Untrue Colors

Untrue Colors

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by Veronica Forand
     
 

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She's on the run...

Brilliant art appraiser Alex Northrop's ex used stolen art to fund his nefarious activities. Now he wants her dead. But it isn't just herself she's worried about - if he discovers who she really is, he'll kill her family.

Professor Henry Chilton is shocked to find a beautiful stranger passed out in his bed, and even more so when she reveals a

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She's on the run...

Brilliant art appraiser Alex Northrop's ex used stolen art to fund his nefarious activities. Now he wants her dead. But it isn't just herself she's worried about - if he discovers who she really is, he'll kill her family.

Professor Henry Chilton is shocked to find a beautiful stranger passed out in his bed, and even more so when she reveals a priceless painting is a forgery - the painting he'd planned to use to fund a woman's shelter. She's mysterious and frightened, and he is determined to discover why.

Alex's knowledge of art is undeniable-just as Henry's attraction to her is irresistible. But in order to help him recover the real painting, Alex isn't just risking exposure...she's risking her life.

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2016-01-20
A search for a stolen painting brings an art appraiser in contact with a dangerous man from her past in Forand's (Snippets of Suspense, 2015, etc.) latest novel. Alex Lemoine appears be a Frenchwoman enjoying a thriving career as an art appraiser and a romance with a man named Luc, but appearances are deceiving. In reality, she's an American named Alex Northrop, and Luc is a sadist who regularly abuses her. (She even hides the fact that she has a mother and sisters from him in order to keep them safe.) When she discovers that he's planning to murder her, she flees to Oxford, England, where she reinvents herself as a woman named Gabe West. One evening, she seeks refuge in the home of Henry Chilton, a professor of anthropology who helps run the Ripon Women's Group, which assists battered women and children. He's also an art lover who's planning on using a portrait of his ancestor Lady Elizabeth Gillett as collateral for a loan to help fund the group. But when Henry shows her the painting, she informs him that it's a forgery. She offers to help him locate the original painting, and, with the help of Henry's half brother, Simon, they begin an international search. As things heat up, she and Henry fall in love—but when Luc re-emerges, Alex must make some difficult choices to protect her family members and the man she loves. The plot is filled with globe-trotting intrigue, stolen art, secret identities, and dangerous villains, and Forand balances the suspenseful mystery with a passionate romance. Alex is an intriguing heroine—a linguistic genius and a master of disguise with an uncanny eye for appraising art. She's complemented by Henry, a dashing anthropology professor and earl who's dedicated his life to helping abused women and children. Their romance unfolds in scenes that are both tender and erotic. The supporting characters are also strong, including Simon, whose sexy swagger conceals an unrequited love for "Gabe." Detailed settings and references to real stolen art, including Henri Matisse's 1901 painting The Luxembourg Gardens, enhance the story. A briskly paced romance featuring breathless suspense.

