Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Reluctant Burglar by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Series: To Catch A Thief #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Multnomah
Released: Aug. 15, 2006 
345 pages
About the Book:

Surrounded by no good options, much less safe ones, Desiree Jacobs knows that no matter what she must protect her father's reputation and his legacy.

If Desiree Jacobs knows anything, it's art. Her father, whose security company is internationally renowned, taught her everything he knew. Most of all, he taught her about honor. Integrity. Faith. So surely God will forgive her for despising the one man--Special Agent Tony Lucano, who's determined to destroy her father's good name?

Agent Lucano knows that Hiram Jacobs is an art thief. But what he can't figure out is Desiree. Is she an innocent victim...or a clever accomplice?

When Hiram is murdered, along with his company, he leaves Desiree a hidden container full of stolen paintings. But she can't believe that her father was a thief! If it were true, it would destroy their business, cost people their jobs, and embarrass international museums that have been displaying clever forgeries. No, she must figure out why her honest father would turn criminal herself. Even if it means facing down a ring of cutthroat art thieves...or accepting help from the man she most distrusts. With danger at every turn, can Desiree trust God to guide her down the right path? 

My Rating & Thoughts:    

Desi runs an internationally known security firm, specializing in art protection, with her father. Desi’s father is murdered. The FBI is sure that her father was involved in an art theft ring and that this association contributed to her father’s death. Desi knows her father is innocent and enlists her best friend to help investigate her father’s death, but as clues are discovered Desi begins to suspect people she trusts are involved. Desi doesn’t know who to trust. I found the beginning started slow and at times I struggled with following exactly what was happening at times. As we got further in it picked up and I began to feel like I was right there with Desi trying to figure out what was going on, who could she trust and then on the edge of my seat needing to know she would make it out of the dangerous situation she was in. I liked that Desi eventually stopped trying to do everything on her and own and takes the risk to trust an FBI agent. I enjoyed their secret meetings and was glad she decided to take a chance and trust this person. I enjoyed the way they were able to work together and figure out who they could trust and bring down the correct people. There was a certain character I was unsure if we could trust, and I hoped they were innocent because I liked them. There is also a romance that develops for Desi, and I look forward to seeing it progress in the next book. 

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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