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The Collector

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  15,884 ratings  ·  1,509 reviews
From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together—and could tear them apart . . .

When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic tu
Paperback, Large print, 752 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Meh. I know that I am going to get hate mail from Nora lovers (apparently it is high treason to not LOVE everything she writes) but I am not impressed by this book. Please note--the following is my opinion. Comments are welcome--abuse is not.

I have come to think that Roberts has a file cabinet filled with character descriptions and she just pulls out a stock set for each new book.

One sassy, beautiful heroine.
One studly, smart hero.
One (or two) female sidekicks, ditto male, also

3.5 stars

Lila Emerson is a professional house-sitter. She loves her job; it offers her a glimpse into the lives of the neighbours of the houses she minds. As well as house-sitting, Lila is a talented writer of children's fiction, so observing new people and their habits adds dimension to her fictional characters. Her binoculars are never too far away.

Her latest assignment is an apartment in Chelsea, New York, offering her a perfect view of the neighbouring apartment block. One night Lila sees an
Sigh, this book was sadly disappointing. It wasn't bad, but definitely not up to snuff with many of her other books. And it started off from the beginning, because the initial premise of how they meet just loses me.

I mean, come on. In what world is the police going to let (slight spoiler alert, but it happens in the first 10 pages of the book) the brother of the accused perpetrator meet with the sole eye-witness to the event. Can you imagine if the police acted like that? "Why sure, of course y

4 Stars! Absorbing well thought out romantic suspense!

A very exciting shocking start, an intriguing mystery, and a likeable couple that meet under unusual tragic circumstances, made this a captivating read. There was also a lovely secondary romance that added a nice touch, especially since it was a second chance at love. I enjoyed how through association, one person or another from the two couples knew each other, making it more personal. I was rooting for both couples and liked the characters a
The Collector: The sequel to Angels Fall, a novel by Nora Roberts. Reese has a new job as a house sitter and author of tween books, while Brody decides to pursue his lifelong dream to become an artist. When Reese witness's another murder, circumstances lead to Reese and Brody on a treasure hunt. Romance ensues.

Huh? The characters names are Lila and Ash.

Oh, yes. I see that.

Then why do you keep saying it's about some other book?

Because they are practically the same characters. Same physical at
Bark's Book Nonsense
Well, I had all kinds of things to say about this book but I was too lazy to take many notes and a week has passed and now there’s nothing much left that stuck with me.

If I had to choose a book that defines a three star read for me this one would be right up there. It’s not awful, it flows nice and stuff, but it’s not earth-shatteringly fantastic either and that’s a shame. I wish all books were earth-shatteringly fantastic. I didn’t laugh and I didn’t cry and I was only vaguely entertained but t
Nora Roberts has her romantic suspense mojo back! In this latest book, we see elements of the Hitchcock classic, Rear Window, which happens to be my most favorite film.

Quick summary
Lila Emerson, a professional house sitter, witnesses a woman falling from her apartment window in New York City. She saw this as she was "people watching" from her current apartment. What might have initially been classified as a murder-suicide is impacted by her quick response. Ashton Archer's brother is one of the v
This was an unexpectedly long book for Nora Roberts plus I was listening to it on audiobook so it took even longer to finish than if I was reading it. However it was also very enjoyable. The story was a little far fetched and the characters were all stunningly beautiful and very rich but that is standard fare for this author and she does write it all so well. Romance wise everything was fine and dandy. I liked Lila and Ash although he occasionally came across as a bit too controlling. The ending ...more
When Lila Emerson an unsuspecting writer and professional house sitter, is a witness to the brutal murder of a man and woman in a high rise across from where she is staying, she is pulled into a whirlwind of the upper echelon of a family dynasty. As the police end up at a dead end and then there is another torturous murder in the same family, she is approached by Ash Archer, the elder brother one of the decedents for some answers.

