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The Collector

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As always, Nora Roberts has created quirky, interesting characters inhabiting an engaging, well-researched plot. Each time I read one of her books, I get the feeling that she finds something interesting to research and then creates a story to go along with it. This time, the storyline follows a missing Russian Faberge egg that gets the main character's brother killed. The female main character witnesses this murder in the style of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. This is a well written and executed story that reads quickly and is enjoyable. ( )
  Mrslabraden | Jun 28, 2017 |
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  cottageusedbooks | Jan 14, 2017 |
The Collector
4 Stars

Lila Emerson is satisfied with her job as a professional house-sitter until the night she witnesses an apparent murder/suicide and gets drawn not only into a complex investigation involving priceless Fabergé Eggs but also a spine tingling romance with a victim’s brother as well.

A significant improvement on Nora’s more recent romantic suspense books.

Lila and Ashton are engaging characters. An amazingly gifted artist, Roberts weaves Ash's insightful painting seamlessly into the storyline and his alpha tendencies only enhance his sexiness. Lila is also a great character with her affinity for people watching, genuine interest in the lives of others and warm-hearted friendliness all of which make her particularly endearing.

The suspense plot is well-researched and the villains, whether it be the vicious assassin or the Mason Verger like collector, are seriously disturbing. The writing is fast paced and the climax is one of Nora's more exciting even though it is somewhat rushed. One small nitpick it that the book is in dire need of an epilogue so that Ash’s father can do some much needed groveling.

The secondary cast consisting of Ashton’s quirky relatives and Lila’s loyal sidekick, Julie, not to mention two of the sweetest pets in bookdom, Thomas and Earl Grey, is simply wonderful. Lila and Julie’s friendship and banter is one of the highlights of the book and the secondary romance between Julie and Luke is impossible to resist.

All in all, a fun and satisfying read and happily recommended for Nora fans. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
This is a well written book, but it does have several dry areas where it gets to "relationshipy" ..... yes, I know that's a made up word.... but it's the best I can come up with. Too much of the day to day girl talk and day to day normal daily errands.... With that being said, the book's overall storyline and characters are very good. ( )
1 vote SBShepherd | Oct 16, 2016 |
A blend of romance, compassion, friendship, greed, morality, evil and love. NR creates evil and then uses her words to destroy its ability to corrupt or continue. A tale of adventure, action, suspense that enthralls until the end. You will root for Lila and Asher; Julie and Luke. You will be astounded by Lila's mind and fluidity; Ash's vision and sensitivity; Julie and Luke's heart and loyalty. An overall most excellent read! ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jun 11, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399164456, Hardcover)

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together—and could tear them apart . . .

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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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 rarefied 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.… (more)

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