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Everyone goes to Finnegan's… It's a pub in lower Manhattan, run by the Finnegan family for generations and now owned by Kieran and her three brothers. Kieran Finnegan, who still works there whenever she can, has become a criminal psychologist—a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful past. Meanwhile, New York's Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. Everyone goes to Finnegan's… It's a pub in lower Manhattan, run by the Finnegan family for generations and now owned by Kieran and her three brothers. Kieran Finnegan, who still works there whenever she can, has become a criminal psychologist—a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful past. Meanwhile, New York's Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. No one's been killed—until now. FBI agent Craig Frasier is brought in to investigate; he and Kieran meet at a jewelry store in the middle of a heist. She's there to "unsteal" a flawless stone taken by her light-fingered youngest brother as an act of vengeance. He's there to stop the gang. But the police and FBI soon discover that there are two gangs of diamond thieves, the original and a copycat group of killers. And the second group seems to think their scheme is as flawless as the stones they steal. Thrown together by circumstance, drawn together by attraction, Kieran and Craig both end up working on the case. Unfortunately, there's more and more evidence that, somehow, the pub is involved. Because everyone goes to Finnegan's…


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Everyone goes to Finnegan's… It's a pub in lower Manhattan, run by the Finnegan family for generations and now owned by Kieran and her three brothers. Kieran Finnegan, who still works there whenever she can, has become a criminal psychologist—a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful past. Meanwhile, New York's Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. Everyone goes to Finnegan's… It's a pub in lower Manhattan, run by the Finnegan family for generations and now owned by Kieran and her three brothers. Kieran Finnegan, who still works there whenever she can, has become a criminal psychologist—a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful past. Meanwhile, New York's Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. No one's been killed—until now. FBI agent Craig Frasier is brought in to investigate; he and Kieran meet at a jewelry store in the middle of a heist. She's there to "unsteal" a flawless stone taken by her light-fingered youngest brother as an act of vengeance. He's there to stop the gang. But the police and FBI soon discover that there are two gangs of diamond thieves, the original and a copycat group of killers. And the second group seems to think their scheme is as flawless as the stones they steal. Thrown together by circumstance, drawn together by attraction, Kieran and Craig both end up working on the case. Unfortunately, there's more and more evidence that, somehow, the pub is involved. Because everyone goes to Finnegan's…

30 review for Flawless

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Flawless by Heather Graham is a 2016 MIRA publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Is it just me, or does it seem like it’s been a really long while since Heather Graham has released a standard romantic suspense novel? Since I’ve begun to shift away from the PNR genre, I have lost touch with this author, so I’m happy to see she is starting a new series which focuses more on traditional mystery and suspense. Immediately, I was Flawless by Heather Graham is a 2016 MIRA publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Is it just me, or does it seem like it’s been a really long while since Heather Graham has released a standard romantic suspense novel? Since I’ve begun to shift away from the PNR genre, I have lost touch with this author, so I’m happy to see she is starting a new series which focuses more on traditional mystery and suspense. Immediately, I was sucked into the setting of the family owned Irish pub in New York City. The Finnegan clan has gone through some tough times, but Kieran has just begun her first job as a criminal psychologist, while still helping out in the pub from time to time. Her brothers, who have colorful past, are separating themselves from their previous criminal activities in favor of earning an honest living, or at least we hope they are. However, in the name of honor, one of her brothers and her best friend, Julie, pull a risky and illegal move that forces Kieran to right their wrong, which plunges her headlong into the dangerous world of diamond heists. This is a very unique story with a equal balance of action, mystery, suspense, and romance. I really liked the big Irish family and how they work together and stick together. I also thought the intrigue was well plotted with a few very surprising twists along the way. The only weak spot for me was with the romance, which seemed forced, without a lot of build-up, and no emotional connection. The secrets Kieran keeps even after all is said and done left me feeling like there was a loose end that needed to be tied. Other than that, the story is solid and fast paced, with well-developed characters, and great supporting cast, that I hope will get their own story someday.. maybe Danny and Julie? Heather Graham is an experienced author who writes across many romantic sub-genres, but for me her historical romances and her romantic suspense series are where she really shines. This book is a fine example of that. Recommended for fans of romantic suspense and mystery/thriller readers. 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    On the one hand, I liked the family story very much, though the lead character's name threw me (Kieran/Ciarán is the male form of a Gaelic name). The Finnegan relationships were wonderfully done, and people with a large, close family may find their interactions very familiar. The mystery side - the diamond robberies - had some jaw-dropping moments and some great suspense, but then the romance felt a little awkward. There was one scene that involved abrupt yelling which just didn't quite fit with On the one hand, I liked the family story very much, though the lead character's name threw me (Kieran/Ciarán is the male form of a Gaelic name). The Finnegan relationships were wonderfully done, and people with a large, close family may find their interactions very familiar. The mystery side - the diamond robberies - had some jaw-dropping moments and some great suspense, but then the romance felt a little awkward. There was one scene that involved abrupt yelling which just didn't quite fit with the characters, and very little concern for the ethics or a potentially compromised investigation. What finally clinched my 3-star rating was the end; it seemed to come out of nowhere, and just didn't convince me of its authenticity. But it was a fun read, and I liked the characters. Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leftbanker

