I hope you are all doing well, this lovely Sunday. Today I bring you a review of my first book by this author.
“Hidden Riches“, written by Nora Roberts, is a Romantic Suspense novel, first published on July 13th 1994. I read the Portuguese edition published on October 2010 by Chá das Cinco – Edições Saída de Emergência.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts unveils the intriguing world of antiques dealing, where an independent woman discovers the price of breathless desire—and the schemes of an obsessed killer…
Dora Conroy has a passion for antiques—and any other rarities she can acquire for her quaint Philadelphia shop. A seasoned dealer, she knows all the tricks of the trade. But she is unprepared for the deadly consequences when she purchases a few curiosities at an auction—and unknowingly brings home a priceless cache that makes her the target of an international criminal. Entwined in a reckless chase, Dora turns to her new neighbor, Jed Skimmerhorn, a cop who’s turned in his badge—and whose desire for lovely Dora puts him back in the line of fire. Fighting their attraction while falling in love, they find that hidden riches can have a most ordinary façade. And that possession can be a lethal obsession…
About the Author
Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
There are authors whose names we easily recognize even without having read one of their books. Nora Roberts is one of those authors. With “Hidden Riches”, I finally entered the world of Nora Roberts and I can say that I’m now even more curious to read her other novels.
In this book we follow Dora and Jed, an antiques store owner and a former police officer. A story that follows the world of antiques, from the first moment that it is presented to us by Dora at an art auction. With each page read we meet an interesting group of characters, including those we know are the villains. Now, the ‘why’ is something that we discover with each chapter and each information revealed.
Personally, I loved the story. Very captivating, not only for the element of art and antiques that I find fascinating, but also for all the romance and interaction between characters.
The story has a paced rhythm, sometimes slow, creating tension and drama. Another aspect that I also liked, as it establishes a firm basis for the story and creates interest in what will happen next. Furthermore, with the passion simmering between Dora and Jed, the fact that there is this type of slower but intense rhythm, leads to pressure, a sexual tension, that even when released, remains alive in all moments of interaction between the characters.
Although I didn’t think there was any intense suspense, the amount that it did have balanced well with the romance and the peculiar characters. So, I think it was a very balanced book, which let my curiosity increase with each chapter and each revelation and moment of action.
In general, “Hidden Riches” had all the elements I like in a story. I’m glad it was with this book that I finally started my journey through the world of Nora Roberts’ imaginary.
If you like art, antiques, a good dose of mystery and crime, and romance… and have never read a book by this author… this is a good story to venture out on. Extra: it happens during Christmas and New Year! And who doesn’t like parties and eccentricity?
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