X Marks the Spot by MJ O’Shea ~ Book Review by Karen

X-marks-the-spot-coverTitle: X Marks the Spot

Author: MJ O’Shea

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: LC Chase

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/02/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary


ack Hunter is always on a quest for lost art, ancient manuscripts, and anything else that’ll romance the millions of viewers who watch his show each week. He hasn’t always hit pay dirt in his searches though, and a string of empty global treasure hunts has left his show on the brink of cancellation. Jack needs a white whale, a holy grail, nothing less than a miracle to revive his career.

Aloysius “Alo” Green likes his ivory towers. He’s content to study from the comfort of a university library and publish papers nobody other than academics will ever read. But coded letters pointing to hidden Nazi treasure fall into his hands, and while colleagues warn him to keep them to himself, Alo can’t stop obsessing. He makes a huge mistake and publishes a paper on his find, ignoring the danger doing so will bring.

Jack is sure he’s struck gold when his assistant brings Alo’s paper to him. Alo wants nothing to do with Jack or his televised treasure hunt. But after Alo is threatened, it appears Jack is his best bet to silence those who seek to use him to find the vast wealth first.

By trusting Jack, Alo might’ve saved himself… or made his worst decision yet

My View:

A thoroughly enjoyable romantic caper.

Jack, a latter day Indiana Jones type, with a TV show is struggling to find the ‘next big thing’, and stop his show being cancelled when the hears that Alo has discovered the secret of his great- grandfathers letters which point to hidden Nazi treasure.  After a slow start Alo decides to work with Jack and his team to find the treasure and keep his academic standing.

The caper side is relatively light hearted, the gang of 4 move at breakneck speed through various European locations, solving the clues and finding the treasure, and while pacey and exciting its slightly far-fetched, as they get access to some very high profile buildings with surprising ease. But it is wildly entertaining. As they uncover more treasure it becomes apparent that some villains are on their tracks as well.

As Jack and Alo are in close proximity the sparks start to fly, but they are cautious. There is a lot of almost touching, and almost kissing at first and the opposites attract chemistry is really strong. Although Jack is the traditional hero type, it’s Alo, who starts as a nervous academic and a bit of a wuss, who really comes into his own – taking risks and facing his fears.

There is nice twist at the end and a bit of a romantic hitch before things get resolved. Defiantly potential for a series or sequel as well.


X Marks the Spot on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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