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The Thief

(Elite Crimes Unit #1)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The Elite Crimes Unit works behind the scenes of Interpol—and employs some of the world’s most talented criminal minds. Because as everyone knows, it takes a thief to catch a thief—or to seduce one . . .

The old farmhouse in the French countryside is a refuge for former jewel thief Josephine Deveraux. Admittedly, there aren’t many men in the vicinity, but she has her cat to
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Lyrical Press
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Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Retired thief, Josephine Deveraux is blackmailed by an ex, back into the life to steal a notorious diamond. When she goes for her prize she is interrupted by Xavier Lambert, another thief who was supposed to be in jail after getting caught doing a heist a few years earlier.

The diamond they both were after is the key to a terrorist plot. Xavier was after the jewel because he is working off his jail time as a member of an Elite Crimes Unit. Xavier is given permission to retrieve the diamond so he
Book Him Danno
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a suckers for books about talented criminals working together. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have watched movies like Oceans the classic to Catch a Thief and the list goes on so when I saw the chance to pick up advance copy from netgalley about a Elite Crimes Unit with talent criminal I couldn't help but myself.
I guess I am giving it 3.50 stars because this series had great potential. The author might need to scale back the endless amount of characters that pop in and out
Rachel Chiapparine
I picked up this book in the Nook store on my tablet because it seemed interesting and it was on sale for $1.99. My personal review of the book is as:

I enjoyed the basic premise of the book. I personally feel that both of the main characters were both interesting(even though at times they did do things that I personally feel were a bit formulaic to the "Theives fall in love" with each other trope).

I personally found the writing style overall to be enjoyable, however I was personally annoyed at
This book has potential but I'm honestly so disappointed by how it ended up playing out. The romance wasn't convincing to me and the plot itself was semi interesting but there were too many characters who were too vague. It set itself up quite abruptly, which would have worked better if the gaps had been followed through, but there were too many loose threads for me to buy into the romance and the connection between the two characters.
Nightbird Novels
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Josephine has left her previous life of being a master thief to settle down in the country and live an honest, quiet life. Her retirement is disrupted by her ex-boyfriend who forces her into one last job. She didn’t count on going up against the one man who she emulated her career after.

Xavier works for the Elite Crimes Unit, not exactly by choice, but he has accepted it as his life since he was caught in a heist. Working an easy job he was thrown off his game by a kiss out of nowhere.

I loved th
Nicole Chinnici
Hmm. Well, this had potential. It really did. I loved the concept of this book. And it started out fairly well. But then… the follow through just wasn’t there for me.

The beginning and ending of The Thief were strong enough, but the middle portion got a bit murky. The overall plot itself was fine and easy to follow, but some more editing could have helped to pare it down. As it was, I found it easy to put down in favor of reading something else.

Our main characters, Josephine and Xavier, weren’t q
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Josephine Devereaux is a retired jewel thief, and after two years, an unwelcome ghost from the past resurfaces and not so kindly convinces her to steal a necklace: and Lincoln Blackwell is not a welcome sight. Josephine had been living quietly in the French countryside, but must return to Paris for the job, which will take place during a black tie charity ball. Unbeknownst to Josephine, she is not the only one after the piece of jewelry; so is legendary thief Xavier Lambert, known as Le Renard – ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unique paranormal stories created by Michele Hauf have kept me entertained for years, and I was excited to discover that she had written a suspenseful series. The Elite Crimes Unit solves white-collar offences, and the first book concerns two individuals whose lives take a drastic turn when they end up working together for the good of others. Though both once stole jewelry, neither did it to make a huge profit, and whatever they lifted often ended up helping someone less fortunate. Ms. Hauf alwa ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

I found out about The Thief when one of my Goodreads friends reviewed the second book in the series and I’m so glad I picked this up as it was a very fun read.

Former jewel thief Josephine Deveraux retired two years ago and has been living with her cat in an old farmhouse in the French countryside. Despite how different her new life is, Josephine has been enjoying the quiet of the countryside. All of that changes when she’s blackmailed into going to Paris to steal a 180-carat diamond
I really hate not liking books, it makes me feel pessimistic and petty. But I cannot say that I was too fond of this one.

I have the same love for heists stories as the author. If there’s a movie about a convoluted robbery, I’ve seen it. I also watched and loved the shows White Collar and Leverage (I guess the author has seen this one too and that’s why the main character is called Deveraux). It would be unfair of me to not mention that I was very much into that aspect of the book. The problem is
Eva Scalzo
the thief should probably be called the thieves, because our two leads are both master burglars. xavier lambert, also known as le renard, has reformed somewhat after getting caught red-handed. now a reluctant member of the elite crimes unit, he is sent out on missions that require his particular skills.

his current mission involves stealing a necklace with the recipe and target for a biological weapon etched on the diamonds. when josephine deveraux intercepts and distracts him during his mission
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ratula
This was a good starting point for this new series. Josephine and Xavier had passion and great banter but I felt like it took quite a while for the story to come together. I will continue with the second book however as I love action romance and the idea of a crime fighting elite unit.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. 3 stars! ~Ratula
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Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
**** ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ****

Warning: This review/rating is based on my feelings, thoughts, likes and dislikes. You should read the book to form your own opinion/thoughts. Read on!

