Friday, October 06, 2006

RELUCTANT BURGLAR by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Reluctant Burglar by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Book description:

Art Stole Her Heart...

Now, can she return the favor?

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 determined to destroy her father's good name?

Special Agent Tony Lucano knows Hiram Jacobs is an art thief. But what he can't figure out is Desiree. Is she the innocent she claims, or a clever accomplice?

Then Hiram is murdered. And along with his company, he leaves Desiree a hidden container—full of stolen paintings. But she can't admit her father was a thief! That would destroy their business, put people out of jobs, and embarrass international museums that have been displaying clever forgeries. No, she must find out why her honest father would turn criminal. And she must return the priceless art to the rightful owners without their knowledge. Even if it means facing down a ring of cutthroat art thieves.

Even if it means accepting help from the man she most distrusts…

Read an excerpt here!

Camy here:

This is a nice mix of romance with mystery and a bit of action. There are cool plot twists and lots of second-guessing.

It’s all set against the backdrop of international art theft. The security and art theft setting is intriguing and fun to read about.

Desi is a smart and savvy heroine, especially when she dons disguises for her job. Her spunkiness will appeal to romance readers who like a little backbone to their protagonists. I personally didn’t quite follow some of her choices, but she always acted with bravery and strength.

Tony is to-die-for sexy and a strong Christian. He’s every woman’s dream.

Both romance readers and cozy mystery readers will like this story. The bits of action will also appeal to suspense readers who like a little more heart-pounding in their reads.

This seemed perfectly safe for readers as young as junior high school, and yet it has an appeal to older readers who like romantic suspense and romantic mystery.

1 comment :

  1. I loved this book, and agree with your reveiw of it, Camy. It was smart, savy, and sassy. And enough twists to keep me guessing. I can't wait for the next one to come out.