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ISBN-13:
9781508422884
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/03/2015
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Untrue Colors (Entangled Select Suspense) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
A great gripping keep you on the edge of your seat book. I loved he hero Henry. The way he treated and protected Alex, swoon. Poor Alex she's running for her life from her crazy ex and she unintentionally puts Henry in the middle of it. The problem she gives a false identity to him and keeps everything close to her chest. Can Henry keep her safe before her ex finds her and finishes what he started?
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Story begins when something goes wrong. It's a universally understood principle. And art appraiser Alex Northrop probably knows it better than anyone else. Her life was hardly a story (after she disowned her family before they could return the favor and deliberately got lost in Europe to avoid detection) until she fell in with the wrong boyfriend, who trafficked stolen art and decided Alex was a liability he couldn't afford. Then the story started, and it got ugly in a hurry. Her ex's minions don't hesitate to kill those who try to stand in their way to get to Alex. Meanwhile, she's getting better at changing her appearance and demeanor (and it doesn't hurt that she's multilingual) to keep ahead of her enemies. When she unexpectedly lands in the company of professor Henry Chilton, a gallant art lover himself, she doesn't want to involve him in her mixed-up life, especially when the attraction between them grows beyond their control. On the other hand, Chilton needs her help, and he's willing to do anything to get it. UNTRUE COLORS by Veronica Forand debuts this month from Entangled Publishing's Select Suspense imprint, and proves to be a tantalizing romantic thriller. Forand spins an intriguing tale rich with colorful characters from opposite ends of the social spectrum, cleverly juxtaposed in impossible settings and situations rife with tension and uncertainty. The sexual attraction between Alex and Henry glows on the page and is a carefully crafted subplot that enriches (but doesn't supplant) the larger narrative. Alex Northrop, in particular, is as three-dimensional a character as any real-life person, a walking contradiction of unique interests, tendencies, and quirks that make her approachable, sympathetic, and comfortably human all at once. A highly recommended read! # # # Author: Veronica Forand Title: UNTRUE COLORS ISBN: 978-1-63375-206-1 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
First off...I love this story. Alex is on the run from an Abusive boyfriend who tried to kill her....she's an art appraiser and fluent in many languages. Henry is a professor, an earl and ex military...he rescues Alex from some boys at a party at his house and tries to help her. Alex is terrified her ex boyfriend will find her and kill anyone who gets in his way. She's falling for Henry but is afraid for him..His brother is involved with something illegal and now their trying to find Henry's stolen painting that he needs to fund a women's shelter. ...Everybody is hiding something..The brother is really 'undercover', Henry is 'special' ex military and Alex is really from a wealthy family.This is a suspense, mystery, humor and a love story. Alex and Henry are great characters and you can't help but love Simon....Great story..highly entertaining, highly recommend it.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
       Untrue Colors, Veronica Forand Genre:  Mystery and thrillers, Romance Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews My first read by Veronica and what a read it is. I really enjoyed it. I enjoy a suspense novel that’s not too heavy, and this with the romance angle added was perfect for me. Alex – wow – what’s she’s been through and yet she’s tough, still fighting and trying to stay alive. It must have been really hard for her, and poor Matt, how that must hurt her conscience, and its not her fault at all, she’s not to blame for her awful ex. So, escaping from Luc once again by the skin of her teeth she ends up accepting some help from Henry. She thinks he’s a simple Professor, and Simon just his half brother – and they are, but they are also much much more. Henry is also an Earl, with a castle no less, but that’s not all he is either. Simon is suspicious of Alex, why is she on the run, and who from and what for – he wants to protect his brother and he can see already how Henry is drawn to her. Henry needs help tracing a stolen painting, and after finding out why, Alex agrees to help him. Its for a cause dear to them both. It brings them into the murky and dangerous world of her ex though, where stolen arts are traded and the secret arms market reigns. Death and murder are everyday part of life in these underworld transactions. Its a great read, really sets a scene that feels genuine, and I loved the characters of Alex, Henry and Simon. They each had their own special qualities ( and talents) that shaped what happened. There are times when I really feared for what would happen. The suspense was perfect for me, letting me follow along with the story, taking wild guesses at what might happen ( and getting them wrong!). It’s perfectly paced, letting events flow very naturally and wasn’t one of those where everything is crammed into two days...but spread over a few weeks. The ending is climatic and the finale just so much what I wanted, and felt very satisfying. . Stars: five, a great story that for me was a great mix of mystery, suspense and romance. ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
