I would give this book a 3.5. I enjoyed reading it, though it's not my usual fare. The suspense was maintained throughout the book, but the romance was only a minor part of the story.
Elidor MacKenzie has spent her life trying to understand her "gift." She can read emotions from others, to the point where she's often tried to "fix" the people she loved, by getting into their heads and trying to "help" them. But as anyone knows, who has ever had someone try to explain to you how to solve a problem--sometimes you only want someone else to listen. You're capable of finding your own solutions.
This propensity of hers once lost her the love of the man she expected to be her HEA. Julien had grown close to her when his parents were killed in a car accident, and he was sent to live with his unmarried uncle, an old hippie who has lived in Joshua, Arizona, since the 60's counter-culture era. When their relationship went sour, they both left their town. He became a journalist, traveling the world to report on exciting events. She became an anthropologist, traveling all over the world to discover treasures that give hints at long-gone cultures.
Now her best friend, a fellow scientist, died when he fell on one of their digs. Together they had found a hidden cache of treasures that rightfully should belong to the Native American tribe whose land the cave is on. But the government owns the adjacent land, and they both fear that if their discovery is made known, the tribe will be robbed of their land and their way of life, and the artifacts that were made by their ancestors.
Elidor runs back to her home in Joshua, to try to make amends with her family, now that an elder of the tribe has taught her ways to center herself and control her emotional response to the emotions of others. She finds that Julien has returned also, to care for his aging uncle. But some nefarious, unprincipled men are determined to get the truth of the location from her, since one of them over-heard her bestie's last words warning her to protect the secret they discovered.
Can she keep their secret to save the tribe? Can she repair her relationship with the people who matter most to her, including Julien? Or will the danger that follows her back home endanger her loved ones as well as herself?