Rating: 4 Stars
Cover: I like it
Cliffhanger: Nope
Triangle: Nah
The story, Josephine is a thief, well, a retired thief, she is trying to have a normal life now that she has stopped stealing jewelry. Her ex blackmails her into stealing a necklace, but also a member of the Elite
Becky Burciaga
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining game of cat and mouse uniquely disguised as a coerced master thief and a former jaded one. The action is nonstop and fast paced with constant direction changes when least expected. There were gaps in some of the players involved, but in the interest of the story not being twice as long with too much fluff and filler, I can forgive that in favor of the overall storyline.

Xavier and Josephine were a unique pair who kept the action tightly twisted, one with an objective, and the oth
Gigi staub
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Elite Crimes Unit works behind the scenes of Interpol—and employs some of the world’s most talented criminal minds. Because as everyone knows, it takes a thief to catch a thief—or to seduce one . . .

The old farmhouse in the French countryside is a refuge for former jewel thief Josephine Deveraux. Admittedly, there aren’t many men in the vicinity, but she has her cat to cuddle up with. It’s a far cry from her former life, constantly running from the law, and she’s enjoying her peace . . . unt
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've not read any book where the hero/heroine is a thief, so this was quite refreshing and enjoyable for me; this was like a breath of fresh air from my usual reading fare. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, as I follow the unexpected yet delightful twists and turns in the story.

The thing though is, because they're both thieves, they didn't know when it was time to trust the other. Maybe never. I thought that would get super exhausting in time. Yet, both Xavier and Josephine managed
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Intense and intriguing. I love the exciting plot of the story.
This was fantastic! It had action, adventure, romance, two thieves who are after the same necklace and of course there's a lot of chase scenes as well. Xavier is a reformed thief (he works for the Elite Crimes Unit) and Josephine is a retired one. He steals for the good, she steals to get her cat back! Right?! Kick ass, smart and sexy and a cat lover! I mean who wouldn't like Josephine. Xavier isn't too bad himself. But despite the very lighthearted tone and the action scenes, there is a lot of ...more
This story starts off with a bang the horrible ex of an retired jewel thief breaks into her home and tells her that he needs to get her back in the game. She refuses A fight ensues and he leaves. Josephine Devereaux our heroine in this story decides that she needs to find out what is going on and how Lincoln was able to find her. In the end Josephine has no choice, as she is being blackmailed by Lincoln to find this diamond. Josephine and Xavier encounter each other when they find out they are b ...more
Chris Coulson
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book grabs your imagination from page 1. It entertains from beginning to end. Hauf's characters are enthuse with life and are very likeable, including the elf-eared cat.
I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I love heist plots, so I was looking forward to this book. It was entertaining, but not what I had hoped.
The two thieves, Josephine and Xavier, meet while trying to steal the same necklace. She is trying to steal it for her ex-boyfriend who is threatening her and beating her up. He is trying to steal it for the government organization who let him out of jail to work for the Elite Crimes Unit.
I understand that stories are stories, but this stretched too far. A formula for weapons on the gems of
Sabrina Olteanu
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Siobhan Johnson
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: stuff-i-liked
I really wanted to love this, to the point where I initially stockholm-syndromed myself into giving it four stars, but... It definitely wasn't her best.

The plot was AMAZING (I may have given it an extra star for the noise I made when the truth behind the treasure was revealed), the worldbuilding was fantastic and I liked the cat... But I have to agree with a lot of other reviewers, and say that the two main characters didn't have any depth. Josephine's character can best be summed up by the fact
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings. Josephine and Xavier had sizzling banter, but I felt the story dragged on in some parts and over the top in other parts of the book. The whole necklace and gems importance felt stretch too far into the impossible, I kept hoping there was going to be other gems or items that would need to be stolen for the reveal but unfortunately that wasn't the case.
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Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The Thief is a well written romantic suspense, good plot and well developed characters. I received an ARC from Netgalley for this unbiased review.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
Its really tough to rate this book. I liked Josephine and Xavier but HATED ECU,felt the unit was full of bunch of manipulative b******s and this series is supposed to be all about them. I didn't like ECU's treatment of Xavier and they are planning to recruit Lincoln(another thief and Josephine's ex).It doesn't matter that he was the one who hit and beat Josephine in the climax.So NOT continuing the series.
If you like this kind of story, the Fox/O'Hare Series by Janet Evanovich is much better.

The story her was not very plausible, slow and probably won't be memorable. Disappointing.
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Michele has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE.

France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage 'write what you know', all her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and of cre

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