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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  9,267 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Where passion lives...The Maine air was bitter cold and frigid as Dr. Miranda Jones returned to the family home after a busy lecture tour. But her blood turned to ice when, out of nowhere, she felt a knife held against her throat.The unseen assailant stole her bags, slashed her tires . . . and disappeared. Shaken and bruised, Miranda was nonetheless determined to put the a ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published 1998)
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Jacob Proffitt
This book takes forever to get to the good stuff and once it gets there, the stuff is only so-so. It doesn't help that Ryan, the main guy, is a jerk nor that I figured out the main villain from the first time we meet him/her.

So a thin plot and a main guy I didn't like coupled with a heroine who was more than a little bland but with moments of truly stupid naiveté. So yeah, not my favorite.

That said, I stayed up late to finish the book even if I can't really tell you why... (view spoiler)
Büşra Bal
Klasik Nora kitabı,gene polisiyeyle aşkı çok güzel harmanlamış.Ama bu seferkinde polisiye cidden yoğun,özellikle kitabın başı Ryan gelene kadar sıkıcıydı.

Miranda annesi tarafından bronz bir heykelin dönemini,özelliklerini öğrenmesi için İtalyaya çağrılıyor,alanında en iyilerden biri kızımız ve heykeli inceleyip bir rapor halinde sunuyor,ancak çok geçmeden heykelin sahte olduğu ortaya çıkınca kızımızın kariyeri tehlikeye giriyor.Bu arada kendisine ortaklık teklif eden Ryan boldariyle tanışıp,on
Bark's Book Nonsense
I haven't read a Nora Roberts book that I’ve disliked as much as Homeport. Okay, that’s not true. Daring to Dream was awful too. Well, as awful as a book by Nora Roberts can be. Readers with better taste than me love it but I thought Josh was spoiled and Margo was whiny and spoiled. Together they were insufferable. But this sort of thing is atypical of a Nora Roberts book. She almost always excels at creating likable characters and I usually love them but not-so-much this time around. Actually, ...more
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
I feel like I need to keep checking the book and the book page to make absolutely sure this was Nora Roberts. I've never disliked one of her books as much as I disliked this one.

The plot itself was intriguing and for the most part done well (outside of my major issue with the book). I liked the unusual view into the art world, and the build up of the central mystery. I mostly liked the reveal of who was behind everything. I thought I had the situation pegged after a somewhat out-of-left-field r
At this point, I was figuring I'd just finish off what strip-covers I had left on the shelf. Lo and behold! The last one on the shelf is by Nora Roberts! Yummo! And, as usual, I was not let down. Fast-paced, fun, smart characters, interesting backdrop (the worlds of art authentication and theivery), steamy sex, some murder for good measure. Nothing amazing—but definitely good, solid Roberts.
Lauren Monroe
Particularly enjoyed this because I haven't read a ton of Nora Roberts books, but this had an element of intrigue not found in others I have digested. Enjoyed the Italian scenery and spotted use of Italian phrasing. Roberts also brought the Maine coast to life as a setting here.

That the hero of the book was a thief came across as different, and that I honestly could not predict how it ended was fairly amazing. Miranda Jones and Ryan Boldari made quite the couple. I thought the difficult mother/d
Stacie  M. Ritchie
I recently re-listened to this book by Nora Roberts. It was a good stand alone story about the Jones of Jones Point, Maine. The story opens with Miranda being mugged and then traveled to Florence to authenticate a statue. From the very beginning it was easy to see that there was tension in her family. With a debacle over the notes and sent back home in disgrace, she went to work at the Art Museum with her brother. Ryan Boldari wooed her as no one had ever done. With burglary and more disgrace co ...more
This was one of my first Nora Roberts and I loved it the first time I read it... and I still love it now, perhaps even more now that I've read it in English LOL :) I have to admit that I have a fondness for cat burgler/art thief plot :)

So what do I love about this book? Basically everything :) I love Miranda and Ryan's chemistry and relationship :) They are so different and Ryan definitively makes Miranda happier. Miranda is a great heroine... strong, but at the same time, vulnerable. Ms Roberts
Muhteşem..Aşk,Macera,Polisiye harmanlı bir film seyretmiş kadar içerisine alıverdi beni..Başlarda biraz durağan gibi gelse de ki karizmatik Ryan Boldari ve ailesi işin içine girince akıp gitti kitap..Çeviri basım harika idi..O ne anlatım gücü..Nora Roberts'in kadın kahramanlarını biraz problemli bulsam da çok beğendim..

