Also by this author: Snowed
She’s on the run…
Brilliant art appraiser Alex Northrop’s ex used stolen art to fund his nefarious activities. Now he wants her dead. But it isn’t just herself she’s worried about – if he discovers who she really is, he’ll kill her family.
Professor Henry Chilton is shocked to find a beautiful stranger passed out in his bed, and even more so when she reveals a priceless painting is a forgery – the painting he’d planned to use to fund a woman’s shelter. She’s mysterious and frightened, and he is determined to discover why.
Alex's knowledge of art is undeniable—just as Henry’s attraction to her is irresistible. But in order to help him recover the real painting, Alex isn't just risking exposure...she's risking her life.
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This is another story about a woman who does what she has to for her love. In this case Alex is a world renowned art appraiser. Her ex-boyfriend had been using her to tell fakes from real and to scam people. He made a lot of money with her misrepresenting art. Finally she decided that she no longer wanted to be not only a part of his scam, but also his attitude towards her. He believed that his women were his property and therefore could do what he wanted to without anyone arguing with him.
Finally she ran from him, but not back home, as he always told her that if she ever left him he would attack her family. She landed herself into the house of a professor. She passed out on the home owner’s bed. This haphazard woman was intriguing to Henry. Though she attempted to hide who she was, she immediately knew that a painting was fake. Henry had banked on the painting to open a women’s shelter. It was nothing more than a fraud and worth nothing. When she ran, he felt that he had to go after her, he could see the abuse through her tough facade.
Both Henry and Alex began down a proverbial rabbit hole that may lead to their death. If not their death, the death of her family if she was to reach out. Alex believed that she soon could leave Henry behind. The problem is, Alex began to like Henry, if nothing more, than what he stood for. Although she never told him her name, he was trying to decipher this woman. Finding the truth behind the painting as much as trying to figure out how to escape the world wide clutches of her ex-boyfriend.
I like this story for many of the same reasons why I liked Second Lie. Both stories are about women running. Running from their secrets. Running for their lives, or their reputations. They have secrets, and they both meet men who they believe they can trust. Maybe because I work in a male-dominated field, but I feel a connection with these books. This book has a strong voice and the characters make you emotional. Even the douchy ex makes you feel something for him. That may be disgust, but it is an emotion right?