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WHEN A LAWMAKER... — FBI Agent Elizabeth Brynn has dedicated her life to her job, having earned her position through hard work and a firm belief in law and order. She played strictly by the book until she recruited a notorious jewel thief as an informant -- a professional criminal who used his wicked ways to tempt her into something more personal... BETS ON A HEARTBREAKER.. WHEN A LAWMAKER... — FBI Agent Elizabeth Brynn has dedicated her life to her job, having earned her position through hard work and a firm belief in law and order. She played strictly by the book until she recruited a notorious jewel thief as an informant -- a professional criminal who used his wicked ways to tempt her into something more personal... BETS ON A HEARTBREAKER... Patrick O'Connor assisted the Feds for three years before going legit. Now a successful crime novelist, he wheels and deals his way around Hollywood, getting anything and everything he desires -- except a certain federal agent who remained immune to his charms... THERE'S MORE AT STAKE THAN JUST THE MONEY, HONEY. Cop and robber are unexpectedly reunited when Patrick agrees to go undercover to help bust a counterfeiter -- but his true motive is to get Liz under the covers, and she's not sure she can keep her hands to herself this time....


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WHEN A LAWMAKER... — FBI Agent Elizabeth Brynn has dedicated her life to her job, having earned her position through hard work and a firm belief in law and order. She played strictly by the book until she recruited a notorious jewel thief as an informant -- a professional criminal who used his wicked ways to tempt her into something more personal... BETS ON A HEARTBREAKER.. WHEN A LAWMAKER... — FBI Agent Elizabeth Brynn has dedicated her life to her job, having earned her position through hard work and a firm belief in law and order. She played strictly by the book until she recruited a notorious jewel thief as an informant -- a professional criminal who used his wicked ways to tempt her into something more personal... BETS ON A HEARTBREAKER... Patrick O'Connor assisted the Feds for three years before going legit. Now a successful crime novelist, he wheels and deals his way around Hollywood, getting anything and everything he desires -- except a certain federal agent who remained immune to his charms... THERE'S MORE AT STAKE THAN JUST THE MONEY, HONEY. Cop and robber are unexpectedly reunited when Patrick agrees to go undercover to help bust a counterfeiter -- but his true motive is to get Liz under the covers, and she's not sure she can keep her hands to herself this time....

