This was a fairly good book. I didn't really love it, but it wasn't hard to get through. I think it was a pretty typical book from authRating: 3.5 / 5
This was a fairly good book. I didn't really love it, but it wasn't hard to get through. I think it was a pretty typical book from author Christina Skye.
To Catch A Thief is connected to two of Skye's series: SEAL/Codename and Draycott Abbey. Neither series aspect is a huge part of the story, but they are still there. This book could probably be read as a standalone...the enhanced SEAL thing might be a little confusing, but there's nothing storyline wise that requires reading previous books.
Nell MacInnes is an art restorer who loves mountain climbing of any kind. It's her escape from emotional demons that haunt her. Her father was a big time art thief who spent years in prison. The horrors of what happened have never left her mind. But now her father is out and he swears he is done with that life.
Unfortunately, her father is being forced to help in the theft of a very rare da Vinci sketch. If he wants his daughter not to be hurt, he has to help. The theft catches the governments eye because they believe the money from the sale of the stolen art will be used to fund terrorist. Dakota Smith, of the Foxfire SEAL team, (and Izzy Teague) are sent to trail and investigate Nell, believing both she and her father are involved. Once its clear Nell is not involved, they enlist her help in figuring out what her father is up to and to help Dakota learn to free-climb. Nell and Dakota fight their attraction to each other, both more accustomed to fighting their emotions, but they can't hold off for long. First, though, they must deal with the mission at hand.
Usually I have a lot to say about a book when I finish it, but I'm drawing a bit of a blank on what to write. There wasn't anything I hated about this book, or even just disliked. But there also wasn't really anything that I loved or liked a lot. It was just pretty good, above average low intensity romantic suspense.
The Draycott Abbey connection was nicely done and fit well with the story. I will admit that I am not a big fan of Skye's "enhanced" SEAL storyline - where a special group of SEALs was scientifically altered to have enhanced senses and stuff like that. To me, it's rather silly and weird. I liked the older SEAL books better when the SEALs were just regular men. So Dakota's special eyesight wasn't something that particularly worked for me.
Otherwise, was readable and pretty interesting. I liked the characters, the romance could have been a bit better, and the storyline was decent enough, but I didn't find anything about the book to be all that memorable. I think readers of these two series, though, will like the book, thought....more
**spoiler alert** Good book. I enjoyed it as I did all her other books. Loved the appearance of Izzy - a very popular recurring character who Skye say**spoiler alert** Good book. I enjoyed it as I did all her other books. Loved the appearance of Izzy - a very popular recurring character who Skye says will eventually get his own book. The storyline was interesting, even if not that...hmmm...guess-worthy? It was just that I was pretty easily able to figure some things out before they were actually "revealed". Taylor was a bit annoying at times. She was one of those females who does whatever she wants even if it puts her in a lot of danger. Jack was super-sexy though. And they worked together. ...more