A rising star in one of London’s top art investigation firms, Zara Leighton’s talent for seeing deep into paintings is in her blood. She’s chosen to help track down Icon, an enigmatic international art thief whose heists are methodical, daring, baffling. To Zara the case is maddening—bordering on an obsession.
She finds distraction in the chiseled form of top-shelf client Tobias Wilder, a magnetic American billionaire who demands her expertise, her discretion—and her secrecy. Wilder doesn’t ask questions. He gives orders. His gaze alone ignites her deepest fantasies. And his touch…
The sudden whirl of exclusive exhibitions and decadent parties that Wilder introduces her to is a potent aphrodisiac. But surrender soon becomes tinged with suspicion. Is Zara’s tryst with Wilder the real thing…or just a convincing forgery?
Review: If there is one thing I can appreciate when picking up a book, it is finding an author who can weave a tale with a rich backdrop. Vanessa Fewings taps into the world of art collecting, where one painting is worth much more than the average worker’s salary. She takes it a step farther by adding a key element of suspense with a mysterious art thief.
The Chase marks the first installment in Fewings’ ICON trilogy. It took me a few tries to get into the story, but once I finished the prologue, the pace quickened. As someone who is not very familiar with fine art, there were areas that almost overwhelming, but the budding relationship between Zara and Tobias provided an excellent distraction.
I was incredibly impressed with the historical information woven into the storyline, especially as it strengthened Zara’s role as a knowledgeable art consultant. Her attraction to Tobias is evident, with each encounter increasing the heat factor. With Tobias being such a mysterious character, I found myself jumping to conclusions, only to have them proven false in the next chapter. Trust becomes a significant factor among the characters.
The author has excelled at creating a dynamic relationship between the couple while also orchestrating an intriguing mystery. When the last page was turned, I was left with a number of questions, all of which make me eager to see what happens in the next installment.