Perched on the cliffs above Puffin Harbor, Maine sits a technological marvel of a mansion named Sub Rosa. Lovingly conceived and designed by Frank Foster and his daughter Rachel for his best friend, billionaire Thaddeus Lakeman, Sub Rosa is where Frank takes his own life after killing his wife and Thadd when he finds them together. Devastated by the tragedy, for the last three years Rachel has shunned her profession and the house she helped build. Now, however, a recently discovered box left by her father uncovers a dark secret -- many of the gifts given to Rachel and her sister Willow by their father and Thadd are stolen goods worth millions. Determined to protect Willow's fast-track law career, Rachel decides to return the stolen treasures to Sub Rosa, but she must act fast, for Thaddeus Lakeman's long-lost heir is due to arrive soon.
Professional adventurer, hunter, and salvager Keenan Oakes has long enjoyed traveling the world on his schooner, the Six-to-One Odds, with his little girl Mikaela, her pet wolf Mickey, and his loyal but motley crew. Arriving at Sub Rosa to begin a new adventure, Keenan quickly realizes he has an intruder -- a beautiful female who deviously disables him and mysteriously disappears. By the time he and his men figure out who she is and arrive to confront her, they find a barely conscious Rachel, badly hurt during her rushed escape. Determined to find out what she's up to, Keenan shanghais the helpless Rachel back to Sub Rosa where he can keep an eye on her. Now Keenan's "houseguest," Rachel tries to complete her mission even as she fights their growing attraction. If that isn't bad enough, things get even more complicated when items from Thaddeus Lakeman's legitimate art collection come up missing. What is going on?
In Latin Sub Rosa means Beneath the Roses or perhaps secrets buried deep, a perfect description for the two lead characters in Janet Chapman's THE SEDUCTIVE IMPOSTOR. Keenan and Rachel make an instant connection, but each hides secrets from the other, and the twists and turns their relationship take will keep readers on their toes. While the plot's central theme revolves around stolen treasures, the heart of the story is the relationships: a man and a woman falling in love, two sisters united against a tragic past, a young child and her group of adoring "uncles," and even a wolf bonding with his master's woman. Each character is unique and memorable. Add to that the beauty of Maine, which, once again, comes to life in Ms. Chapman's narrative, and what do you have? A true crowd pleaser.