Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.
I have mixed feelings about this one but overall I enjoyed it. Lucia lost both her parents on the same day several years ago. Since, she’s stolen a work of art every year on the day of their anniversary. Everything’s always worked until the day she decides to steal a painting from the head of the Thieves Guild.
Antonio knows who Lucia is, and knew her parents as well. He decides to play along because at the end of the day he wants her in his bed. Though they know who each other are they’ve never met until now. On the night they meet, Antonio threatens her to choose between him or his two men. Lucia chooses him, obviously. She thinks he’s going to rape her, (because after all he’s a thief himself and his rep precedes him) but instead of being nervous or trying to think of a way out (like any woman would do in a case like that) she decides to take the bull by the horns. She’s in his office with him and asks him to get it over with. This is the part I had trouble with. If she’s thinking he’s going to rape her, why wouldn’t she be nervous, scared? I dunno. Maybe it’s just me.
A Thief in Venice (Nights in Venice, #1)Antonio likes what he sees and so he takes. He’s into BDSM and later it becomes known that she’s part of a club. A club that he owns but he never plays there.
In their encounters she keeps promising she’ll steal the painting from him eventually. She gives his men a run for their money because somehow she always manages to sneak in. But Antonio is usually a step ahead of her and she can’t ever find the painting.
As they spend more time together, Antonio knows she is the woman for him. He bids his time, plays along because he doesn’t want her to run from him.
Lucia doesn’t want to fall for him, but it’s a little too late when she realizes she’s already fallen for him.
Antonio wants to show her off, but she doesn’t. This is all because she doesn’t want to be the talk of the town when he gets bored of her.
This one was one of those books I almost didn’t finish reading but I couldn’t make myself stop. Just when I was ready to give up on it there were really great scenes and so I kept going. Then I’d come across some things that just didn’t jive and I wanted to put it away and read something else but kept thinking other good scenes were ahead.
Despite my struggle, I ended up giving this one a good rating. Overall I enjoyed the premise of the story.
It isn’t a long story and it can be read in one afternoon. It’s a BDSM theme. So, if you don’t read BDSM this isn’t for you. Now if you do, Antonio likes a lot of kinky stuff. The sex scenes were my favorite.