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by Ellie Masters
a Full Length Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense, No Erotica
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 Viv is drawn further into the world of art auctions and international crime, the case threatens to uncover Faulks’ family secrets long buried since World War II. Not to mention, her enigmatic partner might be the very thief she's been sent to catch. When her life's put on the line, Viv no longer cares about recovering the stolen Van Gogh. With each twist and turn, she's simply trying to stay alive.
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"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 believe. I was truly standing in Paris thanks to Ellie Masters gorgeous descriptions." ~ Kay
"The Starling is a total page turner, I couldn’t read it fast enough." ~ Katie
"Ellie Masters does a fanstastic job describing scenes and feelings. I always can picture exactly what she’s describing because of her vivid details. " ~ Erika
"I love Vivianne and Paul!! This book is so exciting!! It had me wrapped into the pages from the beginning!!" ~ Vicki
“You want me to pretend to be your lover?”
With a nod, he released her hands and leaned back in the chair. “Mais oui. It’d be assumed you were sharing my bed.”
“Why does that even matter?” Who would care if their relationship was more than business?
“Accept Agent Radcliffe’s offer to consult on the case, and you’ll discover many secrets. You might even uncover some you’ve been hiding from yourself.”
Whatever does that mean?
The impact of his words hit her on a gut level, terrifying because of the allure they held. She cleared her throat. “Monsieur de Gaules, you must know I am engaged.”
“I know your relationship status. That’s what makes this perfect. The rumors will fly. The more attention we have focused on our relationship, the more freedom we’ll have to operate.”
“You place a lot of weight on the power of rumors, but I can’t risk my reputation for you or jeopardize my family name.”
Without warning, he stood, extending his hand.
Viv glanced at it, terrified to take it but more than willing to feel the heat of his skin against hers again. What would be the harm in one last affair? Even if it was pretend. How much loyalty did she hold to a fiancé she hated?
“If I do this…” Her breath fluttered in her lungs, tentative yet excited. “If I do this, that’s all it would be. An act…”
It was vital she established boundaries.
“We maintain a professional relationship between us, regardless of what others believe?”
She’d meant her words to sound confident, but they had come out more like a question.
The corner of his full lips bowed into a smile when she allowed him to take her hand. He flipped her wrist over and leaned down to sweep his lips across the back of her hand.
“But of course.”
A jolt of electricity shot up her arm.
She hated when men lied.
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Ellie Masters Bio:
ELLIE MASTERS is the bestselling author of Heart’s Insanity: an Angel Fire Rock Romance. She writes multiple genres, creating the stories she loves to read. These are dark erotic tales. Or maybe sweet contemporary stories. How about a romantic thriller to whet your appetite? Ellie writes it all. Want to read passionate poems and sensual secrets? She does that too. Dip into the eclectic mind of Ellie Masters, spend time exploring the sensual realm where she breathes life into her characters and brings them from her mind to the page and into the heart of her readers every day.
Ellie’s favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch, laptop in place, watching a fire, drinking a good wine, and bringing forth all the characters from her mind to the page and hopefully into the hearts of her readers.
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