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FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world's most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only naFBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world's most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she's cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one. Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail - particularly Kate O'Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there's no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O'Hare.Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who's hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O'Hare's patience and Fox's skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate's dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day's work . . . if O'Hare and Fox don't kill each other first....

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The Heist Reviews

  • Misty Baker
    2019-04-04 13:14

    I am a woman who enjoys guilty pleasures. I watch Bollywood movies at 3am. Eat ‘smores when I should be eating carrot sticks. Listen to Young the Giant sing “Cough Syrup” roughly 40 times a day. The way I see it…life is too short to NOT indulge yourself. See the Snickers? Want the Snickers? Eat the freaking Snickers!Most of my guilty pleasures are harmless. An hour here….50 calories there. Poof gone. Moving on. But that is NOT the case when it comes to my obsessive fascination with all things Janet Evanovich.Let me explain.Last July I posted a video on KO TV raging about “authors inability to throw in the towel.” My point was, that at some point (some) authors need to realize they have outplayed their characters. This rant came at the end of a week-long “Stephanie Plum” binge reading (in which I read books 1 – 18 in 5 days.) Consciously I was “over” Stephanie’s quirky cases by book 13, but for some reason (let’s call it OCD) I found myself unable to put the series aside and call it a day.It was not until I saw Evanovich’s name on the front of “The Heist,” (and then started to read it) that the reasoning behind my obsession finally reared its ugly head.Her writing is yet another guilty pleasure. (That makes it #4638 for those of you keeping track.)Evanovich is talented (she wouldn’t be a NYT bestselling author if she wasn’t) but her talent (at least for me) falls in an entirely different rhelm than other authors. Evanovich’s talent (and Goldberg’s for that matter) does not lie in her ability to make me see the world differently, or turn me into a blubbering mess by page 100. Her talent lies in her ability to make me laugh (or at the very least suspend reality.) Her plots are often predictable. Her characters? Two dimensional. But I keep coming back. Why? Because they make me laugh.Not everything in life needs to be serious. And despite preconceived notions, I am not hell-bent on reading every torturous book known to mankind (though I do keep a list.) Sometimes I want to kick back and let rocket-launchers take center stage. Listen to the inner ramblings of clumsy characters. Bask in the glory of well-crafted ridiculousness.Which is actually kind of perfect, because “The Heist” had all of the above. (Even the rocket-launchers. Go team “Blow shit up!)"FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first."For those of you still reading, let me make this as simple as possible for you. “The Heist” is pretty much “Ocean’s Eleven” meets “White Collar.” If you don’t like either of those, you will NOT like this book. Save your money and move on.Now, for those of you still with me (after THAT revelation)….let’s talk pacing.The biggest problem I had with this novel was not the predictability of the plot. (Which I had pegged by page 10.) It was not the (almost) stereotypical characters. (Handsome con-man, workaholic ex-Navy-Seal FBI agent.) It was the stunted pacing that had me flipping my kindle the bird.For those of you that have actually seen Ocean’s Eleven, you will understand instantly what I’m about to explain. The first 60% of this book was dedicated solely to character introductions. The plot as a whole revolves around a con. A con needs the perfect crew of con-men/women correct? Correct. So for the first half of the book we are introduced to the “players” of the game. Each has a formal introduction (name/age/nationality…etc) and then their “flip reel” is set into motion. (Aka: we get a quick rundown of their circumstance, why they would be perfect, and last how one – or both – of the lead characters talk them into participating.) In a movie, this takes about 10 minutes, but in a book…it takes about 150 pages. Which in turn buries the “anticipated” plot until almost the end of the book. (Making it feel unnecessarily rushed.)There was also a noteworthy imbalance when it came to narration.Kate and Nick are both allowed the opportunity to speak in this novel (which makes for great internal cannon fodder.) But the actual “amount” in which each are allowed is a tad disappointing. Nick is (without a doubt) the stronger character of the two. He may be a solitary man, but his bones (characteristically) are much stronger than Kate’s (even though we get to witness her on more of a familial level.) Kate however is the one that takes the wheel in “The Heist.” (Commanding more than 70% of the companion narration.) I’m going to assume this was intentional. (To keep us on our toes when it comes to the lovable con-man.) But instead it only came across as irritating, and lopsided.So why, with all of the put downs and obvious negativity does this book still hover around the 3 star mark and remain in my “guilty pleasure” list of series to keep on my radar?Because it’s fun.Once I put my notes away, and got over my haughty judgemental-ness, I found myself chuckling. Chucking at Willie’s need to have her nipples on display (she’s 50 and likes to steal freight-trains.) Chuckling at Char’s (yes, that’s a stage name) ability to channel Samuel L. Jackson ala Pulp Fiction. (Though he build’s tree-houses for a living, and has a hard time not wetting himself in funny situations) And last grandpa (read: total badass) Jack who can kill a man 16 different ways with a pair of tweezers (and likes to take advantage of his AARP discount.)Sometimes fun is just what the doctor ordered. And though it won’t win any literary awards, it might just make you smile while sipping a margarita (or 3) by the pool.Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: Life may be too short for crappy books, but it’s also too darn short to plaster a permanent frown on your beautiful face.