30 review for Money, Honey

  1. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    I am so glad I read Money, Honey. It is a book of how opposites attract and how people use different things to hide their real self. It is a very well done contemporary. Patrick was a career criminal and jewel-thief, he never had a choice, no-one to help him, it was the family business and he was perfect when the one thing he loved beyond all others came on the line, his sister Mara(she was arrested )and Patrick offered his services to save her. He has never regretted that decision no matter how I am so glad I read Money, Honey. It is a book of how opposites attract and how people use different things to hide their real self. It is a very well done contemporary. Patrick was a career criminal and jewel-thief, he never had a choice, no-one to help him, it was the family business and he was perfect when the one thing he loved beyond all others came on the line, his sister Mara(she was arrested )and Patrick offered his services to save her. He has never regretted that decision no matter how much he tries to play that you owe me card to his sister, he was only 24 when that happened, and for the next 3 years he was the FBI's informant which kind of alienated him from the people of his "work-line" and he also chose to save his sister and back out on his mentor and that has come back to bite him. Over the past 3 years he has made a new life, he is a writer, famous, with designer suits and money to burn, but he comes back for the first time in 3 years since his old mentor is back in town and his two favorite women maybe in danger. His sister(who is now married with a kid) and Liz, the FBI agent who he worked with and who Patrick has always wanted and kind of loved. Liz is a text-book FBI agent. She loves rules and regulations since she believes in the system which saved her(her father was a cult leader). She has tried hard for years to overcome what her father did to her, so she tries to hide behind those ugly suits Patrick hates, not that she has a bad fashion sense, she has a huge trust fund and a great wardrobe and the first time she struts in it leaves Patrick awe-struck. So, Patrick again works along with the FBI to catch a counterfeiter, along with Liz and Secret service agent "Maria". Patrick is a temptation for Liz, he threatens her control and makes her lose it. Seeing both of them play around each other and the sexual tension was do fun. Patrick uses his charm, humor, wealth and sophistication to deflect deeper connections since he doesn't feel worthy, he feels his past will taint his niece and others. He regrets what he did but hides it really well and it takes Liz a long time with lengthy tirades against him to see the truth. I loved seeing both of these together. They had the sparks to light off each other. Patrick made Liz realize that she was still that scared girl and had only transferred her loyalty to the FBI. I loved seeing them grow and see each other properly. And seeing poor Patrick so scared of a 2 year old Evie was so fun. Ooh and the last two scenes were so fun, Patrick confronting his mentor and besting him and Liz is like you drugged him, how?Loved it and when Liz chases him down by breaking into his house?Classic. The way Patrick cared for her was shown is so many ways, he constantly tried to break in her house to check her security, removed himself since he saw that he could be a deterrent to her career. Such a yumilicious hero. Liz well it took her a while to see the truth and get over her past but she does. Loved the book. Thank God the next one is not that far.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    *3.5 Stars* I have had a soft spot for thieves (both reformed or still in need of reforming) ever since reading some of Nora Roberts's older work. Sweet Revenge, Honest Illusions, Homeport (Especially Homeport)... They've all instilled a love of characters that walk on the slightly shady side. I love their shamelessness and their slightly wicked edge--when paired with a unique honor code, of course. ;) So reading about a reformed (or as reformed as he was going to get) thief was a delight for me. *3.5 Stars* I have had a soft spot for thieves (both reformed or still in need of reforming) ever since reading some of Nora Roberts's older work. Sweet Revenge, Honest Illusions, Homeport (Especially Homeport)... They've all instilled a love of characters that walk on the slightly shady side. I love their shamelessness and their slightly wicked edge--when paired with a unique honor code, of course. ;) So reading about a reformed (or as reformed as he was going to get) thief was a delight for me. It's even more delicious when that thief is paired with a cop or very moral person who's on the straight and narrow. It always leads to excellent banter and sexy tension--which I love. I liked Patrick with his perfect clothes and his faintly snooty air. He paired very well with Liz and her cheap suits (which drove him nuts) and her absolute belief in the system. He was flirty and sexy and loved nothing more than to shake Liz up and fluster her. I really liked the tension that existed between them because of Liz's opinion of him and his criminal past. He was by turns angry and hurt by her attitude and she was stuck in a cycle of disgust over his disregard for the law and helpless attraction. I liked that Sey showed a real conflict between them over their opposing morals. Although that led to something that kind of bugged me about Patrick's. He loved his life as a thief and he was excellent at it until he gave it all up for his sister (such a sweetheart). But for some reason he seemed to think he was a bad seed and angsted over his worthiness of love and genuinely good people. I just didn't felt it jived very well with a man that supposedly loved his work so much. It was an off note for me that felt forced for the sake of added conflict, but it didn't bother me too much. I decided to read this book after I read a post on Fiction Vixen by Susan Sey about her hero and heroine in Money Shot. I'm an orderly soul so I had to read this one first. I mocked the name "Goose" for the heroine when I heard it in the post, but I have to admit that it grew on me in this book. I actually ended up thinking it was--gasp!--rather cute. I really liked her character and thought she was fun as the voice of truth in Liz's relationship with Patrick. I found Liz's childhood fascinating and liked how the author showed such opposing impressions of the photo taken of her, but I wish it had been featured more. I did like what we saw of it, though. If anything will give you issues, that will! I especially liked the way Patrick confronted her about her view of her job in relationship to her past. I love little insights like that. I really enjoyed the sexual tension between Liz and Patrick, but I got tired of the back and forth attitude the characters were taking. When Patrick wanted Liz, Liz didn't want to be with him, but when Liz decided to go for it Patrick suddenly changed his mind? That seemed to be nothing but a way to stretch out the resolution of the relationship. I don't like tension just for tension's sake. Although I didn't find the book perfect, I did enjoy the read. I can't wait to check out Goose's story!

  3. 4 out of 5

    willaful

    An elegant, witty reformed-thief hero... be still my heart! I don’t think he was actually a cat burglar, but I can’t help but see him as one. He’s even named Patrick, perhaps in homage to the hero of Catspaw? -- and like that Patrick, spends a fair bit of time breaking into his lady love’s home. The lady love is Liz, a dedicated FBI agent and “the only woman Patrick had ever wanted and never had.” He’s been trying to forget her for the past three years, but a threat against his sister brings the An elegant, witty reformed-thief hero... be still my heart! I don’t think he was actually a cat burglar, but I can’t help but see him as one. He’s even named Patrick, perhaps in homage to the hero of Catspaw? -- and like that Patrick, spends a fair bit of time breaking into his lady love’s home. The lady love is Liz, a dedicated FBI agent and “the only woman Patrick had ever wanted and never had.” He’s been trying to forget her for the past three years, but a threat against his sister brings them together once again... and this time it's much harder to resist each other. This is romantic suspense just the ways I like it -- heavy on the romance. The sexual tension is sizzling, but it’s truly a love story; Patrick and Liz have to learn to know and trust each other, despite their seemingly opposite backgrounds, in order to have a satisfying happy ever after. Really enjoyable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

