While restoring a solid gold, bejeweled Venetian mask, rumored to be cursed, to its rightful owner, art-recovery agent Gwen Davies is shocked to discover that she has stolen back a carefully engineered fake and must team up with the client, a man she hoped never to see again, to find the real one. Original.
Karen Kendall is the author of many disasters and nine romantic comedies. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and credits her early interest in writing to several teachers and her mother, a professor of comparative literature.
A graduate of Smith College, Karen studied the mysteries of modern and contemporary art before enrolling in a masters program in Museum Education, with the aim of teaching children about art. She worked for several museums and galleries before following her lifelong dream and completing a novel.
Karen is still a big fan of children's art, but she now writes full time and lives in Florida with her husband, Don, and attack-cat Boo, who turns up her nose at chicken and fish but adores asparagus and mint-chocolate-chip ice cream.
I didn't have nearly as much fun with this sequel to the first book Take Me If You Can. The heroine, Gwen, was whiny and several times acted TSTL. And I wasn't much more impressed with Quinn, the supposed hero. I did finish it, which means it wasn't so bad that I had to abandon it for the sake of my sanity, but it was close. The plot didn't even make sense a lot of the time. All I knew for sure was that Quinn and Gwen used to be married and they were looking for some stupid mask. And please, Quinn & Gwen...say that a few times fast. Anyway, before I go on a rant-fest, let me just say that I won't be reading any more by this author.
Karen Kendall is a local south Florida romance writer and her novel has just the right amount of salsa to really give credence to Miami descriptions. I really enjoy this series of art heists and returns similar to the Thomas Crown Affair, but much more south florida. If you're into art, like stolen objects and enjoy some wonderful steamy seasons, you'll really like this book. Plus Karen is a great author to take classes from and speak to, I highly recommend adding her to your reading list.