Gorgeous, reformed art forger Laila Cambridge misses her father. She’s a grad student in art history and her father disappeared five years ago. She’s blocked writing her dissertation and she’s flat broke. She’s out drinking one night when she meets sexy, mysterious John Bolingbroke, who knows way too much about her. Then he bumps into her as she guides a tour around the Met. He tells her that her father is still alive—but in lethal danger.
Bolingbroke claims to be an art collector. Two weeks ago, he saw Robert Cambridge searching for a legendary lost Botticelli painting. Bolingbroke overheard a plot to pursue Robert, take the painting, and kill him. Bolingbroke knows that Laila has connections in the seedy art underworld; he wants Laila to help him find Robert and the painting. Time is short. The group pursuing Robert has unlimited resources. They have a week at most before the group murders her father.
From New York, through Paris, Amsterdam, and Rome, Laila pursues her father, the painting, and her own redemption.... (Goodreads)
Title: The Botticelli Affair
Author: Traci L. Slatton
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC
Release Date: July 27, 2011
I am a fan of Traci L. Slatton. I was very excited when I got asked to review The Botticelli Affair. Having said that, it took me a good 40 pages to get into it. I can’t really pinpoint what it was that had me not connecting until that point, but I would find myself putting the book down and forgetting about it. Now once I got to, oh, I would say around chapter seven, The Botticelli Affair started to really grab my attention.
Laila Cambridge is a troubled and fun character to read. I liked the backstory that Slatton gives her and I felt like I understood Laila’s love for art and why it was such a part of her. Some of my favorite moments in the book are when Laila is confronting her old teacher and the reason she is so great comes to light. I did feel like at times Laila’s voice was a bit immature for her age. But, I did like her a lot. Laila had great support in the book.
Laila’s best friend and roommate Fern was Awesome! She is one of those friends you know you will keep for life, through husbands and kids. (You know what I mean?) Then there is the sexy love interest, Bolingbroke, who may not be quite what he seems to be. Bolingbroke had the honorable hero bit down, and I felt bad for him for reasons I won’t spoil, but I wanted just a little more emotion out of him. At times the art itself felt like a character, much like the artifacts being chased in the National Treasure movies.
I enjoyed all the new takes on the vampire world that Slatton explored. I always like it when author’s take something old and make it their own. In this case Slatton created a world in which a painting that most believe doesn’t even exist could change the fate of many. I enjoyed reading it.
It's good. I had fun for the most part.
Older Teen and up: For language, violence, and sexual content.