    Let me start simply and I'll work from there. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I've never heard for Susan Sey before May 12th when I downloaded this ebook, but something told me to start on it right away, and I'm not disappointed. Far from it. If it wasn't for a human's natural need for sleep and need to work for a living, I wouldn't have put it down. Sure, I got the feeling there was another story missing, something that came before this one, because the characters seemed "familiar" with each other and their r Let me start simply and I'll work from there. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I've never heard for Susan Sey before May 12th when I downloaded this ebook, but something told me to start on it right away, and I'm not disappointed. Far from it. If it wasn't for a human's natural need for sleep and need to work for a living, I wouldn't have put it down. Sure, I got the feeling there was another story missing, something that came before this one, because the characters seemed "familiar" with each other and their relationships were already established. And it turned out I was right. There was another story before this one. An unpublished one that received the Golden Heart award and Ms. Sey is slowly publishing on her website. But that "familiarity" didn't deter me from enjoying this sexy, romantic, funny, exasperating, bitter-sweet little romp of a read. It started strong, pulled me in from the first (e)pages, plunged me into the lives and psyches of Patrick O'Connor, suave, sexy, drop-dead-gorgeous, ex-jewel thief, his "nemesis", strong-willed, stubborn, determined, by-the-book FBI agent Elizabeth "Liz" Brynn, Patrick's odd-ball sister, his precocious (and funny as hell) two-year-old niece, and a few more peculiar and fascinating characters. There was also a suspense sub-plot, but it played more or less second fiddle to the romance between the ex-con and the FBI agent who busted him six years ago. A romance that sprouted from an attraction they both kept denying, tried to forget, tried to find different names for, but in the end couldn't resist. I loved the inner turmoil Ms. Sey created for them both in this story, but while Liz's was interesting, plausible, and much understood, it didn't hold a candle to the inner workings of Patric's mind. The guy was a veritable martyr, though he didn't want to be, didn't think he was capable of being. Yet everything he said and did showed his true self, despite his misgivings and his conviction about his dark soul unworthy of redemption. Reading about him was a real beauty, though I couldn't exactly say he changed or grew much throughout the story. He was Patrick O'Connor, he deserved a second chance, he deserved a shot at happiness...He just needed to be convinced, And I loved the convincing process. ;) No matter how hard I try I just couldn't find fault in this book. The plot was well-thought out, the pacing excellent (though I wished I could read faster, and then berated myself, because it wouldn't been over too soon), the characters nicely fleshed-out, convincing, and realistic, with realistic flaws that made them commit believable and plausible acts. It was just like reading about a bunch of neighbors down the street, really. Like this could happen to anyone...Though I only wish there was a man like Patrick O'Connor out there. And if there is, I'm calling dibs. This was an outstanding debut and I can't wait for the next book, featuring the lovely, sultry Maria "Goose" di Guzman.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    review to comeWhy I read: Author asked for review. Favorite Quote: If she wanted to look even remotely like the kind of woman Patrick would pick up as arm candy, she was going to have to wear that dress. She hissed out a breath through her teeth and said,” That dress shoves my boobs practically into the stratosphere.” He smiled, silkily. “I’d wondered. Matching shoes?” She closed her eyes and prayed for strength. “In the closet.” ”Excellent.” Patrick O’Connor has spent the last three years of his review to comeWhy I read: Author asked for review. Favorite Quote: If she wanted to look even remotely like the kind of woman Patrick would pick up as arm candy, she was going to have to wear that dress. She hissed out a breath through her teeth and said,” That dress shoves my boobs practically into the stratosphere.” He smiled, silkily. “I’d wondered. Matching shoes?” She closed her eyes and prayed for strength. “In the closet.” ”Excellent.” Patrick O’Connor has spent the last three years of his life writing crime books, the occasional screen play and living the life. But this is not the life he is accustom to. Most of his life he was a very successful thief, coming from a big crime family. Although non-violent, he stole many, many things from people. His career comes crashing down when his sister, Mara, trying her hand at the family business gets caught. Patrick leaves his mentor, Villaneuva mid-heist, and without his money to bargain with the FBI. He agrees to work for them for three years, if his sister is released. The next three years are unpleasant ones for Patrick, as he goes on the straight and narrow, and worse, has to work with the all business, prickly Special Agent Liz Brynn. On top of that Liz becomes the only person Patrick wants, but never gets. Liz is very good at her job, and has no time for the suave, good looking Patrick, with his devastating smile. Patrick serves his time and disappears. But now Mara is having problems with counterfeit bills at her restaurant. Patrick comes into town, but with more on his agenda than just aiding his sister. He knows Villaneuva wants revenge, and he knows he is in Grief Creek. He would never admit to loving his sister more than anything in this world, knowing that would make her a target for his nemesis. Liz grudgingly decides to dangle Patrick out as bait – he is to pose as writing a screenplay and needs an ”expert” in the counterfeiting business to help his cause. Patrick can’t believe he has to work with the cold hearted Liz again, but knowing he may be keeping his sister safe he agrees. As Liz and Patrick work together, this time, he may be stealing her heart. Money Honey is such a cute, adorable book. Patrick is just all out a smexy, smexy hero. He has that bad boy thing going on being a big time ex-criminal. At the heart of him though, he is a decent person. He is charming, funny, and can flirt like no one else. Liz tries so hard not to fall for him. She grew up with a horrible father, and is now working hard in her career to be everything he wasn’t. She doesn’t want to give herself over to someone who stole from people, changed people’s life for the worse. But, that is all Patrick knew growing up. He has changed these past few years. Deep down, he still considers himself scum, but he knows how to put on the mask of indifference. Susan Sey writes so much sexual tension and energy in this book. So many pages of banter between Liz and Patrick that starts with Liz disgusted to have to work with this man again, to Liz fighting her ever growing feelings. Meanwhile, Patrick has always had a thing for Liz in her ugly, cheap suits. He has so much fun ribbing her, and doing everything he can to get that scowl across her face. Liz is always “on,” always calculating, and to watch Patrick try to get her to relax, is quite a feat. So many moments in this book made me smile, even Mara’s two year old had me cracking up, and I usually don’t go for kids in books. The baddie, Villaneuva is set up to be this REALLY violent, bad dude. At times I would have liked to get more from his perspective. He was kind of always hanging around threatening, and I wondered why he didn’t act when he had ample opportunities. But maybe it was more he enjoyed playing with his targets. Money Honey is a book filled with hot sexy banter, an even sexier hero, and many moments that will have you smiling. I definitely recommend this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    Meh.