Lila and Ash find themselves searching for a ruthless, female ass
I'm a pretty big Nora Roberts fan, and I was pretty disappointed in this book. For starters, it's way too long. I have never read a (modern) book by her that drags. This dragged. Second, the hero was remarkably unlikable. There is a specific scene about a third of the way through the book, where I would have just walked if I were the heroine, and the only reason she didn't is because she is written to be less strong than she thinks she is. The hero is pushy, obnoxious, and a hypocrite. I kept wa ...more
This book is the very definition of a 3-star book. I liked it, it was an easy read, it was technically well written. It wasn't terrible and didn't make me roll my eyes . It wasn't implausible. It made sense. But alas, it will not jump to the front of the my mind when someone asks me for a rec of a good Nora Roberts book or even a good suspense book. It did not move me and it did not prompt me to go back and re-read it immediately after finishing. A fine book, easy to read and kill and afternoon ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Ian rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gold fish (oh look there's a castle!)
A Nora Roberts heroine witnesses a crime. A Nora Roberts hero teams up with her to solve the crime all the while a Nora Roberts villain is on the hunt. Read this the The doesn't really matter, they're all the same.


If you want to read some really great romantic suspense, do yourself a favour, get onto Carolyn Crane's The Associates series and give this a miss.

Professional house-sitter, Lila Emerson had just settled into her latest luxurious home in New York with the owner’s cat Thomas curling around her legs and mewling contentedly. She was a writer and currently working on her second novel, part of a series for young adults. She was also a people watcher – a habit she enjoyed – the interesting lives of other people gave her lots of ideas; she was fascinated by what she observed.

A few days later, relaxing after a day immersed in the lives of her
Lila Emerson is a professional house-sitter. One of her favorite pastimes is to observe people. This often includes binoculars. While observing her current neighbors she sees a murder and immediately calls 911. Later it is discovered that there were two victims and one is the brother of artist Ashton Archer. Ashton teams with Lila to discover who the killer.

Exciting and enjoyable! A good solid Romantic Suspense read that I would certainly recommend to other fans.
Ugh! I hated the main characters with a passion! The females were sooo superficial (gotta buy tons of shoes while in Italy! I should have bought that purse/bag when I had a chance). GAG me.

The males weren't any better. Of course, the male lead is a world famous artist who makes millions of dollars painting pictures of witches and faeries (I was literally LOL, I mean, how cheesy is that? Could you imagine someone plunking down thousands of dollars on a painting of a woman in a forest?) LAAMME.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Nora Roberts is the Nora Roberts for a reason. She knows just what her readers enjoy, and it’s clear from every page that she still enjoys it too, even after so many years and over 200 books behind her. It’s pretty clear when authors love what they do, and you can tell right from the start that this woman writes precisely what she herself would want to read.

The Collector is another one in a long line of successes, and while it’s far from being her
Five Reasons to Grab a chocolate flavored coffee and nestle down with The Collector:

1. Lila Emerson- House sitter extraordinaire, young adult-paranormal writer and female MacGyver. I adored Lila and found her lifestyle fascinating. If my husband ever passes before me, I have decided I want to be a house sitter and go all over the world taking care of family pets, plants and homes for the wealthy. Have laptop will travel. Lila was quirky, quick-witted and for a petite little thing she is a total
Another strong standalone from my favorite author:) I loved both of the lead character types in this...which really helps, because I don't get irritated with one or the other as often;) As usual, Nora 'paints in my head.' The settings and imagery throughout the book were exceptional. It was very cool the way she described Ash's artwork and the elements it exuded. Evil bad guys and strong, colorful side characters abound. I enjoyed the conflict between Lila and Ash's father. Also, the fact that i ...more
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Dear Curvy Blogger
The first thoughts that came to me when I finally finished The Collectorwere along the lines of, “That’s it. I’ve found my higher calling. I’m going to travel the world and house-sit for rich people, take an artist as my lover, and have him/her paint me in emeralds while solving an international mystery.” So maybe I’m asking for too much (especially since I’m more of a homebody than a world traveler), but this book was such an adventure that I want to experience what they did – except the murder

~♥~ happinesslife

La verdad es que leo pocos libros de suspense y policíacos asique cada vez que leo uno me encanta, además el toque de romance siempre hace que me enganche mucho más.

