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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.