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    I swear I wasn’t two chapters into Money, Honey by Susan Sey when it struck me that it reminded me of a combination of two of my favourite TV shows. White Collar (yummy Matt Bomer) meet Castle (Nathan Fillion). If you haven’t watched either of these shows, you should check them out. The eye candy alone is reason enough. Career thief gets recruited by the FBI (to prevent his sister from heading to the slammer) to use his particular skill set to catch other criminals (White Collar) and is now a be I swear I wasn’t two chapters into Money, Honey by Susan Sey when it struck me that it reminded me of a combination of two of my favourite TV shows. White Collar (yummy Matt Bomer) meet Castle (Nathan Fillion). If you haven’t watched either of these shows, you should check them out. The eye candy alone is reason enough. Career thief gets recruited by the FBI (to prevent his sister from heading to the slammer) to use his particular skill set to catch other criminals (White Collar) and is now a bestselling novelist (Castle). So the premise had me hooked plus I had a nice visual in my head of leading man Patrick O’Conner and I was ready to rock-n-roll. Suave, sophisticated, debonair Patrick O’Conner has not seen FBI agent Liz Brynn for 3 years since their “working” relationship ended (read he paid his debt to the FBI in full) and he’s never forgotten the beautiful agent who was married to her job then and now and is still wearing her stuffy, buttoned-up, bad polyester suits...some things never change. Patrick’s back in Grief Creek Minnesota to help his sister, Mara solve a little counterfeiting problem she’s having at the Brightwater Casino and Restaurant she runs. Watch out Agent Brynn cuz I think some grief is headed your way! It's just like old times in Grief Creek when Patrick and Liz are forced to work together again as a team. Only this time around, Patrick is hired on as an FBI consultant and that makes him a contemporary to Liz rather than a subordinate. Liz has a few problems with their new "working" relationship and try as she might to keep her professional distance from Patrick, he's just as determined to work his magic and get at least a few of those darn buttons on her suit undone. Patrick may not have the best track record when it comes to personal relationships, but he’s always had the hots for the no-nonsense Agent and he knows she’s the one who got away. He plans on rectifying that oversight this time around. One of the things I loved about Patrick was how his relationship with his sister Mara developed. He’s keep his distance from Mara and his adorable niece Evie for the past three years partly for their own protection and partly because he doesn't do warm and fuzzy family reunions. His scenes with the incorrigible Evie, sticky fingers and all were a test of wills to see who would break first. Made for some cute, funny scenes. Patrick and Liz have a lot of sexual chemistry, flirting and innuendo of things to come. Liz is determined to hold out against the very persuasive reformed thief, but a girl only has so much willpower plus they both have a lot of old history, family baggage and personal issues to work through. So its down to business first for this duo because there’s a case to solve, a villain out for revenge against Patrick and said villain is willing to hit Patrick where he’s most vulnerable and those closest to him are in more danger than they realize. In the end there was a pretty creative plot hatched to catch the bad guy and thank goodness for a blatant disregard for the law as a little "break and enter" opened the door for a HEA. This is Susan Sey’s first book and I liked it. What makes me pick up a new author? Well in this case, I loved the title Money, Honey – it’s cute and catchy; the cover art hints at a sexy duo inside and of course the back cover blurb sounded just like the type of book I like to read. Win win all around. Next up for Susan Sey is Money Shot and it sounds like Ranger Rush and Special Agent Maria “Goose” di Guzman (we meet her in Money, Honey) are going to be another fun read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    2 ½ stars. Some parts were good, but I was unhappy with the sources of conflicts and the heroine doing a few stupid things. REVIEWER’S OPINION: There was one very good event. The bad guy had a hostage, and Pat had a plan to deliver money and free the hostage. I loved his plan. It was creative and well done. Unfortunately the rest of the story was not a good journey. Way too much pondering was going on. The couple had arguments based on stupid or vague reasons which felt contrived and were not inte 2 ½ stars. Some parts were good, but I was unhappy with the sources of conflicts and the heroine doing a few stupid things. REVIEWER’S OPINION: There was one very good event. The bad guy had a hostage, and Pat had a plan to deliver money and free the hostage. I loved his plan. It was creative and well done. Unfortunately the rest of the story was not a good journey. Way too much pondering was going on. The couple had arguments based on stupid or vague reasons which felt contrived and were not interesting. One of the fights was: he wanted her but she said no. Later she agreed, but then he said no because he didn’t know what her reason for agreeing was. Other conflicts were vague and/or not well done. The heroine was an FBI agent who did stupid things to put herself in danger for the sake of the plot, which made me mad. I was also mad at Pat because he knew Liz was in danger but didn’t tell her or her boss so they could be cautious. I saw no logic in his reasoning. I had trouble buying the last conversation between the bad guy and Pat. It was supposed to be a good ending to keep the bad guy away, but I didn’t see it that way. It was very likely (to me) that the bad guy would come back to cause harm. It should have been better. STORY BRIEF: Pat is a gorgeous brilliant former thief and now a successful crime novelist. To save his sister from going to jail he agreed to work with the FBI for three years. He worked with Liz an FBI agent during that time. It’s now a few years later, and Pat comes to town to help his sister who runs an Indian reservation casino with her husband. They have been losing money due to counterfeiters. Liz is working on the case and Pat offers to help. Liz’s boss agrees and makes Pat an official consultant on the job. Liz and Pat were drawn to each other before but never acted on it. Now they do. A second problem is Villanueva, an enemy of Pat’s. Villanueva is in town and wants to hurt Pat by killing anyone he loves, which could be his sister, his niece, or Liz. DATA: Story length: 293 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 8. Setting: current day Minnesota and California. Copyright: 2010. Genre: contemporary romance with suspense.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    3.5*, almost 4*. I really liked the way the author drew these characters. They were more interesting than I've read in a light contemporary romance/suspense book in ages. I bought into the reluctance of both main characters, even if I think it went on a little longer than necessary. I thought the suspense plot was decent, as well. Overall a very fun read, just perhaps not quit enough zing to move it to 4*. But close, really close. I will definitely read Ms. Sey's next offering. 3.5*, almost 4*. I really liked the way the author drew these characters. They were more interesting than I've read in a light contemporary romance/suspense book in ages. I bought into the reluctance of both main characters, even if I think it went on a little longer than necessary. I thought the suspense plot was decent, as well. Overall a very fun read, just perhaps not quit enough zing to move it to 4*. But close, really close. I will definitely read Ms. Sey's next offering.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm really surprised that this books rating is 3.59 'cose if you ask me, it deserves at least 4 stars, but . . . oh well. That's just me. Really enjoyed this one and will definitely read it again. Every time when Patrick says to Elizabeth: ''Liz, darling'' I just go like Awww & Ahhh. Another cocky charming son of a bitch you want to hang out with . . . and more :D I'm really surprised that this books rating is 3.59 'cose if you ask me, it deserves at least 4 stars, but . . . oh well. That's just me. Really enjoyed this one and will definitely read it again. Every time when Patrick says to Elizabeth: ''Liz, darling'' I just go like Awww & Ahhh. Another cocky charming son of a bitch you want to hang out with . . . and more :D

