4 Stars for Family Jewels
Family jewels features... jewels! We meet a fine arts thief with a penchant for jewels in particular and an Interpol agent whose job it is to catch him... and they meet up and fall for each other completely by accident. But how long can that really last?
I won't go more into the plot because once the groundwork is set, the story makes some twists and turns I'd hate to spoil. There were a few details that cropped up, like a search history that didn't get deleted immediately, that I was waiting for a later AHA moment to come into play that didn't, but overall, once the action started I was following along avidly.
Corbin's character felt believable, though I'm still of two minds about him as a "bad guy". He could be if he's a gentleman thief because of the way he goes about scoring his target or if he's somehow worse because he's not desperate to steal to do anything other than scratch that itch. His "good guy" counterpart, Luke, began the story as a tired agent frustrated by the cropping up of a cold case that is going nowhere. He gradually loses that middle-aged feel as his relationship deepens with Corbin, and their romance flourishes.
The plot was harder for me to get into, as my attention wandered a lot. The first half the book was really slow, and the exciting moments--Corbin's thefts--were almost anticlimactic. Now, I have a feeling that was done per the characterization, but it made the story not as interesting. If not for the fact I was reading this to review, I probably would've stopped before I hit the part that intrigued me mentally and left the story to some day where my DNF pile gets a revisit.
That being said, I definitely enjoyed the 2nd half of the book, all the way up to the end. While Family Jewels is summed up nicely in a cohesive beginning, middle, end, I felt the romance didn't get the realization it deserved though I won't say more because my quibble is minor and I'd hate to spoil the moment for readers. I truly, truly hope that means M.J. will be writing a sequel, as I think there were several hints seeded into the closing chapters that would lead to explanations for how book one ends and give us a chance to revisit these guys!
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Length: 200 Pages
Release Date: 27th April, 2015
Blurb: Corbin Ford, aka the Nightwatchman, named for the antique pocket watches he leaves behind at jobs, has been in the cat-burgling business for years. His father was. His grandfather was. His mother is still one of the most renowned thieves. Corbin likes his high-profile heists, priceless paintings from private collections, artifacts from museums, but his favorite? Jewels. Sparkly, beautiful jewels. If they’re famous, better yet.
Interpol agent Luke Eldridge has one goal and one goal only: to catch the Nightwatchman. Luke’s been after him for months, but getting the slip time and again is getting embarrassing. Luke has never even laid eyes on the bastard, but he’d happily strangle him. And then arrest him.
When Luke meets Corbin, the man of his dreams, he falls hard and fast… only to catch Corbin red-handed with his hand in a jewelry case at the scene of the highest-profile murder that’s rocked the international world in years.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Jewels-M-J-OShea-ebook/dp/B00WJCXQMQ/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1
I'm Mj O’Shea:) I grew up, and still live, in sunny Washington state and while I love to visit other places, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.
I spent my childhood writing stories. Sometime in my early teens, the stories turned to romance. Most of those were about me, my friends, and our favorite movie and pop stars. Hopefully, I’ve come a long way since then.
When I’m not writing, I love to play the piano, dance, cook, paint pictures, and of course read! I like sparkly girly girl things, own at least twenty different colored headbands, and I have two little dogs who sit with me when I write. Sometimes they comes up with ideas for me too…when they’re not busy napping.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/M.J.-OShea/e/B003XERT7M/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1427433101&sr=8-2-ent
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