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Hatshepsut's Collar

(Artifact Hunters #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,481 ratings  ·  120 reviews
"Loving you is easy, it's living with you that's killing me."

An ancient Egyptian artifact is driving Queen Victoria insane, and that's not top of Cara Devon's growing list of problems.

Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is a man of numerous secrets, but there is one in particular that threatens his fledgling relationship with Cara. Stunned by Nate's revelation, and before she can abs
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 13th 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published November 12th 2013)
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A.W. Exley
Feb 13, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: steampunk, gaslamp
What to say about this one? It is a different journey to the first book, so I hope you don't mind too much. After all, it is easy to fall in love with someone, but then you have to figure out how to live with all their little quirks, and whatever they have buried in the basement ;)

More of Nate is revealed (as Shrek would say, he has layers, like an onion), there is a poignant glimpse into Jackson's past, Nan & Nessy upstage everyone in their pages, and Loki... what can I do with Loki...? *si
So, I just finished book two (Thank you to the author for giving me a copy for review!!!).. and I LOVED IT.

It's got all the fun of the first one, but in a different package. Rather than a murder mystery surrounding a mysterious artifact, this time takes a global adventure to a few corners of the world.

Cara and Nate's relationship develops new quirks and new tensions, all the while enjoying the same level (if not an increased level!) of passion. Damn, Nate gets me revved up!

Also, more Loki (rawr!
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm really torn between giving 1 or 2 starts on this one. I'm an optimistic person, so I'll start with the good but I'm also a realist... and there's a lot of bad.

To be fair though, I thought this would be adventure/steampunk and only realized after that it is targeted to an audience that wants "adult romance". I wanted Steampunk Lara Croft.

Good: The sentences are coherent and structured for the most part.


Bad: The main characters, Lara Croft wanna be and vicious underwo
Well, finally found out where the "Artifact Hunters" title comes from, but for me this series so far is all about the romance, which is not what I prefer. My favorite show is Warehouse 13 and I thought this would be a bit like that and it's not at all. It's a romance book where there happens to be artifacts. I don't love it because of that, if the focus wasn't on the romance I probably would.
Liked this one even better than the first.

So, now, Nate and Cara are a couple. But it's easier to love someone then it is to live with them. Especially when they have a secret that changes the whole scope of the relationship. I understand Nate's motives and even applaud. I also understand Cara's anger and hurt, but really? Considering how their relationship has been, I think running away would be a little over dramatic.

I love everybody in this book. Nate, Cara, Loki, Miguel, Jackson.... and Natalie. I'm glad Cara actually has a friend
Katie Sue
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel was great! I think I would have loved it if I read the book than just listening to the audiobook. One reason I’m giving this 4 stars and not 5 is that I wasn’t expecting the sex in the beginning of the book and it was a bit much for me. These sex scenes I’d rate 18+. I was feeling like “okay get to the adventure already”. This one definitely has more romance than the first one. Other than that I love these characters still and I’m very excited to see where the next book takes them.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely lapped up book two of this series as well, enjoying every moment spent reading!
Gail Koger
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read. I really enjoy this series. I highly recommend this book.
Bonnie Dale Keck
not kindle unlimited, none are that know of, bought the 1 pack which assumed meant 1-4 when NOT; it is 1, 2, 3, 4 -- which leaves OUT 2.5, 3.5

Sexual situations, past abuse mental and physical and sexual plus present situations hadn't been shoved in to what would otherwise have been quite interesting steampunk type story, so as it is dropped to 3 then 2, and if the other ones the same will drop it further. That was in book 1, which led me to drop from a 5 to a 4 to a 3 then a 2. Book 2 not as muc
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Review first published here:

This was a solicited review. The author (who has been known to hang out around this blog) requested me to review her latest book in exchange for a free copy.

This is the second book in a series, so I had a little bit of catch-up to do since I haven't read the first. For the most part it wasn't particularly difficult to keep up, but I do wish I had seen the beginning of the relationship between the two main characters, as I felt
Last year I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Nefertiti’s Heart, so I was excited when a sequel landed in my greedy paws. I had to celebrate it with quick re-read of Nefertiti’s Heart, to freshen up my memory of important facts. Mostly, how awesome Cara is and how much sparks do Cara and Nate make together. Mmmm… Simply delicious. If you haven’t read the first book in Artifact Hunters series, go and read my review of Nefertiti’s Heart. If you did, continue reading to find out what Hatshepsut’s Co ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, review-copy
Hatshepsut’s Collar by A.W. Exley (Artifact Hunter’s #2)

5 Stars

This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book in this series. I hadn’t read anything else from this author and indeed I don’t think there is anything else except for a short story in an anthology. When this happens I know I have either just found a great author or the first book is going to be their best work. For A.W. Exley this second book was just as good as the first and in fact I might have lov
Katrina Marie
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More Quickie Review
I loved being back in this world.  Cara is such an amazing heroine. She doesn't let people push her around and does whatever needs to be done.

I enjoyed seeing her and Nate together. He has a lot of respect for her even if she doesn't always realize it.

And one of my favorite creatures is in it! But, I'm not going to tell you what it is. You'll have to read to find out.

