(To Catch a Thief #1)
Publication date: August 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days meets White Collar in this sassy and sweet romantic comedy, new from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie.
All Jolene Carter has ever wanted is a bakery of her own. There’s only one problem. Her father, Robert Carter, is a world-renowned art thief and she’s, well, sort of his protégé. But he’s promised her this next job in New York will be their last, and she won’t let anyone get in the way of her dreams…especially not the distractingly delicious FBI agent hot on her tail.
Agent Nate Parker has been on the Robert Carter case for years, and if rumors of the aging criminal’s retirement are true, this might be his last chance to nail him. With the legacy of his late father in the back of his mind, the stakes are more personal than anyone realizes. He won’t let anything stand in the way of justice…especially not the red-headed vixen who keeps giving him the slip.
He’s a cop who’d never bend. She’s a con who’ll never break. But all’s fair in love and larceny…
Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com
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I knew the minute I read the synopsis that I wanted to read this book.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days meets White Collar? Umm, yes please! Who doesn’t want to read a romance where an FBI agent falls in love with a hacker.
Jo Carter did not grow up like most girls her age. That might have to do with the fact that her father, Robert Carter, is a world-renowned art thief who moved them to a remote island off the coast of the Bahamas when she was 14. There, Jo was given a very different education than the one you would expect for a girl her age. With her father’s guidance, she was able to perfect her craft, hacking, as well as a number of other skills in order to help her father. While she may be used to a life of crime and seclusion, Jo wants nothing to do with her father’s profession, secretly planning her dream of opening her own bakery. That’s right, the hacker wants to be a baker. And, it looks like her dreams might actually happen after finishing one final job with her father until she meets FBI agent Nate Parker.
Nate Parker is hell bent on catching the infamous Robert Carter. He has been working on this case for years and it looks like they might finally have a lead. Everything seems to be running smoothly until a certain red-headed siren on a jet ski decides to pop by and say hi. In enters Jo Carter, and Nate soon learns that this woman is going to be trouble-with-a-capital T not only for his operation but also for his own personal sanity. Jo is everything he is not. Nate followed in his father’s footsteps to the FBI and believes in upholding the law and that there is a clear line between right and wrong. Jo by definition doesn’t follow the rules based on the life she leads, having no problem implying her illegal skills when they first meet. Jo Carter leaves quite an impression and soon a rather fun game of cat and mouse ensues between the two of them.
This book was just so much fun! I loved how ballsy Jo was from the very beginning, riding out to the boat where Nate was trying to surveil her home to say hi on the jet ski wearing a red bikini that left nothing to the imagination. She kept Nate on his toes and slowly broke through his hard exterior and I loved every minute of it. While the banter between Jo and Nate was definitely one of my favorite parts of the book for me, I also liked seeing them connect with one another on a more personal level since they both lost a parent. The labels slowly faded away, allowing them to begin to understand one another better. Jo and Nate may have had ulterior motives in the beginning, but things get a little complicated when certain feelings start to develop and the job Jo is set out to do becomes a lot more dangerous than she expected.
If you like romantic comedies with hilarious banter, sassy heroines, and no-nonsense lawmen, then definitely check out Hot Pursuit. I really enjoyed the first book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.