Alex has fallen in with the wrong crowd when her talent for appraising art lands her in the cross-hairs of her criminal ex-boyfriend. Now on the run, she crashes a party at Professor Henry Chilton’s home and crashes right into his life. When she remarks upon one of his family heirloom paintings being a forgery, the duo find themselves falling into a larger art crime ring scheme that risks not only their lives but of her family’s.
In all honesty, I don’t often read a lot of romance, but this “romance/suspense” title set in Paris from Entangled Publishing intrigued me. Untrue Colors can also be categorized in the “New Adult Fiction” genre as the protagonist is in her 20s. Given the at-times misguided idea of both the romance and new adult genre, I was pleasantly surprised that this book wasn’t all sex and no story. In fact, the plot and the suspense mystery was what drove the story along for me.
Interestingly enough, I actually had a bit of a harder time relating to Alex & Henry. While I understand that there can be younger professors, I kept picturing a much older man despite Forand’s descriptions of him. I couldn’t seem to link together his heroic antics with my lack of ability to picture this character. Truth be told, I found his brother a much more compelling supporting character, not quite knowing what his deal is throughout the story.
Some of the scenarios that these two find themselves in is a bit outlandish, and there are definite moments to Henry where he’s obviously written as the perfect knight in shining armour (which definitely evoked an eye roll or two). That being said, I found Untrue Colors to be an entertaining & quick mystery read set against the backdrop of the art crime world. It was a nice change of pace to read a book with art, set in Paris, and not have it be set in the last century.