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Adam Haines was an artist visiting the Fairchild mansion to do some undercover digging, and that was a problem for a man who preferred to be straightforward. An even bigger problem was Kirby Fairchild, daughter of the world-famous painter he'd been sent to investigate. She was part child, part elf, and the most fascinating woman he'd ever encountered. However, Kirby had a Adam Haines was an artist visiting the Fairchild mansion to do some undercover digging, and that was a problem for a man who preferred to be straightforward. An even bigger problem was Kirby Fairchild, daughter of the world-famous painter he'd been sent to investigate. She was part child, part elf, and the most fascinating woman he'd ever encountered. However, Kirby had a disconcertingly fluid sense of right and wrong -- one completely at odds with Adam's own code of ethics. Adam wished he wasn't wrapped quite so tightly around her little finger . . .


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Adam Haines was an artist visiting the Fairchild mansion to do some undercover digging, and that was a problem for a man who preferred to be straightforward. An even bigger problem was Kirby Fairchild, daughter of the world-famous painter he'd been sent to investigate. She was part child, part elf, and the most fascinating woman he'd ever encountered. However, Kirby had a Adam Haines was an artist visiting the Fairchild mansion to do some undercover digging, and that was a problem for a man who preferred to be straightforward. An even bigger problem was Kirby Fairchild, daughter of the world-famous painter he'd been sent to investigate. She was part child, part elf, and the most fascinating woman he'd ever encountered. However, Kirby had a disconcertingly fluid sense of right and wrong -- one completely at odds with Adam's own code of ethics. Adam wished he wasn't wrapped quite so tightly around her little finger . . .

30 review for The Art of Deception

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Elizabeth

    I have to say this was my least favorite Nora Roberts. It was a struggle to get through. I couldn't connect with the characters, I really didn't care what happened to them. The writing was good and I was interested in the plot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    I adore these oldies from Nora. They're just ooey gooey romance with some mystery and suspense. Sex scenes aren't graphic at all, they border on purply. I didn't give it five stars because I thought the heroine was a bit of a dolt during the climax and wrap-up. I absolutely loved her otherwise - she's a total Mary Sue mixed with the best parts of a Manic Pixie Girl. And the hero was your typical alpha-in-touch-with-his-emotions, as usual with Nora Roberts' early work. It's pure candy I adore these oldies from Nora. They're just ooey gooey romance with some mystery and suspense. Sex scenes aren't graphic at all, they border on purply. I didn't give it five stars because I thought the heroine was a bit of a dolt during the climax and wrap-up. I absolutely loved her otherwise - she's a total Mary Sue mixed with the best parts of a Manic Pixie Girl. And the hero was your typical alpha-in-touch-with-his-emotions, as usual with Nora Roberts' early work. It's pure candy and I love it. I also understand if it's totally not your thing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Cute story. It had some mystery to it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I got this book as part of the Whispered Promises compilation. The gist: Kirby’s father is a famous painter. Adam is a well-known painter. Adam comes to stay in their house for a few weeks. Kirby’s dad does forgeries of famous, classic paintings. It’s fraud, but he’s not a bad guy. Anyway, a Rembrandt painting has been stolen and Adam is there, secretly, to find the Rembrandt. Kirby and Adam fall in love. There are a couple attempts made on Kirby’s life. The whole plot with the Rembrandt is u I got this book as part of the Whispered Promises compilation. The gist: Kirby’s father is a famous painter. Adam is a well-known painter. Adam comes to stay in their house for a few weeks. Kirby’s dad does forgeries of famous, classic paintings. It’s fraud, but he’s not a bad guy. Anyway, a Rembrandt painting has been stolen and Adam is there, secretly, to find the Rembrandt. Kirby and Adam fall in love. There are a couple attempts made on Kirby’s life. The whole plot with the Rembrandt is unraveled. This one was alright, but it’s definitely not my favorite Nora book. I’m a serious Nora fan, I own almost all of her books. This one is definitely subpar. BUT, it is one of her earlier books and she has definitely gotten A LOT better the more she’s written! I chuckled quite a bit because Kirby and her dad are eccentric and they’re sort of whackadoodle. There’s this whole bit with a cat and dog that had me rolling with laughter. Kirby and Adam fall in love with each other within a few days of knowing each other and that whole aspect was a stretch considering the characters. The plot with the Rembrandt was somewhat suspenseful. How it unraveled was exciting. But the whole reasoning and stuff for the Rembrandt plot seemed just weird and weak for me. If you’ve never read one of Nora’s books, I wouldn’t recommend starting with this one, or even this compilation. She’s a BRILLIANT artist and she has MUCH BETTER works of art than this one! You can look through my book lists on goodreads to find several I absolutely loved. I will continue to read her stories because she truly is one of the very best in the business, but this one isn’t a very good example of her brilliance and domination of the romance genre.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert L. Fletcher

