“The Fine Art of Deception: Undoing Time” by Alyssa Richards (2015)
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Page Length: 269 pages (paperback copy)
Art appraiser Addison Montgomery just wants a normal life. One where she can ignore the vicious ghosts who follow her. One where she’s free from her “gift” of touching an object and seeing the owner’s 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 she’s feeling. The man has more secrets than the priceless art he sells, giving Addison’s quest for normal no chance. That, and he may just hold the key to uncovering the truth behind her father’s 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. There’s something between them that’s older than time, and if she can learn to give him her trust, it may just save her life. (description from Goodreads)
*I received this book in exchange for a honest review*
The Fine Art of Deception was a lively, paranormal romance novel. I enjoyed the concept of “past lives” that was within the plot, and the fact that the two main characters were psychic was also intriguing. While most of the story is set in the present, we also get to dabble in the past and see who Blake and Addie once were.
Addie, our main protagonist, has allowed her bad experiences from her previous relationship to keep her from falling in love and also has trouble fully accepting the psychic abilities she has been given. Throughout the novel, readers will see Addie’s definite growth into a more confident person, and her eventual coming to terms with her abilities and start to use them as a powerful asset.
I thought the romance between Blake and Addie was sweet, even though they seemed to fall for each other instantly without knowing each other for very long. Usually I don’t like “insta-love” in novels”, but this couple’s relationship made sense since they already have a established “connection”.
I also enjoyed the thriller aspect of the novel in which Addie goes to work for a art business, in order to find out what really happened to her grandfather. Otto hides his dark secrets and dirty dealings from the public, and it’s up to Blake and Addie to catch him in the act. The story ends at a good point and leaves loose ends leaving you wonder where the story will take off in the next novel.
A entertaining paranormal romance ! 4 out of 5 stars!