The Book Blurb:
When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. . . .
Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence—against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession
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The Collector by Nora Roberts is a book that took me to one of my favorite subjects, missing antiques. Antiques that have a notorious history and a list of interested parties. The antiques in this story are my most favorite antiques to read about. Trust me I want to talk more about them, but I am one of those reviewers that hate a spoiler. I will just tell you it is yummy, delicious and beautiful antiques. After you read the book, email me and we can discuss!
The police are curious about the nosy neighbor that saw a murder through binoculars. When she sees a woman die from her loaned apartment, she is drawn into a serious circle of the victim’s friends and family.
Lila Emerson is a nomadic house-sitter. She is a professional and has quite a following. She doesn’t intrude in people’s lives, cabinets or personal spaces. As the deaths keep growing, the mysterious circumstances place fear into Lila. She becomes involved in the search for facts and clues when Ashton Archer becomes involved. He and Lila have quite the chemistry. Ash is an artist and he wants to paint her. She is a writer and a house-sitter.
The playfulness of Lila is so enjoyable in this suspenseful book. I, like Ash think her brain is so clever and fun. I think I relate to her buckshot analogy.
The plot is intricate and detailed. It is also so beautifully artistic. The words are so full of vibrant life befitting the writer and the artist that they are written for. I again am super impressed with the descriptiveness of Nora’s work. when she puts someone in danger, I was close to tears. It is so vivid.
The villain in this story is so evilly demented. That murderer is the most chillingly, cold, and calculating person ever.
As far as Ash and Lila are concerned. They are so lovable. Both are so real and funny together and comfortable with themselves. It is a rich lovely romantic story and compliments the suspense so well.
If you love romantic Suspense, This is a wonderful book to sink your teeth into. The story is full bodied. The bad guys are BAD and the good guys are GOOD. This is another 5 star reading for me. I just loved it. This book reminds me why I have read so many Nora Roberts books.
Where to Find: The Collector
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