The Thief by Michele Hauf
Published by Lyrical Press on April 11, 2017 (expected)
Series: Elite Crimes Unit, #1
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance
Format & Length: e-book, 320
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The Elite Crimes Unit works behind the scenes of Interpol—and employs some of the world’s most talented criminal minds. Because as everyone knows, it takes a thief to catch a thief—or to seduce one . . .
The old farmhouse in the French countryside is a refuge for former jewel thief Josephine Deveraux. Admittedly, there aren’t many men in the vicinity, but she has her cat to cuddle up with. It’s a far cry from her former life, constantly running from the law, and she’s enjoying her peace . . . until the intruder in the three-piece suit tackles her. He wants her back in the game, helping with a heist—and he’s not above making threats to get his way.
Little does Josephine know that notorious—and notoriously charming—thief, Xavier Lambert, is after the very same 180-carat prize she’s being blackmailed to steal. To his chagrin, he’s doing it not as a free agent, but as a member of the Elite Crimes Unit—the team he was forced to join when his brilliant career came to a sudden end. And little does Xavier know that his comeback is about to include a stranger’s kiss, a stinging slap, and a hunt for missing treasure—along with the infuriatingly sexy woman who’s outfoxing him . . .
Hmm. Well, this had potential. It really did. I loved the concept of this book. And it started out fairly well. But then… the follow through just wasn’t there for me.
The beginning and ending of The Thief were strong enough, but the middle portion got a bit murky. The overall plot itself was fine and easy to follow, but some more editing could have helped to pare it down. As it was, I found it easy to put down in favor of reading something else.
Our main characters, Josephine and Xavier, weren’t quite as fleshed out as I would have liked. We do find out about both of their back stories to learn more about them, and they were complex and had their own quirks. Yet there was something lacking, and they didn’t feel especially realistic.
Overall, there were some really good moments in The Thief, but not enough to make this the best reading experience possible. Hauf is an apparently accomplished author and most of her books have above average ratings on Goodreads. Maybe I should try a different book of hers, or perhaps her writing style is just not for me.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.