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To Steal A Heart Book Review

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Jen Turano

The first book in the new Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series is an interesting read. Gabriella Goodhue used to be a street thief and has put her rusty skills to good use with the women of her boarding house. A friend has been falsely accused of a crime committed against one of the New York 400’s most eligible bachelors and the women set out to prove her innocence – and to capture the real culprit.

Nicholas Quinn was Gabriella’s best friend, until he was taken in by a wealthy professor and given a new identity. Now he’s another bachelor of the New York 400 and tasked with the same mission as Gabriella, though unbeknownst to either party.

In classic Jen Turano style, humour is the thread that binds the characters together is strong. Characters are likeable and the story moves along. There are twists and secrets revealed that may surprise readers.

I enjoyed the story for the most part, but due to my ARC missing several pages the story skipped lots of parts. I didn’t enjoy it as much as other books I’ve read by the same author, but again it’s likely because I missed chunks of the story in my copy.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Dream Within a Dream (Coffey & Hill #3)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci

Wow. This was an intriguing novel and ended too quickly for me.

The Dream is an artist who appears at the beginning of the novel in a slam bang opening scene. For the majority of the book, we’re not certain of his real name or how he got it. All we know is that he is of value to the FBI and has some sort of connection to a decades old unsolved art theft.

The poor man has lost his memory and we catch glimpses of what really happened in the past as he struggles to remember. We begin to see his true colour and a reader can’t help but to root for him.
Trudi is a private investigator who is divorced from Samuel, an ex-CIA operative turned Atlanta Police Detective. Samuel has gone missing and the FBI think Trudi knows where he is. What begins as a simple conversation turns into pages of intrigue, action and adventure as Trudi races to find Samuel and protect Dream from those trying to kill him.

Yeah. The connections aren’t clear until the end and just when the reader figures it out, another twist is thrown in our direction leaving us with more questions than answers. I’m assuming there is another book coming, since there are quite a few loose ends left untied. BUT if in fact it is the end of the line for these characters, I will be hugely disappointed. I didn’t want it to end the way it did.

But I’m an optimist so I’m hoping for an explanation of what really happened in the Boston Common at the end of A Dream Within a Dream.

The narrative is well done. We receive a first hand account from Dream, but everyone else is in third person so it’s relatively easy to follow. I enjoyed how the reader experiences the discovery of memories with Dream.

There is a ton of action in this book. Lots of fight scenes and lots of chases – though one scenario seemed to be a bit of a stretch. Oh yes, and no one is trustworthy. People aren’t who they always appear to be.

Edgar Allan Poe is key to unlocking the mystery. One of his poems is referenced quite a bit, and is where the title of this novel is taken from. Poe fans would enjoy the connections made.

The spiritual thread was really weak (in fact, the Poe thread was much stronger). The only person who seemed to have faith was Dream, but then it was only glimpses from the past, not a solid faith by any stretch of the imagination. At one point there is a church scene where Trudi prays a quick, God forgive me for doing what I’m about to do, kind of prayer, but that’s it. So don’t count on having a solid message if you pick up this book.

What you will get is a book that will keep you turning the pages.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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