Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson
A Gift for Guile
by Alissa Johnson

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Thief-takers - Book 2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 5, 2016)
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 384 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

She's a liar.
She's a con.
She's a thief.
And God help him, but he'll do anything to keep her safe.
Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn't want. Esther knows she's put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends-not her family's enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he's near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers...and wish she were worthy of being saved. 

A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson

A Gift for Guile (The Thief-takers, #2)Haven’t you ever been drawn to someone you shouldn’t want, feeling there is more to them than meets the eye? Private Detective Samuel Brass has fallen under the spell of con artist Esther Walker-Bales and even though he knows she could con a conman, there is something about her claims that rings true. Esther is on a mission to atone for her past, no matter what and Brass is along to protect her, even if it is from herself. Talk about the odd couple, these two both want something or someone they shouldn’t; each other, but first there is a mission to complete, one that will take them through some of the shadiest parts of Victorian England.

Alissa Johnson’s A Gift for Guile puts two people who have lived on opposite sides of the law together as an unlikely team on a mission of redemption, but is there more to this than meets the eye? Witty dialogue, charming characters fighting that magnetic pull, social taboos and a trip back in time, all make for a delightful read that is well-paced, a little quirky and holds a wonderful balance between mystery and romance.

I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.

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