What an action packed suspense story that sucks you in from the very first page!  And with two remarkable lead characters entertaining as well!  I loved Alex and Henry!  Both amazing and compassionate with others.  Alex was strong, witty, street smart and so very sarcastic with her foes.  I loved every minute of her character and winced when she would.  And Henry, a true knight in shining armor complete with his very own castle.  I loved his protective hero nature thrown in with a little nerdiness.  Major swooning!  Their suspenseful journey to keep Alex safe was long and winding with a few minor bumps along the way.  I hope we get a story for Simon soon as I adored his character too and want him to be happy after everything he went through.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
BooksforDays More than 1 year ago
Like a story with a lead women who is nobody's fool? Love a Book that is fast paced with a lot of mystery? Don't forget a steamy love  interest? Wickedly sassy and smart. Loved it, and didn't expect to love it as much as I did... you'll love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book, but I was blown away. Alex is an art appraiser, even more than that, and she is running from her ex-boyfriend. She hides in an Oxford University professor's house with a bunch of college students. She's discovered by Henry Chilton, anthropology professor and his hunky brother Simon, an MI6 agent. When she tells Henry that one of his paintings is a fake, she offers to help find, despite the danger of running into her ex in the art world.  My favorite part, I'm sorry Alex and Henry, was Simon. OMG, he's intense and pretty damn amazing. Just when I was sure I knew where the plot was going, everything turned around. This book is totally different from "Flirting on Ice." It's darker and doesn't let you rest too long before plunging you further into danger. PLEASE write Simon's story.  *I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable romantic suspense. It kept me on the edge of my seat with all the twist and turns. 
SLEdwards More than 1 year ago
Untrue Colors is a romantic suspense with the all the right elements; a bad situation that keeps getting worse, a desperate heroine, a truly evil bad guy and a hero to swoon over. Veronica Forand takes it one step further. The hero is a wonderful, charming mix of anthropology professor and badass. The heroine’s first encounter with him is so delightfully different, it made me love him immediately. And don’t get me started on Simon, a hot alpha sidekick that I hope has his own story in the offing. Alex, the heroine, is a woman in an impossible situation. Running for her life, and trying to put back the pieces of her shattered self esteem. Ms. Forand handles Alex with a gratifying sensitivity and maturity. The gentle build of her trust with the lovely Henry provides a wonderful counterpoint to the increasing tension and danger around them. A thoroughly enjoyable, authentic read. I received an ARC is exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic romantic suspense novel! Well paced with great characters this is definitely one you want to read. Alex Northrop is on the run. After discovering her boyfriends less than legal art world dealings and escaping is attempt to murder her there is no one she can trust. When she crashes a college dinner party and meets Prof. Henry Chilton, she doesn't realize it, but she may have stumbled upon the one person she can not only trust but who will help her get her life back. This is a great one and I definitely recommend it.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Alex Northrop has a unique talent which makes her a brilliant art appraiser. It can also cause her death. On the run from an ex-boyfriend who wants her eliminated, she meets Professor Henry Chilton. He senses her fear and is determined to save her. Can he be her hero? Alex is an amazing character. She's a chameleon who will go to any length to protect those she loves. Does she dare trust Henry? Is he one of the good guys? He matches her in strength and determination. I fell in love with the sexy British earl. The characters in Untrue Colors are varied and intense. It didn't matter if I loved them or hated them, they pulled me into the story. I was hooked! The action is non-stop. This book is filled with intrigue, passion and danger. I was intrigued by Simon. Henry's brother is a force to be reckoned with. The dialogue, the setting and the suspenseful story made this book a winner. Veronica Forand kept me on the edge of my seat. This book is a keeper. