Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren: Book Review
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By Reader Views
Published on 08/13/2012
Award-winning author Kaylin McFarren delivers an action/adventure romance with "Severed Threads," guaranteed to capture your imagination… Believing herself responsible for her father's fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating - until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her own life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father's death.

Severed Threads by Kaylin McFarren: Book Review
Creative Edge Publishing (2012)
ISBN 9781467526715
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (6/12)

Chase Cohen is determined to find a sunken ancient Chinese vessel named the Wanli II.  Not only does he believe that there is a great deal of treasure on the ship, but it is also believed to hold the missing Heart of the Dragon. This relic is rumored to be protected by a four-hundred-year-old ghost who killed herself when she lost her love which the Heart had been meant for.  Unfortunately, he has to go through his ex-love Rachel and the foundation that she represents to get the funds to do the search. Rachel is still angry at Chase for disappearing on her and breaking her heart years ago after her father died while he was deep sea diving with Chase. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and Rachel has chosen to bury herself in her misery rather than seek out the truth when Chase reappears asking for help.

Rachel and Chase also still feel a connection to each other, but they have to be able to get over his previous actions to move forward.  Rachel isn’t sure if she wants to make herself vulnerable again, she would rather hang on to her anger.  When Rachel’s brother gets involved with the wrong people, she realizes that she has to get involved with this venture in order to save her brother. Both Rachel and Chase hold back a lot of secrets from each other.  Rachel’s secrets endanger herself, Chase and his crew. 

As they race to find the missing treasure, they also have to protect themselves from savage pirates.  If they can stay alive, they can overcome their history.

“Severed Threads” takes the reader on a great adventure, one which I would personally rather read about than experience in real life! I totally enjoyed being held captive on the edge of my seat while the characters’ drama plays out. The additional touch of having an ancient legend and a ghost be involved in the story made it even more compelling to read. I highly recommend this story for people who enjoy romance and suspense. The author Kaylin McFarren will not let you down! I look forward to future stories in this series.