    True score is 1, but I swore off hate-reading books. I had no idea this author has written para-normal books, a genre I thoroughly detest whether your name is Heather Graham or Stephen King. In fact, she also writes romance novels. Eew. I have no idea how I happened upon this novel. The only reason that I didn’t put this down after about 50 pages was to see if the ending turned into something completely absurd, like when you can’t stop looking at a car wreck. I obviously wandered into a place wh True score is 1, but I swore off hate-reading books. I had no idea this author has written para-normal books, a genre I thoroughly detest whether your name is Heather Graham or Stephen King. In fact, she also writes romance novels. Eew. I have no idea how I happened upon this novel. The only reason that I didn’t put this down after about 50 pages was to see if the ending turned into something completely absurd, like when you can’t stop looking at a car wreck. I obviously wandered into a place where I don’t belong, but as a compulsive reader (and writer), I couldn’t stop myself. The story begins with a jaw-dropping coincidence (and not jaw-dropping in a good way). She goes to the jewelry store to return a diamond her brother stole precisely when a robbery is in progress. Wow, she should skip the jewelry store and go to the horse track and put everything she has on the fourth race. I can forgive one whacky coincidence, even one so mind-numbingly improbable. But there are others. Then it turns out that the two groups of thieves hang out at her bar in a city that probably has thousands of bars, a bar that is also known as a cop hang out. This is from the robbery at the jewelry store: He fired a shot as he walked; she felt the pistol’s kick shoot through her via his grip on her arm. The sound was deafening. Yet, when the police wrap up the arrest, it turns out their guns were toys. A toy that is deafening and has a strong kick. Got it. And how do the police and FBI arrive within what couldn’t have been more than a couple of minutes after the robbery began? Did they teleport? Is this a paranormal crime novel? After she has returned the diamond that her brother stole (he has a bar, and he steals diamonds?), why is she so incredibly edgy and nervous? The diamond in question could never be traced back to her or her brother. She is a psychologist and she can’t pull off a harmless subterfuge? The reason she was making the switch with the diamond was because she felt she had a bit more sangfroid than her brother, yet is practically shitting herself even after the diamond is back to its rightful owner. She just happens to be something of a criminal psychologist after only recently obtaining her bachelor’s degree which means precisely fuck all in clinical terms. For a moment he got a good look at her face. Mid to late twenties, brilliant blue eyes, deep red hair, fine bone structure and porcelain skin.* This is what happens when a romance author writes a crime novel. WTF? Moments (just a few) How do you push the wrong person in front of a moving train? A copycat group of jewel thieves? Why are they copying anything? Like wearing masks and hoodies is so highly original they need to be copied. The thieves beat an old ex-alcoholic from the bar almost to death (they thought he was dead) because they thought he may have overheard them? Just too stupid. Just like they want to kill the protagonist because she, too, may know something. But then it gets worse, the kill or try to kill people who have simply spoken to people they think may know something. This all happens in the middle of a police and FBI investigation when any normal criminal would be getting out of Dodge. Are they a group of jewel thieves or are they a group of psychopathic maniacs who steal jewels? Why on earth would they try to kill her, or the old man at the bar? It makes zero sense. I mean, it is explained, but it makes no sense. We do have plenty of cops around,” Declan agreed. Yet criminals plan crimes there, too. They should share a table. She has a 24-houre FBI escort? They don’t do that. Her FBI fuck buddy, or whatever the hell he is, sits in her bar in disguise and talks to her with some stupid accent and she doesn’t recognize him? It’s just an all-around stupid scenario. *Here is a little side-note: you don’t have to be gorgeous or handsome to have sex. You don’t have to be a billionaire or even a lowly millionaire to have access to sex. Ugly fat poor people are capable of having terrific orgasms. So why do writers spend so much time describing how attractive people are? As a reader, I just feel that I need only enough of a physical description to carry the story, anything more is a waste of words. It reminds me of those Penthouse forum letters which began with things like, “She had the biggest boobs I ever seen.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    I enjoyed this book. It was a fast easy read. Not a lot of depth to the plot or the characters but still a fun read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Suspense, romance, betrayal and a sexy red-head, what more could a reader want? In Flawless, Ms. Graham delivers another memorable and exciting tale. Kieran is a woman blessed with three loving brothers, even if two of them are mischievous scoundrels. Kieran is a loyal sister and a devoted friend. When her best friend and her younger brother try to wreak havoc on said best friend's ex-husband, it is up to Kieran to save the day. The character development is what gets me every time I read a Ms. Gr Suspense, romance, betrayal and a sexy red-head, what more could a reader want? In Flawless, Ms. Graham delivers another memorable and exciting tale. Kieran is a woman blessed with three loving brothers, even if two of them are mischievous scoundrels. Kieran is a loyal sister and a devoted friend. When her best friend and her younger brother try to wreak havoc on said best friend's ex-husband, it is up to Kieran to save the day. The character development is what gets me every time I read a Ms. Graham book. Her characters have depth and come to life. They are people readers want to become friends with. They are so realistic with their wants, fears and sadness. Ms. Graham excels at showing the strength in both the bonds of family and friends. This bond is appealing to readers who wish they could be the recipient of such devotion. Watching the interactions between Kieran and her brothers is heartwarming. This is more than just a feel good book. The slow sensual simmer between Kieran and the investigating FBI agent Craig is delicious. It is nice to have a romance where there isn't instant love or falling into bed at first lust. Kieran's wariness towards Craig helps build the sexual heat for when they finally enjoy each other's bodies. The verbal foreplay between the two characters makes this book fun and amusing. It is a cat and mouse game as Craig tries to figure out what Kieran is hiding from him. It is not as bad as he thinks. This does bring in the suspense part of the plot which is well done. Ms. Graham lays a couple of red herrings as plot twists. I enjoy this and it holds my attention. This 3.5 star romantic suspense is recommended to readers who enjoy mystery, betrayals and a feisty red-head. Are there any other kinds of red-heads? *provided by NetGalley

