TBT Review #1: The Collector

throwback thursday reviews

Throwback Thurday Reviews is a weekly feature here @ A Weebish Book Blog. It is a chance to tweak old book reviews, share them with others, and perhaps fall in love with some old favorites.

My first Throwback Thursday is a book from a author that has been a favorite of mine for many, many years. My first adult romance was an old copy Irish Hearts, a very old work of Nora Robert’s that I sneakily borrowed from my mom long before I was old enough to be reading a romance novel with mild sex scenes. I have many fond memories of reading her books and what better way to start a TBT meme than with one of my oldest favorite authors?


The Collector

The Collector by Nora Roberts
Published by Berkley on April 15th, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Paperback
Pages: 528
Source: Paperback
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N

From #1 New York Times-bestselling 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 could tear them apart . . .

When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. . . .
Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence—against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified 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. . . .

The first thoughts that came to me when I finally finished THE COLLECTOR were, “That’s it. I’ve found my higher calling. I’m going to travel the world and house-sit for rich people, take an artist as my lover, and have him/her paint me in emeralds while solving an international mystery.” I’m probably asking for too much (especially since I’m more of a homebody than a world traveler) but this book was such an adventure that I want to experience what the characters did — excluding the murder of family and friends and the bone-shaking fear.

Travel and adventure, and crime solving. The life of a house-sitter.

Lila Emerson is a woman with a serious case of wanderlust. She dampens her thirst for travel by house-sitting for the wealthy, and makes a living writing young adult novels with werewolf main characters. She makes friends with everyone she meets and is the world’s most interesting handyman. How could I not enjoy such a charming heroine? She also a penchant for people watching that  is both relate-able and amusing —until she spies a woman being pushed out a window. Her already adventurous life quickly becomes entangled into an international mystery.

Not only did Lila worm her way into my heart, but I fell in love with Ashton. He’s the eldest of 12 step-and-half siblings and the man they all come to for help. He’s a successful painter that creates beautiful, feminist artworks. Not only is he a successful artist, he’s also a man who knows what he wants, and won’t stop until she’s it’s his. It’s funny to watch him subtly arrange things in a way that makes others think it’s their idea. He’s manipulative when he needs to be, but he generally does it because he’s so good at taking care of other people — did I just suggest that manipulation is okay? Whoops. But the way he does it is just so smooth — and very thoughtful. Funnily enough, this is a also personality trait that he finds attractive in Lila. It’s obvious they are meant to be together, now he just has to convince Lila before I snatch him up myself while they are searching for his brother’s killer.

THE COLLECTOR was another brilliant stand-alone written by the most well known romance writer of all time. I loved the suspense and the international adventure that takes them to Florence, Italy. I’m a huge fan of art-theft type mysteries with historical intrigue and this one was delightful. I may grow weary of her trilogies, but Roberts is the queen of romantic suspense! I recommend this novel to both long time fans of Nora Roberts and those new to her works. If you’re looking for an adventure, intrigue, and romance, pick up a copy of THE COLLECTOR.



  1. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read a Nora Roberts book despite having a few on the back of my shelves. I love the romance of narrations set in European countries, it’s such a beautiful way to explore from the comfort of your lounge room. This one sounds really lovely with a blend of mystery. Looking forward to hunting down a copy. Wonderful review Sarah, really enjoyed it.


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