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Fascinating underground art world, full of criminals, violence and deceit. The characters are interesting. Alex with her brilliance in both art world and languages, witty personality, and take charge attitude, and model looks is charming, yet surprisingly naive at times. Henry, aristocrat and college professor, with Royal Navy background, lives the life of glamour, and has a heart of gold. The connection between Alex and Henry is based on lies, full of suspicions and lack of trust. Yet they manage to get to know each other within the limits, and form a bond that draws them together. The villains are ruthless, their actions merciless and bloody. The threat of retaliation is constant and real, everyone Alex is in contact with, or cares for, is in danger for their life as well. The scenes in the story move around in both Europe and the States, no where is Alex safe, or her loved ones. The plot is interesting, the twists plentiful, even though somewhat expected at times. The lack of smooth flow in the story was a bit bothersome, but in my understanding this is the author's first book. Overall an interesting tale ~ Three Spoons
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This novel is loaded with mystery and intrigue. It is fast paced and well written with many surprises along the way. The characters are well developed and interesting. This is one story that will hold your attention throughout. I look forward to reading many more books by Ms. Forand. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
MzAlexander More than 1 year ago
This was a really great read, I enjoyed it from the very beginning. It drew me in with all of the twists and turns and had all the things that make up a great suspense and of course romance!! Loved the hero and heroine in the book. I felt like Alex was a character that any woman could relate to which made me love the book even more.  This was my first book by Veronica Forand and I was not disappointed!
ahlewis32 More than 1 year ago
UNTRUE COLORS is a wild ride through the halls of museums, mansions and backrooms where stolen art is for sale and on display. The protagonist, Alex, is a gifted appraiser with a knack for spying a fake. When she learns that she has been duped into working for an art thief and illegal arms dealer, she must find a way to escape him or die. Enter Henry, the professor with a soft spot for a woman in danger and you get the recipe for a true romantic suspense novel that titillates and thrills. The characters are well-developed with interesting back stories. Even though we know who the players are throughout the story, there's always that angle that changes the perspective of every situation, keeping the reader on their toes until the end. Supporting characters are as interesting as the main characters. Henry's brother Simon is an enigma with his double life and so is his partner Nicola. Both are totally intriguing and appealing, Even Henry has secrets that come out slowly, making us want more. The book is classified as a romantic thriller but the romance is hot enough to keep you warm on a cold night. Even if you aren't a fan of suspense novels, you will find something you like in UNTRUE COLORS. I highly recommend it!
Sophie_Valencia More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book because it was a romance built around art theft, a subject that I find absolutely fascinating. It would have been so easy for this book to stop at the first level of art theft -- art stolen to be sold on the black market to art connoisseurs. Instead, the story took art theft all the way to its full implication in the international crime world. Because of the transportability, flexible appraisal value and (occasionally) dodgy provenance of art, it can serve as currency for weapons or drugs or other contraband.  As a result, I think that the author developed a suspenseful story in an organic way. Some romantic suspense books that I read have a forced -- almost unbelievable -- sense of suspense. Because the story was so well written, and because the author knew to show that art and illicit trade are inextricably linked, the suspense was really seamless. One big issue with this romantic suspense story was -- ironically -- the romance. The story would have been more realistic if there was no romance at all or, at the most, a fleeting hint of a future romance at the end of the story. Alexandra (now known as Gabe) ran away from home after she graduated from high school and fell in love with a criminal named Luc, who abused her physically and sexually. She had been a virgin when she met Luc so Gabe knew nothing other than sexual violence. Given her history, it was unrealistic that Gabe would be the one to initiate physical contact with Henry, a man she just met. In addition, I couldn't believe that Gabe would allow herself to relax in Henry's home soon after escaping Luc's absolute control. Generally, abused women are hypervigilant and it should have taken months (or years) not a mere weeks for Henry to gain Gabe's trust.  Reviewer's Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All errors are my own. This review was excerpted from my book blog.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
