Raiders of the Lost Heart
Grade : A

This is a fun, solid-boned little romp that skimps not a wit of its action for its romance and vice-versa. Raiders of the Lost Heart combines a little dash of Indiana Jones with a big dash of Romancing the Stone and comes up with a brew that’s fast-paced, sexy, funny, and easy to get into. It’s a fun way to warm up those cold winter nights.

Dr. Socorro - Corrie - Mejía is about to finally realize her lifelong dream of leading an archaeological dig in Mexico. She’s hoping to unearth some major new findings regarding her ancestor, Chimalli, purported to be a fearsome Aztec warrior, on whose life and times she is an expert. Chimalli is known for having stolen the tecpatl sacrificial knife of Moctezuma II during the fall of the Aztec empire. But Corrie needs Chimalli’s bones, and getting funding to find them has been a trial. Getting the backing at last is wonderful – until she lands in Mexico and learns that the funding is conditional on her not leading the dig after all.

Dr. Ford (!) Matthews has been Corrie’s rival since graduate school, and the fact that he’s the guy who’s leading this expedition rankles, to say the least. But the dig financers want him in charge, and since his personal life has taken a dive and he’s now single, there’s no reason for him not to go for it.

Corrie and Ford have years of conflicts to work out – but first they’re going to have to battle the elements, a saboteur trying to close down the dig, and a government that’s less than happy about their search into the jungles. With chaos everywhere and a skeleton to be found, can romance bloom – or even survive – when they’re through?

This is a fun, lighthearted romp of a romance between two imperfect people who have to learn how to love each other to achieve their goals. Corrie is a great, ambitious heroine; Ford is cocky, but not appallingly so. The romance is delightful and builds slowly in a way that keeps the reader turning the pages. In the end, it’s a winning combo that leaves everyone wanting more.

The book also happens to be filled to the gills with action, which meshes quite well with its steamy romantic action. If you’re a fan of The Mummy at all, you’re going to love every bit of it.

Raiders of the Lost Heart is absolutely poised to sweep its way into my Best of 2023 list at the last minute. Take this on your Holiday vacation and let it sweep you away, too.

Reviewed by Lisa Fernandes
Grade : A

Sensuality: Warm

Review Date : December 7, 2023

Publication Date: 12/2023

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Lisa Fernandes

Lisa Fernandes is a writer, reviewer and recapper who lives somewhere on the East Coast. Formerly employed by and Next Projection, she also currently contributes to Women Write About Comics. Read her blog at, follow her on Twitter at or contribute to her Patreon at or her Ko-Fi at
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