The Collector by Nora Roberts

August 12, 2014
The Collector
“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.”

Finally a shiny new and original story from Nora Roberts. When you’ve read nearly everything an author has written you sometimes can’t help but be reminded of other story lines by said author {Dark Witch I’m looking at you!} so I wasn’t expecting too much from The Collector

As soon as I saw it on my kindle on release day I sat down to read it and was once again back in love with Ms Roberts. The Collector is everything I’ve come to expect from Ms Roberts single yearly releases. A delightful mix of contemporary romance and romantic suspense that pulls you in and takes you on the journey with both the characters, this time Lila and Ashton.

Lila is a professional house sitter and loves going from one person’s home to another, meeting her clients, their houses and occasionally their pets. She gets to travel and see parts of the world which she may not have been able to see. Lila is also a novelist writing the second book in her YA werewolf series. Which I found amusing and wondered if Ms Roberts would ever publish her own version of it. Rather unlikely but still…

Lila has a habit of taking a pair of binoculars with her everywhere she goes and likes looking out of her clients windows to see what other people are doing, until one evening when Lila is house sitting for a new couple and out of their bedroom window see’s a young woman pushed out of her window to her death.
Ultimately bringing Lila and Ashton together for a friendship and relationship that neither of them expected or wanted.

I loved Lila and Ashton they were both brilliant characters with such fire, passion and strong beliefs. Ashton is a very famous artist who comes from a family with money and has lots of interesting connections and while he wants information from Lila about what she saw the night his brother died he also finds her fascinating and is determined to paint her. Which starts the interesting relationship between Lila and Ashton that takes them on a dangerous adventure on the search to what happened to Ashton’s brother and what he was up to before he died.

I seriously highly recommend The Collector. It is an amazing read and possible one of the best books Ms Roberts has written recently. I might possibly be buying the paperback copy too to add to my collection.

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