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dobby

    Flawless ... is not. Ironically titled, this is one of the most flawed books I've seen come out under Heather Graham's name. It took me two days to work my way to the last page. The first stumble was the author's inexplicably giving her female protagonist a male name: Kieran. It went downhill from there. The book begins with a teaser when Kieran's friend Julie states: "I'm okay, really, but I have to tell you what I did." It took 8 pages—75 excruciating paragraphs—to see the reveal. In between we Flawless ... is not. Ironically titled, this is one of the most flawed books I've seen come out under Heather Graham's name. It took me two days to work my way to the last page. The first stumble was the author's inexplicably giving her female protagonist a male name: Kieran. It went downhill from there. The book begins with a teaser when Kieran's friend Julie states: "I'm okay, really, but I have to tell you what I did." It took 8 pages—75 excruciating paragraphs—to see the reveal. In between we were treated to giggling, scene painting, and enough expository dialogue to cure insomnia. Julie can't stay on focus; trying to follow her conversation was like charting a butterfly's flight path. She is one of the primary supporting characters; this introduction showed her to be giggly, flighty, and somewhat less intelligent than the average toadstool. (view spoiler)[To say nothing of being an oblivious, unrepentant criminal. The fact that Julie orchestrated the theft of a half-million-dollar diamond with the intent to embarrass her ex has got to be one of the most unbelievable plot contrivances I've ever seen—but it gets worse. She coerced our intrepid heroine's mostly-reformed juvenile delinquent brother to perform the actual theft. Neither Julie nor the brother see anything wrong with the felony. I was ready to toss the book in disgust. (hide spoiler)] By this point, page 15 in my hardcover edition, I seriously considered calling this a DNF and moving on. Too bad I didn't listen. The level of editing failure in the first 8 pages shouldn't be seen in an ARC, much less a finished edition. It got worse. The writing was disjointed, the flow erratic, the characters flat, and the initial plot thread disappeared without resolution. It was neither romantic nor much of a suspense. What it was is a mess. What it did was damage my respect for this author's work. This book could have been salvaged with some strong editing. I have read and enjoyed most of Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series, which is romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. I know Graham is capable of writing romantic suspense. She missed the mark on this one. Basic fails that even a new-hire editor should have caught: A hostage situation: the BadGuy hesitates, acts as if he knows the hostage, then grabs her anyway. Thread dropped, never to be mentioned again. A robbery situation: (view spoiler)[pg 38: Then the nearest gunman grabbed her arm and turned, walking backward and keeping his eyes on Krakowsky and the other customer as he pulled her down a hallway and toward the back door. He fired a shot as he walked; she felt the pistol's kick shoot through her via his grip on her arm. The sound was deafening. She couldn't tell if anyone had been hit or not. pg 44: the guns are recovered; they are all plastic. The earlier gunshot was not mentioned. (hide spoiler)] A medical situation, part one: A victim has a possible skull fracture; the author repeatedly refers to "water on the brain." The medically correct term is "fluid on the brain." A medical situation, part two: The visitor-traffic in the ICU unit defies belief. No visitor would have been allowed stay in the room with the patient overnight, much less sleep in a chair beside the patient's bed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ariana Fae

    Heather Graham is one of my favorite authors and if she wrote the label on the back of ketchup bottle I would read it with rapt attention. I love her KREWE OF HUNTERS series and her other paranormal stories. I decided to read a genre I've never indulged in before-romance, and only because Mrs. Graham wrote a book in that category. FLAWLESS is a fast paced romantic suspense that engaged my interest from the first chapter. Mrs. Graham, of course, builds the story with fascinating and well developed Heather Graham is one of my favorite authors and if she wrote the label on the back of ketchup bottle I would read it with rapt attention. I love her KREWE OF HUNTERS series and her other paranormal stories. I decided to read a genre I've never indulged in before-romance, and only because Mrs. Graham wrote a book in that category. FLAWLESS is a fast paced romantic suspense that engaged my interest from the first chapter. Mrs. Graham, of course, builds the story with fascinating and well developed characters, which to me is the most important aspect in a story. Kieran is a tough protagonist and her back story is interesting, in fact her whole family is. Craig Fraiser the FBI agent is hot—there is something sexy about a man great at his job and protective over a woman he admires. And of course the main setting in an Irish pub which had me wanting to visit my local one and soak up the atmosphere. FLAWLESS is filled with action, suspense, romance and great characters. I’m looking forward to the second book in the series and where Mrs. Graham takes us with Kieran, her family, and Craig.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    3.5 Stars Flawless was an enjoyable start to the New York Confidential series with a suspenseful plot surrounding diamond thieves. Kieran Finnegan is a criminal psychologist by day and works in her family's pub Finnegan's in her off hours. When a series of thefts occur in the Diamond District Kieran inadvertently finds herself drawn into the case when she tries to return a stone her youngest brother stole only for the store to become the latest target of the thieves. Right in the middle of her ret 3.5 Stars Flawless was an enjoyable start to the New York Confidential series with a suspenseful plot surrounding diamond thieves. Kieran Finnegan is a criminal psychologist by day and works in her family's pub Finnegan's in her off hours. When a series of thefts occur in the Diamond District Kieran inadvertently finds herself drawn into the case when she tries to return a stone her youngest brother stole only for the store to become the latest target of the thieves. Right in the middle of her returning the stone. Working with FBI agent Craig Frasier, Kieran helps uncover the existence of two groups of thieves. After a connection to Finnegan's is revealed, Kieran is determined to find the thieves before her family is caught up in the crimes. The diamond thefts proved to be quite the interesting plot. The fact that there are two different groups of thieves operating independently was an intriguing development. Add in the fact that one of the groups isn't afraid to kill people to complete their heists and there was definitely an urgency to find the thieves before they strike again. After it was revealed that Finnegan's was somehow involved, I was curious what the connection would end up being. I liked the direction the author ended up taking the Finnegan's connection. There's quite a bit of action towards the end of the book that was suspenseful and overall the ending was very well done. Kiernan and Craig work well together on the diamond thefts and I thought their introduction to each other was perfect, she's in the middle of a robbery that he shows up to stop. Kieran's work as a criminal psychologist, as well as her background on the wrong side of the law as a kid, definitely aid Kieran in her work to uncover the thieves' identities. Craig does have a tendency to keep information from Kieran, but that makes sense as he doesn't know if her family is involved in any way after the connection to Finnegan's is revealed. The relationship between these two develops quickly, particularly when it comes to their physical attraction. I'm looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops as the series progresses. Overall Flawless was a good introduction to the characters and series. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, A Perfect Obsession, soon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This book is like a bag of potato chips. You go in knowing there’s no nutritional value. You mindlessly eat chip after chip while thinking about other things, like how you’ll maybe have a salad later to make up for this. About two-thirds of the way through the bag, you feel guilty about how much you’ve eaten, and are kind of grossed out by how greasy your fingers are. But there’s not much left in the bag so you just power through the last fistfuls of greasy salty crumbs. Once the bag is empty, y This book is like a bag of potato chips. You go in knowing there’s no nutritional value. You mindlessly eat chip after chip while thinking about other things, like how you’ll maybe have a salad later to make up for this. About two-thirds of the way through the bag, you feel guilty about how much you’ve eaten, and are kind of grossed out by how greasy your fingers are. But there’s not much left in the bag so you just power through the last fistfuls of greasy salty crumbs. Once the bag is empty, you feel sick and kind of hate yourself and wish you’d never even opened it in the first place.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha W.

