Thursday, 18 June 2015

Review & Giveaway: The Fine Art of Deception: Undoing Time by Alyssa Richards

Art appraiser Adeline Montgomery just wants a normal life. One where she can ignore the vicious ghosts who follow her. One where shes free from her “gift” of touching an object and seeing the owners deepest secrets. And one where she can fall in love without having all of the above get in the way.

But when tall, dark, and dangerous gallery owner Blake Greenwood enters her life, normal is the last thing shes feeling. The man has more secrets than the priceless art he sells, giving Adelines quest for normal no chance. That, and he may just hold the key to uncovering the truth behind her fathers unexplained disappearance.

Despite her paranormal gifts warning her to stay away, she feels an inexplicable, captivating fascination for him, something that goes deeper than attraction. Theres something between them thats older than time, and if she can learn to give him her trust, it may just save her life.  


Addie has the gift of 'sight'.  She can touch any object/person and say everything about its history.  And she can also see ghosts..ones who can even threaten her life. After a very bad breakup with her boyfriend, she decides to have just a normal life, without using any of her gifts.  She takes a job in an art firm, where her grandfather has been a partner, before he disappeared mysteriously.  The firm owner, Otto, has other plans for her.  Otto introduces Addie to Blake, an art dealer.  The attraction between Addie and Blake is terrific, and Addie, who has been celibate for the past 7 years, doesn't welcome this feeling of vulnerability.  Just when Addie gets a taste of what normal life is, she gets tangled in a dangerous web of deception.

This is going to be a difficult review for me.  I can't say much details, as I may give away some important plot lines.  I will try to be make it spoiler-free, as much as possible.

The plot is unique in a way that you will keep thinking of its awesomeness for a long time after finishing this book.

There was so much positives in the book, that kept me awake with my Kindle at night, in spite of my recently sleep deprived life.  I am grazing through some things I loved here..

  • The romance between Addie and Blake
  • The mystery of the stolen art
  • The paranormal touch to everything
  • The beauty of knowing the characters' inherent feelings
  • The change in POV without causing confusion, but giving more depth to the story

I could actually go on and on.

The writing was great, despite this being the author's debut.  The climax wrapped up some major subplots and ended with HEA.  There are some questions unanswered like why Addie's grandfather has given warning, why he made his presence after all this time, how did Blake come in Addie's dreams and of course, the real mystery about the art.

I wish I have the second book with me now.  This book has exceeded my expectations in every way.  You should definitely read it, if romance, suspense or paranormal genre suits you.


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