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The Starling

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Thief or modern day Robin Hood?

Recruited by the FBI to investigate the theft of a Van Gogh, Vivianne Faulks must work with a man who blurs the lines between the legal and illegal sale of art. As she's drawn further into the worlds of art auctions, international crime, and terror plots, the case threatens to uncover Faulks’ family secrets long buried since World War II. Not
Published 2018 by JEM Publishing
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Laura Lee
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Starling
By: Ellie Masters
5 Artful Stars

Well my goodness, this is a side to Ellie Masters that I haven’t seen before.
This book was a page turning, who, what, when and why read!!! This was not a book written overnight! So much went into putting each piece of the puzzle together. While figuring out this masterpiece, I might have learned a thing or two about artwork. Such wonderful detail went into writing this book, nothing was left out. From walking the street as a tourist, to picking apart t
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books-2018
The Starling by Ellie Masters is so beautifully written, such detail to the story and the characters. The Starling is full of intrigue and mystery, with a few elements of the bdsm lifestyle thrown in. This book is definitely far different from Ellie's past books, but just as PERFECTLY crafted!

Viv and Paul are FANTASTIC AMAZING characters. I was immediately drawn to them both. And so many secrets surround Paul.

Ellie gave such perfect detail to this story, and I was captivated from the beginning
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is easy to say the words, I love a book, but harder sometimes to write why you love a book. Ellie Masters is a one click author for me so I always know that I am going to love her book. She is so versatile that you never know exactly what you will be getting and she doesn’t disappoint with The Starling! This book is full of richness with multilayered characters, vivid detail, intrigue and mystery. Ellie Masters can evoke emotion in me like no other writer. I am breathless with the sexual anti ...more
Christie Marsh
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author is always one upping her game with each book she writes, the Starling is no different. I love a good mystery and this one definitely captured me from start to finish. The Characters reminded me of a back in the day style environment, old school style but with a current sense. I loved this book and I hope that readers that love a good FBI Mystery romance will love it too.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book ten stars I would. I LOVED it. There was mystery, intrigue, and some very sexy scenes throughout. Ellie has a way of bringing the words on the page to life - you feel as though you are right there with the characters in the book, experiencing what they do and seeing what they see. The characters are well developed and the storyline flows very well. The chemistry between Viv and Paul is smoldering - I love how Ellie writes them in a way that leaves you happy for them at ...more
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
Imagine The Thomas Crown Affair merged with Entrapment and know that The Starling is an Oscar winner beyond those art heist films. What makes a good heist movie even better? A handsome leading man paired against a hot leading lady and The Starling scores BIG in that category. I am completely in love with the leading characters Vivianne Faulks and Paul de Gaules.

The Starling has it all; intrigue, secrets, lies, sexual tension, international espionage, and stunning visual imagery like you wouldn't
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Masters latest book, The Starling, is an example of what a talented and versatile writer she is. It is full of intrigue, mystery, and sexual tension, that keeps you glued to the pages until the very end. The visuals she paints with her words are absolutely stunning. They immerse you in the world of fine art that takes you from New York, Pairs, and Lake Geneva, to track down a missing Van Gogh.

Vivianne Faulks is making a name for herself in the art world for being able to spot a fake. She
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the opening page, the tension began and didn’t let up…

I’ve read (and loved) a few titles by this author so the tension that deliciously bubbled through this story was no surprise. Vivianne knew art and when the FBI pulled her in to investigate a theft of a famous work of painting the only surprise was Paul de Gaules….

I love the writing style of this author who brings wonderful depth to her stories with beautiful words that weave smart, complicated plots. This time out was no exception as Vi
Katie Sadan
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Starling!!

Loved it!!

The Starling is a total page turner, I couldn’t read it fast enough. Vivianne stole my heart right away. She’s been promised to a man she doesn’t love and her every move is controlled by her father. Her only joy comes from her job as an art expert proving weather a piece is authentic or not. And then you have Paul, be still my beating heart, I think I’m in love. He’s a bit of a mystery and has many secrets that are revealed during the story. The Starling will grab your at
Erika Patrick
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I loved The Starling! Viv and Paul are both great characters with amazing talents. Once I started reading I literally could not stop. Once I reached the end I wanted to scream. Not because it ended on a bad note, but because now I have to impatiently wait for the next book in the series! As always Ellie Masters does a fanstastic job describing scenes and feelings. I always can picture exactly what she’s describing because of her vivid details. I can’t wait to see what happens in Viv and Pau ...more
Mary Brannian
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Starling

Vivianne Faulks: a poor little "rich girl", confined on all sides by her father's rules, regulations, and expectations, engaged to a man she loathes, she yearns for more... something even she isn't sure of...
Paul De Gaules: Art expert, or art forger extraordinaire? The first glimpse of Vivianne stuns him...

When these two meet, tensions rise. Involved in an undercover art theft sting by the FBI, Paul and Vivianne find themselves in danger... physically and emotionally. The sparks fly
Chasing The Words  Book Blog
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ellie Masters once again takes you on a journey where you can vividly picture the scenes in the story. The book is filled with suspense, sexual tension, emotions and so much more.

Vivianne is trying to get out from under her father’s rules and teams up with the FBI to help with an investigation in the theft of a famous art piece. During the investigation she meets Paul and is immediately drawn to him. They end up being paired together to solve the myself of the theft. Let the sexual tension comm
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Secrets. Lies. Deception. Sibling rivalry at it's finest. What starts off as an investigation quickly turns into a game of cat and mouse to see who can outwit who. He chose her because she would fit the profile. At least that's the line he fed her. She wanted out of the confines of her family. A great story with loads of action and intrigue and unexpected twist.

