Friday, March 18, 2016

Review: The Heist (Fox and O'Hare #1) by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

Book Blurb:

From Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, bestselling author and television writer for Monk, comes the first adventure in an electrifying new series featuring an FBI agent who always gets her man, and a fearless con artist who lives for the chase.

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Audiobook, Mystery, Hysterical--

Special Agent Kate O’Hare has been tracking down Nick Fox for years when she finally catches him. But unforeseen events occur and next thing she knows, she is partnered up with him to catch even worse criminals.

I was really excited to get my hands on this book due to my love of the Stephanie Plum series. I am a fan of humorous adventure stories with well developed interesting characters. There was a lot of ridiculousness, but that is not a complaint from me, just a disclaimer for anyone who does not appreciate the random nonsense in their books.

The story was told from many perspectives, the most prominent being from Kate and Nick’s point of views. Kate was a very by the books, lets solve this issue with a gun, very straightforward as how she wanted things accomplished. I think if I had to describe her in one word(ish), it would be no-nonsense. Nick on the other hand, is full of charisma and charm, can talk his way out of a paper bag, plays fast and loose with rules and is ok flying by the seat of his pants. The two are total opposites, yet have a strange attraction and have been thrown in each other’s lives repeatedly. I love how very distinct the two characters are, that each narration is easy to tell who the voice is. Also, the side characters were a motley crew that I couldn’t help but be entertained by, especially Willie and how proud she is of her breasts. Oh and the father-daughter time between Kate and Jack was the best, most unconventional relationship ever, which of course I appreciated.

Yes I mentioned an attraction between Nick and Kate, but this book in no way is a romance. It was kinda-sorta a mystery, but I would call it a caper/adventure/comedy for the best fit. I will most certainly pick up the next book in the series to see what trouble happens next.

As a side note, I listened to the audio version of the story and I was surprised by how good the narrator was. I was not thrilled with him at first, but he won me over and I enjoyed his character voices throughout the story.

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