El tema de resolver el asesinato es el principal, junto con ello vamos descubriendo parte de la historia de Rusia y los huevos de Febergé. Esta parte le ha dado un toque interesante y mucho más profundo. La resolución me ha parecido un poco sencilla y poco elaborada pero el final me ha gustado
Anna Casanovas
Aunque un libro de Nora Roberts siempre está técnicamente bien escrito, si Goodreads dejase puntuar con medias estrellas a "El Coleccionista" le habría otorgado dos estrellas y media.
Compré "El Coleccionista" con muchas ganas, mi última lectura de Nora Roberts, "La Testigo", me gustó mucho y me apetecía volver a leerla. Quizá haber leído estas dos novelas tan seguidas ha perjudicado a "El Coleccionista", no lo sé. En cualquier caso, la historia de amor entre Lila y Ash no me ha convencido ni em
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
3.5 Overall Stars

WOW....where to begin. First off I really liked the H&H, I found them quite interesting, strong, likable, and stubborn. Ashton "Ash" and Lilia are as different as night & day and yet they totally fit.

Lilia is a somewhat successful YA author and professional housesitter for upscale clientele. Ash is a very successful artist who comes from a very large and affluent family.

While house sitting in a NY highrise Lilia witnesses the murder/suicide of Ash's antiques dealer bro
I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. I think the thing that shone for me was the dialog. So many authors cannot write natural seeming dialog. If I hadn't borrowed this book from the bookstore where I work I would have underlined bits of dialog. There was witty repartee without it seeming overdone, farcical or forced.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the hero's artistic vision and wished I could really see some of the paintings described as being done by him. They seemed exactly like the kind o
Mollie *scoutrmom*
This was a mystery with an excellent villain, the kind whose force of personality drives the plot. The romance part of the book was nice, understated, and secondary to the suspense elements of the story.

The denouement surprised me, and made me want to paint a bathroom. Go figure.

I liked that there were strong sidekicks for each of the protagonists, and that family mattered so much to the story.

Worth buying at full price in hardcover, though I got 30% off by buying it from Barnes & Noble.
Laura V.
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Tina "coffee and books"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

When I read anything by Nora Roberts I always expect the light and fluffy that I've come to associate with her. The Collector is definitely not what I expected. Don't get me wrong it offers the romance that we all know and love, but with it we get suspense, tons of background and well-developed characters that reach out and grab you.

Lila Emerson has one of the coolest jobs ever. She is a professional house sitter. This allows her tons of freedom and flexibility to writ
Nicely done. Vintage Nora. Murders and jewel thieves with a plucky do-it-yourself heroine and a millionaire handsome artist as both love interests and amateur sleuths. It is interesting reading one of Nora's romantic suspense novels vs her Lieutenant Eve Dallas and the In Death police procedurals. The crimes and criminals are similar but in the former the amateur sleuths take a leading role and the police are consulted after the fact, the opposite of the In Death series.

In these romantic suspen
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Whew, for a moment there I thought I was right – but no, I am not!!! Thinking that this book had been written by some other author!!!! Crazy right???? But as a more than rabid fan of NORA ROBERTS, from reading her first book many years ago, I have become very familiar with her writing style, plots, characters, etc….and for me, THE COLLECTOR just did not make me feel or think it could possibly be a NR book.

By Chapter Two……it was like….WHAT AM I READING? Checked, and yes, it’s the right book…..b
Oh, wow. Now we're talking!

I usually have a hit-and-miss think with Ms. Roberts' books, because of her heroines. They're always strong and independent women, but sometimes they come across as too strong, too stubborn, too independent, and I end up not particularly liking them, and not particularly understanding what the appeal is for the hero. And sometimes the heroine is just perfect, with 'perfectly proportioned' strength and vulnerability, steel and mushy core, her sense of humor is right up
Jun 09, 2014 kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is the first NR book I've read that isn't part of a series and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think her stand alones may be a bit more complex in the plotting and the overall story. I liked that it is one complete story and I don't have to wait to get the rest. Although her series are always well done in that each book is a complete story. I've never read any that end on a cliffhanger.
Anyway, what I liked about this one is the character development. The characters and their a
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

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