Review: The Heist by Adriana Kraft

July 31, 2014 Review 1

Review: The Heist by Adriana Kraft

A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.

A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.

Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.

Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?

Title: The Heist
Author: Adriana Kraft
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Best Man
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: July 9, 2014
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Pages: 240
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: four-flames

When I picked this one I was kind of hoping for something along the line of The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan. A favorite of mine – I just watched it again on July 5.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed.  The Heist didn’t have near the wit and charm.  In places it was quite dark and downright creepy.

Hazel and Steven – the art thieves – were . . . well, not Pierce Brosnan, that is for sure.  They were rather creepy.  One didn’t know from one moment to the next whether this couple liked each other, and we were pretty sure they didn’t like most anyone else.  They definitely had this love/hate thing going on.  Throw in their kinks, well, normally I am open minded about kink, but these two tended to make my skin crawl.

Our heroes – Ted and Kara – they came a bit closer to the Rene Russo character.  Ted was an art investigator who didn’t trust anyone and Kara was a spicy museum director that knew her stuff, both in the art world and in the bedroom.  They made an interesting and dynamic couple.

The story was okay. It didn’t grab me though.  There were no real surprises here for me.  The characters were developed okay. The pace – I found it a bit erratic.  It didn’t flow well for me.  The sex scenes – sometimes the door was left open but, just as often it was closed with hints of what may be going on behind it.  Sometimes that worked, sometimes not.

I like a good detective suspense story, but unfortunately, this fell a bit short for me.

 

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About the Author: 

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

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