'Seek', by Mia Sheridan was a shift from her usual style (noticeable in 'Most of All You', as well). While still packed with conflict, emotions and 'love prevails' elements, it had an edgy, dark feel. It was written in the first person and was a standalone, with a dual POV. The setting was atmospheric and full of descriptive imagery. A fairly short read, it focused on telling the story, without crowding the plot and I really liked that. Strong themes throughout were: self-discovery, facing truths, resilience and acceptance. The plot: courageous, but naive Olivia Barton hired Thomas, a mercenary and ex Navy Seal, to find her businessman fiancé, who had been missing for months. The information pointed to Columbia, but the search was hindered by: the devastation of a recent earthquake/tsunami, Columbia's treacherous environment/society and the task of unravelling a puzzling mystery. So, the narrative quickly morphed into a dangerous, conspiratorial adventure. The two MCs shared an attraction, despite their differences and Olivia's dilemma. However, the strong undercurrent couldn't be stopped - a slow-burn romance simmered. Soon, Olivia and Thomas felt a connection and their attachment to one another became strong. 'Seek' was well-written, with strong plot/character development for the most part. The climax, however, was very predictable and the conclusion lacked depth (an interesting past character made an appearance, though). I kept thinking, Mia will 'hit me' with something unforseen, but...no. Pity, because the bulk of the narrative was excellent.
Wow what a ride! This book wasn’t at all what I was expecting. A roller coaster of emotions, a peek into a different culture and the darkness in the world, and overall just a beautiful love story with some twists and turns you won’t see coming.
‘Seek’ is another fabulous Mia Sheridan book however ‘Seek’ is different than any other books Mia Sheridan has written. It didn’t quite have the same emotionally charged feeling as most of her books have however being romantic suspense it’s fast paced, suspenseful, and full of steam.
Our leading lady Olivia is wonderful. Adopted at a young age, she is given material possessions, but no real love. She thinks she’s found Love however Olivia Barton’s fiancé has disappeared only weeks after their engagement. She’s hired a private investigator that has tracked him all the way to Columbia. She just needs someone to take her there. Thomas is the perfect guy to take Olivia, as he grew up in Columbia. Thomas is very much a mystery at the start of the book. He’s elusive and he doesn’t let people in.
Olivia is compassionate, caring, determined and courageous. This is a woman who can and will hold her own, even against the grumpy, ex-Seal turned mercenary. Because of her belief in people and her compassion she has sadly been taken advantage of through her life, however she has not let it change her belief that people are inherently good. “There was something…lonely about her, and it’d poked at me in some way I couldn’t identify.”
The story had some amazing twists and the ending left me completely satisfied. If you are a fan of Mia Sheridan's writing you will enjoy this book. It was a new side of her and shorter than her other books, I still enjoyed it thoroughly.
Mia Sheridan's books never disappoint and once again she has achieved just that. Seek is a suspenseful, thrill-seeking story that keeps you guessing until the end. There are elements of angst, surprises, twists and turns and I forgot to mention an alpha seal male soldier, who is undoubtedly the hottest thing since sliced bread.
The chemistry between Brody and Olivia is shaky and untrustworthy at first but as they go on this foolish adventure to find Olivia’s fiancé in Columbia, the layers of distrust disappear. Both are surprised with their feelings towards one another, a lonely soldier falling for a heartbroken woman. But when the sparks fly that’s when this story takes an unexpected turn.
I recommend this to anyone who loves adventure and suspense. There are so many layers unfolding towards the end that just keeps you guessing; it is a real page-turner.