Elle Dakin is shocked when she’s given the opportunity to fly to Paris to attribute a newly discovered painting to her favorite artist. After all, why would they choose a broke, struggling Art History doctoral student for such an honored task? When she arrives in Paris, she realizes the deal was too good to be true—suddenly she’s neck deep in a murder, an international art theft, and threats to her safety. Thank goodness Ryan, an art exporter, comes to her aid, protecting her from the dangerous side of Paris and those who would try to harm her. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s sinfully handsome…until she discovers he has just as many secrets as everyone she’s met on this trip of a lifetime gone wrong…
The last assignment undercover FBI agent Ryan DeLong wants is to investigate art theft. But here he is, stuck in Paris, chasing down the thieves of a million-dollar masterpiece. The only bright spot is Elle, the shy but enchanting doctoral student who teaches him about more than just the beauty of Surrealism. He can’t tell her the truth of his identity, plus he refuses to get romantically involved with anyone while he’s on a case. But when he learns Elle also has things to hide, he begins to doubt everything he thought he knew about her.
Loved the blurb!
Loved the blurb! Working on her art history degree but feeling stalemated by her advisor, Elle jumps at the opportunity to assist a client on an urgent call to authenticate a piece of art. With expenses paid for, Elle travels from the US to Paris, determined to have a successful experience, but once she arrives it’s nothing but problems for her – starting with the person who called her ending up dead! Determined to still find the piece and make a name for herself, Elle starts to work on investigating what happened to the artwork and through that she meets Ryan. Ryan is a FBI agent working on the case of the same piece of artwork except in a different capacity than Elle, and initially he feels that she is involved in the entire operation. As they work together, Ryan starts to realize that Elle is a victim rather than the bad guy, and they team up to get to the bottom of where the artwork went, authenticate it, and solve the murder. This book really just missed the mark for me. The characters were pretty flat and the spark between Ryan and Elle really wasn’t there as I continued to read.
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