Book Reviews

Jurassic Heart by Anna Martin

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 08-December-2019

Book Blurb

When paleontologist Nick Eisenberg learns that someone thinks they have found velociraptor bones in Alberta, his curiosity overrides his desire to stay in London. After all, he’s one of the world’s leading experts on prehistoric predators and has always wanted to look for the velociraptor’s North American cousins. There’s only one problem: eco-conservationist Hunter Joseph. While Nick supervises the dig, Hunter rallies support from the locals to oppose the way the team is destroying the landscape in their search for dinosaur bones.

Nick and Hunter just cannot get along. Hunter is self-righteous and pouty. Nick is narrow-minded and geeky. But they have to figure out how to work on the same site without killing each other, especially since someone else out there seems determined to cause Nick more problems than he could have ever imagined.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2013.


Book Review

When I was a little girl, I was a science nerd. The love of it never went away, the ability to pass the classes, especially in college, just got harder. I had these two books my mom gave me when I was about seven. One was about sharks and the other was about dinosaurs. I devoured those books and knew them backwards and forwards. Apparently the author, Anna Martin, and I shared the same love, except she's made it a lifelong one and I let it slip away. Since I'm already a fan of this author's work, it wasn't too hard to add this book to my list of "gotta reads", and I'm so glad that I did.

Nick is a paleontologist who is called in as a consultant to authenticate bones located on a dig in Alberta, Canada. The "colleague", Eric, and I use that term very loosely, who was sure he'd found velociraptor remains, was wrong. However, there were marks on the bones that indicated a predator attack that could have been a raptor, so Nick decides to stay on site for a few days. Unfortunately that means dealing with Eric, but since Eric doesn't actually do any work, Nick figures he can skate under the radar. A few days turns into longer and then Eric gets attacked one night and brutally beaten almost half to death. Eric's people come in and pack up the site, but Nick's boss, Sam, gets him funding to take over running the site because the lab found some very interesting things from the bones that were pulled out already.

Enter Hunter, a conservationist, who had been watching Eric's shoddy work, but now decides to focus on Nick's dig. For obvious reasons, these two do not get along, in any way, shape or form, and they butt heads immediately, although they do acknowledge (to themselves) that the other is attractive. Nick has to continue to deal with someone who seems to have an issue with the dig and is sending Nick threatening letters. Although, this does open up a peaceful line of communication between Nick and Hunter which is good and bad. They agree to disagree regarding their feelings about the dig, but it also makes Nick see Hunter as a person and not some evil do-gooder out to destroy his dig. What's the saying about making strange bedfellows? Huh.

Watching Nick and Hunter together was pure entertainment. I felt like I was at the zoo watching two different species snarking and arguing constantly while still performing a mating dance. I wanted to pull up a chair and grab some popcorn. It was easy to see how much fun they had together even though Nick wasn't about to admit that. Since the book is in Nick's point of view, I didn't get a good handle on where Hunter was coming from, initially, but his actions certainly indicated need, desire, and eventually love. Nick has been hurt a lot in the past so seeing him open up and become vulnerable to loving and being loved by Hunter was wonderful.

This was an enjoyable read and the who-done-it was a little bit of a surprise. If you enjoy science, dinosaurs, and relationships that begin with a fight, this might be the book for you.





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Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 204 pages/63500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-December-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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