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 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 Adeline'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.
Paranormal romance is my go-to genre when I'm looking for something different. Don't get me wrong... I love billionaire CEO seduces the mousy virgin, etc... but sometimes the same old story line gets a little old and I know paranormal will offer something unique. And Alyssa Richards did not disappoint in that regard, however, I'm thinking maybe The Fine Art of Deception offered a little too much uniqueness.
There's so much going on in the beginning that I felt a little lost. We have dreams of past lives, ghosts, the gift of "pushing", and a whole lot of information overload in the first few chapters that I just thought it was a bit much. Once we got past all that though, I found myself intrigued.
Addie's life is in shambles and has been for some time (way longer than what is warranted I believe) and she's decided that it's time to get back on track. She gets a job at the art firm where her father and grandfather used to work hoping to live a normal life but quickly comes to realize that that's easier said than done.
It's at her interview that she meets Blake, a mysterious gallery owner with a few too many secrets. Of course she feels an immediate connection with him but after being burned by men in the past she tries to steer clear. Which brings us to Blake's agenda.
Blake is supposed to get close to Addie so that Otto, her new boss, can use her gifts for his benefit. But is that the only reason Blake decides to pursue her? Even though we were able to get inside Blake's head throughout the book I still had a hard time figuring out his true intentions. It was obvious he was hiding something, or maybe a few things, and even towards the end, it was still hard to tell if he had Addie's best interests at heart.
I knew going into this that it was the first book in the series so I wasn't surprised when it ended the way it did. We're left with a HFN ending between Blake and Addie and quite a few unanswered questions that I'm sure we'll have the answers to in the next book. Overall, it was an interesting read but at this point I'm not sure if I'm invested enough to follow up when the next book comes out.