Series: Fox and O'Hare #2
Published by Bantam Source: Netgalley
Genres: Humorous, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Thrillers
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Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox runs daring cons, now teams undercover for FBI with agent who caught him, Kate O'Hare. Together they catch the world’s most wanted—and untouchable—criminals, next Carter Grove, former White House chief of staff, now ruthless leader of BlackRhino private security for a rare Chinese rooster from the Smithsonian.
I have to admit I wasn’t super excited about this book, and it’s not because the synopsis didn’t draw me in (because it did), but rather because I am so hit or miss with Janet Evanovich, but maybe the addition of Lee Goldberg is what made this book a solid like for me.
One of the things I always enjoy about Janet’s books are the sense of humor in them. I definitely enjoyed the humor in this book, it wasn’t necessarily fall on the floor laughing kind of humor but rather a steady stream of comedy in the book, between the dialogue, the situations, the descriptions, the comedy was ever present within the book. I think the humor is part of the reason why the book feels fast paced, it really helps keep you engaged.
So even though I think the humor definitely plays a role in the pacing in the book, the events in the book really do happen pretty quickly, it’s really a one thing right after the other. You won’t find the characters in this book siting around moping or chilling in the front of the television. There is always something going on, but at the same time it feels organic and not rushed.
Speaking of the characters, because I didn’t read the first book in the series (though I wish I did), I didn’t get to have as much background as people who have read the prior book, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on important information or anything. I really liked Kate and her dad, they are both have experience in special forces, and their sense of humor and the things they keep in their night stands alone cracked me up. It’s easy to believe that both of them are capable people, so its really believable the things that are going on. I do wish there was more dynamic between Kate and Nick, but I have a feelings their relationship is going to evolve over a long term series.
Nick is a great character, he’s a great con man, for sure. I like that he has kind of a change of heart and is now working with the FBI, but then I realized that for him, its all about the theatrics of the crime and less about the monetary value of what he steals. I think what I like so much about Nick is that he is the polar opposite of Kate, he’s so optimistic about their antics, and Kate is so the doomsday scenario, it makes their dynamic all the more enjoyable to read.
The secondary characters are also pretty good, although I have to admit that the Boyd was kind of annoying to me, but then again I think he was just kind of written that way. He’s a small time actor who thinks he is fantastic in his craft, which makes me kind of not like him. Also the villain in this story, Carter, is kind of great. He’s got a lot of things working for him, so it’s great seeing Nick and Kate work to take him down.
Overall, this was definitely a fun read for me. I loved the humor and I enjoyed the storyline. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who is looking a fun read and read to go on a wild ride, then this is the book for you.