  11. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    This was a cute fun contemporary read with a little bit of a suspense feel just for good measure. Fun charaters, no obvious ploys to keep the story going. Just good reading and interesting characters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    RO

    The premise of this book starts off well, but so far, it's a little wordy. The premise of this book starts off well, but so far, it's a little wordy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bookaholics

    Money, Honey by Susan Sey Contemporary Romance – July 6, 2010 3 Stars In this story, the hero Patrick O’ Connor (a man who grew up in a family of thieves, but has gone straight) now works with serious female FBI agent Liz Brynn to try to foil a counterfeiter who is passing bad money thru the thief's sister's casino. (Thus, the title), Money Honey. Patrick brings to this endeavor past baggage from a deal-gone-wrong with a bad guy who now wants revenge, and the bad guy lurks around the edges of the Money, Honey by Susan Sey Contemporary Romance – July 6, 2010 3 Stars In this story, the hero Patrick O’ Connor (a man who grew up in a family of thieves, but has gone straight) now works with serious female FBI agent Liz Brynn to try to foil a counterfeiter who is passing bad money thru the thief's sister's casino. (Thus, the title), Money Honey. Patrick brings to this endeavor past baggage from a deal-gone-wrong with a bad guy who now wants revenge, and the bad guy lurks around the edges of the story trying to decide if he should target the sister or the FBI agent Liz in order to hurt our hero Patrick the most. While Liz and Patrick work together to catch the counterfeiter, there is much sexual tension between these two characters that makes things interesting for them both. My first reaction to the blurbs and first few pages was that a long-time thief is a tough character to attempt to redeem, but the author did a credible job of it by novel's end. Whereas the relationship between Patrick and Liz was romantic enough, I felt the secondary plot of the vicious killer stalking them was a little weak in comparison to their awareness of each other. Though both characters knew about the evil bad guy, they were so wrapped up in their sexual tension that the killer could have easily done them in on several different occasions without them even realizing it. But, in fairness, the book was not advertised as a thriller. Susan Sey creates a good contemporary romantic story that is touted on the cover as funny and sizzling, but only contains a couple of overt sex scenes (i.e., not as hot as some would think from the cover commentary. This is not a bad thing.) The novel is a good light read for this type of story. It felt a little like the second book in a group, insofar as the hero had considerable history from earlier encounters with the FBI agent. However, it apparently is a debut novel. Hopefully Ms. Sey will create more novels with these characters where we can learn more about the back stories of her characters. Overall this is a good light read that you can enjoy. The characterizations were more complete and interesting than most. Reviewed by Adrienne from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

