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Friday, April 29, 2011

To Love a Thief by Cherie De Sues

To Love a Thief by Cherie De Sues
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (81 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

When a beautiful thief steals the French Blue diamond from security expert Nick Corelli's personal Pandora safe, his only lead is the sensual minx who was his dinner companion just hours before.

But no one is who they pretend to be, as Nick learns when he discovers a gut-wrenching betrayal and forms an unlikely alliance with a family of thieves. Following more twists and turns than an Italian country road, Nick risks his own reputation and family business in the name of love.

Or is it? Once her family is safe, will the elusive Clarisse decide to vanish with both the diamond and his heart, leaving him behind amid the ruins?

For a spiffy short story that starts off with a bang and a mystery, you can’t go wrong with To Love a Thief. It’s got plenty of steam and suspense as well.

Our heroine, Clarisse, and her sister have to steal something from our hero, Nick, a rare French blue diamond -- but they get caught. They’re doing it for a good reason, though: their brother’s been kidnapped and the stone is the ransom. Too bad for Clarisse that Nick is a security expert. Prior to the attempted theft, she had dinner with him, flirting and getting him plenty aroused, and that heat never quite stops simmering under the surface.

This story speeds from scene to scene as Nick and Clarisse try to find their way with each other, thief and security expert, opposite sides of a coin. How can they possibly have a relationship, even if things do work out with the stone?

Nick, an amazingly sexy man who has a soft spot for family – including his charming, younger brother Gio – offers their help to get the girls’ brother back safely, but for Nick the deal can’t include the losing the diamond that’s been entrusted to him. Clarisse is a master planner and between the two of them they plot and plan and wonder if they can trust each other.

The author did a whiz-bang job of keeping the action moving during this story. Both the romance and the suspense zoom along at a crazy speed. Though hints were dropped now and then about a way they might be able to be together, the ending was left very open ended, and I admit to being a little disappointed at being left hanging a bit. I hope Ms. De Sues has plans for a sequel that answers those questions that were left unanswered at the end of this story.

Aside from that little burp, I completely enjoyed this story and read it in one sitting, needing to see how everything worked out. I was impressed by the author’s writing skill, her descriptions, her dialogue, her narrative – it all shined. I’ll be looking for more from her. In the meantime, I definitely recommend this great short story to romantic suspense buffs, and plead to the author for a sequel.