I’m a big fan of romantic suspense and loved the thriller aspect that Untrue Colors added to the mix. The story was original, the characters multi-dimensional, and it was paced perfectly to keep me turning the pages to get to the end. There was a lot going on in this story and the author does a nice job introducing characters and giving you the backstory you need, when you need it, to help understand the actions and emotions of the characters. Henry was an interesting hero for me. It was tough to peg him in a role – you could feel his alpha side wanting to come out when it came to Alex, but it usually sat at a simmer and never got to a full boil – which was one of the reasons he was so good for Alex. But one thing I wish would have been more developed and explored was Henry’s military service – since he is now just a university professor, Alex constantly underestimates Henry’s ability to protect her, and he really doesn't do much to plead his case otherwise. I would love to have seen Henry shock Alex a time or two with his abilities – nothing too crazy since Alex was running from an overbearing, abusive ex, but just a little show of alpha once or twice. I did love Henry’s sweet side, and loved how Alex snuck her way in to his heart without him realizing it. Alex was strong, but because of her situation she has started doubting her own judgement. This of course leads her to make some decisions that don’t turn out so good for her or the people that have helped her. Knowing her background and what she is running from, it was easy to understand why she continually second guesses herself, but it was frustrating at times, especially when it came to trusting Henry. The secondary characters added great color and additional depth to the story. From Henry’s half-brother Simon, who was easy to love and hate, to Luc, the abusive ex who threatens anyone and everyone who gets in his way, each character in this book added another layer to the plot and helped weave the story together. This was a great read that had a gritty layer to it that added to the romantic suspense aspect of the story, making it a real thriller. The darkness in Luc added an edge to the story that I really enjoyed. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes their romantic suspense served with a bit of a dark edge. I received a copy of this book from the Author for an honest review.
danicapaige08 More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.  Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. The Characters: I thought the characters were intriguing. Alex's past and her decisions were interesting to read about. I really liked Henry and his character. The author did a great job at creating characters that I could connect with. She told us about their past and showed how it was influencing their present, but did so in a way that wasn't an info dump.  That was one of the best aspects about this novel.  My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went in with little expectations. I'd never heard of the author, but the synopsis sounded incredible and so I wanted to read it. The book was engaging and well written. I kept wanting to know what would happen next. The world that the author created was brilliant. I loved how she delved into the world of art/illegal art trading and made it come to live. She had a brilliant plot and brilliant characters. My only complaint is that the attraction between Henry and Alex felt a little bit forced and rushed. If that had been slower, I would have given this a 4.  The novel is perfect for fans of romantic suspense.  So why 3 stars? Like I mentioned above, certain aspects were rushed to make this really stand out and be a 4.  Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language, violence, and sexual content. Definitely for a more mature audience.  The Wrap-up: An engaging novel that was a great read. Recommended for fans of the genre.  Love, Danica Page
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
In Untrue Colors, you have a woman named Alex (and around 10 aliases) who is on the run from her art-stealing boyfriend who wants to put a bullet in her. She goes from country to country trying to outrun this sadistic, virginity-stealing con-artist. Alex is an expert in art and can spot a forgery at 40 paces. She keeps her nose out of the art world ... at least until she meets the Earl and he needs some help with a ... task. So ... I'm still a bit unsure how I feel about this one. It was just ... okay. I think one of my major problems was with Alex. She has been brutally abused. Sexually abused. And recently. This isn't something that happened years ago that she has been dealing with for a long time ... it's still fresh. But she throws herself at this dude after just having said that she can't do a physical relationship. It was very contradictory, just a total back and forth between being a damaged/chaste girl to someone who seems to be willing to whore herself out. Now sure, this could be part of her character ... her being so abused by the previous relationship that she mistakes sexual advances/action as affection. But that isn't how the book read ... it didn't insinuate that this was how Alex was dealing. It came off as strange. Untrue Colors was interesting at first. And then it started to drag. Especially the ending. Good Lord. It was almost painful with how hard it was to keep reading. The excitement that I had for the beginning of the book just didn't last into the ending. Things started to get long-winded and I just didn't enjoy it. And the fight scenes. Oh, the fight scenes. Those also didn't seem realistic. I'm a big lover of military/spy books. Those are just filled to the brim with fights and violence. At one point in this one, someone caught a dude's punch with their hand. Who the hell did he think he was? Mr. Miyagi? I think not. It came across as feeling disingenuous. Maybe it was the fact that the prior parts of the novel didn't state or insinuate that this dude was such an epic fighter that he could catch a fist with the palm of his hand. Maybe he's part of the Matrix ... there is no spoon ... And the ending ... dragged ... on ... for ... forever. AND it wasn't satisfying for me. I just didn't like it at all. I'm not a fan, I guess. But it has received super high ratings, so I'm probably going to stay in the minority on this one.