    Ok, I tried with this book but there is legit nothing interesting happening. The book is so jumpy, oh we're at work, now we're at the bar, now we're here with little to no transitions. I also just don't like the writing. Sure, it's easy to breeze through bc it's simple writing. As for the claim that the author stands at the top of the romantic suspense category, I'd disagree. The whole book was just lacking, and while I could've forced myself through it.... I'm just not interested in doing that. Ok, I tried with this book but there is legit nothing interesting happening. The book is so jumpy, oh we're at work, now we're at the bar, now we're here with little to no transitions. I also just don't like the writing. Sure, it's easy to breeze through bc it's simple writing. As for the claim that the author stands at the top of the romantic suspense category, I'd disagree. The whole book was just lacking, and while I could've forced myself through it.... I'm just not interested in doing that. Counting it though, bc I read over half of the dang thing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Graham's new novel isn't bad, but it isn't that great either. I liked the suspense side of the plot, especially the copycat thieves, and the romance was certainly steamy, but there were tons of plot holes. Kieran becomes involved in the plot due to a stolen diamond, but halfway through the book that plotline disappears, never to be seen again. There's also some other plotlines that wander in and out, but never amount to anything. A quick romance read, but not more than that. Graham's new novel isn't bad, but it isn't that great either. I liked the suspense side of the plot, especially the copycat thieves, and the romance was certainly steamy, but there were tons of plot holes. Kieran becomes involved in the plot due to a stolen diamond, but halfway through the book that plotline disappears, never to be seen again. There's also some other plotlines that wander in and out, but never amount to anything. A quick romance read, but not more than that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I read this back in 2016. I reviewed it but, apparently, I never saved it. DUH! In any event, I really loved the Finnegan Family and their fierce devotion and love of one another. The mystery was great. The main characters were interesting and well developed. As always with Heather Graham's books, lots of interesting and well-researched historical facts seamlessly woven into the story. Enjoyed it and it kept me reading the entire series until the last book. I read this back in 2016. I reviewed it but, apparently, I never saved it. DUH! In any event, I really loved the Finnegan Family and their fierce devotion and love of one another. The mystery was great. The main characters were interesting and well developed. As always with Heather Graham's books, lots of interesting and well-researched historical facts seamlessly woven into the story. Enjoyed it and it kept me reading the entire series until the last book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    First, I would like to thank Harlequin Books for giving me this ARC as a giveaway thru Goodreads. That being said...this book didn't do anything for me. It was very slow...not that interesting...and didn't hold my interest like I thought it should have. I'm also confused as to how this could've been categorized as "Romantic Suspense" when there was ZERO romance, weak sex scenes (which seemed to last all of 30 seconds), and random times when the main character Kieran said things that didn't make a First, I would like to thank Harlequin Books for giving me this ARC as a giveaway thru Goodreads. That being said...this book didn't do anything for me. It was very slow...not that interesting...and didn't hold my interest like I thought it should have. I'm also confused as to how this could've been categorized as "Romantic Suspense" when there was ZERO romance, weak sex scenes (which seemed to last all of 30 seconds), and random times when the main character Kieran said things that didn't make any sense. The word "love" wasn't thrown around and the whole "suspense" thought seemed to be an afterthought. Throughout the book, all you keep hearing about is this family pub in NYC called Finnegans. The main character Kieran gets caught up in some jewel robbery which sets a series of events in motion. However, the overall ending was severely lackluster. I got to a point where I just read the rest of this book just to be done with it. I'm still not sure what the reason behind all that occurred was for, nor do I care to try to reread in order to understand. I don't want to read anything else from this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Roche