  • Hilary
    2019-04-03 18:31

    If you're looking at this thinking Kate O'Hare will be a wacky character like Stephanie Plum, or that it'll be more of a mystery, you might want to re-evaluate. It's actually a little more like the TV show Leverage: strange, with weird characters, but not Stephanie/Diesel weird, and with a few interesting cons along the way. (Although obviously it's a different universe, as Kate's supposedly an ex-SEAL.) I also felt disconnected from the story, as if I were watching it unfold through a window rather than all around me. (I'm sure there's a technical writing term for that issue.) The characters are a little flat (view spoiler)[but Jake does an excellent Deus Ex Machina (hide spoiler)].So, it's a little fun to read - but not too much fun - and not something I'll buy, even secondhand. But if you want a 2-hour beach read, go for it. Just know this: the fascination with death-by-tweezer is never explained.

  • Savonna Brockman
    2019-04-14 18:06

    Ever watched White Collar, the USA television series about a dashing con man forced to work with his FBI nemesis to solve crimes and stay out of jail? Yes? Then you have the basic premise for The Heist. Nick Fox is the best con around, and Kate O'Hare, ex-Navy SEAL, current FBI agent, is not too shabby at her job either. She takes Nick down when he attempts to steal the Crimson Teardrop, a rare two-carat red diamond. But with the help of paper, paint, and a tape recorder, Nick gives U.S. Marshals the slip on his way to jail. Unbeknownst to Kate, the escape is a setup to free Nick so he can pursue a low-life banker who's scammed $500 million from a variety of investors, including his own parents. Kate's bosses give her a choice: Help Nick find the bad guy, or track down video pirates committing copyright infringement. Though Kate's not crazy about joining forces with an accomplished criminal, it beats the heck out of shaking down old ladies copying videos at the retirement village. Though not altogether original, The Heist is a pleasant diversion that a few will rave about, but many will enjoy. There's never much question that Nick, Kate, and their quirky crew will bring their man in. The good stuff, of course, lies in the details of how they do it. (O.K., there aren't many surprises there either, but who cares.) The Heist is just good fun, and I look forward to Evanovich and Goldberg delivering an equally entertaining second installment.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-04-17 12:20

    I read the first book of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plumb series right before this book and I think I enjoyed the characters in this story better. It's still a good and a light read but the main character is not as crazy/silly. A woman detective along with a conman she has been trying to catch in the act for years, must work together running an elaborate con in order to catch a thief that has embezzled half a million dollars. It was fast moving and had original characters.

