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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  16,308 ratings  ·  484 reviews
Marine archaeologist Tate Beaumont has a passion for treasure-hunting. Over the years, she and her father have uncovered many fabulous riches, but one treasure has always eluded them: Angelique's Curse- a jeweled amulet heavy with history, dark with legend, and tainted with blood. In order to find this precious artifact, the Beaumonts reluctantly form a partnership with sa ...more
Paperback, reprint edition, 371 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Berkley (first published September 28th 1998)
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Cristina Leitón
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Esto sí. ESTO SÍ. Después del bajón al leer Bruja oscura, volver a leer a Nora Roberts en todo su esplendor ha sido maravilloso. Una historia llena de aventuras, misterios y amor. He aprendido tantísimo sobre submarinismo, arqueología marina y barcos que solo con eso ya me doy por satisfecha. Pero Nora Roberts (en las novelas en las que se lo curra, que no son todas, aunque me duela decirlo) nos regala también unos personajes trabajadísimos y unas relaciones que avanzan a lo largo de la novela d ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Maybe it is because I'm a diver, maybe it is because I love the sea, but I loved, loved, loved this story! :)
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second Nora Roberts book and I loved it just as much as the first.

The chemistry between Matthew and Tate was sweet (as young adults) and then evolved into something fiery and substantial after they re-united (not without drama along the way, of course).

I liked both Matthew and Tate individually, as well as a couple, and enjoyed reading about their lives during their time apart. I thought this gave a lot of depth to their characters.

I enjoyed the twist(s) in the story at the end (Go Teams Bea
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting story, decently written. Also, it didn't really remind me of her other books which is a huge plus.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. The villian was certainly a man to fear. I had no idea that this book had 2 different time frames and thought it a bit strange that the story started out with a 19 year old and a 25 year old. For Nora Roberts readers you know that her main characters are generally in their late 20's early 30's. It made sense when the story shifted 8 years later. I really enjoyed this book. The other Nora Roberts books I have been reading lately, although en ...more
Susanna Herrero
3,5. Porque el romance al principio no me ha convencido, demasiado forzado. Luego mejora muchísimo e incluso ha habido 2 sorpresas que me han dejado con la boca abierta.
Nicole R
I really needed a mindless break from work and literary reading I have been doing lately and nothing soothes me quite like a Nora Roberts book. The problem? I have read all of her books and don't normally reread....I made an exception and revisited the first ever NR book that I read (stolen off my mom's shelf in 1998 at the young age of 15). The white sand beach and palm tree on the front cover enticed me to enter the world of Tate, a 20 year old woman who is in college to become a marine archae ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at the airport because I had finished my other book and had forgotten my second book at home. I knew it wasn't going to be the great American novel, but Nora Roberts, for what she does, usually delivers with a good beach read/plane read.

I have read some Nora Roberts in my day and this was definitely one of my least favorite. Well, of course I had to finish it. I mean, it's so easy to read and I bought the freaking book. But most Nora Roberts books, I want to go back and re-rea
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
I loved all the information about diving/wreck hunting/ and scavenging. The ocean and adventures were beautifully described and it made me want to buy a boat and take some scuba diving lessons. Marla and Ray were a great couple and wonderful parents. Buck was a great crotchety old man and Uncle and I was glad that his character came around after the shark incident. Angeligues curse and the fabled necklace gave the book the right amount of magic and wonder.
Really, the only thing that kept this
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Nora Roberts books of all time. It has all the elements that make a great romantic-suspense for me. 1) a treasure hunt 2) real nasty villain and 3) H/h who are reunited after being torn apart.

