Book Review: Undoing Time (The Fine Art of Deception: Book 1) by Alyssa Richards

Undoing Time (The Fine Art of Deception, #1)

Title: Undoing Time

Author: Alyssa Richards

Publisher: Not listed

Date of publication: January 18th, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense

Number of pages: 266

Part of a series: Undoing Time

The Fine Art of Deception – Book 1

Somewhere in Time – Book 2

Standalone: Yes

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Art appraiser Addison 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 Addison’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.

My review:

I felt awful of Addison (or Addie) in the first few chapters of this book. She had a horrific breakup with her ex-fiance. At first, because she kinda glossed over the details, you think that he just left her to be with her best friend. But, no, her ex-bestie and himself decided to ruin Addie at her job. The author didn’t really get into what they did but whatever it was, it was awful and caused Addie to become a recluse of sorts. But she didn’t find comfort at home. See Addie has special psychic powers. Addie is an empath, can see and talk to ghosts and if she touches an object, she can see past owners and events attached to the object. All 3 of these “gifts” have made her life a living hell.

I couldn’t even imagine living like she did. She barely slept, barely went out…basically lived like a hermit. I mean, I am a homebody, but it would drive me nuts to not run to the store because she was afraid of what she might pick up/see. Her only comfort is a sapphire ring that she bought while in Paris. For some reason, she dreams that she is the woman (named Sassy) and she has a lover named Jack.

She decides to apply for a job at her grandfather’s old art agency that is now being run by her grandfather’s partner. She has always loved art and decided that this would be a great career for her.

Now, this is where the book got really interesting. She meets Blake and has an instant attraction to him. She was almost pulled to him and she was scared to death. I mean, who wouldn’t be after what she just went through.

Speaking of Blake, I liked him…even when he was being less than honest with Addie. But he did get on my nerves, a little bit, with his secretiveness. While I understand why he was so secretive, it still bugged me. What a way to start off a relationship.

I also liked that the book was pretty cut and dry with who the bad guy was. No guessing, no red herrings…which was great.

The chemistry between Blake and Addie were through the book and the sex was through the roof. At one point, I did think that they were going to go “let’s go bareback because you haven’t had any partners for a while and I am clean (just believe me when I say that I got tested)” but it didn’t. I actually did a fist pump and praised the author for doing that. Hooray for fictional safe sex…

I will say that the ending was pretty interesting. More secrets come out and there were a couple in there that really surprised me. Definitely kept me interested enough to want to read the next book and see how everything is resolved.

How many stars will I give The Fine Art of Deception? 4

Why? Great storyline and great characters.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex, language, some violence

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**