    Just Nora Roberts A bit of Nora Roberts every week or two is just awesome. The grass is greener the sky is bluer the days are nicer and the nights are restful. It doesn't matter which of her books you read or the trilogies you get lost in it is a wonderful and spellbinding trip. I am a male. 85 years old with at least 50 of Nora's books on my kindle and I consider her one of the very best writers and each and every one of her books a five star read thank you

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie B-K

    Totally thought this book was new until the characters started smoking cigarettes and I realized it was a reprint. Enjoyed it well enough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Haskell

    Art, artists, creativity and deception Another winner from Nora Roberts. With her usual skill, Nora Roberts has given us a mystery that I didn’t solve until she showed us the solution. We have a cast of talented and eccentric artists, a castle without a moat, but with a butler and maid who run the place. Most of all she has given us wonderful descriptions of works of art and process of creating them. After just a few pages, I was caught up in the people and place and couldn’t put it down.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I was disappointed by my last two books so I decided to return to an old favorite who I knew would give me a quick, romantic, easy read and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m a pretty big fan of Nora Roberts because I think she does romance without being trashy and every girl could use more romance in her life (trashy has its place as well.) Side note: two of my favorite romance series are Roberts’ Bride Quartet and the Inn Boonsboro trilogy. Check them out! This novel introduces us to the feisty Kirby, I was disappointed by my last two books so I decided to return to an old favorite who I knew would give me a quick, romantic, easy read and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m a pretty big fan of Nora Roberts because I think she does romance without being trashy and every girl could use more romance in her life (trashy has its place as well.) Side note: two of my favorite romance series are Roberts’ Bride Quartet and the Inn Boonsboro trilogy. Check them out! This novel introduces us to the feisty Kirby, the mysterious Adam, and the lovable Fairchild. The latter may be at the top of my list of favorite characters. He is adoring, quirky, brilliant, and hilarious. He may be why I liked this book so much. All three main characters are artists who live in a “world of restrained wealthy where champagne fizzed quietly and dignity was an essential as the proper alma mater.” There is a certain level of intrigue and mystery to this love story and the dialogue is full of witty banter and biting sarcasm. Sure, there were parts that were predictable but I found myself surprised by at least one twist. The only thing that bothered me a little was the point of view would change rapidly from focusing on one character for a long period of time to another with very little warning. I caught myself doing a couple double takes to figure out who was thinking/talking. Overall, this book was a very entertaining, quick read. P. 168

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Nora Roberts First published: 1986 Length: 328 pages Setting: Contemporary. Rural New York. Sex: Hand-wavy 80’s sex. Hero: Painter / Investigator. Heroine: Sculptor. Nora Roberts i a very, very competent author. First published in 1986, The Art of Deception is engaging, funny, sexy, with just enough suspense. It’s an easy read. And it’s probably the sort of book Roberts can whip up in her sleep. Overall, I liked it. There isn’t much to dislike. But it is eminently forgettable. There is nothing remarkable about it. Fu/>:/>:/>:/>:/>:/>First Author: Nora Roberts First published: 1986 Length: 328 pages Setting: Contemporary. Rural New York. Sex: Hand-wavy 80’s sex. Hero: Painter / Investigator. Heroine: Sculptor. Nora Roberts i a very, very competent author. First published in 1986, The Art of Deception is engaging, funny, sexy, with just enough suspense. It’s an easy read. And it’s probably the sort of book Roberts can whip up in her sleep. Overall, I liked it. There isn’t much to dislike. But it is eminently forgettable. There is nothing remarkable about it. Fun-loving but independent Heroine meets respectful, strong and dark hero with secrets. InstaLove with a touch of intrigue so he can save her, and she can save herself. Add in the aforementioned secrets the couple will have to overcome and forgive to reach the expected HEA. Formulaic. An airplane read. You can pick it up and be engaged, but not be irritated when interrupted. References: Author: http://www.noraroberts.com (ISBN 978-0-263-87677-2) -CR-

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Adam Haines was an artist visiting the Fairchild mansion to do some undercover digging, and that was a problem for a man who preferred to be straightforward. An even bigger problem was Kirby Fairchild, daughter of the world-famous painter he'd been sent to investigate. She was part child, part elf, and the most fascinating woman he'd ever encountered. She also had a disconcertingly sense of right and wrong. Adam's own code of ethics was much broader. Is this relationship able to develop in spite Adam Haines was an artist visiting the Fairchild mansion to do some undercover digging, and that was a problem for a man who preferred to be straightforward. An even bigger problem was Kirby Fairchild, daughter of the world-famous painter he'd been sent to investigate. She was part child, part elf, and the most fascinating woman he'd ever encountered. She also had a disconcertingly sense of right and wrong. Adam's own code of ethics was much broader. Is this relationship able to develop in spite of their differences. Or will he be able to do his job then walk away. Its one of those books where you know how its gonna end, yet it sneaks up and bites you on the butt. So many branches in this book, yet well written and brought together. Many surprises also. 5 star Roberts.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Romanticdryad

