adventure JEWEL OF SOLANA. Take me
Princess Alanna Peralta escapes a brutal attack on her
island home after a vicious cartel
assassinates her family. To save the royal bloodline and
family legacy—the priceless necklace
Luna de Azul—she conceals her identity and boards a mega-
yacht… Into the arms of a brazenly
handsome engineer, who might be her guardian angel—or the
devil in disguise.
Gabriel Flynn can’t look anyone in the eye. Until an
obsidian-haired beauty begs for help.
Committed to a solitary life at sea, he’s shocked to be
captivated by the woman’s exotic,
espresso eyes, and further amazed when she seems intrigued
by his eccentricities.
With danger at every turn, Alanna and Flynn discover the
limitless reach of the cartel’s
power. Flynn must decide how much he trusts her not to
betray him. As danger closes in, Alanna
is torn between sacrifices—her life, family legacy, and
country…or her heart.