The Collector by Nora Roberts, Book Review

Book Summary: (per the authors webpage)
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 rarefied 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.

My Thoughts:
How does she do it?  Everything I read by Nora Roberts I like (admittedly some more than others), but this one I liked on all fronts.  It has a strong female, a great cast of secondary characters, a dashing and strong male lead, action, romance, friendship, thriller, a little mystery and travel! 

The only thing I did not like is that the ending was somewhat predictable.  By the time the violent scene came at the apartment I was expecting it and just wondering when it would come.  Even that part was a bit obvious because when Lila and Ashton thought everything was over and Ashton left her alone for a few minutes is when the next drama occurred.

However, the scenes with the dogs had me going awww and laughing,  Dogs truly are amazing and heroes! I loved and enjoyed the the twist and happenings of the two best friends (did NOT see that one happening) and enjoyed the villioness in this story (though she did make me think of a character in Iris Johansens Eve Duncan series!)

Overall I enjoyed this book and was glad I borrowed it from the library.  I would recommend it for reading unless you do not enjoy books that have a somewhat predictable ending.

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