Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Jewels of the Night Series
Everyone deserves a happily ever after...
For straight-and-narrow art restorer Ardis Bellamy, a trip to the South of France to reclaim a historic blue diamond necklace should have been only mildly nervewracking. Understatement. In order to succeed, she's going to have to learn whom she can and can't trust, give the thugs who are chasing her the slip, and decide whether her growing relationship with sexy "recovery agent" James Tate is worth risking everything for -- or whether he's been double-crossing her all along.
It all has to do with trust...
Trail of the Tudor Blue is the first book of Gwen Roman that I have read. There is plenty of scheming, mystery, and mistrust, but most of all a treasure hunt. I will have to say that is was slow paced in the beginning, trying to figure out the story line, but once you get into this book you will not put it down until you try to figure out who is behind all of the mystery surrounding this necklace.
Ardis is a woman that knows her paintings and artifacts since she is one that restores these items. After she inherits this necklace it is quickly taken from her. Her adventure begins there and there is no turning back once she begins. Ardis is a strong, gutsy woman that can only trust herself during this adventure. Everywhere she turns it seems that she attracts danger. Ardis has some tricks of her own once she reveals more about her childhood. There is scene in the book that was a shocker to me because of the person she encounters during her voyage. This person will come into play more than she might thinks. The more time she spends with Tate the more she begins to have feelings for him but she pushes them aside because of his line of work and the lack of trust.
Tate is an intriguing young man that is dark and somewhat dangerous because of his line of work. The one thing that I loved about his character is that he always told the truth. His only weakness was falling for Ardis. Tate could have walked away at any point during their quest but no matter what he never let Ardis down. He knew that it was going to take all he had in order for her to trust him. Tate is a knight and shining armor when it comes to him backing down of what comes natural to him and lets Ardis do it her way, another way of him trying to gain trust in Ardis.
The plot of this book was very interesting it had me guessing who truly was after the necklace and what their intentions were. When I thought it was over, I was wrong, and it took another twist and kept on, but at the end the mystery unravels. The development of the relationship between Ardis and Tate was very well written. I have to confess that no matter if this story started slow paced, it still captivated my reading and I would read it again!
4 1/2 Tea Cups!