Sunday, May 24, 2015
Nanee's Review of Art Theft 101 by Edward Kendrick
Vampire Philip Archer and his team of successful art thieves -- black panther shifter Duff, ghost Rob, and Duff's human girlfriend Liddy -- are asked by the handsome Ian Croft, a potential client, to break with tradition and rescue a kidnapped child. When the caper turns out rather differently than expected, Philip is bitterly reminded why he has remained single for so long. Yet, surrounded as he is by loving friends, he is not desperate. This is why, when he meets the newly-made vampire Ephram, he suppresses his attraction and focuses on being a mentor to the Fledgling.
Ephram was turned by Virgil Ionescu, an ancient vampire known for casting off his Children before they are ready. Living off the streets, Ephram's future is precarious until he meets Philip. Ephram is immediately attracted to Philip and only too happy to be taken under his wing and taught the skills of surviving in modern New Orleans.
But Philip keeps secrets. Ephram can sense it, but he can't penetrate the thousand-year-old Philip's reserve. What will Ephram do when he discovers the big secret his new group of friends are keeping from him? Will his love for Philip trump all, or will he betray them? And, to complicate matters, Ionescu arrives unexpectedly in town, coming to check on his Child.
This story has it all; mystery, intrigue, sexy characters and a lot of twists and turns. These Art thieves each have a special talent that gets them in and out of a job with little worry. Phillip who is a vampire was my favorite character, I felt for him from the beginning. He's sexy and smart and somewhat lonely, wanting someone to love and to genuinely love him back so when Ian comes in the picture I had high hopes for this couple. I wanted to strangle Ian and was as blood thirsty (lol) as Liddy when he betrayed Phillip. I do love how Phillip gave a little misery back to Ian as payback. Then comes Ephram who I could tell right from the start he was going to be good for Phillip, he's smart and sexy and has many talents that add to the already talented thieves. Very hot these two together.
Duff the Panther shifter and alpha male is too cute sometimes with his human mate Liddy. I loved these two together, so sweet and cuddly. Rob the ghost is much of a loner throughout the story, he seems quite content to be alone until he surprises us with some revelations towards the end. I enjoyed the plot of this story, the author has a way of telling a story without overly describing everything to nauseum, he tells his story in a way that the reader feels part of it. I thought it was quite entertaining and had some sexy parts as well. Another story I enjoyed from this author. Can't wait for more. 4-4.5 4.5 stars.
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