Addison Abbot is a dreamer—she dreams of owning her own cake shop, of traveling the world, of finding Prince Charming. But when it comes to actually following any of those dreams, she’s a little, well, stuck. So when a devilishly handsome stranger saves her from two robbers with guns and pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime, she’s determined to find her fairytale ending—until she realizes he’s the most wanted criminal in America, that is.
Thaddeus Ryder was just another run-of-the-mill international art thief until his latest heist went south. Now, his face is on every news station, his name is making headlines, and his partner is working for the feds. Talk about a bad week on the job. His only option is to flee the country. But when hitmen for the Russian mafia interrupt his getaway, Thad gains an accidental companion—a baking beauty who might be too tempting to resist.
When a girl good meets a bad boy, sparks are bound to fly. But this conman is about to discover the only thing he can’t steal is her heart…
**To Catch a Thief is a romantic comedy series that’s one part humorous and one part heartfelt, with a dash of adventure, a hint of criminal activity, and a whole heap of fun! Each book is a standalone romance with a HEA.
I received a copy from the author for an honest review for the blog tour. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
First, I want to say thank you to Kay Marie for contacting me. It means a lot that you went looking for me and asked if I wanted to review and participate in the blog tour of the new baby. Thank you.
Stolen Goods is the second book in what I believe is a trilogy that follows the characters from book one on. In the first book, we meet Jo and the no-nonsense FBI agent, Nate. We also meet the other characters but as supporting roles. In this book, the couple that is focused is Jo’s bestie and “brother”, Addy and Thad.
I actually fell for Thad in book one and was excited to see that he was going to be in his own book in this one. He’s what I like to call a loveable asshole. You know the kind. They are the jokesters. The ones who hide behind a smile and can be dicks to the sticks in the mud. That’s Thad.
Addy, I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. She is an all-encompassing feminine fairy. Filled with pink and confectionary goodness. You’d think she’d be an innocent little wallflower and in a way she is. BUT, there is a strength to her that I really liked.
The best way to describe this book is a road trip book. Through a huge mishap that involves the Russian mafia, Thad finds himself in a pickle. He thinks he can just waltz in and contact Jo. At least… that was the plan.
Though most of the book is centered on these two strangers getting to know each other better, it works. You see a development of the relationship and how well they play off one another. You can see how one is able to lift up the other.
The book is a good middle book. It fits the world and you do get to see Jo and Nate in their own environment. I would love to read the third book. I have to now. I’m invested to see what happens with Nate’s partner, Leo, and Jo’s other online bestie, Mackenzie.
I recommend if you are looking for a light and fun romance. There is some action, both in physical coupling and fighting off baddies.
Final rating: 3/5
All the locks in the car slid into place.
All the missing pieces did too.
“Oh my God!” Addy shouted, whipping her head to the side, meeting those steely eyes, sharp and cunning. No wonder he looked so familiar! He was on the cover of the magazine sitting on her nightstand back home. His face had been on the news every single night for a week—not that she watched the news, but she usually caught the last five or so minutes before the show she actually wanted to watch came on. Maybe I should have been watching the news. Maybe if I had, I would have recognized the most wanted criminal in America! Maybe I would have done the smart thing, like, I don’t know, running away and calling the police instead of falling at his feet and drooling over his smile! Gah! “You’re Thaddeus Ryder!”
“The one and only,” he mused, edge of his lip quirking with a smile, no shame whatsoever evident in his expression.
“Oh my God, those men weren’t trying to kill me—they were trying to kill you!”
He wrinkled his nose with thinly veiled judgment. “Honestly, I’m a little surprised it took you this long to realize that. Unless the world of wedding cake design is a lot more cutthroat than I ever realized.”
“You have no idea,” she commented darkly, and then jolted, looking around at the leather dashboard, the bullet hole in the windshield, the black paint on the hood. She gasped. “Your car didn’t break down!”
“I bet this isn’t even your car.”
He didn’t respond.
“Is it stolen?”
Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.
I’m aiding and abetting a known fugitive.
Oh my God!
“I demand you let me out of the car at once!” Addy exclaimed, her voice as rigid and severe as she could possibly make it.
“I’m afraid that’s not going to happen,” he replied smoothly, all confidence and control.
“But— But—” That always works in the movies. “But I demand it!”
“And your demand is adorable, really, but it’s not going to happen. I didn’t mean to get you involved, but you are. You’re in this, whether you want to be or not.”
“In what?” Her voice was small, unsure.
He glanced at her, something soft and almost pained in his gaze. Then he looked forward and tightened his grip on the steering wheel, staring out the window with new resolve. “In this car, with me, until I say otherwise.”
I don’t think so. “I’ll call the police.”
“I have your phone.”
“Please don’t. I’m pretty sure no one but me will hear you, and my eardrums can’t take any more.”
“I’ll— I’ll—” Addy searched around for some sort of ammunition. Her hand went to the door handle and tugged on it uselessly.
“It’s locked, remember? And even if it weren’t, I wouldn’t recommend that route, just based on my own personal experience. Jumping out of a car going upwards of sixty miles an hour hurts like hell.”
She folded her fingers into her palm and pulled her hand back slightly, then spun, lunging for the wheel. He caught her with his forearm and pushed her back against the seat, locked in place. Addy punched and kicked, but he didn’t budge.
“I’m not going to hurt you, I swear. If I wanted to do that, I would’ve left you back there on your own. I wouldn’t have taken you with me.” He released her and ran his hand through his hair, ruffling those dark, wavy locks in a way that was frustratingly attractive. “This is all a big mistake. I just need to make sure it’s safe before I let you go.”
“Why should I believe you?”
He winced. “Because I have no reason to lie.”
Addy snorted with disbelief before she could stop it—uncaring for once in her life that the gesture was incredibly unladylike. “You’re a criminal. And a thief. And a con. And all you’ve done tonight is lie!”
“True,” he stated slowly, meeting her eyes with a smile. “But wasn’t it exciting?”
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**To Catch a Thief is a romantic comedy series that’s one part humorous and one part heartfelt, with a dash of adventure, a hint of criminal activity, and a whole heap of fun! Each book is a stand-alone romance with a HEA.
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