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, fast paced, sexy, james bond-type read that has you enthralled from the first chapter ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** This is the story of an art appraiser named Alex who is on the run from her art-thief, violent ex-boyfriend who is bound and determined to end her life. Alex risks her life to help a professor named Henry Chilton recover a stolen painting. This story has suspense , espionage, and love. Alex at times comes across as a kick a&& woman who is ready to take on the world, while Henry is the sexy professor who has secrets, like the James Bond type. And together, the sparks fly, sizzle away with laughter, and then re-ignite to combust. There is a lot here to make you want to devlve deeper into the underlining characters because the author has written so much into the story, that I didn’t want to put the book down i.e. Simon-Henry’s brother. OMG- he was awesome. Hope he gets his own book.  WOW - a great thriller with a sexy romance interwoven in it. I really enjoyed this book! It is a wonderful story written that has a roller coaster ride that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from the very beginning. My rating: 4.5 stars ****
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
In Untrue Colors by Veronica Forand, Alex is an expert art appraiser who finds herself on the run, her life in danger after falling for the wrong man.  Estranged from her prominent family in the US but still not wanting to endanger them, she flees to Oxford, England.  There she becomes a chameleon and blends in with the university crowd as she figures out her next move.  Alex, aka "Gabe", meets Henry when her past is fast catching up to her and she needs to hide.  Henry is an Earl, a professor, former military and so much more.  He immediately knows Alex is running from something or someone, but she won't tell him what or who. Despite Alex having her secrets, Henry wants to help her.  He wants to keep her safe, and soon he finds himself wanting her as a woman also.  The attraction is mutual, but Alex is scared, and the feelings Henry evokes in her are new for her.  She's not sure who to trust.  Henry is sure he trusts Alex though, and for various reasons, Alex is soon agreeing to help him find a painting that has been stolen from him.  Even if this means she'll be closer than ever to the danger she's desperate to escape from.  Henry wants to protect her, and he finds himself wanting a future with her, but Alex is keeping her secrets carefully guarded. When her secrets are finally uncovered will it be too late to save her?   Untrue Colors is a fast paced, intriguing, edge of your seat romantic suspense with an international flare!  Veronica blends suspense, action and romance perfectly in Untrue Colors.  She even managed to catch me very off guard which was so unexpected it added a great twist to the plot. I love how Veronica built up all the players in the story, from the main characters Alex and Henry to Henry's brother Simon and the evil Luc.  She slowly peels away their layers, but still leaves you wanting more with each page.  Alex is brave, brilliant, determined and independent.  She was a bit frustrating though because she was so determined not to let anyone help her or know her secrets for fear of putting them in danger, but they were already in danger just from her being with them.  So I felt like she was kind of leaving Alex especially in the dark a little too much.  Watching her grow and bloom after what she's been through was very rewarding though, and I liked the way Veronica did not sugar coat Alex's experiences.  I also liked that as scared as Alex was, she was cautious but she didn't hold what happened to her against all men.  There is so much more to Henry than what meets the eye, and even Alex doesn't realize how much.  I liked his character.  He was protective, strong and caring with out being over bearing or full of himself. I really liked the secondary characters in Untrue Colors, and found Simon, Henry's brother especially intriguing.  I'm really hoping there is a follow up book with him, because I feel like that was the only part of the story that was unfinished for me and that was a little disappointing.   I also love the main setting of Oxford, it is perfect for this book!  The title is also perfect...you will find out why when you read the book! Easy to become absorbed in and feel part of, I'd recommend Untrue Colors to any romantic suspense reader!