Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Review - The Catspaw Collection (Catspaw I and Catspaw II) by Anne Stuart

ABOUT THE BOOK


A reformed cat burglar. Can he be trusted?

Self-made socialite Francesca "Ferris" Byrd is too sharp to be fooled by even the smartest--and sexiest--man, even when he's notorious ex-thief Patrick Blackheart, now one of San Francisco's most eligible bachelors. Blackheart runs a respectable security business these days, and seems like the perfect man to protect the fabulous Von Emmerling emeralds. All he has to do is make certain the jewels get back to their owner after an elite charity ball.

And all Ferris has to do is make sure he isn't tempted to keep them. The problem is, temptation is Blackheart's specialty, and from the moment they meet it's clear that he'd love to steal Ferris away from her stodgy life.

When the emeralds disappear, Blackheart is a top suspect. His reputation--and Ferris's hard-won social standing--are at stake. What's a woman to do when she's got to kick off her high heels and follow her heart?

Catspaw 2

He won her love. But is it enough to keep him out of trouble? Being engaged to sexy-hot reformed cat burglar Patrick Blackheart, now a legit security expert, is thrilling, but a challenge. Ferris Byrd has loosened up, but she's still a law-abiding socialite, and Blackheart promised to steer clear of his old habits. If he doesn't, the wedding is off.

When a string of jewel heists in Europe matches Blackheart's recent travel itinerary, Ferris fears he's succumbed to his old ways. Why was he secretive about his whereabouts? She wants to believe that someone's setting him up,

but . . .

An exhibit of Faberge eggs at the San Francisco Museum is the ultimate catnip for a jewel thief, and Ferris is in charge of them. She'll be ready and waiting to unmask this cat burglar.

She desperately hopes he's not Blackheart.


REVIEW


These two stories are incredibly well written.  The romance is great, but the story is what really shines here.  The story kept me engaged and made me want to continue reading without being overly suspenseful.  The characters were also well written and not just cardboard cutouts that could have been taken from any other book.  Although these books are re-releases, the stories really hold up, and in a lot of ways look better than many contemporary romances out right now.


OVERALL RATING - 4 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, romantic adventure, series romance, suspense, historical romance, paranormal and mainstream contemporary romance for publishers such as Doubleday, Harlequin, Silhouette, Avon, Zebra, St. Martins Press, Berkley, Dell, Pocket Books and Fawcett.

She’s won numerous awards, appeared on most bestseller lists, and speaks all over the country. Her general outrageousness has gotten her on Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Vogue, People, USA Today, Women’s Day and countless other national newspapers and magazines.

When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband of thirty-six years, an empty nest, three cats, four sewing machines, and one Springer Spaniel, and when she’s not working she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese) and spending far too much time quilting.

Anne Stuart also writes as Kristina Douglas.





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