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Worth the Risk: Partners / The Art of Deception PDF, ePub eBook Partners Matthew Bates had wanted Laurel Armand for years, but he was her professional nemesis, and the sultry Southern belle has always kept him at a safe distance. But when the rival reporters are forced to work together on a case of murder and madness down in steamy New Orleans, the sparks fly. Determined to get their story, Matt and Laurel find themselves in the path of Partners Matthew Bates had wanted Laurel Armand for years, but he was her professional nemesis, and the sultry Southern belle has always kept him at a safe distance. But when the rival reporters are forced to work together on a case of murder and madness down in steamy New Orleans, the sparks fly. Determined to get their story, Matt and Laurel find themselves in the path of a deranged killer, putting love and life on the line! The Art of Deception Supposedly he had come to her father's estate looking for respite. But was handsome Adam Haines really the man he pretended to be? Kirby Fairchild couldn't be sure. What she did know was that as the days and nights wore on, the attraction she felt for him was building, whether she'd wanted it to or not. Was she in danger of falling hard for a stranger who was even more practiced in the art of deception than she was?

30 review for Worth the Risk: Partners / The Art of Deception

  1. 5 out of 5

    thuy

    Picked this up at the dollar book store. The good thing about Roberts is that she is so prolific and I can often find her books used for a very good price. I picked this one up on a whim. Gotta love getting two stories for the price of one. The first story was alright. The main characters had good chemistry though it seemed a bit odd that Matt had avoided pursuing Laurel for a year and then suddenly decided that the middle of an investigation was the right time to go about it. And even though sh Picked this up at the dollar book store. The good thing about Roberts is that she is so prolific and I can often find her books used for a very good price. I picked this one up on a whim. Gotta love getting two stories for the price of one. The first story was alright. The main characters had good chemistry though it seemed a bit odd that Matt had avoided pursuing Laurel for a year and then suddenly decided that the middle of an investigation was the right time to go about it. And even though she professed to dislike him, she quickly fell in love with him. Still - not a bad read. Second story I didn't like as much. The characters seemed a bit forced and Kirby and her father was a little too eccentric to take seriously at times.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    This book was actually two books in one. The first set in sultry Lousianna with a crazy murderous family - great stuff. The second story took me into the word of art and art forgery, an interesting walk indeed. A fun vacation read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Finn

    I enjoyed this book more than I anticipated! It was given to me by a friend who loves these romance fictions and especially the ones by Nora Roberts. My friend said "I know these are not your types of books, but..." It was a gift and so I said "thanks" and read it. Partners is the first book in a two book binding. It is well written, taut, flows well and the sexual tension between Laurel and Matthew is real and not contrived the way these situations sometimes are in some romance novels. The well timed tea I enjoyed this book more than I anticipated! It was given to me by a friend who loves these romance fictions and especially the ones by Nora Roberts. My friend said "I know these are not your types of books, but..." It was a gift and so I said "thanks" and read it. Partners is the first book in a two book binding. It is well written, taut, flows well and the sexual tension between Laurel and Matthew is real and not contrived the way these situations sometimes are in some romance novels. The well timed teasing and verbal thrust and parry between these highly ambitious and accomplished professional rivals was always respectful and never denigrating. They will make excellent life partners if they can always remember that couples are not doormats for each other ...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Camila Matamala

    It’s the first book of Nora Roberts I’ve read... and I get the fuzz around her. She is a very very good writer. She has the ability to transport you into the story, make you feel everything, and just love every character in the book. What I enjoyed the most about this one is that there are two stories in it and they are quite different from each other, I found the female characters very relatable and interesting strong male leads. The plot was captivating and overall it was a very fun read for m It’s the first book of Nora Roberts I’ve read... and I get the fuzz around her. She is a very very good writer. She has the ability to transport you into the story, make you feel everything, and just love every character in the book. What I enjoyed the most about this one is that there are two stories in it and they are quite different from each other, I found the female characters very relatable and interesting strong male leads. The plot was captivating and overall it was a very fun read for my vacations. I am looking forward to reading more of her.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    "Partners" is the first book in the duet and it is one of my favorites. Mysterious disappearances, spooky swamp, society reporter vs the crime reporter, and lots of snappy banter are excellent reasons to read and enjoy this book. The Art of Deception" has an art-theft mystery theme, attempted murder, and romance to recommend it. Kirby does sculpture, while her father is the "greatest living artist" of the era--he also dabbles in crooked art. The mystery involves a Rembrandt and an attractive inve "Partners" is the first book in the duet and it is one of my favorites. Mysterious disappearances, spooky swamp, society reporter vs the crime reporter, and lots of snappy banter are excellent reasons to read and enjoy this book. The Art of Deception" has an art-theft mystery theme, attempted murder, and romance to recommend it. Kirby does sculpture, while her father is the "greatest living artist" of the era--he also dabbles in crooked art. The mystery involves a Rembrandt and an attractive investigator who is an artist in his own right. Classic Nora Roberts, who can resist?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Partners is about two reporters who come across a story of a missing second wife of wealthy guy. Matt and Laurel have to figure out if this is a case of a missing wife or a murdered wife like her sister thinks it is. They follow leads to figure it out will it lead them to the first wife who went missing years earlier. Art of Deception is the second which is about Kirby and her father. When Adam comes to their mansion to supposedly work on his art is that really what he is there for or is there s Partners is about two reporters who come across a story of a missing second wife of wealthy guy. Matt and Laurel have to figure out if this is a case of a missing wife or a murdered wife like her sister thinks it is. They follow leads to figure it out will it lead them to the first wife who went missing years earlier. Art of Deception is the second which is about Kirby and her father. When Adam comes to their mansion to supposedly work on his art is that really what he is there for or is there something else. They were both good reads and I enjoyed them both.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book, tho released in 2018, is actually made up of two short novels by this author that were previously published in the mid eighties. It shows! The writing is nowhere near what her later novels are like, and because of the brevity, everything in the stories feels rushed and doesn't ring true at all. The mysteries weren't badly done, so that was one saving point. I wouldn't waste my time tho. Read her later writings instead!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marge

