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Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: Thieves Like Us by Starr Ambrose

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Thieves Like Us by Starr AmbroseThieves Like Us by Starr Ambrose
Series: Lie to Me, Book 2
Also in this series: Lie to Me
Published by Pocket Books on 30 November 2010
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Also by this author: Up in Flames, Lie to Me


Place(s) Traveled to: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

First Line(s): Dumping the world’s worst husband called for more than a celebration. It required a symbolic act.

Lie to Me Series Order
Book 1: Lie to Me
Book 2: Thieves Like Us

Thieves Like Us by Starr Ambrose takes place about a year or so after the events of Lie to Me end. The main characters of this story, Janet and Rocky, were first introduced in Lie to Me and the drama begun with Banner Westfield is that book is not yet done. For when Janet tries to sell some jewelry that her ex-husband gave to her she soon learns that its part of a priceless collection and there are some people out there that will stop at nothing to get the rest of the pieces. Enter in Rocky Hernandex, ex-con, ex-jewel thief, and current security expert to help save the day.

I really liked the fast pace of this book and the tension between Rocky and Janet. Their relationship build up was realistic and I enjoyed reading their story. What was missing from this book though was Ellie and Jack who were conveniently unreachable as they went on an extended European honeymoon. I missed the camaraderie between Ellie and Janet and I think that Ellie’s absence took away from my enjoyment of the book. I was glad that Jack’s mother still had a role as I did enjoy her scenes but became annoyed with the overuse of Jack’s daughter.

I also felt that the title of this book was a little misleading as never once did Janet or Rocky try to steal anything. They did work to try to find the missing jewelry but the one time there was any sort of break in was when people broke into Janet’s house. Well, then there was that side plot with an old rival of Rocky’s but that only really distracted from the overall story than anything else. As it just didn’t seem to have much of a point to it at all.

Overall, Thieves Like Us is a light, romantic comedy that didn’t take me long to read at all. Its a great brain candy read and was a good break from some more serious things that I was reading at the time. While there were times when Janet’s trust issues were a bit over the top I did enjoy the chemistry between her and Rocky. They both shared some funny scenes and even with the loss of Ellie and Jack I still enjoyed the story. The mystery is nothing overly complex but as I said this made for a good distraction. If you like romantic comedies then you might want to consider this one.


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