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Peek Inside Untrue Colors

She’s on the run... Brilliant art appraiser Alex Northrop’s ex used stolen art to fund his nefarious activities. Now he wants her dead. Professor Henry Chilton is shocked to find a beautiful stranger passed out in his bed, and even more so when she reveals a priceless painting is a forgery – the painting he’d planned to use to fund a woman’s shelter. Her knowledge of art is undeniable—just as his attraction to her is irresistible. But in order to help Henry recover the real painting, Alex must risk exposure...and her life.

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2016 Bookseller's Best in Romantic Suspense

She’s on the run…

Brilliant art appraiser Alex Northrop’s ex used stolen art to fund his nefarious activities. Now he wants her dead. But it isn’t just herself she’s worried about – if he discovers who she really is, he’ll kill her family.

Professor Henry Chilton is shocked to find a beautiful stranger passed out in his bed, and even more so when she reveals a priceless painting is a forgery – the painting he’d planned to use to fund a woman’s shelter. She’s mysterious and frightened, and he is determined to discover why.

Alex’s knowledge of art is undeniable—just as Henry’s attraction to her is irresistible. But in order to help him recover the real painting, Alex isn’t just risking exposure…she’s risking her life.


"This book was full of adventure, mystery, action, fear, anger, pain, hope, loss, family reunions and so much more...I was a little sad when I finished it because I wanted the story to continue." --Night Owl Reviews

" A briskly paced romance featuring breathless suspense." --Kirkus Reviews

"Untrue Colors is one of the best Romantic Suspense books I have read." --Ellesea Loves Reading

"Seriously, one of the better contemporary romances that I've read in a while. The plot was very well written. It was equal parts mysterious, suspenseful and romantic." --Lulo Fangirl

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752061
Series: True Lies, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 10, 2015
Page Count: 328
Imprint: amara next
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: fake engagement, opposites attract

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By Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) March 12, 2015

Book – Untrue Colors
Author – Veronica Forand
Publication Date – March 10, 2015
Genre – Romance/Suspense
Type – Stand Alone
Cliffhanger - No
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided for Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story

I was a bit skeptical a ...more

By Anita March 04, 2015

ARC provided by the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

The hero - an English Earl who is an anthropology professor with an interest in helping abused women. Add to that, he's a retired Royal Navy sniper. He's even got a castle with a moot. Be still my heart! You get 4 stars just ...more

By Kate February 22, 2015

Intrigue, espionage, and love.

If you like a sit on the edge of your seat story, with a hot romance woven through it, then this is your book. Alex, an art appraiser, is running from her art-thief, violent ex-boyfriend. She’s a kickass, take no prisoners woman and an art expert. How cool is that? Henr ...more

By Carmen March 10, 2015

Like a story with a lead women who is nobody's fool? Love a Book that is fast paced with a lot of mystery? Don't forget a steamy love interest? Wickedly sassy and smart. Loved it, and didn't expect to love it as much as I did... you'll love it. ...more

By Jenny March 16, 2015

I'm not sure what I was expecting with this book, but I was blown away. Alex is an art appraiser, even more than that, and she is running from her ex-boyfriend. She hides in an Oxford University professor's house with a bunch of college students. She's discovered by Henry Chilton, anthropology profe ...more

By Juliette July 10, 2015

Excellent romantic suspense. Forand takes us on a gripping adventure from England to Paris. I fell in love with the professor just as quickly as our heroine Alex did. What a wonderful story. So looking forward to the next, which I hope will feature Simon and Nicola. ...more

By 1-Click Addict Support Group March 27, 2016

An entertaining whirlwind…

Hang on to your hats, folks, as this ride whips along at a fast pace! Alex Northrop is on the run, and we are taken along with her as she fears for her life. Her experiences did not prepare her for life underground but she is resourceful and quick on her feet. She has to be ...more

By Susan February 21, 2015

An art appraiser on the run from an ex bent on ending her life risks everything to help a professor recover a stolen painting. The love story between Alex and Henry interweaves seamlessly into a gripping suspense plot that leaves the reader breathless. Romantic suspense at its finest! ...more

By Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading) April 24, 2015

Lies, deception, intrigue, lust, espionage & suspense...Untrue Colors has it all in abundance in this fast paced romantic suspense.