    I enjoyed this one. The love story was pretty conventional and it bugged me that, with all the secrecy around Adam's true reason for being there, the actual secret turned out to be the least interesting part of the book, but I liked it. I find I seem to enjoy Roberts' criminals with a heart of gold a lot, and the banter and odd sort of dramatic gameplaying of the father/daughter duo was fairly enjoyable although I might find it exhausting in real life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judy A. howard

    Very good as always Once again Nora write a story like no other story she has done before. It a great cast of characters

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    This book captured me! I love the character of Kirby Fairchild! She's strong and crazy but also vulnerable and loving! A great combination!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Nora Roberts always will be one of my favorite writers. I love her style, the worlds she creates, and the characters that populate those worlds. "The Art of Deception" was originally published in 1986. This isn't the first time I've read it, but it's been at least 15+ years and I didn't remember the story. It's a contemporary romantic thriller/mystery, a bit formulaic, but enjoyable. I found it to be a quick read and I'm glad I picked it up as an ereader deal the other day. "The Art o Nora Roberts always will be one of my favorite writers. I love her style, the worlds she creates, and the characters that populate those worlds. "The Art of Deception" was originally published in 1986. This isn't the first time I've read it, but it's been at least 15+ years and I didn't remember the story. It's a contemporary romantic thriller/mystery, a bit formulaic, but enjoyable. I found it to be a quick read and I'm glad I picked it up as an ereader deal the other day. "The Art of Deception" focuses on not just art theft, but art forgery, family secrets, and betrayals. The bulk of the story is set in the Fairchild house, home to two distinguished artists, a father and daughter. Enter Adam, who's been invited to the home as an artist-in-residence, but who has his own very specific agenda for being there. There's sparks almost immediately between Adam and Kirby, and their fast-paced love story is entertaining and fun to read. I found their verbal sparring to be amusing and overall, I liked their relationship and its quirks. As the title indicates, there's deception as well as intrigue, eccentric side characters, an old house with secret passageways, and a hot romance. It's a good read; totally perfect for vacation, the beach, or just curled up with a glass of wine.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Griggs

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another disappointing book. I was actually impressed I was able to force myself to finish this one. Then again, I just about skimmed through every page focusing on the conversations. In short, Adam Haines is helping investigate Fairchild. Fairchild has been stealing and forging paintings under his name. Little did he know, he would fall in love with the daughter Kirby. In between that was rather dull and boring. I did enjoy Kirby's dialogue with the dog and cat. The only part the truly intrigued Another disappointing book. I was actually impressed I was able to force myself to finish this one. Then again, I just about skimmed through every page focusing on the conversations. In short, Adam Haines is helping investigate Fairchild. Fairchild has been stealing and forging paintings under his name. Little did he know, he would fall in love with the daughter Kirby. In between that was rather dull and boring. I did enjoy Kirby's dialogue with the dog and cat. The only part the truly intrigued me was Melanie showing up with a gun. It turned out, Kirby's longtime friend despised her. Melly only became friends with Kirby to use her to get to the Rembrandt to sell, so her and Stuart could become wealthy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    A well-written love story with a bit of mystery in the mix. Nora Roberts is my modern-day Catherine Cookson, whose books I used to love to read as a teen. No matter which of her books I'm reading, I'm always satisfied and I wasn't disappointed with this one. The Art of Deception was an impulse buy last week and I'm so glad I did it (shhhh don't tell anyone else, please, I own too many books already!). I absolutely loved the craziness of Kirby and her father, Phillip Fairchild, in thei A well-written love story with a bit of mystery in the mix. Nora Roberts is my modern-day Catherine Cookson, whose books I used to love to read as a teen. No matter which of her books I'm reading, I'm always satisfied and I wasn't disappointed with this one. The Art of Deception was an impulse buy last week and I'm so glad I did it (shhhh don't tell anyone else, please, I own too many books already!). I absolutely loved the craziness of Kirby and her father, Phillip Fairchild, in their weird home. The fact that they're artists is even better as I love to dabble with different mediums. In walks Adam Haines ... well, I don't want to give away any titbits, you have to read it for yourself!

