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From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart…
As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.
But when she witnesses a possible murder-suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as Lila knows it takes a dramatic turn.
Artist Ashton Archer knows his charming, clever, and impulsive brother couldn 't have killed his girlfriend - or taken his own life. His hope of unraveling what happened lies with Lila, the only eyewitness. And even buried in grief, Ash longs to paint the woman whose deep, dark eyes seem to hold endless reserves of strength and a fiery passion.
Chalking up their intense attraction to the heat of the moment, Lila agrees to help Ash in trying to find out who murdered his brother and why. From the penthouses of Manhattan to grand Italian villas, 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…
©2014 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Janels on 05-02-14

I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

It grates on me to buy a book considered chic lit in some circles. Even Audible classified this as "romance". I like cerebral mysteries with good character and plot development.

Even though Roberts' women all echo the same stubborn independence, an abhorance for gold-digging, are the reluctant ones in the "perfect" love matches, and nearly always marry wealth, somehow she manages a good and unique plot line in each of the books I have read. Her characters are well-developed and sympathetic. And, she somehow conjures up good mysteries while brimming with often steamy sex.

So, I didn't want to like this, but it's an incredibly engaging story. It has suspense, introspection, artistic interpretation, and is just plain interesting.

The peeping house-sitter witnesses a murder, befriends the victim's brother (of course all out of kindness and empathy), and, although predictable, the rest is a fun and wild ride.

I don't understand how an author who pumps out so many books can come up with so many plots, in spite of the main strong female character remaining essentially the same. The narrator was quite good, and managed the male characters equally as well as the variety of female intonations.

It's definitely worth a credit, you won't regret the choice. And, it's really not just "chic lit".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joan on 04-17-14

Good author and good narrator

I am a fan of Julie Whelan. I purchased this book because of her. I am also a fan of Nora Roberts, but I have disappointed with her books a few times recently. I stayed up late into the night listening to this book. It was worth the credit.

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1 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 06-01-14

Can't be bothered

There's a great saying for something that is rubbish, " a pile of mince". Sorry Mrs Roberts, I used to like your books which is why I keep buying them, but you've lost your way a bit with this one.

There are no redeeming qualities to the main characters and to be honest, I wasn't that bothered what happened to them once it was obvious an assassin was trailing them!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 05-19-14


What would have made The Collector better?

the plot line

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?


What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan’s performance?

dull but then again that was probably the story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

I love Nora Roberts - but this was just awful, and boring

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 03-05-15

Wonderful characters

I really enjoyed the development of the characters in this novel.The story was fairly good, a few twists and turns but in essence it is a romance. Standard Nora Roberts formula which works so well for an easy read that by the end you cant put down, even though you know what will happen :)

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jolene on 03-09-18

Great book

This was a good storyline and I enjoyed it but found the sex scenes way too graphic. This wasn’t one of my favourite Nora Roberts books.

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