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- Print Length: 192 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1516101995
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (August 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N04FCLL
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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when a vandalist/forger targets his father's forgeries, ethan is partnered with olivia lawson of the art & antiquities unit of scotland yard. she's in line for promotion to detective constable and needs a win in this case, though given her rocky reputation in the art world combined with a lack of funds for her department at scotland yard, things aren't looking too good.
in the forger, ethan must strike a tough balance. he cannot admit the truth of his past to olivia, because he risks death or incarceration, but the more they investigate the more apparent it is that he is being targeted. and there are some secrets he just can't keep from olivia. especially given their chemistry.
not only are they great partners on the job, they are also incredible in the bedroom. ethan has never had the chance to be close to someone like this, and he chafes at the constraints his job and his agreement with the e.c.u. put him under. he also knows that it's possible he could lose olivia by confessing everything. he's an art forger, and olivia knows all too well the kind of damage this particular kind of crime can cause. can they overcome those fundamental differences? is the attraction and reality of how perfectly they complement each other enough to leave the past in the past?
this is a romance with a happy ending, with a decent suspense-mystery thrown into the mix. the stakes aren't quite as high in the forger as they are in the thief, but the leads are charming and play off each other well.
**the forger will publish on august 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical press) in exchange for my honest review.
The fast paced plot as Olivia and Ethan tried to track down the mystery bomber who vandalizes works of art was an intriguing premise for the book. Ms. Hauf's descriptive writing allowed me to understand more about paintings and their history so that I had to actually looks some of them up on the internet. As far as the romance between Olivia and Ethan, I have to question that a true love match could have developed in their short time together. I felt like it was more of a "lust match" rather than a solid love relationship. All in all an entertaining read with enough twists to keep a reader guessing.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own. My rating is 3.5 stars.
The story was interesting but at times moved a bit slow for my taste but overall I enjoyed it. Also learned a lot more about the art world.
While I did really like both Olivia and Ethan, at times Olivia seemed to contradict herself to me. She's naturally a very shy person and doesn't make eye contact easily but then she says some very forward things to Ethan that just seem out of place for the character at the time. They had really great chemistry and were very cute together.
I do plan on going and reading the rest of the series and would definitely recommend this for someone looking for a light mystery read with some steam to it.