Synopsis: Thirty-year-old Shell Hodge seems to have it all: a great life with Dean, the man of her dreams, and an art career that is taking off. But when one of the partners in her gallery, Garrett Hall, is murdered, Shell’s life seems to go into a tailspin. She is thrown into a fearful state as memories of her parents’ deaths surface, and she finds herself worrying about her relationship with Dean while she puzzles over Garrett’s murder. To make matters worse, Shell’s ex-boyfriend intrudes into a family visit at just the wrong moment, causing a rift between herself and Dean just when she needs him most. She is on her own again, and a killer is on the loose. Will she and Dean work out their troubles before something worse happens, or will it be too late? Shell has gone missing.
Thoughts: Romancing The Brush is a mystery which delves into the world of art forgery, while also telling a story of family, friends, and romance. Shell and Dean, the main characters, are in a fairly new relationship and are both dealing with issues of trust and insecurity.
There are a lot of subplots throughout the story which leave you wondering about the identity of the murderer, but in the end it turned out to be the person I had suspected all along. That did not in any way detract from my enjoyment of the book, however.
While this is the second book in a series, it easily stands on its own, and gives you enough information about the first story that you don't feel lost if you haven't read it, like me. I do look forward to reading future installments in the story.
**I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
My rating: Four stars