Trained to be a thief from a young age, Crystal is driven to do whatever it takes to find evidence against the man who had her parents murdered. She’s given up her name, love and even her face in pursuit of justice. When Crystal is forced on a blind date with the cop who is investigating her, she finds herself playing a dangerous game of hearts that could land her in a prison cell.
Kade is in search of a new life, after losing his partner. He’s taken a new job, in a new city, and met a new girl. In order to keep his fresh start, he will have to catch an elusive thief targeting one of the largest corporations in the country. Desperate to forget the failures of his past, Kade has no intention of failing.
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This is a fast-paced romance thriller with two central characters, Crystal and Kade, both of whom have secrets from each other. That’s a recurrent theme in the book – each character has secrets, none more so than Westridge whom Crystal suspects of murdering members of her family and attempting to murder her and her sister.
The plot is a good one – Crystal and Ruby are effectively modern-day cat burglars with IT hacking skills who are building up evidence to convict the man who got their dad jailed. In too much of a coincidence, they both end up with the cops who are investigating them, though all is not as it seems there either.
Set in New York, there’s little of the city on offer, a lack of depth that’s reflected elsewhere. For instance, we never really get a good feel for the girls’ uncles, George and Gustin, two shady characters whose introduction into the girls’ lives is never well explained. Neither is the character of Tommy, the uncles’ henchman and the girls’ protector/sparring partner fleshed out. Maybe these details will be fleshed out in further novels, as this is the first in a series seemingly.
Of the two cops, Kade and Paul, Kade is well drafted, with a background in gangs to make him interesting. Paul is annoyingly difficult to get a handle on in terms of character substance, but maybe that was a deliberate fudge … or not.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Would I read more? Maybe. For an enjoyable canter across the pages, this is a good choice. Not too taxing but interesting enough to keep you turning the pages. And that’s a lot more than can be said for a lot of books!