Immovable Objects is a cool, seductive caper romance, and a great deal of fun.
For the first time in her life, Elizabeth Caldwell is on her own. She spent most of her life as part of a trio with her brother Anthony and her sister Danielle. The triplets had extraordinary abilities they used in working for the man who saved them from the streets. But then Danielle broke apart to live on her own. Finally, having had enough of her brother’s overbearing ways, Elizabeth did the same, making a new start for herself in Philadelphia.
Billionaire Cole Williams is about to open an unprecedented art exhibit, putting on display a Rodin sculpture that hasn’t been seen in public for decades. But when he receives the shipment from the piece’s owner, he finds the container empty. He quickly arranges to have a fake sculpture made so he can put it on display while he tries to recover the real piece before he has to return it to the owner.
On the night of the opening, the fake fools everyone. Except Elizabeth, whose special abilities tell her something isn’t right about the statue. She uses her telekinetic powers to break into the gallery so she can inspect the piece, only to be caught by Cole. He can’t help but be intrigued by the mysterious woman who breached his high-priced security system. She may be exactly the person he needs to help him get the sculpture back. He hires her to do just that, and as they work together to recover the statue, the simmering attraction between them soon boils over.
This is the second book in the Family Secrets: The Next Generation miniseries. It very much stands on its own, offering tantalizing glimpses at the overall storyline while still working on its own terms as a complete story.
Some readers may find the book gets off to a slow start with the exposition-heavy early chapters. After some of the vagueness and ambiguity of the first book, I liked being able to get a sense of Elizabeth’s past and character right up front. The author draws the reader into her characters right from the beginning. To be sure, they’re not the deepest characters, but then, this isn’t a particularly deep story. It’s sleek and seductive, very fast-paced, and simply fun. Anyone who likes light caper stories, from To Catch a Thief to The Thomas Crown Affair, should enjoy this one. Cole and Elizabeth have the sexy chemistry of two very cool, confident people. She’s a strong heroine; he’s a charismatic hero. Their banter is light and fun, and they give off real sparks. Elizabeth’s telekinetic powers are also well-utilized through the process of locating the sculpture and then plotting to get it back.
There’s not all that much to say about this book other than that it’s very much a light confection. It’s not deep, and it’s not supposed to be. The characters are likable, their chemistry is palpable, the storyline is fun, and the action moves very quickly. It also offers enough info into the overall plotline that I’m looking forward to the next book more eagerly. If it’s anywhere near as good I’ll be happy; Immovable Objects is one of the most fun and entertaining books I’ve read this year.