This is my first read by this author. The blend of story, intrigue, action, history and information makes for a great read. I enjoyed m
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Starling is an intriguing mystery. It is placed in the art world. Vivianne's an art expect. She has an eye that can detect an imposter. Her talent has attracted the eyes of the FBI. They need her to help. This is her dream job. She is teamed up with Paul, an artist with many secrets. The Starling has lots of steamy hot chemistry, secrets, lies and oh so many twists. It will have you racing to the end.
Sunny B
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Sorry, not that it's a bad book, it's well written (why I gave 3 stars) but it's all very focused on art, which in have zero knowledge or interest in, so I couldn't relate to the characters passion. The author also points out a lot the fancy expensive wardrobe. All this talk about art and fashion was boring me to death.
Oh and yeh apparently the H and h They smell good. Ok we get it!!! Geez.... no need to repeat it at every page!
So yeh. Moving on.
Sharron Brown
Mar 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
The Starling is a film noir style book. Wonderfully cinematic with a Hitchcock sense of foreboding. it is visually descriptive and has opulence and sophistication oozing from its pages very European.
I enjoyed the unfolding layers the sense of menace. The heightened attraction and suppression of it by the main characters Paul and Vivienne. The sensuality of him being a Dom and her awakening sexuality.
The forged artwork dominates the story and it does end on a cliff hanger which surprisingly make
Tish (Cocktails & Fairytales)
Absolutely enjoyed this intriguing and mystery filled story. It was extremely well written and the character development was fantastic. I really loved Viv & Paul. I was sucked in right away and didn't want to put it down. A real page turner.

This book was given to me at my request and I provided this review voluntarily
Lori Hammons
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved delving into the art and art crime world! Viv and Paul's story captured my attention and I could not put it down. I love the danger and suspense. Their attraction is strong and I certainly hope there will be a sequel to delve into what comes next.
Kathy Rouchelle
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exciting, intriguing, mysterious and filled with sexual tension would describe this story, along with two lead characters who will captivate you and lure you into their world of art theft and undercover work for the FBI. Truly a book that will pull you in and require your undivided attention. The characters are wonderfully written and engaging. Through the twists and turns of the plot, the attraction between the two builds into an undeniable heat.

This is the first book that I have read by this
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting forever (or so it seems) to read The Starling. I can honestly say that the wait was worth it! I loved it.
Paula Genereau
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! I haven't read a FBI book quite like this one in a while. It was an amazing story. I instantly fell in love with this book.
Vickie Beams
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Vivianne and Paul!! This book is so exciting!! It had me wrapped into the pages from the beginning!! I am biting my nails waiting for book 2!! Brilliant, simply brilliant!
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first FBI read and it was thrilling. Mystery, suspense, intrigue, it's all in here, plus intense attraction and passion, with great characterization. It will keep you guessing with twists you won't see coming and you will love it.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Masters has managed to impress me yet again with this novel. The Starling is a wonderful, keep you on the edge of your seat mystery novel. Just imagine - the FBI, stolen art, and multiple countries and now you have your setting for this book. But then add in the well developed characters of Viv and Paul and they take the story to a whole new level. Plus there is a bit of history thrown in that always adds to the plot. Thank you for your wonderful writing and stories Ellie Masters.

I volunta
Penny Leidecker
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by Ellie Masters and I was sucked in from the beginning. This is such an amazing book. I love Viv and Paul’s characters. The descriptions given in the story are wonderful and makes you feel like you can see everything as if you’re there. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique storyline. I hope she will write more about these characters because I didn’t want this book to end, lol.
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Vivianne Faulks, who was recuited by the FBI to investigate a stolen Van Gogh. And she must work with a man whose line between legal & illegal sales of art tends to be blurry, but even worse than that, he may be the person that she's trying to catch. And that's all that I'm going to give away because this story is full of suspense, so less detail is better. I LOVE Ellie Masters' talented writing style because I never know what I'm going to get with her, as everything she wri ...more
Cynthia Carpenter
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing read full of twist and turns . Full of half truths and lies. Full of love and dominance.
Vivianne is a rich girl with her life run by her father. Everything she does he knows. Till she gets to chance to see a painting from there she meets Paul and the set out with FBI and Interpol to stop an auction. From one day to the next they get pulled in by different things and each other.When they get where they need to be things unravel fast and Vivianne disappears. Will Paul be able to f
Amanda  B Gillespie
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellie blew my mind with The Starling! It took me a few days to read it because I couldn't skip any of it. The storyline was so riveting that misreading a single sentence could cause you to miss a much-needed detail in what comes next. I didn't want to miss a thing. I read the Collective series Ellie Master's co-wrote and this was so very different than those. Those were good but this one made you want to figure things out on your own, and the upped the mysterious side several notches. I recommen ...more
Maria Angie Mendoza
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastically written complex suspenseful thriller.
Exciting electric,intriguing and steamy, the scenes were so well executed I felt like I had a front and center seat to this fantastic story.
Flawless writing and well developed characters, Paul and Viv’s story this read was totally captivating and unputdownable!
Go in blindly so you get the full impact of this thrilling story!
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, suspenseful, excellent read, fabulous writing!

One of the best books I read this year now doubt about it. I love this story but now I have to wait for the 2nd one :(. Mesmerizing, complex characters with a surprising heroine (strong but submissive) and intense hero. I am a new avid fan of Ellie Masters. I plan on trying to read more of hers books whenever possible.
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“What do I think of the newly discovered Van Gogh?" It was a load of crap, but Viv couldn't say that without Professor Phillips asking questions she couldn't answer.” 0 likes
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