Emeralds are Forever by Jaclyn Hardy – Review, Character Interview

Posted March 9, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Emeralds are Forever by Jaclyn Hardy – Review, Character Interview

Emeralds Are Forever

by Jaclyn Hardy

Series: Love on the Run #2
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Published by Dragons & Fairy Tales Press
Publication Date February 21, 2018
Genres: Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: England Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 152


Dee has always been jealous of the adventures that her best friend, Carlie has gone on while looking for priceless artifacts, but she never imagined actually going on her own. But when she meets hunky Ben at the local grocery store, her whole world is turned upside down.

Newspaper reporter by day, handler by night, Ben has plenty on his plate, which means no time for relationships. That is, until he runs into Deirdre—or Dee, as her friends call her—at the local grocery store.

When Carlie goes missing, it's up to Ben and Dee to save her and uncover the mystery surrounding the elusive three million dollar emerald. Can they complete their rescue in time, or will they be lost to each other forever?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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“Whoa. How’d you get your hands on one of those?”

Ben moved the camera to point toward the upper floor. “It’s amazing what you can find on the black market. Or in the classifieds.”

This light-hearted spy story is an adventure taking the reader from Arizona to New York to London and back again with lots of fun-filled banter.

I enjoyed the fact that Dee, the heroine, was not an experienced spy, and was in fact just a college student who ended up in the right place at the right time (twice!) to be able to be a part of the rescue of her friend. Of course, Dee was smart enough to be able to help Ben and just smart enough to get herself into predicaments!

I love the attractive layouts to the pages and the chapter beginnings.  I really appreciate when an author makes an effort to ensure the process of reading is enjoyable in addition to ensuring that the story itself is a pleasure to read. And it ends up, the author offers services for formatting books. With this being an example of her work, if you are an author, you might want to check out her website to see about having her help you with this.


I had the opportunity to interview Ben (aka Ed), the hero of the story.

Tell us about your business?  How did you get started?
I grew up with a hunger to learn all about the unknown. It’s why I’m a reporter as well. When I was approached by a group of people to ask if I was interested in helping find Cleopatra’s necklace, I jumped at the chance. I could use all of my gadgets I’d been creating for fun in order to find a relic that had been missing for centuries. Everything else just fell into place.
What is the hardest thing about being a handler?
Keeping Carlie alive. No, really. She tends to get herself into trouble more often than not, and I have to scramble to find a way to get her out of it.
What do you enjoy the most about being a handler?
I love the thrill of finding that lost treasure. It doesn’t matter what it is, or if I’m not right there with Carlie. I got to be the one to help her get there. It’s an amazing feeling!
What is the scariest thing that happened to you on a job?
I don’t like having guns pulled on me, so that would be the scariest. I’m usually in the background so that doesn’t happen to me as often as it does to Carlie, but the feeling is the same whether it’s me or her.
You also work as a reporter.  Which job do you prefer, and why?
I enjoy being a handler more. Being a reporter pays the bills, and I’m good at what I do, but it’s the thrill of the chase that makes me look forward to the next day of work.
Working as a handler seems to be one that keeps you at home and behind the scenes. Yet you are also a reporter and interface with the public to do that.  Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
I’m definitely an introvert, but I can get there and do what I need to do. When I’m a reporter, I can take on that role and pretend to be outgoing, but otherwise, I prefer staying behind the scenes.
What is your favorite leisure activity?
I love watching sports, which is why I tend to write the articles for the sports sections. I play a little basketball to keep myself in shape. But most of all, I read. A lot. Nonfiction, fiction, anything I can get my hands on.

About Jaclyn Hardy

Jaclyn is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing at a young age and published her first book in 2013. She met her husband, Steve, at BYU, and they have six happy, crazy children who encourage her to keep writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next. Her books include the Silver Script Series and the upcoming Roping His Heart and Never Say Necklace. When she’s not writing romance, she’s chasing kids, playing games, and dreaming of running away to Ireland.

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