Body of Work by Charlotte Mills

A romance surrounded by mystery

What was the book about?
When Noa Stevens was barely a teenager when her older brother Christopher disappeared one stormy night. As an adult Noa is an accomplished artist and is getting over the death of her wife three years ago. In an attempt to help Noa, her agent Marcus, suggests that she move her studio and live in the country for a while to see if she can find her way back from despair. There is also a more pressing reason for Marcus to suggest that she move to the country and that is he has been receiving strange notes that would affect Noa. The change does Noa a world of good but while out for a walk in the woods she twists her ankle badly and happens upon the local district nurse Paige Clarke. Paige isn’t one to give up on a stubborn woman who thinks that she doesn’t need help. Their friendship develops into something much deeper but so do the sinister notes and the past is brought to the fore and both Noa and Paige have to face the consequences. 

Featured Tropes
Romance, intrigue, second chance

Book Strengths
There are depths to these two main characters. They have both experienced loss on many levels but their feelings for each other are strong. This is a romance with a mystery woven through with the disappearance of her brother setting the scene. Noa’s art shows her darkest feelings and is in a way her coping mechanism. The start of the friendship and eventual love affair between Noa and Paige I think was well paced and felt real.

Book Weaknesses
I found the novel a little slow to beginning with but once it got into its stride it was good.

Character Chemistry
These two characters were not looking for love or anything like that. Both had suffered horrendous loss but there was still a glimmer of hope. Noa’s and Paige’s relationship started as one of nurse and patient but let me tell you they were both playing doctor pretty damn quickly!

Heat Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 

Wrap up
I enjoyed this story, a second chance romance woven together by a mystery.

4/5

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