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review. This is the first book I've read by Ms Graham so I was unsure what to expect. I certainly wasn't disappointed and will look out for more of her books. Kieran is a criminal psychologist by day and also helps to run the family pub. I loved the way the pub and its customers were described. I wish it was my local. She is a strong, fiesty woman who wants to be in I would like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review. This is the first book I've read by Ms Graham so I was unsure what to expect. I certainly wasn't disappointed and will look out for more of her books. Kieran is a criminal psychologist by day and also helps to run the family pub. I loved the way the pub and its customers were described. I wish it was my local. She is a strong, fiesty woman who wants to be involved with everything that's going on, even though they might touch on the illegal. There was plenty of action that kept you turning the pages. I kept trying to work out who was responsible but failed miserably. I do hope there are more books to come about Kieran and Special Agent Craig Frasier.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    It always makes me sad when an author I love puts out a book that is just OK. I did read the whole book, but I kind of felt like the author was phoning this one in. It just lacked something that I can't put my finger on. Fans will probably want to pick this one up. Just don't expect her usually quality. It always makes me sad when an author I love puts out a book that is just OK. I did read the whole book, but I kind of felt like the author was phoning this one in. It just lacked something that I can't put my finger on. Fans will probably want to pick this one up. Just don't expect her usually quality.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I guess I am just too fond of Graham's paranormal books, because this was okay, but it just didn't hold my attention the way the Krewe of Hunters books always do. The story was okay, and the characters were fine, and everything was just okay. But I realized about chapter 10 that I just wasn't really engaged with any of it. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it, it was "meh", and with over 500 books on my to-be-read list, "meh" usually doesn't get finished with me. Too many books, not enough time me I guess I am just too fond of Graham's paranormal books, because this was okay, but it just didn't hold my attention the way the Krewe of Hunters books always do. The story was okay, and the characters were fine, and everything was just okay. But I realized about chapter 10 that I just wasn't really engaged with any of it. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it, it was "meh", and with over 500 books on my to-be-read list, "meh" usually doesn't get finished with me. Too many books, not enough time means if I am not loving it, I'm moving on to the next book, which is, sadly, what I'm doing with this one. That said, I typically really enjoy Graham's paranormal stories and I will definitely keep reading those. This just didn't grab me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bethan

    Firstly, I want to say I really enjoyed this book. There were some mixed reviews, but I think that was from more people who wanted a 'crime' book. This is definitely a romance book with crime in, which is honestly one of my favourite types. I'm not the one for stereotypical crime books as I find them hard going and a bit heavy. But stories like this are brilliant, a bit of romance, a badass heroine, comedy and lots of mystery are right up my alley. This is the first time reading any of Heather Gr Firstly, I want to say I really enjoyed this book. There were some mixed reviews, but I think that was from more people who wanted a 'crime' book. This is definitely a romance book with crime in, which is honestly one of my favourite types. I'm not the one for stereotypical crime books as I find them hard going and a bit heavy. But stories like this are brilliant, a bit of romance, a badass heroine, comedy and lots of mystery are right up my alley. This is the first time reading any of Heather Graham's books, and I can't wait to check out some more :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Madison Dawn