    Audiobooks were okay for listening to in the car. A bit dated and too much of the fainting heroine in both books, but okay overall.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Thank god that's done

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Hinderliter

    I enjoyed both of these, The Art of Deception a little more than Partners. What can I say? I love silly Nora.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Macri

    Two stories in one. Both follow the same formula. I thought the second with the painters would not but alas it did.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brett Robertson

    Like Nora Roberts as a guilty pleasure read. This book was actually 2 in one. Have to say not a fan of either.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kemp Maldonado

    I always enjoy Nora Roberts books. I was not disappointed with this selection.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kiela Joseph

    loved the first story, the last one was kinda boring

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    It was okay - Some of her books were better. Not going to stop me from reading more of Nora's books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Partners - 4/5 - This must have been around the time that Nora Roberts started getting good - because this is a pretty great story. It's obviously dated (it's from 1992!) with people using typewriters and smoking indoors and whatnot. But it's easy enough to look past that to the pretty decent suspense-romance that we get here. Laurel Armand is a journalist working at her father's paper and sort of a Southern Belle who starts out iffy for me, as she's kind of vain and has a touch of self-centered Partners - 4/5 - This must have been around the time that Nora Roberts started getting good - because this is a pretty great story. It's obviously dated (it's from 1992!) with people using typewriters and smoking indoors and whatnot. But it's easy enough to look past that to the pretty decent suspense-romance that we get here. Laurel Armand is a journalist working at her father's paper and sort of a Southern Belle who starts out iffy for me, as she's kind of vain and has a touch of self-centeredness, but it doesn't stick with her and it doesn't get on my nerves. She has a moment or two of utter stupidity, but she's not TSTL. Matt works at the same paper as she does, but he had much rougher beginnings. And he's been attracted to her pretty much forever, but is taking his sweet time about acting on it. When they're partnered together to do a story about the death of the wife of a family friend, things get a bit spicier. And the suspense and mystery part of the story definitely keep you reading. Some of this was rather unrealistic in that, how did the cops close this case and not uncover any of the information that these two reporters did? Did they not question anybody or ever go looking for clues? Interestingly enough (and this is very telling about the story quality) I read this about 10-15 years ago and almost as soon as I started reading it again, the story and things that happen in it started coming back to me. I actually remembered this story. I tend to forget whole books and everything that happens in them years after reading them, so this was definitely good enough to remember. Art of Deception - 3/5 - This is an early Nora Roberts, so not her greatest. It's mostly a romance with a touch of suspense added in. It centers around a father and daughter who are great artists and eccentrics and a visiting artist (who is also on a mission to find a stolen Rembrandt painting). As a romance, it's not much because for most of the story they lack any emotional tension. And there certainly isn't much physical chemistry...even their love scene is about a paragraph long and it fades to black after they kiss. As a suspense it's kind of lackluster as well. While the banter between Kirby and her father is pretty damn delightful, Kirby on her own is a bit annoying. I'm sure she was supposed to be written as delightfully quirky - but I couldn't see it that way. She is constantly swearing with mundane words like "galoshes" or "corkscrews" or something else (some bet with her father)... And she's supposedly so confident and aware of her sexuality that she looks at sex quite casually. That's perfectly fine, but the examples the author uses to demonstrate it are completely unnecessary (and disturbing) - I don't need to know who she slept with and who is or has been interested in her. And in all of this wacky craziness of the Fairchild House, Adam just can't hold his own...literarily speaking. He's a great character and he balances the insanity, but he doesn't have a strong enough character to stand out...to be anything but boring in comparison. So it's good and it's easy to read - but I didn't care for Kirby. I really liked her father though! Too bad he wasn't one of the two main characters.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Margriet