Romandaki kadın kahramanımız Dr.Miranda Jones sanat alanında bir uzman bu aileden geliyor.Babası bir arkeleog annesi sanat tarihi uzmanı..Ağabeyi Andrew ile bir sanat enstitüsünü
A good read, as usual from Roberts. I was a bit disappointed with the "who" in "who done it"--just another nutter, in my humble opinion. Then again, sane people with sound minds probably aren't the ones doing the kinds of things you write a book like this about. I doubt I'd read this one again, but it was good. Definitely worth a read. I enjoyed how deep Roberts delved into the psyche of the main character, and how deeply she takes the reader into the protagonist's family situation. It did take ...more
Un parfait moment de détente ! Si vous ne l'avez pas encore lu et que vous êtes friande de bon Romantic Suspens, essayez de mettre la main sur ce roman.
Bien ficelé et bien documenté, il met en scène un couple détonnant avec un Ryan Boldari archi-séduisant. N'ayant lu pour l'instant qu'une petite dizaine de romans de Nora Roberts, il m'a semblé que ce bel italo-irlandais détonnait dans son univers : d'abord, c'est un voleur professionnel. Ensuite, il n'a pa
Shalet Jimmy
My first Nora Roberts' book and I started off with much anticipations. However, it failed me absolutely. It may sound incredible that I literally took 2 years to complete this book. I would go through some of the pages, finding that it was not going to reach anywhere, I would close it down. This exercise went on for two years. Though with a fragile story line , the characters Ryan Boldari, the art thief and Dr Miranda Jones lingered in my mind. It always coaxed me to complete it. Eventually, I ...more
Duncan Mandel

A novel of daring deception and desire from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

After an assault at her family home in Maine, Dr. Miranda Jones is determined to put the experience behind her. Distraction comes when she is summoned to Italy—to verify the authenticity of a Renaissance bronze of a Medici courtesan known as The Dark Lady. But instead of cementing Miranda’s reputation as the leading expert in the field, the job nearly destroys it when her professional judgment is called into qu

Wasn't too sure about this one because of the mixed reviews. Seemed like 50/50 when it came to loved it-hated it. I loved it!

The premise of the story is a work of art has been discovered in Florence by a plumber and turned over to Dr. Elizabeth Stanford-Jones to authenticate at the prestigious Standford-Jones Institute. She calls in her daughter, Dr. Amanda Jones, an expert on renaissance art, to authenticate the piece. Once preliminary results are done, it is believed to be a previously unknown
Anali Moreano
Me encanto!!! *-* Al inicio pense en que seria aburrido y no me gustaría pero me gusto muchisimo. Es una novela con un trama llena de intriga, suspenso y romance. Además te mantiene interesado con situaciones que no esperabas como los asesinatos y los robos. También esta muy documentada y los protagonistas son increibles.
Ryan y Miranda han sido perfectos. La forma en que se conocieron, el desenvolvimiento de su relación es adecuado. Son tan diferentes pero aun asi se aman tanto. Los he encontra
Zwart Raafje
Miranda's familie verdient het eigenlijk niet om de naam 'familie' te dragen. Zij en haar broer zijn de kinderen van ouders die geen liefde of aandacht tonen. Ze hebben enkel belangstelling voor hun werk, hun roem én die reputatie die ze vergaard hebben in de wereld van de kunst. Broer Andrew is het enige familielid op wie ze kan terugvallen, al wordt zelfs dat wat moeilijk nu hij steeds moeilijker de drank kan weerstaan.