The young adult love of Tate and Matthew tears your heart out, especially after all that Matthew has had to live through. To have their dream of the Marguerites' treasure and happily ever after torn apart by one of NR's nastiest villains, Silas Vandyke, really made the first part of the b
Bonnie Staughton
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lassiters and Beaumonts team up to salvage wrecked ships for treasure and share the "riches". Tate Beaumont is studying to be a marine archeologist and her focus is to salvage the whole ship and set up a museum to display what is found. The Lassiters are more interested in the money they can make. One treasure, "Angelique's Curse", is the driving force in finding the "Santa Marguerite" and the "Isabella". The rich Silas Van Dyke also has a passion for finding the amulet and will stop at noth ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good mix of romance and mystery! loved the emotion and heartbreak and passion. I got so into this book that I felt anger, betrayal, joy and so many more emotions alongside the characters. I thought really well written in my opinion.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roberts-nora, own
Full of adventure, love, emotions, suspense, action, and experiences for me to live through. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's gonna be shelf-worthy and something I wouldn't mind reading again. I loved the characters and how well this was written. I could see it so clearly in my mind. Passions and science, give and take, and a perfect ending that I can live with. Great for reading any time. Great for the snuggle-in, lazy-day, escape book. It pulls you in without you realizing it and h ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the number of stars I gave this book full you - it was certainly a good story and I would recommend it to any Nora Roberts fan. This is the second of NR's earlier novels that I've read recentley, and I have to admit, I find them a bit refreshing compared to some of the books she is putting out now - same plotline, same couple, different know what I am saying if you have read more than one of her books. That's not to say that I don't enjoy her current works, I do, very much. ...more
Raquel Bernardes
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: livros-fisicos
Acho que a Nora Roberts prima por descrever tão detalhadamente sobre o tema da busca ao tesouro e da simbologia que este envolve esta muito bem desenvolvido. Mathew quer o tesouro para poder resolver a sua vida financeiramente, Tate é porque adora um bom projecto científico e que não poderia recusar este. No final de contas, acabam por descobrir um tesouro ainda maior o amor que os une. Adoro as histórias de Nora Roberts, aliás tenho uma boa colecção dos livros porque adoro a forma como ela desc ...more
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I don't usually read romance novels, but this was lying around the house (my mum got it for my sister) and I was bored. I'm giving it two stars for the unintentional hilarity; the plot and characterisation get no stars. (Yes, she'd been kissed before. But she knew the difference between boy and man. It was a man who held her, drew from her. It was a man she wanted. [...:] "You want to make love with me." Her chin came up. Her eyes, all at once, were a woman's, and just as mysterious. "I'm not a ...more
Eight years ago, when she was twenty and full of optimism and naivete, Tate Beaumont gave her heart to Matthew Lassiter, the man she met searching for wrecks in the Caribbean, only for him to throw that heart back to her, broken.

Now, a respectable marine archeologist, Tate hates to see her parents being charmed by Matthew and his uncle once more, in their pursuit of the elusive gem Matthew's father gave his life for, Angelique's Curse. Despite what Matthew's uncle might think, there is no curse,
Jackie Schmitz
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An OK read. I love any book set in the Caribbean. However, I'm a scuba diver, and I know my fish. The fish the author mentions are not in the Caribbean - typically what she mentions are Pacific fish. She needed to do her research to make sure she had the right fish in the right part of the world!
Sandra Sales
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Tãoooooo boooommmm!!! Adorei!!
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned at 25%. It's just not for me.
A man, a woman, sunken treasure and a long, lost amulet with an apparent curse, a nefarious enemy, a tiny bit of magical realism--Nora Roberts dishing up romantic suspense. Most of this romantic adventure takes place at sea at St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. If you enjoy Nora Roberts and/or romantic suspense then this may well be up your alley. I read it for points in a challenge as romance isn't really my cup of tea, but Roberts certainly knows how to write romance.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gusta el estilo de esta escritora! Creo que voy a leer más de ella. Muy recomendable.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe schon eine ganze Menge Bücher von Nora Roberts gelesen und mich immer an die Zeitgenössischen gehalten. Um die Suspence Romane habe ich einen großen Bogen gemacht. Ich wusste, dass dieser Roman hier ein bisschen zwischen diesen beiden Genres liegt. Trotzdem habe ich es gewagt. Bereut habe ich es zwar nicht, aber ich persönlich mochte das Verhältnis zwischen Spannung und Liebesgeschichte nicht so sehr. Das Buch ist etwas für Leser, die weniger Wert auf die Liebesgeschichte legen und mehr ...more
Amy A
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a really nice read by Nora Roberts. All of the ocean imagery was done really well on Roberts's part. The details of the ocean life and diving really made me feel like I was a bystander on the boat watching the characters dive for treasure. Nora Roberts, in my opinion, has never had problems immersing the readers in her stories, fully committing to what the characters do. Now I don't know how a professional diver would feel reading this book, but for an unprofessional like myself (actual ...more
Eva Ceravieja
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hay cosas (comportamiento de hombres) que no me entusiasman demasiado, tal vez porque, aunque me guste la romántica, son cosas que veo normal en libros de histórica pero no en contemporánea. Incluso con eso, el libro me ha encantado. La temática es genial (mi miniyó que quería ser bióloga marina ha disfrutado mucho), la verdad es que gracias a la labor de documentación que hace Roberts aprendes un montón.
Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)
Este foi apenas o terceiro livro que li de Nora Roberts por isso não posso fazer uma justa comparação com a vasta obra da autora. Contudo, em relação àqueles que já tinha lido (Era uma vez um estrela e Oferenda Mortal) assume a posição central.