  14. 5 out of 5

    Book Binge

    ...Liz Brynn is the one woman Patrick has never had, so she's the one he's totally fixated on. He doesn't try to deny it, or pretend it's something else. He just does his best to make sure Liz doesn't find out. He doesn't want anyone to find out, come to that. He knows nothing good can come of loving others, or letting them love him. He's good at keeping people, his sister and her family, Liz, etc, at arms length. It's obvious to the reader right from the beginning that he isn't as detached as h ...Liz Brynn is the one woman Patrick has never had, so she's the one he's totally fixated on. He doesn't try to deny it, or pretend it's something else. He just does his best to make sure Liz doesn't find out. He doesn't want anyone to find out, come to that. He knows nothing good can come of loving others, or letting them love him. He's good at keeping people, his sister and her family, Liz, etc, at arms length. It's obvious to the reader right from the beginning that he isn't as detached as he'd like to believe. But it takes him a little longer to figure it out. It was fun watching him get there. Liz puts the badge first, always, in everything. But she has a hard time putting it first when it comes to Patrick. The attraction sizzling between them keeps blurring the lines for her. Patrick didn't let her get away with pushing him away, or hiding behind her badge. It was nice to see her concede the point when Patrick called her on something. Instead of getting defensive and acting like the abused party, she acknowledged when he was right about her. Unfortunately, as a Romantic Suspense, this really didn't work at all. The suspense plot was weak, the villain one dimensional and the procedure aspects full of holes. I tried setting that aside, since the suspense was very light and the focus on the romance, but there was too much to overlook. I tried to take this in the vein of Tara Janzen's Steele Street series, but it was a stretch. I also felt like I missed a book somewhere along the way. A lot of Patrick's past, especially with the FBI, is alluded to in a way that made me think I'd missed part of the story. Since this is a debut, I know that isn't the case, but it's my hope that we'll be given better insight in later books. There also seems to be quite a bit of backstory with Patrick's sister and her husband I hope to see explored later. The good news is that the romance made up for what the suspense lacked. I was able to set aside disbelief, or flat out ignore things when I couldn't, enough to enjoy certain aspects of the story. Though the suspense didn't work, this was still a steamy, sexy read. I look forward to seeing where Sey goes in the future. To read the full review, visit: http://thebookbinge.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    -A story thrilling and sexy check -A smart heroine and a loveable hero check -Good banters between the two protagonist check -Guy helping the cop chosse a dress so she won't look like a cop check -Top Gun's reference check. I think I liked everything about this book. When the story begin, you know things happened before but the author give us enough information to understand the history between Liz and Patrick. It reminds me of the TV series Castle or of others books by the author Julie James but Mrs -A story thrilling and sexy check -A smart heroine and a loveable hero check -Good banters between the two protagonist check -Guy helping the cop chosse a dress so she won't look like a cop check -Top Gun's reference check. I think I liked everything about this book. When the story begin, you know things happened before but the author give us enough information to understand the history between Liz and Patrick. It reminds me of the TV series Castle or of others books by the author Julie James but Mrs. Sey have her own "voice". She knows how to keep things interesting and she could have took this story and make it like all the others but there was something different about it. Instead of following the recipe by the books, she blend a personnal touch that makes it better. Liz was a really believable FBI agent. At first, it's hard to have a clear view of who she really is coz she's so dedicated to her work. But that makes it more beautiful to see how Patrick will made her remember she's a woman above all. Patrick could appear arrogant. But he's so determined to stay unattached from anybody (even his sister and her little baby girl, who's funny and so damn cute by the way)coz he's afraid his past will catch up with him and he don't want the bad guys to come after them. He's so male but without bragging about it, without the machismo. He's more like the classy guy with a lot of restraint and he wear it very well. What really astound me is how well he understand Liz. You can feel he really love her for who she is, that he admire the woman she is. But Liz was so determined to think less of Patrick that at first I was a little worried for the romance part. But it just go smootly, nothing is rush but it always stay pretty exciting at the same time. This book earned a place in my book shelf that's for sure.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I'd give this book 3.5 stars, or a B+. I understand this was Sey's debut novel, and this was a very good contemporary for a first effort. FBI Agent Liz Brynn and her weasel/informant/former-thief-turned-crime-novelist Patrick O'Connor reunite to help Liz solve a counterfeit case. There are 6 years of unfinished history and unresolved sexual and emotional tension between the two, and it all comes to a head in this story. I read this book as part of AAR's TBR Challenge by SuperWendy. This month's th I'd give this book 3.5 stars, or a B+. I understand this was Sey's debut novel, and this was a very good contemporary for a first effort. FBI Agent Liz Brynn and her weasel/informant/former-thief-turned-crime-novelist Patrick O'Connor reunite to help Liz solve a counterfeit case. There are 6 years of unfinished history and unresolved sexual and emotional tension between the two, and it all comes to a head in this story. I read this book as part of AAR's TBR Challenge by SuperWendy. This month's theme is "ugly ducklings." While the heroine Liz is not exactly ugly, she is described by the hero Patrick as, "Liz would never be pretty. The cheekbones were too strong, the chin too sharp, the eyes too big and not nearly guileless enough." Liz in her polyester FBI suits and by-the-book mien comes across as unattractive, particularly in contrast to the James-Bond-smooth talk dark handsome yummy sophisticate Patrick. Both characters journey and develop as they solve their case, wtih Patrick letting go of his inner ugly duckling and Liz transforming to a swan before they get their HEA. The story is also full of interesting secondary characters. It's clear the author has well-developed prequels/sequels in mind for some of them, including Patrick's sister and the Secret Service agent Goose. My only complaint with this book is a sagging middle. The angst sometimes felt forced, especially given how long these characters have known each other and their feelings for each other.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    I heard great things about this debut novel, but I just couldn't get past the similarities to JD Robb's In Death series: - Tortured/troubled heroine & hero - Irish hero - Reformed hero - Black & white, law abiding heroine - Public service heroine role (NYPD/FBI) I did like the teasing dynamic between Patrick and Liz. You could feel the sexual tension building every time they were getting all sorts of heated. And then nothing. Talk about frustration for the characters and for the reader. And then there I heard great things about this debut novel, but I just couldn't get past the similarities to JD Robb's In Death series: - Tortured/troubled heroine & hero - Irish hero - Reformed hero - Black & white, law abiding heroine - Public service heroine role (NYPD/FBI) I did like the teasing dynamic between Patrick and Liz. You could feel the sexual tension building every time they were getting all sorts of heated. And then nothing. Talk about frustration for the characters and for the reader. And then there's Liz's secret past. I don't think it was very well developed and it definitely didn't get enough attention once it was revealed. Really - it had that much impact on her, but it's over & done with in 2-3 pages? Seems like it'd take more to flesh that out. I think with a little more development these characters could really grow into themselves and become their own story. In the mean time I just couldn't help but think that Patrick, Liz and their story were the lesser cousins to the other power duo.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ada