  17. 5 out of 5

    LD

    Oh boy! I’ve been cruising through Nora Roberts stories for the past month and have been reading some of the oldies... solid gold. Like any good writer Nora’s work has definitely improved through the years but even this 1986-release is wonderful. The verve, joy for life, and silliness of both Fairchild and Kirby leaps off the page. Adam’s strength manages to be staid without being boring, and the way his and Kirby’s relationship develops is sweet - it’s quick, but for each of them I could accept Oh boy! I’ve been cruising through Nora Roberts stories for the past month and have been reading some of the oldies... solid gold. Like any good writer Nora’s work has definitely improved through the years but even this 1986-release is wonderful. The verve, joy for life, and silliness of both Fairchild and Kirby leaps off the page. Adam’s strength manages to be staid without being boring, and the way his and Kirby’s relationship develops is sweet - it’s quick, but for each of them I could accept the way it was built, they way they talked (and sort of rationalized) themselves into accepting it for themselves. I really, really enjoyed this story!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    I really enjoyed this book, like most of Ms. Robert's books. This book lacked a little something or perhaps it was the wrong time for me to be reading it, it just wasn't the heart-stopping love affair I usually experience with her books. Don't get me wrong, the book was fun and I chuckled several times, but it just wasn't very deep.... well it's a romance so how deep can it be? But usually they are deeper, at least for me. There were some EXCELLENT plot twists! Some were a total shock to me, whi I really enjoyed this book, like most of Ms. Robert's books. This book lacked a little something or perhaps it was the wrong time for me to be reading it, it just wasn't the heart-stopping love affair I usually experience with her books. Don't get me wrong, the book was fun and I chuckled several times, but it just wasn't very deep.... well it's a romance so how deep can it be? But usually they are deeper, at least for me. There were some EXCELLENT plot twists! Some were a total shock to me, which was great fun! LOL All in all it's a wonderfully fun read, just not a 5-star one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams

    The Art of Deception The love story of Adam and Kirby. Adam is an artist and a undercover cop. He is assist to find out if Kirby's father is an act forger. Kirby is a sculptress,who know and sometime help her father with his hobby is to forger art work. How someone is trying to kill Kirby. Can Adam save her and find out about her father or will Kirby win him and save her father. OK story

  20. 4 out of 5

    Don Golden

    The Art of Deception As always Nora Roberts comes through with a well written novel. The plot was moving and kept you wanting to read on. I never guessed who wanted to harm Kirby. Loved the eccentric papa (Philip) and Harriet. Card was a kick. I would recommend for a good run read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Loretta tucker

    Great, just like i expected! How cppever disappppppp to pick up a book kppppppppppppll be good. I have never been disappointed by this writer! How could it be any less! This author has never disappointed. It's greatl to pick up a book by wonderful writer and know one will experience a great read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    MPSchaff

    There's no school like Nora Roberts old school. Apparently shallow, glamorous and wealthy women fall for capable and handsome men and are revealed to be less shallow and more compelling than first impression. The audio narrator was overenthusiastic in inserting some DRAMA into her narration, but I survived. A mediocre Nora book is still a better read than most.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lissa Harkness

    Great Characters, Unpredictable I was very impressed with the characters personalities, witt and relationships. I didn’t see the twist coming which is typically unheard of. I am a series/trilogy reader and often will not spend time on a stand alone novel. I am thrilled that I took the time to read this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katherine M Cupernall

    A good weekend read I liked the book. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. I like strong female characters and this story delivered one. I don't know anything about the art world or artist's so right or wrong I got caught up in the intrigue.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Christensen

    I really liked this one. I love when I fall in love with the main characters, equally. And although Adam should have come clean about his “deception” earlier, I feel like it all worked out in the end, and nothing felt forced or out of place.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine Gueldner

    A great read! I love a book that I just cannot put down! A tale of mystery, suspense, and romance keeps me interested in solving the mystery and enjoying the building of a relationship!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Holley

    This is the second Nora Roberts I have read recently that I thought had to be from the 70s or early 80s, not with a 2000 publication date. Everybody smokes. No cell phones. Although the heroine is a strong female, the author worked too hard to make the characters quirky.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Hunsaker Dalton

    Surprisingly surprised Must've forgotten Nora Roberts was a romance novelist when I chose the book which isn't really my thing but I enjoyed the mystery and was genuinely surprised in the end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Manuel

    3.5 stars, rounded up! Nora Roberts does not disappoint. This story was suspense, with some romance mixed in...naturally! The ending was a bit weak, considering the lead up to it, but I enjoyed it for what it was - a fun, quick read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lysa Hadley

    This book had some very interesting, eccentric characters. The plot was interesting and had me guessing but overall not one of Nora Roberts best. This is one of her earlier works and the writing is so very good, the book isn't bad, just not as good as her others that I've read.

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