The Opal Hunter

Romance - General
145 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2022
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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

Aaron Brady's and his father's turquoise mine has petered out and the bills haven't been paid. Following the death of his father, Aaron falls even further behind and loses equipment through repossession. Finding rare black opals, located primarily in Nevada, specifically in his part of the state, is the only hope of saving the mine. But Aaron didn't know how deeply indebted he and the mine were. IRS agent Nina Delgado drew the assignment to audit the Brady Turquoise Mine. The task was clearly not to her liking, but her ambition and a chance to move to the top of a promotion list give her all the impetus necessary to take on the hardship of traveling to the middle of nowhere and completing a successful audit. Their initial meeting creates sparks and although everything is against their out-of-control passion, Aaron and Nina can’t deny the sexual attraction between them. But Garber is a lonely place, and Nina isn’t ready to leave behind the life she’s built in Las Vegas. And Aaron may be past believing he is worthy of love.

The Opal Hunter by Kris Eton is a fast-paced, character-driven romance story in a small novella package. Eton's writing style is smooth and direct, fully describing scenes, locations, and characters with just enough detail to give the reader easy visualization while keeping the story moving, devoid of extraneous detail that bogs the story down. Particularly of note is Eton's ability to walk the fine line between eroticism and vulgarity in the sex scenes. Character-driven stories require strong, easily identifiable characters that attract strong emotional responses from readers. With Aaron and Nina, Eton accomplishes and, in fact, exceeds that expectation in spades.

Jennifer Ibiam

The Brady opal mine in Nevada offered nothing more to everyone who depended on it. So by the time Aaron Brady’s father died, the family was neck-deep in debt. Aaron toiled night and day, finding opals to no avail, and now the government was onto him. He could lose the ranch, land, and everything else because he couldn’t make ends meet. Aaron was a failure, or so he thought. Accountant Nina Delgado from the IRS zoomed into Garber, Nevada from Las Vegas to audit the Brady mine. But fate had other plans. Passion sparked between the duo, but could Aaron fall for someone about to take away his inheritance? Would Aaron’s ex-girlfriend, Darla, ever let them be? The Opal Hunter by Kris Eton tells us the complete story.

I love enemies to lovers stories, and The Opal Hunter by Kris Eton was a beautiful one. This novel explored love, loyalty, passion, perseverance, and grit. The book also showed how we have no say when our hearts find 'the one.' Kris told a captivating story from two sides (glam of Las Vegas and dirt of Garber) and balanced them at the center. The story was realistic, and the plot was fantastic. I also loved how the author developed and explored the characters’ full potential. Nina was a woman that exasperated me from her rudeness to entitlement, lack of boundaries, and more. However, I was glad she realized her father’s sacrifices. Until we walk a rough path, we will never appreciate those who did before us. I fell in love with Aaron and even Pilar. Thank you for a beautiful book, Kris.

Rolanda Lyles

It's been three weeks since Aaron's dad, Hank, passed away, and the bills and past-due notices are piled high on the table, but Aaron Brady was determined to keep digging the mines. If he could just find one black opal, he could save his family's business and make his father's dream come true. The mines were his father's passion and, at one point, business was booming. As time went on, the opals were few and far between. Aaron's mom and sister left Garber because they couldn't make enough money with the mines, but Aaron believed in his dad's dreams and stayed behind to dig. IRS agent Nina Delgado comes to Garber looking to audit Aaron's finances and interview him about the past due bills. Aaron is not looking forward to this unwelcome visitor, but one look at Nina and his thoughts change. She is beautiful, but she could take everything away from him. They both must walk the thin line between their desires and their obligations.

Kris Eton's The Opal Hunter is an adult romance novel filled with moments of passion. The Opal Hunter is sure to keep you turning the pages until the story is done. Eton's writing vividly depicts the characters and story so well and I found the book to be a compelling read. The writing was full of steamy and passionate moments, but I found myself invested in the characters and their journeys to discover their true feelings for each other and Aaron's dealing with issues of trust in people. I look forward to reading more of Eton's work.