    Very fun read. It's about a master theif, Patrick O'Connor, who actually has a heart of gold for all the crimes he's committed and FBI agent, Liz Brynn. Patrick has been in love with Liz since she arrested his sister, Mara, 6 years ago. In exchange for keeping Mara out of jail, Patrick turned himself in and exchanged his knowledge and became an informant. Believing his genes to be evil, he tries to hold the ones he loves at bay to protect them. Now he's come home to help his sister when she encoun Very fun read. It's about a master theif, Patrick O'Connor, who actually has a heart of gold for all the crimes he's committed and FBI agent, Liz Brynn. Patrick has been in love with Liz since she arrested his sister, Mara, 6 years ago. In exchange for keeping Mara out of jail, Patrick turned himself in and exchanged his knowledge and became an informant. Believing his genes to be evil, he tries to hold the ones he loves at bay to protect them. Now he's come home to help his sister when she encounters a counterfeiter has set up and is slipping the fake bills into her casino. Patrick uses that excuse to come riding to the rescue when secretly, he's also out to protect his sister, her family and Liz from his ex-partner, who got screwed when Patrick turned himself in all those years ago. It's a fantastic story and the characters are great. Patrick is entirely lovable, much like the character Neal Caffrey on the TV show, White Collar (played by the fabulous Matt Bomer). And the sparks between Patrick and Liz are spectacular.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachna R

    A lot of fun! And a compelling romance! And genuinely believable stakes, which we never get with books like this. Also I was surprised that this book was released on its own, with no companions? the back stories in this are really well-handled, in that we get references to them and the author picks them up like we'd been in on it all along, and it's nice; I wish more writers would trust in their readers and forget about the exposition. It felt like a whole cast of characters who've lived a littl A lot of fun! And a compelling romance! And genuinely believable stakes, which we never get with books like this. Also I was surprised that this book was released on its own, with no companions? the back stories in this are really well-handled, in that we get references to them and the author picks them up like we'd been in on it all along, and it's nice; I wish more writers would trust in their readers and forget about the exposition. It felt like a whole cast of characters who've lived a little. Wasn't a fan of Liz's ultimate Unveiled History, though, and the love story was a little too "SUDDENLY I LOVE YOU!" for my tastes, especially in a contemporary romance where there wasn't any real talk between the leads? Nothing about how they fit. And now that I think about it, lots of stories, not a lot of explanations and dealing with it. Wouldn't count it as rereadable. I love stories with agents and reformed thieves and stuff, though. I need to pick up Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss series again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    May

    Last month I had a gift card + was feeling like taking risks and I bought myself a whole lotta books. Downside? I ended up with a few that sounded great, but were, in fact, not. This is one such example. Two people (FBI agent + former crook) who are cold/heartless/into themselves only. Or are they? Are they really just people who were damaged as kids and incapable of real love? Do they find happy? The problem is this: the author tells us a story. With the plot and characters as they were, it wou Last month I had a gift card + was feeling like taking risks and I bought myself a whole lotta books. Downside? I ended up with a few that sounded great, but were, in fact, not. This is one such example. Two people (FBI agent + former crook) who are cold/heartless/into themselves only. Or are they? Are they really just people who were damaged as kids and incapable of real love? Do they find happy? The problem is this: the author tells us a story. With the plot and characters as they were, it would have been far more effective to SHOW me, the reader, WHY I should care, WHY it mattered, and HOW these people came to be better/complete/happy/etc. By keeping it entirely too light, by telling a story that was neither touching, dramatic, or funny... it was a FAIL. Too bad too - I was hoping to get another great contemporary romance read this summer!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sam Nicholas

