I received this book for free from Brilliance Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Collector by Nora Roberts
Length: 15 hours and 55 minutes
Genres: Murder, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio, Putnam Adult Pages: 485
Source: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Julia Whelan
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Also by this author: Shadow Spell, The Perfect Hope, Year One, Of Blood and Bone
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. . . .
First Thoughts: The Collector was an interesting romantic suspense novel with a bit of adventure.
Not read a lot of Nora Roberts novels although I do like the ones that I have read. I guess it’s really just that there are so many books out there I can’t get to them all.
The Collector begins with Lila witnessing a murder. She has never been one to settle down and it comes from having a military father and picking up and traveling when his father had to transfer to a different base. Lila doesn’t have to worry about the normal house bills, she lives temporarily with a friend while between jobs, everything she has can be packed up in suitcases. She is free to do what she wants and doesn’t take orders from no one. She house sits, but she is also the author of a young adult werewolf series.
While at one of her house sitting jobs she sort of does a rear window type thing and looks out binoculars to spy on her neighbors. While spying she sees what she thought was a couple having a fight and then all of a sudden the woman gets thrown out he window. Lila calls the police and while at the station she meets Ashton.
Ashton finds out that his brother is dead, the police think that it was a murder/suicide and that his brother killed his girlfriend then took his own life. Ashton knows his brother better than that and doesn’t believe it. When he finds out that Lila witness what happened he goes to talk to her and from their the adventure begins.
What I liked:
The adventure and pacing of the novel was really good. I enjoyed both of the main characters flaws and all. The romance between the two main characters was nice and not to over the top. Lila is a loner and having someone who is a bit bossy trying to keep her safe and tell her what to do didn’t go over very well. She was just to use to taking care of herself, but the more she fell for Ashton the more she realizes that maybe she doesn’t like wondering like a gypsy. Ashton is a painter and use to women doing what he wanted. He was more of a this is how it’s done, do it type of guy. Things always have to be how he wants it, but Lila over and over again made him ask instead of tell. This was definitely an opposites attract sort of romance because they were so different but fell so hard.
I enjoyed the renewed romance of the secondary characters Luke and Julie as they were great friends to both of the main characters.
What I didn’t like:
To be honest there wasn’t a lot that I didn’t like but I did have some moments when I wanted to roll my eyes. When their is an assassin trying to kill you, you don’t go out alone..you just don’t! I understand why she did it because Lila is just so use to being on her own, but in this situation she needed to admit that the buddy system works best. Though I will admit she held her own against the assassin pretty good.
This is my first time listening to this author and with all narrators it take you a while to get use to them, but I think she did a really good job. I also liked how each CD ended and started with the same few lines so you didn’t get lost, especially if you stop one and don’t start the other for a few hours.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone who likes Nora Roberts or suspense romances.