    Partners: Matthew and Laurel are competing journalists on her father's paper. They have to work together on a murder. He took the job because he fell in love with a photo his college roommate (her brother) had. But they have worked together for a year and he hasn't done anything about it. Thought that was a bit thin, but enjoyed hero a lot. The Art of Deception The hero in this is one of my all time favourites. Kirby is so fun, carefree and creative, and yet responsible. Her father is a great char Partners: Matthew and Laurel are competing journalists on her father's paper. They have to work together on a murder. He took the job because he fell in love with a photo his college roommate (her brother) had. But they have worked together for a year and he hasn't done anything about it. Thought that was a bit thin, but enjoyed hero a lot. The Art of Deception The hero in this is one of my all time favourites. Kirby is so fun, carefree and creative, and yet responsible. Her father is a great character, too. She acts on her emotions, so when she's attracted to an artist who has come to live in their castle for a while, she doesn't hesitate to let him know. Adam is an artist, but he is also an insurance investigator. Weirdly enough, I think I might have liked it better if he was pretending to be an artist. He can't resist falling in love with both Kirby and her father. Really fun book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    penelopewanders

    Just erased my whole review. :( In short, some promise, but not fulfilled. Partners, set in the south - with the hate you love you theme with the two main characters... and the Art of Deception about artists... disappointing because of the main character who is basically nuts. The hero comments on the insanity of the household but at some point ignores it - but between the flightiness and childishness of the father and daughter, I found it hard to take. Nonetheless Roberts lets you keep reading. Just erased my whole review. :( In short, some promise, but not fulfilled. Partners, set in the south - with the hate you love you theme with the two main characters... and the Art of Deception about artists... disappointing because of the main character who is basically nuts. The hero comments on the insanity of the household but at some point ignores it - but between the flightiness and childishness of the father and daughter, I found it hard to take. Nonetheless Roberts lets you keep reading. Not her best.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I have particularly enjoyed certain Roberts books over the years. I liked the characters of Laurel and Kirby and the male characters weren't too bad either, but I didn't fall in love with this book as I have with others I have read by Roberts. Both did have fantastic plot twists that I didn't expect. A lot of other reviewers said to have "expected" the twists and figured them out right away. Maybe I am not as susceptible to nuances as other readers, but I was twisted!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This is actually two books in one volume: Partners and The Art of Deception. Both are what I think of as literary cotton candy. The fluff is attractive, but there really is no substance--there isn't anything wrong with that--sometimes I need an entertaining, mindless book to read and this duo satisfied that need. Partners, set in my beloved New Orleans, combines murder mystery and romance. The Art of Deception combines art theft and romance. The plots are formulaic and predictable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Antonette

    This book contained two for Nora Roberts romances. The first one was not bad but the second one dragged along. I only kept going just to finish it. I have read Nora's other books..her mysteries under the name J.D. Robb. Those I had enjoyed alot more. I read this book to check out her romances but did not enjoyed it. Maybe there are too sappy for me. I'll stick with her grittier mysteries from now on.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    I've been reduced to reading total fluff! I picked this up out of the new fiction section on the way out the door of the library the other day because the non-children section of the library is on the second floor of the library and I just couldn't motivate to bring both kids up the stairs. For that laziness, I have been richly rewarded with a one-star book :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacie M. Ritchie

    I was excited when I found a Nora Roberts book that I had not read. This was a disappointment big time. The two stories are mediocre at best and awful at worse. Her books written before this have been good, even the early works. I could barely finish the book. I don't recommend this book to anyone.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna-Lisa

    3 stars for the story "Partners" and 1 stars for the story "The Art of Deception". "Partners" was really great and exciting. I liked the characters, their love story and the mystery/crime story behind everything a lot. "The Art of Deception" simply was boring as hell. I didn't like the whol art copying and robbery story and I couldn't connect with the characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leonela

    This book has two books in one. In both stories it shows your that you don't fall in love the moment you meet. Sometimes it takes having don chose but to work together to get to truly know each other. This book also shows how it doesn't matter how close you are to some one. That doesn't mean they won't try to kill you, to get what they want. This book was eye-catching.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    My sister has said many times that she loves Nora Roberts. I'm more of a paranormal fan, though I read more than just that subject. This was my first time reading Nora's books, and now I know why everyone I know who reads loves her!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I am reading some reviews on this two story book. I am loving the first story Partners, as everyone else did. The second story everybody seems very disappointed in. I don't think I'll waste my time reading it, as there hasn't been anything good to say about it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenna

    I enjoyed the characters in Partners very much, especially Olivia and would give it a strong 3.5. The Art of Deception gets 2.5, I think if it was a full length novel with more to it I would have liked it better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    The first story in the series - Partners- was fantastic. I absolutely lvoved it. The second one - Art of Deception - I just couldn't get into. The characters didn't connect at all. They seemed fake, though I'm sure the story itself would be ineteresting.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Zombori

    Two books in one. Didn't realize it until I read the back cover after I had read a few chapters. The first book, Partners, was ok because it was predictable. The second book, The Art of Deception was better, because I was deceived when it came to the whodunnit part.

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