Hatshepsut's Collar picks up almost exactly where Ne
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In HATSHEPSUT’S COLLAR by A.W. Exley, sequel to NEFERTITI’S HEART, a traitor to the crown forces Cara Devon and Nathaniel Lyons to St. Petersburg in order to clear the Lyons name, and along the way they encounter airships, pirates, Russian prostitutes, and even dragons. In addition to supernatural adventure, the book wants to be erotic romance, but in this case the two genres don’t blend together. The latter isn’t my scene, so I found the second half of
Diantha Jones
So Ms. Exley came a' calling once again and I answered. Screamed is more like it. I've been excited to read this book, so I was ecstatic when she asked if I wanted a copy.

I was like...hell yes!

I've got to say it. I love our main characters Cara and Nate together. They are just so cute and complete each other so completely (unless you've read Nefertiti's Heart, you'll never guess how completely). Even though Nate has grown a bit soft, Cara is still the fireball that you love to love. She's still
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Cara Devon is back and she’s ready to take on just about anything. The first book took me by surprise with how much I ended up enjoying it, so as soon as I saw this cover I just knew that I needed to read it. You can read my review of book one, Nefertiti’s Heart, here: Review

The world that Exley has created is so rich and vibrant that I feel like I could easily step through the pages and see the Victorian era, brimming with excitement and gossip. The steampunk elements are still incredibly well
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely brilliant! I adored Nefertiti's Heart, so I had high expectations for book 2. And, it certainly didn't disappoint. With romance, mystery, thrills, treason, magic, and so much more, Hatshepsut's Collar was a fantastic read. If you liked book 1, you are going to love this one.

I already really liked Cara from book 1. And, she stayed just as awesome in this one. She was remarkably strong, clever, and determined. She wouldn't take shit from anyone, not even the love of her life. She proved
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Cara Devon and Viscount Nathaniel Lyons are back. It’s September 1861, a few months after Cara nearly had her heart carved out by a crazy psychopath. She and Nate are cohabitating and he has hired her to be his Number 2. Unfortunately, Nate has been keeping secrets, some really big ones and just as he drops a devastating one on her he’s arrested for treason and locked up in the grim Tower of London. As mad as Cara is at h
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why but I didn't like this one as much as the first book.
I love ancient Egypt................this book not so much.
Hatshepsut's collar is this giant gaudy sounding necklace with two beatles that can come to life.
Queen Victoria decided to put it on for some unknown reason and became insane: or more insane depending on how you look at her.
The prince consort tries to take the thing off and the necklace comes to life.

The collar itself is supposedly Hatshepsut's weapon. She used it to
Jenika Ioffreda
Sep 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually a 4.5 stars book. It was very well written, the plot was very catching and never boring. The world building really well done.
The only reason why I give 1 star instead of the 4.5 that deserves is that I really didn't like the hunting scene when they shoot to kill a rabbit and a fox to "show off".
This bloodthirsty show seemed totally out of character and left me quite disappointed.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, i-own
Cara and Nate are virtually living together after the events of book 1 *gasp* causing more shocks to society.
But she wants to continue her quest to help ladies in distress. Today’s job is getting back a ring from a Trickster, who turns out to be Nate’s pirate captain, Hawke. Tricky indeed.
But Nate’s sometimes borderline activities have upset the Queen, who has him arrested for Treason. Which is not her usual method.
Now the two are linked by Nefertiti’s heart, if he’s executed, Cara will die, too
I loved the second book in this series as much as [if not a teeny bit more] I did the first. This is shaping up to be a favourite series.

I love the characters in this action-packed world. Cara is the perfect combination of badass chick, clever strategist, and young romantic girl [even if she fights THOSE urges with everything she has!]. She is smart, courageous, determined and spunky. I love how she demands to be equal - to Nate, to his men, to the villains she faces - to the men in her world, a
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I enjoy this series. The sexual banter is both fun and surprising considering the time
period. I also love everything ancient Egyptian and this book has a perfect blend of history and fantasy. Keeping that in mind the conclusion was pretty obvious. Considering Queen Victoria’s history there really was only one way for it the end. All in all an enjoyable book. The only bad thing I can say is about the audio book. The voice the narrator does for Nate drives me up the wall. Y
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conspiracy, deception, marital turmoil, and wildly unimaginable adventure along with a solid dose of magic await the reader in this second tale by A.W. Exley. Hold on tight because this story is spectacular and truly unforgettable. I can't wait to read more from the creative mind of this author. This was truly a roller coaster ride with numerous surprises and unexpected plot changes causing hidden details of the story to resurface revealing more of the truth about characters and their current re ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book of the series in a collection of stories,Bad Magic. The stories in the collection were excellent except for one for me. This series starts out with Cara Devon returning to London because her father has died. The fun begins with so many interesting characters showing up. Meet Nathaniel, Jackson, Miguel, Nan, Nessy, Hawke and a few more. There is plenty of mystery with plot twists, lots of action, humor and yes, romance which has to be worked for. I finished this book and wen ...more
Sarah Austin
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 2 in the artifact hunters series. Queen Victoria is off her coconut and a mysterious collar from Egypt is the culprit. Cara and Nate go from the Tower of London to Russia with the inveterate pirate Loki. These books are a lot of fun to read with a lot of attention to detail. A little draggy in spots but still a great read!
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first story in the series. An ancient Egyptian collar is turning Queen Victoria into a war mongering maniac while Nate is accused of treason by a rival. Cara and Nate have their work cut out for them in this adventure as does Prince Albert.
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