Alex Northrop has the ability to change her personality and appearance as easily as a chameleon changes colour. Being a polyglot adds unique credibility to each persona. ...more

By Elaine March 05, 2015

WOW - a great thriller with romance interwoven in it, I really enjoyed this book! It is a superbly written roller coaster ride that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from the very beginning.

Alex Northrop is a multilingual, highly rated art appraiser who is running for her life after seeing ...more

Gabi's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I was literally caught up in this story with the 3rd sentence. This book was so perfectly paced. It was full of suspense, thrill, understated sexy scenes and 2 HOT heroes. The writing was done so well that art history or anthropology seem interest ...more

By Johanna April 05, 2015

Thanks to the author for a free copy to read and review.

The blurb on this book just doesn't do it justice. I doubt I can either, but for a first read by this author it was fabulous! Alex Northrop's ex is hunting for her, and wants to see her dead because she knows too much. It seems Alex is a brilli ...more

By Crystal March 03, 2015

I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced and very suspenseful but still had a sweet romance. At the end I was on the edge of my seat. ...more

By Jeannie March 11, 2015

 Untrue Colors, Veronica Forand
Genre:  Mystery and thrillers, Romance
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
My first read by Veronica and what a read it is. I really enjoyed it. I enjoy a suspense novel that’s not too heavy, and this with the romance angle added was perfect for me.
Alex – wow – w ...more

By Christina April 08, 2015

**This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review**

I really had a good time with this book. It was equal parts fun, suspenseful, action-packed and romantic. The characters were complex and interesting and their development and romantic progression throughout the plot was believable.

I've ne ...more

By Bette February 22, 2015

This is a fantastic romantic suspense novel! Well paced with great characters this is definitely one you want to read. Alex Northrop is on the run. After discovering her boyfriends less than legal art world dealings and escaping is attempt to murder her there is no one she can trust. When she crashe ...more

By Rhenna June 17, 2015

I've read many books claiming to be romantic suspense, but this is the real deal. The beautiful mix of art, arms dealings, and romance leave this well-crafted story chock full of excitement and energy. The characters were all exceptionally developed with many opportunities for spin off stories. I pa ...more

By Shannon March 05, 2015

This is the second book I have read by Veronica For and, the first being Flirting on Ice. Untrue Colors is riveting. I loved every action packed minute. It is loaded with intrigue and suspense. My favorite part is the interaction between Alex and Henry. I hope there will be more to come for their st ...more

By Melanie January 15, 2018

This book was so much more than was I was expecting when I went into it! I was pleasantly surprised with this read and I can't wait for more in this True Lies series from Veronica Forand.

Alex Nothrop is what I would call the black sheep of her family and comes from a very well known Boston family. ...more

By RoloPoloBookBlog March 20, 2015

Untrue Colors by Veronica Forand
Source: Author
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review:

Life for Professor Henry Chilton is relatively normal: he teaches archaeology at Oxford, he has both a castle and another smaller though still large and beautiful home, his half-brother shuttles him around when he (the half- ...more

By Sue March 09, 2015

In Untrue Colors by Veronica Forand, Alex is an expert art appraiser who finds herself on the run, her life in danger after falling for the wrong man. Estranged from her prominent family in the US but still not wanting to endanger them, she flees to Oxford, England. There she becomes a chameleon and ...more

By Margaret March 15, 2015

I’m a big fan of romantic suspense and loved the thriller aspect that Untrue Colors added to the mix. The story was original, the characters multi-dimensional, and it was paced perfectly to keep me turning the pages to get to the end. There was a lot going on in this story and the author does a nice ...more

By Inishowen March 14, 2015

A romantic thriller with just the right mix of romance and suspense.
As is common in this genre the protagonists although very likeable and engaging are very 'romantic fiction' in their make up.
On the run from an ex boyfriend, Alex is beautiful and super intelligent. She speaks multiple languages a ...more

By Shelby April 04, 2015

*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads Review Team*

Untrue Colors completely exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a romantic thriller (light on thriller), but what I got was a High-Octane, thrilling romance! (note the difference)
Alex is on the run, literally, from an abusive e ...more

By Sophievalencia_ March 17, 2015

I was so excited to read this book because it was a romance built around art theft, a subject that I find absolutely fascinating. It would have been so easy for this book to stop at the first level of art theft -- art stolen to be sold on the black market to art connoisseurs. Instead, the story took ...more

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Veronica Forand

About the author

Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense. She's lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

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