    A perfect start to a mystery series, and Kieran and Craig are so cute together. They are a more put together and respectable Stephanie and Joe.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    3.5 Stars Challenges: ♥ March 2018 TBR Jar Pick ♥ AMMP: Fairy Tale Spell Out: 'H’ in Nightingale ♥ AMMP: Fairy Tale Bingo: Week 2 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears 3.5 Stars Challenges: ♥ March 2018 TBR Jar Pick ♥ AMMP: Fairy Tale Spell Out: 'H’ in Nightingale ♥ AMMP: Fairy Tale Bingo: Week 2 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Enjoyed reading; found the second half much more interesting--almost like two entirely different stories. You were left hanging about what happened to Danny, Jamie and her regarding the diamond.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Flawless is a straightforward romantic-suspense novel set in New York City. And I wish I knew why I didn’t love it. Heather Graham is usually a pretty good storyteller, and on the whole I liked the two main characters, but something just didn’t quite jell for me. Close, but not quite. For once, the blurb describes the book pretty accurately. Kieran is in the wrong place at the wrong time (albeit for the right reason); she is abducted in the course of a jewelry store robbery. Craig Frasier is an F Flawless is a straightforward romantic-suspense novel set in New York City. And I wish I knew why I didn’t love it. Heather Graham is usually a pretty good storyteller, and on the whole I liked the two main characters, but something just didn’t quite jell for me. Close, but not quite. For once, the blurb describes the book pretty accurately. Kieran is in the wrong place at the wrong time (albeit for the right reason); she is abducted in the course of a jewelry store robbery. Craig Frasier is an FBI agent who responds to the robbery and chases after the fleeing thieves. Once everything is under control, Kieran has to walk a very fine line for the rest of the book. She doesn’t want her youngest brother Danny to get in trouble, she doesn’t want the authorities to know about his juvie record, she doesn’t want her eldest brother to find out what an idiot Danny was, and (as the case goes on) she doesn’t want her family or their pub dragged into the case. And she really, really doesn’t want any personal fame or publicity. That means she ends up keeping a lot of secrets — from Craig and his partner as well as from her eldest brother. The problem is, Kieran is both good and not good at keeping secrets. Craig knows there are things she’s not telling him. His gut says to trust her, but he’s too good an agent not to wonder why she was in the shop and if she was somehow involved with the thieves. And Kieran isn’t good at hiding the fact that she’s concealing something. At the same time, she stubbornly holds back when telling the truth might be a better move. I do understand why she doesn’t speak up. Even as their relationship deepens, she hasn’t known Craig all that long, certainly not long enough to know how he would react about her brother. But on the other hand, how on earth did she think she could keep her brother’s record a secret from the police, let alone the FBI — he’s in the system, for heaven’s sake! For someone who seems pretty smart, she sure doesn’t always act it, or think logically. The urge to protect and keep silent seems to overcome some of her common sense, and I began to find that exasperating. Craig I liked immediately, and that liking only grew as I continued to read. He’s a good friend to his partner, an excellent field agent, and a stand-up guy. He really shouldn’t be getting involved with a witness (couldn’t that cost him his job in real life?), but other than that, he makes an admirable hero, complete with a sense of humor. The Finnegans are a typical (stereotypical) Irish-American family. Big brother Declan runs the pub and raised his younger siblings after their parents died. The younger ones all work at the pub when they’re not out doing other jobs. (Besides Kieran’s work as a criminal psychologist, her twin brother Kevin is an actor trying to get roles, and her younger brother Danny is a tour guide.) The family extends to friends, including Julie, the girl who got Danny into the mess in the first place — and oh, did I want to shake some sense into the pair of them more than once! There’s also an older man, Bobby, a recovered alcoholic who nonetheless loves to hang out at the bar. (Does that seem as unlikely to you as it does to me?) And of course, there’s Craig’s partner Mike. The dynamics between all these characters are interesting—especially the affection the whole family feels for Bobby—and for me they were one of the best parts of the book outside the mystery plot. The mystery itself was absorbing, though I spotted two of the real villains very soon after they were introduced. Copycat crimes are not unusual, but what is unusual is to have the copycat(s) acting simultaneously with the original criminal(s), making it harder to investigate. . . especially when the DA is convinced the killers have been caught. And of course, once Kieran and Craig begin to suspect someone is trying to kill her, the suspense ratchets up a notch or two. Even once I was fairly sure I knew who was behind the murder-robberies, I was still eager to find out how and when they would be apprehended. I may not have loved Flawless, but I did like it, certainly well enough that I would read a sequel if it turns into a series. There’s no clear indication of that happening, so it may be a standalone, and that’s OK too. Either way, Flawless gave me several hours of reading pleasure in the middle of an insomniac night, and that was all that really mattered. Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard. FTC disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    FLAWLESS by Heather Graham is the first in the New York Confidential series. This is a contemporary romance set in Manhatten in the Irish community. The tale narrated by Saskia Maarleveld offered suspense, a loud Irish family, and a copy-cat crime. FLAWLESS was an interesting listen. We spend a significant amount of time at Finnegan's an Irish-American pub owned by the Finnegan family. Kieran Finnegan works at the family pub when she isn't working as a criminal psychologist. Declan the oldest run FLAWLESS by Heather Graham is the first in the New York Confidential series. This is a contemporary romance set in Manhatten in the Irish community. The tale narrated by Saskia Maarleveld offered suspense, a loud Irish family, and a copy-cat crime. FLAWLESS was an interesting listen. We spend a significant amount of time at Finnegan's an Irish-American pub owned by the Finnegan family. Kieran Finnegan works at the family pub when she isn't working as a criminal psychologist. Declan the oldest runs the bar, Kevin works there but is also an acting career and Danny is a local tour guide. Julie is a family friend and also works at the bar. When Kieran's sibling Danny, decides to steal a flawless gemstone as a prank, Kieran finds herself in the position of un-stealing it. Unfortunately, she ends up in the middle of an actual heist. FBI agent Craig Fraiser is brought in to investigate. There are plenty of secondary characters like Bobby, a recovering alcoholic who spends time at the bar and is loved by all and Fraiser's partner Mike. I loved all of their interaction and felt they made the story memorable. The mystery and suspense were interesting. We have a string of jewelry robberies by three people in hoodies and a series of identical robberies that also involve murder. Craig Fraiser believes these are copycats, but when the first group is captured, the city feels they have their killers. Graham did an excellent job with the mystery and added suspense when Kieran finds herself in danger. We have a light romance develop between Kieran and Craig, but Craig feels Kieran is hiding something. Kieran made me a tad crazy. She withholds things to protect her family, which I understand, but then she keeps things that anyone with a brain would know Craig would discover for himself. I get annoyed when an educated woman acts this way. I have a tough time believing as a psychologist she wouldn't have had more sense..but perhaps she was overthinking it and panicked. I will let you draw your own conclusions. I really enjoyed FBI agent Craig Fraiser and forgave him for getting involved with a witness. He is honorable, an old school detective and his treatment and interactions with everyone made me respect him. Now, Saskia Maarleveld narrates, and she does an excellent job, but FLAWLESS was a tad awkward as an audio listen. When I attended an Audio tea at BEA in Chicago, John Scalzi talked about how audiobooks made him change the way he writes. I totally get it now! Graham has a lot of dialogue between the characters, and I have always read her books.  The dialogue has a lot of "he said" "she said" to indicate who has spoken. When I read my mind must simply skim this repetitiveness because it never bothered me, but on audio...there were times where it drove me mad. While not perfect, I enjoyed FLAWLESS, and look forward to A PERFECT OBSESSION. Kieran and Craig will be partnered again, and now that all the secrets are out in the open, I am anxious to see them work a case. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sally Lindsay-briggs