Samen met hem woont ze in het huis dat ze van hun grootmoeder erfden. Een p
A bit of a disappointment. I like Nora Roberts but this one the plot was rushed. Normally when the conclusion comes you see look back and have an oh duh moment. this time it was out of left field, and I can't be bothered to care about the characters for longer then the length of the page.
Carin Koch
The first book I've ever read of Nora Roberts and I must say, also my ultimate favourite! I love the sexy male lead character, he may be a bad boy but he has a good heart. Not to mention oh so sexy ;)
Não sou muito fã de Nora Roberts mas este é sem dúvida um dos melhores romances dela, tem tudo o que um bom leitor aprecia, romance, acção, mistério, crime, traição... É só escolher!
Joana Marques
A Dama Negra é uma leitura recorrente. Li-o a primeira vez quando ainda nem sabia quem era a autora e cativou-me logo. A semana passada uma amiga pediu-me uma recomendação de um livro de Nora Roberts e sugeri-lhe este. Depois, ao falar com ela, começou a “roer” o bichinho de ler A Dama Negra novamente.
O tema é muito interessante: a arte. Os corredores por onde artistas, agentes, galeristas se movem. A explicação de algumas obras que conhecemos e a descrição de obras que a curiosidade nos faz ir
I really thought this book was dragged out...very dull compared to some of her other books.
Ahh Ryan, Ryan, Ryan seni pislik :) Nora abla yine ellerine, kollarına, aklına sağlık :)
Raquel Leite
Adoreiiiiii obrigada fernanda *.*
I did like this Nora Roberts book. I'm never quite sure about her stories but this one was a good story. I found the mystery surrounding the art theft entertaining. It had a decent amount of twists to keep it moving. But really ridiculous was the justification used by the Italian Catholic mother of the art thief. She asks if the main character Miranda believes in God. She replies that yes she does. So mama says, "When God gives you a gift, it's a sin not to use it." Really? Sure, that explains i ...more
❀ Mary ❀

Me encantó esta portada!! Usualmente las portadas de los libros de Nora Roberts en inglés son más lindas que las portadas en castellano... este es un claro ejemplo; aunque la cuidad de Florencia en la portada en español no está nada mal y tiene relación con la historia.

La historia es muuuuy buena!!!
Miranda es una arqueómetra hija de una familia prestigiosa y junto con su hermano son los directores del museo de la familia, al menos de la franquicia de Maine. Miranda por fuera puede parecer una
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Shalet Jimmy
My first Nora Roberts' book and I started off with much anticipations. However, it failed me absolutely. It may sound incredible that I literally took 2 years to complete this book. I would go through some of the pages, finding that it was not going to reach anywhere, I would close it down. This exercise went on for two years. Though with a fragile story line , the characters Ryan Boldari, the art thief and Dr Miranda Jones lingered in my mind. It always coaxed me to complete it. Eventually, I ...more

O ar estava frio quando a Dra. Miranda Jones chegou a casa depois de uma longa semana de trabalho. Mas o seu sangue gelou quando sentiu encostarem-lhe uma faca ao pescoço. Depois de roubaram tudo o que trazia, os assaltantes desapareceram.
Profundamente abalada, Miranda decide esquecer aquela experiência assustadora. E, para isso, nada como aceitar o convite para ir a Itália confirmar a autenticidade de A Dama Negra, um bronze renascentista representando uma cortesã dos Medici.
Dr. Miranda Jones is a scientist who works for her family’s art Institute authenticating and documenting works of art. Her specialty is the Italian Renaissance. When a couple bronzes that she verified turn out to be fakes, more than her reputation is on the line. Miranda finds herself involved in a deadly game of “who done it.”

Ryan Boldari is a wildly successful art dealer with galleries on both coasts. However, Ryan’s real talent lies in art theft. No lock or security system is too sophisticat
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“He [Ryan] narrowed his eyes. "You know, Dr. Jones, I don't think you're pretending to be thick. You just don't get it. Yes, I want to live in this house. It's a good spot to raise children. Look at that, you went white as a ghost. God, that's one of the things I love about you. You're always so shocked when someone interrupts the logic. And I love you, Miranda, beyond sense.” 2 likes
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