by Heather Long
Series: Love Thieves, #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Wealthy, titled, and very privileged, Lady Katherine Hardwicke successfully eluded some of the best thieves in the world in a quest to obtain the Fortunate Buddha. Her time is running out and her enemies are closing in, and one deliciously enigmatic man seems determined to get in her way. Will he save her or end her quest forever?
Jarod Parker wears many faces and lies for a living, but when the same thief steals the Buddha out from beneath his agents not once but twice, this handler returns to the field. His target? The last woman anyone would suspect of being the thief. But is he really after the Buddha or has this brilliant woman stolen his heart?
Their sensuous game of cat and mouse turns deadly when a third player turns up the heat, but can these two liars come clean with each other or will they lose it all?
He sat silently. She forced herself to eat three bites of the salmon in quick succession, followed by a forkful of the steamed spinach and grilled zucchini. Her lack of appetite did not do the meal justice, but her audience forced her to play the part. Their air of civility wore on her. She’d rather be curled up, snacking on her dinner in bed and watching the latest movies she’d missed thanks to the whirlwind schedule she’d been maintaining.
But, no. She sat at a table with a perfectly respectable, smoking-hot- should-be- licked- often stranger. Damn her father.
Hell, if her father hadn’t sent him, she could have indulged in one of those carnal impulses which used to land her in the scandal rags during her university years. When the heat in her body continued to spread, warming her cheeks and breasts, she reached for the wine again. Maybe a glass or three would knock the temperature off her libido.
“You seem very relaxed, considering our present circumstances.” He sounded almost curious.
“I’m used to it.” She sighed and ran her tongue along her teeth, hoping no bits of veggie were embarrassing her. “Unfortunately.”
“Well, if you’re used to it, maybe you should consider a change in careers.” The odd comment, coupled with his pursed lips, dragged her attention away from her raging hormones to stare at him again. He watched her with no attempt to disguise the shrewd predator in his eyes. A fresh wave of awareness rolled over her.
He wasn’t any ordinary businessman, and his attempts at vanilla engagement, from his relaxed dress to his mannerisms, couldn’t disguise the difference anymore. Something far more dangerous than an unwanted matchmaking attempt lurked in his gaze.
Intrigue and wariness clashed inside.
“Why would I change careers? I’m destined to inherit the entire organization. I have to know how it works from top to bottom. Or are you one of those men who thinks marrying me will be your key to the executive office, and I’ll be at home hosting tea while popping out the requisite heirs?”
Jarod tugged his ear and set his utensils down. “Kit Kat, what the hell are you talking about?”
“My father, Mr. Parker. And stop calling me by that horrid nickname.” Irritation rose to the top of her desire and flamed. “I asked you to call me Katherine.”
“No. You told me to. I prefer Kit Kat. It suits your mercurial moods. What does your father have to do with my being on this plane?”
“Everything.” She leaned forward. “Miles told me Daddy sent you to the meeting and here. I am used to my father’s matchmaking—although he’s generally a great deal subtler than this. I suppose my birthday last month and the engagements of several of his associates’ children has him thinking.”
“Miles told you I’m here as a—”
“Seriously, Mr. Parker? A stud service. Yes, my father sent you to stand stud for his recalcitrant princess who will not settle down. Granted, you’re an exceptionally fine specimen, but I have no desire to wear the reins which undoubtedly go with your promising physique.”
Jarod’s mouth opened briefly then snapped shut. To her amazement—and ire—he started to laugh.
“What’s so funny?”
“You’re not mad your father might have sent me, Kit Kat. You’re mad you wanted me, and now you think you can’t have me.”
A good read that had lots of great banter between the characters. The main characters were interesting and multi-dimensional and had lots of chemistry. This was a fast-paced story that held my interest through the end, but as sometimes happens with shorter reads, I was hoping for a little bit more.
I really liked both Jarod and Katherine. They both have secrets and have spent their lives hiding behind their carefully constructed personas. When circumstances bring Jarod and Katherine together the chemistry between is sizzling. Their bantering back and forth was lots of fun and I loved watching them keep score of their one-upmanship.
The story was well-crafted. I have not read the previous two books in this series and think that maybe if I had it would have been easier to jump right into this one. Sufficient back-story is given when needed, but I think if I had read the previous two books it would have been easier to understand the significance of the artifact and some of the history of the characters.
I am a huge fan of this author’s paranormal series “The Wolves of Willow Bend” and was not disappointed at all in this read, which is my first non-paranormal book from her. I love Heather Long’s writing style, the engaging story lines, and fun dialogue, so all in all this was a good read.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Also in the Series
Book One: Catch Me
Book Two: Treasure Me