A sinopse que é apresentada na contracapa não corresponde, na minha opinião, à estória que encontramos no livro. Pela minha leitura, a interpretação que faço é que não era Tate que andava atrás da Maldição de Angelique e sim o Matthew e o seu tio Buck! Ele
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts
Como já vem sendo habitual com esta autora, este foi mais um livro que me deleitei a ler.
Este é um livro que, na minha opinião deve ser lido numa altura especifica do ano - Verão.
Com todas as fantásticas descrições que a autora faz das praias e dos sitios onde os Beaumonts e os Lassiters atracam os seus barcos, dá vontade de ir dar um mergulho quando terminamos de ler determinado capitulo.

A história em si tem um començo um tanto abrupto mas que logo é compensado, aquando do meio do livro, o cas
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not going to review every Nora Roberts book that I have read in the past because she is quite prolific and it would get redundant and I honestly cannot remember all the plots. I think someone finds someone else attractive but at least one cannot admit it so there is sexual tension, then lots of sex, and then they live happily ever after? Sometimes there is some magic , a family legacy, or a mystery. Certainly not great works of literature (however still 100% better than “the grapes of wrath ...more
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
One of the best parts about traveling for me it picking a book to take along. This time around we went to Hawaii, and I was looking for something good to lounge with on the beach. The Reef was it - a perfect beach read. It is a story set in the Pacific, entwined with murder, greed, passion, piracy, a nasty bad guy, cursed amulets, and romance. All of the elements which make for good vacation reading. Tate Beaumont is a marine biologist with a passion for treasure hunting. She and her family form ...more
Dana West
If the library was a candy store, this book would be Sprees. At first it is sweet, then tart, I ate up each color like a giddy kid, and then I was left a little ill.

I liked the premise of the story but there are too many cliched plot points and archetypical characters.

I am also left thinking why is it socially acceptable for a woman to lose herself to anger and strike a man, but when a man strikes a woman it is abusive? Isn't this an ugly double standard?

In addition, I sincerely hope that Rob
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One -- the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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“I'm not asking you for a second chance. I know better than that. But you've got no right to ask me to settle for sex then expect me to give up the one thing that's kept me going. I gave you up, now I'm taking what's left.”
“You didn't give me up,” she tossed back. “You never wanted me.”
“I never wanted anything the way I wanted you. I loved you.” He dragged her painfully to her toes. “I've always loved you. I cut my own heart out when I sent you away.”
“You said we've got a new page. I figure I've got some say in what gets written on it. So I'm going to work on you. Last time around, you threw yourself at me.” “I did no such thing.”
“Sure you did. But I can see I've got my work cut out for me this time. That's okay.” He skimmed his thumb over her knuckles before she jerked her hand free. “In fact, I think I'm going to enjoy it.”
“I don't know why I waste my time trying to mend fences with you. You're as arrogant as you ever were.”
“Just the way you like me, sweetheart.”
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