Shaken and bruised, Miranda was determined to put the assault out of her mind, and welcomed the distraction offered by a summons to Italy to verify the authenticity of a Renaissance bronze of a Medici courtesan known as The Dark Lady.
However, instead of cementing Miranda's reputation as a leading authority in her field, the bronze nearly destroys it when her professional judgment is called into question, and the bronze is declared a hoax.
Desperate to restore her credibility and prove The Dark Lady is really a previously unknown work of Michelangelo, Miranda turns to Ryan Boldari, a seductive - and supposedly reformed - art thief. For Miranda, forced to rely on herself and a partner with his own hidden agenda, the only way home is filled with treachery, deception, and a danger that threatens everything she loves.
©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Nora Roberts is it go to write writer for me. I took a chance and bought a Nora Roberts audible book. The whole book was read in a breathy whisper. I almost could not finish the book. Before I buy a new Nora Roberts audible book I will check to see who the narrator is. If it's the same one I will not be buying it.
Oldie, but definitely one of the best by Ms. Roberts.
Ryan - enjoyed the manner in which he performs a double life to perfection.
When Miranda and Ryan are in visiting his family.
Love the book's title - it would work for a film.
Wish Ms. Roberts would return to this wonderful style in writing future books - their are her very best !!
I feel like all Nora Roberts books are the same now, not impressed. Character building was rushed, male protagonist seemed like an abusive lover.
I really enjoyed Montana Sky by Roberts and performed by Leigh so I downloaded Homeport. The story is not near as engaging and enjoyable as Montana Sky. The main character is a bit infuriating. And I wish the end goal of the women in Roberts' books was more than marriage.
The whole presentation was good. The times of high tension were well written. The facts about Dr. Jones' birth and then growing up could probably be better written. Must have been the victim of an editor's red pencil. The character Ryan is presented as a rather untrustworthy person--almost as a psychopath, who in the end, snaps out of it, and now loves Dr. Jones. Really? ! This is not the real world! The best he might be is a borderline or a passive--aggressive. The only way any one of these diagnosis change for the better is thru the intervention of the Living God in the life of the person. And that nowhere to be found in this story. So I see Ryan and Dr. Jones' marriage headed for disaster--sooner than later. Ryan is making promises he can't keep.
I've read Homeport several times, it is one of Nora Robert's best books. The narration was good, but not spectacular. I found it too fast at normal speed and too slow when I reduced the speed 25%. I did get used to it eventually. I have a quibble about the narration - at times Ryan Boldari, a mover and shaker in the NY art world, sounds sleezy and thuggish, and I found it off-putting. I suspect a man of his position would deliver threats in a more matter-of-fact or amused way.
I loved this book. It was interesting, took me to distant places, and kept me guessing. I had no idea who the culprit was until the ending, which was very, very nice. I hate coming to the end and already knowing what I'll find.
Awesome book. Well performed and well paced.
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