    This was a free book from a book club offered through the mail. It was a story of Kieran who is embroiled in some robberies and murders. She does heroic things for people, she falls in love with a hunky FBI guy, Craig and the ending is the very best part of the book. You don't really suspect who was behind the crimes. My problem was that I couldn't enjoy the read, there was too much extraneous stuff and not enough realism for me to really want to read more than a few pages at a time. I have read This was a free book from a book club offered through the mail. It was a story of Kieran who is embroiled in some robberies and murders. She does heroic things for people, she falls in love with a hunky FBI guy, Craig and the ending is the very best part of the book. You don't really suspect who was behind the crimes. My problem was that I couldn't enjoy the read, there was too much extraneous stuff and not enough realism for me to really want to read more than a few pages at a time. I have read other Heather Graham books but this one just didn't make the grade.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bambi Unbridled

    My favorite aspect of this story was it's Irishness. Is that a thing? If not, it should be. The story involves an Irish-American family, proud of their heritage and operating a family pub in New York City, named Finnegans. Most of the characters were of Irish descent and they just had a wonderful and supportive community base that centered around the pub. The love and support between the Finnegan family was plain to see... but they had an extended family of sorts with regulars at the pub, which My favorite aspect of this story was it's Irishness. Is that a thing? If not, it should be. The story involves an Irish-American family, proud of their heritage and operating a family pub in New York City, named Finnegans. Most of the characters were of Irish descent and they just had a wonderful and supportive community base that centered around the pub. The love and support between the Finnegan family was plain to see... but they had an extended family of sorts with regulars at the pub, which becomes apparent when one is injured, or put in danger, or starts being celebrated as a hero. Kieran Finnegan is our heroine, and is a newly graduated criminal psychologist. Having a similar educational background made me perk up and take interest... of course I went on to law school but sometimes I think What if?, ya know? Anywho, I enjoyed reading about Kieran's professional life and cases, and felt that they were well-developed and integrated in the story at appropriate times and frequency. As in, they weren't overdone but served as a nice addition. After helping to thwart a jewelry heist, Kieran is being touted a hero and media darling. Only Kieran is cringing from the spotlight and seems almost afraid of being seen on the news. I don't really understand why, as it wasn't fully explained, so that one aspect was left at loose ends. Otherwise. Kieran was a likeable and relatable heroine. She was a bit of a mother hen over her younger brother, and I had to admire her for not throttling Danny and Julie when she discovered their idiotic scheme to get revenge on Julie's soon-to-be ex husband. The hero is FBI Agent Craig Frasier, with the looks and height of his Highland ancestry. Apparently he has not been in a relationship since someone died, but we never got that story. Another loose end that I would have liked to discover. He has an immediate attraction to our stunning heroine, but he knows she is hiding something. Even so, his protective instincts flare to life and he finds himself dogging her footsteps right into her bed. I liked the relationship between them, but I wish the characters would have been more developed. I have unanswered questions for both of them and so I felt I was left a bit wanting. The suspense plot moved along steadily, and I didn't quite figure out the culprit, though some of my suspicions proved true. But some of the action sequences, and the ending, felt hurried. I enjoyed the story as I was reading, but wasn't fully satisfied after I finished. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars / 2 flames.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a fairly short book (less than 300 pages), and I expected to read it faster than I did, but I struggled some to want to make the time to read it. While I enjoyed the characters and their interactions with each other and the synopsis made me want to read the book, it wasn't as well developed and engaging as I had hoped for. It was still a fairly good book, and the whodunit was hidden enough that I didn't guess it, but I just wanted more that I didn't quite get. I would, however, love to This was a fairly short book (less than 300 pages), and I expected to read it faster than I did, but I struggled some to want to make the time to read it. While I enjoyed the characters and their interactions with each other and the synopsis made me want to read the book, it wasn't as well developed and engaging as I had hoped for. It was still a fairly good book, and the whodunit was hidden enough that I didn't guess it, but I just wanted more that I didn't quite get. I would, however, love to have Finnegan's be a real place and go enjoy a meal and the atmosphere there! Probably 3.5 stars overall.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Leist

    I'm happy to find a Heather Graham book without ghosts. I've been reading her books for years. Her earlier ones were filled with suspense and romance, a little paranormal thrown in here and there. Then she began to write about ghosts and a paranormal group in the FBI. I love paranormal but I don't enjoy ghosts following people and popping up at any time. I want to be intrigued and scared and not annoyed by silly, prankster ghosts. Enough said, I did like this book. I'm giving it 5 stars because I'm happy to find a Heather Graham book without ghosts. I've been reading her books for years. Her earlier ones were filled with suspense and romance, a little paranormal thrown in here and there. Then she began to write about ghosts and a paranormal group in the FBI. I love paranormal but I don't enjoy ghosts following people and popping up at any time. I want to be intrigued and scared and not annoyed by silly, prankster ghosts. Enough said, I did like this book. I'm giving it 5 stars because of the new direction the author is taking. I hope to read more suspense from her in the future.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Reba

