When Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer, purchases a curious selection of auction items - objects she judges to be humorous novelties, she unknowingly becomes the deadly focus of an international smuggler. When robberies and death surround her merchandise, Dora seeks help from her intriguing upstairs tenant, former cop Jed Skimmerhorn. They discover a shadowy path leading across the continent to the smuggler, a man who will stop at nothing to recover his hidden riches. Like the treasures he craves, Dora and Jed find they are susceptible to his crushing grasp.
I read Hidden Riches a long time ago and I remember really liking the book so I decided to read this book for this month's Re-read Challenge hosted by Nath.
It's been so long since I've read this book that it was almost like I was reading it for the first time because so many things happened in this book that I had totally forgotten about.
This book is about Dora Conroy and Jed Skimmerhorn. Dora owns an antique shop and lives in one of the two apartments upstairs. Jed Skimmerhorn just moved into the other apartment. Dora thinks that her parents had ulterior motives for moving Jed into that vacant apartment but what can she do? Nothing much so she just goes on about her own business, driving from one antique show to another, purchasing antiques for her shop and unknowingly purchases some antiques that bad people are looking for. She becomes trapped in this dark world where she's scared to be alone and she's definitely glad to have an ex cop, a very sexy cop living across the hall from her.
As Dora gets sucked deeper and deeper into this smuggler's world, Jed is there to stand guard and keep her safe. They both find themselves fighting to stay alive as they battle the attraction that keeps simmering just below the surface between them.
I enjoyed watching these two romp their way toward their happy ending. A lot of people aren't big Nora Roberts fans but I certainly am. I don't think she's written a story that I haven't liked in one way or another and I admire the work she does. She writes complex storylines that are easy to read and fall into. Her characters are always so real and that was the case with Dora and Jed. They seemed to jump right off the pages and I could totally picture myself being friends with the both of them. They're not these uber rich characters but they're normal everyday people that I could see myself interacting with.
I liked all of the mystery and steamy romance and just everything about this book. NR took characters that are in fields (well Dora's) of work that I know nothing about and am really not all that interested in and she made me interested. Antiques is not my thing and if I hadn't read any NR books before, I wouldn't have tried this book out at all. I would have skimmed right over it but I'm so glad that I picked this one up and gave it a shot because I liked it.
While Dora is buying these hot antiques, Jed Skimmerhorn has his own set of issues that he's dealing with and man oh man is he sexy. He's that quiet, mysterious neighbor that you can hear lifting weights in his living room and picture yourself licking whipped cream off his abs. He's that kind of smexy and the way that he got all protective of Dora is just flat out yummy. He made this story all the more enjoyable for me. Loved him.
Dora was a great heroine as well, she was one of those heroines that is smart but knows that she can't save the world and is totally fine with stepping back and letting her man take care of the bad guys but she's not totally dependent on her man so that was a plus with me. She was a great mixture of all of the good things you want a heroine to be and she made reading this story a lot of fun.
Dora's parents were a riot and such an enjoyable part of the story and I really just enjoyed this whole story. This is one of those NR books that I always want to reread every chance that I get and I'm so glad that I picked this book up for this month's re-read challenge. You can never go wrong with this story and I certainly didn't. If you haven't checked this book out yet, you should. It's an oldie but goodie in my opinion. So seriously, get this book read it and love it with me.
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