    I was excited to read this, but it took me much longer than expected. It was good, but not great. The characters were fun and interesting, but I just couldn't get into it. The conflict was really good and well-done. The story-line was good too, but I just had a hard time. There were some slower parts, but mostly it moved quickly, and all together it was a great read. I don't know why it was so difficult for me to read this, but it was a good book, and it should be a quick read, obviously I am th I was excited to read this, but it took me much longer than expected. It was good, but not great. The characters were fun and interesting, but I just couldn't get into it. The conflict was really good and well-done. The story-line was good too, but I just had a hard time. There were some slower parts, but mostly it moved quickly, and all together it was a great read. I don't know why it was so difficult for me to read this, but it was a good book, and it should be a quick read, obviously I am the exception. The characters have really interesting backstories, that was one of the things I really liked, it made them a little more mysterious and fun. The end I thought could be better, but it was still really good. Overall, great book. Though it took me much longer than it should have, I really enjoyed this!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaetrin

    This is a story about an FBI agent and an ex-theif working together to bring down a counterfeiter. At first I thought it was going to be a light hearted humorous book and there were aspects of it, but then the story would swing into series territory. I felt it would have been better to be one or the other, but as it tried to be both at times, overall the book suffered for it. I think this is the author's debut. There was certainly enough enjoyment here for me to pick up her next one, Money Shot, This is a story about an FBI agent and an ex-theif working together to bring down a counterfeiter. At first I thought it was going to be a light hearted humorous book and there were aspects of it, but then the story would swing into series territory. I felt it would have been better to be one or the other, but as it tried to be both at times, overall the book suffered for it. I think this is the author's debut. There was certainly enough enjoyment here for me to pick up her next one, Money Shot, which is out just about now I think and features the Secret Service agent with the unattractive nickname of Goose (Maria di Guzman) who is a secondary character in this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brontee

    I love the show White Collar, and decided to read this. I was not disappointed. I loved Patrick and Liz's relationship and how he cared for her and for his sister. I was also quite intrigued by Liz's past and how it affected who she was. (view spoiler)[My favourite part was when Patrick mentioned how the FBI became Liz's new Bible (or something like that). I thought it was such an insightful and good comment because I never thought of it like that but it was so true. (hide spoiler)] The character I love the show White Collar, and decided to read this. I was not disappointed. I loved Patrick and Liz's relationship and how he cared for her and for his sister. I was also quite intrigued by Liz's past and how it affected who she was. (view spoiler)[My favourite part was when Patrick mentioned how the FBI became Liz's new Bible (or something like that). I thought it was such an insightful and good comment because I never thought of it like that but it was so true. (hide spoiler)] The characters were well developed and highly enjoyable. This book was really really good and I highly recommend it (especially those who enjoy White Collar).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This is Susan Sey's debut novel. As a contemporary romance, this really hits the mark. The dialogue is witty, the main characters sexy and the sexual tension hot enough to steam. Unfortunately, as a Romantic Suspense, this really didn't work at all. The suspense plot was weak, the villain one dimensional and the procedure aspects full of holes. I tried setting that aside, since the suspense was very light and the focus on the romance, but there was too much to overlook. I tried to take this in t This is Susan Sey's debut novel. As a contemporary romance, this really hits the mark. The dialogue is witty, the main characters sexy and the sexual tension hot enough to steam. Unfortunately, as a Romantic Suspense, this really didn't work at all. The suspense plot was weak, the villain one dimensional and the procedure aspects full of holes. I tried setting that aside, since the suspense was very light and the focus on the romance, but there was too much to overlook. I tried to take this in the vein of Tara Janzen's Steele Street series, but it was a stretch.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Sorry, had to quit reading. Guess I am not the Harlequin Romance type or something, but this book was so poorly written, I couln't get to page 100! I started it because the author is the daughter-in-law of a teacher friend. Hope she doesn't read this cause that book should not have been published! Yuk!! Sorry, had to quit reading. Guess I am not the Harlequin Romance type or something, but this book was so poorly written, I couln't get to page 100! I started it because the author is the daughter-in-law of a teacher friend. Hope she doesn't read this cause that book should not have been published! Yuk!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laylah

    The book is not perfect, but from the romance angle it comes pretty close. We have two protagonists who are smart, capable and so hot for each other. The dialogues are witty and sparkling. The romance is fun and, in some instances, heartfelt. This is a new author to keep an eye on.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shoshana

    [3.5] I started out angry at this book from page one, but it more or less won me over. I was interested the whole time, the characters and the relationship were pretty solid, and I had a good time reading it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I enjoyed this book. Great debut! Looking forward to the next book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annette McCleave

    Absolutely loved the sassy, snappy conversations between Liz and Patrick! And Liz is no shrinking violet heroine. She tackles everything head-on. Great read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I loved this book a great debut by Susan the tension between hero Patrick and heroine Liz is great and the wonderful HEA

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