Amazon Heat by Melinda Leigh and Rayna Vause
January 9, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
I decided to read this one because I thought the blurb sounded a little crazy and fun:
2 years ago…
Driven by grief to find a cure for cancer, Elizabeth DeMarco left Logan Spencer to accept a position on a research expedition to the Amazon rainforest. Kidnapped by guerrillas, she was saved by a secret all-female civilization, the last of the ancient Amazons. But Elizabeth discovers she’s traded one form of captivity for another.
Logan never stopped searching for Elizabeth. While consulting in the remote Brazilian interior near where she was kidnapped, Logan suffers what should be a fatal fall. Near death, he’s collected by the Amazons and magically healed. Elizabeth is the first person he sees as he wakes.
But there’s no time for a joyful reunion. The Amazons’ mystical medicine is rapidly changing Logan. They want his DNA and plan to take it—and then kill him. Logan and Elizabeth must escape before dawn or Logan—and their second chance at happiness—is doomed.
But unfortunately, the blurb turned out to be more fun than the actual book. Since the blurb sets up the book pretty well, let me tell you why I didn’t enjoy this one very much.
First of all, the world is not explained very thoroughly. I wanted to know more about this all-female tribe and their magical powers. But we never get specific details. Elizabeth is held captive by these magical Amazon women, who have deep ties to the rainforest where they live (behind a secret veil). When we first see Elizabeth with the Amazons, she seems excited and happy to be researching a cure for the disease that is making these Amazon women sick. They happen to have a secret waterfall that heals injuries but it won’t heal whatever genetic disease that is targeting this group of women. She is concerned that if she can’t cure this disease, the entire clan will vanish. But then once Logan is captured by this same group, and brought back to where Elizabeth is staying, she decides she wants to escape. We are told she has never stopped watching and learning for a way to finally escape, and in the end it happens kind of easily.
Logan and Elizabeth’s reunion didn’t feel dramatic enough either. Logan has been searching for Elizabeth for two years, has no idea if she is even alive, then ends up injured so bad he gets cured from a waterfall and is reunited with Elizabeth and it felt like a very lackluster scene.
I wanted the entire story to be more over-the-top and crazy. Instead it falls flat and is on the boring side. It is a very short book, so it reads quickly. I finished and wanted more.