TO CATCH A THIEF by Christina Skye
In this sexy romantic suspense set in modern-day Scotland and San Francisco, mountain climber and renowned art conservationist Nell MacInnes has kept the world at arms’ length since her father–a famous art thief–was savagely beaten by cops and incarcerated a lifetime ago. Now her father’s life is threatened, and Nell can only save him if she learns to trust ruthless but sexy Navy SEAL Dakota Smith—the guy who never lets a woman close. If they fail, Dakota, Nell and her father will die, and terrorists will use millions in illicit revenue from a stolen da Vinci sketch to finance their dirty deeds.
This romantic suspense was superbly conceived and executed. The art world is a sexy and fascinating milieu in which to set a terrorist crime, and the tautly written scenes utilizing Nell’s climbing expertise are well researched and gripping. Nell makes a smart, strong, and determined heroine, Dakota performs well as the hero, the sensual tension between the two is explosive, and Nell’s father the art thief is another fascinating and surprisingly sympathetic character. Although the genre of romantic suspense is currently enjoying a surfeit of novels with Navy SEAL heroes, this one is well worth exploring. It kept me up late—very late—to finish this read!
Previously, I had only read this author’s memorable historical romances, some of which enjoy prominent space on my keeper shelf. I was delighted to learn that her contemporary work is equally enjoyable. I’d recommend this read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense, SEALs, and anyone with an interest in mountaineering or Renaissance art.