    This just felt trite, a bit stale, and frankly reads like cop propaganda. Is there a word for this? Copaganda? I know there are some good members of law enforcement out there, but as a structure and a system, police departments are very problematic, and books like this glorify that system and gloss over the darker and broken parts of that system. The characters were stereotypical, the romance predictable, and the mystery/suspense wrapped up a bit too quickly. I don't think I will be reading the This just felt trite, a bit stale, and frankly reads like cop propaganda. Is there a word for this? Copaganda? I know there are some good members of law enforcement out there, but as a structure and a system, police departments are very problematic, and books like this glorify that system and gloss over the darker and broken parts of that system. The characters were stereotypical, the romance predictable, and the mystery/suspense wrapped up a bit too quickly. I don't think I will be reading the rest of the books in this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    "Finnegan’s on Broadway is the perfect hub for a story set in the vibrant New York City! Readers will first be drawn in by the diverse characters of Kieran’s family and kept interested by the suspense of solving the case. That intrigue extends into the beginnings of a fascinating attraction between Craig and Kieran that develops into a strong and lasting relationship" (4 stars @ RT Book Reviews). "Finnegan’s on Broadway is the perfect hub for a story set in the vibrant New York City! Readers will first be drawn in by the diverse characters of Kieran’s family and kept interested by the suspense of solving the case. That intrigue extends into the beginnings of a fascinating attraction between Craig and Kieran that develops into a strong and lasting relationship" (4 stars @ RT Book Reviews).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm excited about a new series from Heather Graham. I really enjoyed this book! I'm excited about a new series from Heather Graham. I really enjoyed this book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aparna

    Stars: 3.5 / 5 Recommendation: A brilliant start to a cop drama series mixed in with the Irish Pub and history by Heather Graham that has all the elements of crime, romance and the infamous law & order. Flawless is the first book in the New York Confidential series by Heather Graham published in March of 2016. The series revolves around the Finnegan family and FBI Agent Craig Frasier who work together to solve some gruesome crimes. In the first installment, Heather Graham introduces, rather dramati Stars: 3.5 / 5 Recommendation: A brilliant start to a cop drama series mixed in with the Irish Pub and history by Heather Graham that has all the elements of crime, romance and the infamous law & order. Flawless is the first book in the New York Confidential series by Heather Graham published in March of 2016. The series revolves around the Finnegan family and FBI Agent Craig Frasier who work together to solve some gruesome crimes. In the first installment, Heather Graham introduces, rather dramatically, FBI Agent Craig Frasier and Kieran Finnegan - one of the owners of Finnegan's Irish Pub - to each other. Well, if you consider kidnapping and diamond heist as dramatic. :). Yes indeed. A group of people are going on a spree of diamond store robberies. While the FBI is brought in to investigate, all clues seem to be leading up to Finnegan's Pub. And now a murder is committed. Somehow thee Finnegan's Pub is connected to all this and Kieran Finnegan is right in the middle of it. How Craig unravels it with the help of Kieran is what follows the rest of the story. I have been reading the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham which dealt with the paranormal world. You can find the review of the books in that series I have read so far here: https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c.... Intrigued by her writing style I picked this book in her New York Confidential series. At a given time she must be working on three to four books belonging to multiple series. It amazes me how different kind of plots she weaves. Not a single tinge of paranormal stuff or ghosts in this series, in fact she has her character make fun of it all. So much contrast to her Krewe series. Of course there is romantic element involved obviously between Craig and Kieran. It is charming to see that Craig falls for Kieran's bravery first then for her beauty and finally loyalty. And Kieran definitely falls for his charm first, comically. Heather Graham brings in the importance of profiling a criminal along with analyzing their mind. And Kieran's profession as a psychologist puts her perfectly in a position to aid the FBI agents. Graham ties the ends in her characters so neatly that the reader doesn’t see the strings but just the bow in the plot. One of the musings that Graham's character Kieran has is about kids toys being very accurate, especially guns and other machines, and do they need to be so. This had been a question in my brain for so long. Finally I am glad to see a write voice it, albeit it is a brief mention. Heather Graham also introduces a new motto for the people of New York in her plot - Any decent human being would offer a hand. It is such a simple statement but would be so true and helpful if every human being really followed this act. She repeats this simple statement again and again in the plot. Something I would think everyone should take it as a mantra. There is mention of the 1946 film The Postman Always Rings Twice in a conversation between Kieran Finnegan and Julie Benton in the plot. I love noir movies and this is definitely getting added to my list of films to watch. However I did notice that Heather Graham also have a penchant to bring in references to noir films in her plots. One more reason for me to love her books. A brilliant start to a cop drama series mixed in with the Irish Pub and history by Heather Graham that has all the elements of crime, romance and the infamous law & order. Looking forward to read the remaining books in the series. Spoiler Alerts: 1) Plot Reveals: a. Kieran Finnegan's apartment is above a Japanese restaurant and karaoke bar. Every time Kieran or Craig or one of the siblings passes by, they hear a new song being sung by some patron. And Heather Graham managed to list out some really good songs in the process: i. Don't Stop Believin' by the American rock band Journey that was the second single from their seventh album Escape which released in 1981. More about that band here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t.... 2) Sub-Plots: a. Finnegan's Irish Pub is co-owned by four siblings - Declan, Kevin, Kieran and Daniel "Danny". However, Declan kind of runs the show. Kevin and Kieran are twins, while Danny is the youngest of them. b. Declan Finnegan is engaged to be married to Mary Kathleen O'Shaunnessy. c. Finnegan siblings long time childhood friend, Julie Benton, is married to Gary Benton and is going through divorce proceedings. d. Mike Dalton is Craig Frasier's partner. Richard Eagan is their assistant director. e. Dr. Allison Miro and Dr. Bentley Fuller are the two psychiatrists, in whose office Kieran Finnegan, also worked as a psychologist. Together they aid NYPD and FBI in profiling the criminals. 3) Grammatical / Historical / Geographical / Character / Mythological / Plot Errors: a. On Pg. 56, line 19, it should read "..she'd managed to pass…"

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