I’m excited to be sharing my review for Field Rules by Carla Luna today as part of this blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources. Thank you to Rachel for allowing me a spot on this tour and thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for my honest review. Let’s get into some of the book information first and then I will share my review.
Title: Field Rules
Author: Caral Luna
Publication Date: August 9, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
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What happens in the field, stays in the field. Or does it?
After the disastrous way her first archaeological dig ended, graduate student Olivia Sanchez abandoned her dreams of working in the field. Now, thanks to a last-minute teaching opportunity in Cyprus, she’ll get another chance to explore ancient history firsthand. This time, failure isn’t an option.
But digging up the past takes on a whole new meaning when she’s forced to team up with her ex, shovel bum Rick Langston.
For years, Rick has proven his archaeological skills all over the Mediterranean. But with no graduate degree—and a habit of attracting trouble—his reputation could use a little rehab. All he has to do is play by the rules while he’s in Cyprus and he’ll secure a coveted recommendation for his next job. Until Olivia resurfaces like a cursed relic from the past.
Given that their last fling nearly led to their academic ruin, Olivia and Rick can’t afford to repeat their past mistakes. But as they work together under the scorching Mediterranean sun, the heat between them proves impossible to ignore.
Never in a million years did I think I would enjoy an archeologist romance as much as I did. And the great thing is that I didn’t enjoy just the romance I also really enjoyed the archeological aspect of the story as well. I was worried about the going in. I’m not familiar with archeology and I thought maybe I would be bored with the details of an archeological dig, but I wasn’t. I was actually fascinated. Of course, there were words I didn’t know how to pronounce (mostly having to do with the location) and acronyms I didn’t know what they stood for but that didn’t hinder how much I loved this book.
This is a second chance romance between Olivia and Jack. You can feel the connection and passion between the characters right from the beginning even though at that point they weren’t even friends and hadn’t seen each other in 7 years. I loved how they communicated with each other all throughout the book although I would say at the times when it was most important, they didn’t communicate as well but no one is perfect. I loved how they were always praising each other as well as everyone in the group. I was totally waiting for there to be some sort of drama between the group of people but there wasn’t they always stood up for each other and helped each other out.
I loved most of the characters in this book but of course there are always some characters that you just can’t stand. I look forward to reading more books in this series because I am pretty sure we will be getting stories from some of the other characters in this book. I really hope the author also decided to write a follow up story for Olivia and Jack because I would really love to see them on their next adventure.
If you love a contemporary second chance romance that is also academic but not in an overwhelming way, I would definitely recommend you give this book a try.
My Rating: 5 stars
About the Author
Carla Luna writes contemporary romance with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include Broadway musicals, baking, whimsical office supplies, and pop culture podcasts. Though she has roots in Los Angeles and Vancouver Island, she currently resides in Wisconsin with her family and her feisty Siberian cat.