  • Ash Wednesday
    2019-04-17 12:08

    3 STARS”To our grand adventure.”“This is not an adventure,” Kate said. It’s a job. We aren’t doing it for fun or profit.”“Okay, let’s try this again,” Nick said, and raised his glass for a new toast. “To a long and fruitful relationship.”“This isn’t a relationship,” Kate said. “It’s strictly professional. Don’t you forget that for one second.”Nick sighed and held up his glass again, eyeing her warily as he said,” May misfortune follow us the rest of our lives but never catch up.”I love heist movies. Mostly because it offers up the possibility of slick camera-work, interesting characters and situations ripe with possibilities of humour and wit. Mixing that with the sexual tension between the FBI agent who has been relentlessly pursuing the charming con-man just makes it near-impossible to resist for me.While I certainly did enjoy The Heist for certain stretches, it still leaves a lot of room for improvement. Don’t expect Steven Soderbergh’s finesse and panache. There was very little room for the mystery to develop seeing as you’re spoon-fed the information extensively ahead of time. It was more of the pilot episode of a mid-budget, cable TV version of Ocean’s Eleven with a too simplistic con being executed by an uninspired team of non-swindlers. Sombeody mentioned Leverage and I whole-heartedly agree.This had a lot of the proper ingredients available in in half the measure that is appropriate to make the perfect dish. I liked the off-the-bat pop culture references and I always tip my hat to fellow Casino Royale fans (the online poker player named Le Chiffre did not go unnoticed). I did like some of the details in the protagonists' personalities but I’m expecting much, much more in the next installments. Kate O’Hare as the hardcore and driven FBI agent was fun in the way Sandra Bullock presents fun: the snort-giggler whose dinner always ends up in her shirt somehow but can also kick ass. She's also effortlessly attractive without putting much stock on her appearance. These are quite tricky to pull off and not make the heroine annoying but somehow she works well enough for me. I like hearing her thoughts but I could do away with the “Jeez Louise”-ing, “criminy”-ing and “Holy Toledo”-ing, thanks. They weren’t copious to the point of offense in the book but the fact that a former Navy Seals even utters them makes me cringe.Nick Fox as the cunning and charming con artist was very reminiscent of Neal Caffrey, Matt Bomer’s character from White Collar. He did come off charming and convincing as a con-man, but his chemistry with Kate came across half-hearted. I do like the promise of his character background. It offers some intriguing possibilities, what with all the Harvard history and the too subtle glimpses in the life he leads outside his profession. I can only hope for better depth and personality beyond the mildly amusing comebacks and the twice-brushed set of pearly whites as the series goes. Because with how this went, I got more laughs reading about Kate bantering with Jake (her father) than with Nick.He’d missed a lot of Christmases and birthdays during her childhood, but not many fathers could be counted on to mount a prison break.After being caught by Kate, Nick manages to finagle a deal with the FBI higher-ups to help them catch a Bernie Madoff kind of villain, through his extra-legal talents in exchange for his freedom in five years. The best part of a heist story for me is the recruitment of the team players in the act. The choices here were a little too obvious: a frustrated, uncompromising method actor, a special effects guy trying to survive in the digital age, a failed Amazing Race contestant and Tom Underhill. I can understand why Nick chose the first first three but I’m quite hazy why Tom was included in the con outside him being a big black guy. This ofcourse requires you to believe that given the option of committing a crime to bring down an embezzler, people will agree with very few conditions. Much as how it will require you to believe that “Bernie Madoff”s lawyer will take out a woman he meets in Facebook and invite her to his home on their first date. I still like my fluff with a dash of believability but your mileage may vary.The Heist thrusts its characters in exotic locations, making the narrative stray towards travel guide territory which I actually appreciated seeing as these were the moments where there was actual meat to the skeletal delivery of Kate and Nick’s adventures. It feels a bit compensatory, I suppose, and unfortunately didn’t do the job well enough seeing how this ended couldn’t have been flatter than if the villains were left scratching their heads in disappointment.So entirely fluffy, serviceable chemistry between leads with some above average secondary characters here and there. But with enough entertainment value and potential for me to be hopeful for the next book.

  • Janet
    2019-04-18 12:31

    This was a fun read. For those who like Stephanie Plum, it had some of her fun but this is a smarter read. It reminds me some of White Collar with an FBI agent, Kate, working with Nick, a master con. There's an attraction there so it will be interesting in future books to see if it's acted on. Maybe a bit like Moonlighting?

  • Tina
    2019-03-25 10:16

    This was like the book equivalent of sitting in a Saturday matinee, eating popcorn and having just an afternoon of mindless fun.I love the tv show Leverage and this book is exactly in that vein. It is book that relies on the work of a long con to get the bad guys.The main characters are Nick Fox and Kate O'Hare. Nick is a handsome, charming thief who is always thinking ten moves ahead. He has perfected the art of the grift. Kate is the ex-military FBI agent who has been chasing Nick for years. He knows this and taunts her each time he slips away from her, not in a mean way but in a sexy "til the next time you almost catch me" way.Kate finally catches him but in typical Nick fashion he oozes his way out of it. He convinces the FBI to use him as a way to catch even bigger, more elusive criminals. After all as the old adage says: it takes a thief to catch a thief. Kate is along as his beleaguered watcher and reluctant co-conspirator.Their very first case is to catch a guy who embezzled half a billion dollars and escaped to parts unknown. They must find him, get him back on US soil and recover the money.Like every self respecting con artist book, movie or tv show, they have to assemble a team of people with a different skill sets to help them pull this off. It was fun watching Nick pull in the crew and get to meet them.The book is very light hearted and full of funny lines and great personalities. Kate and Nick couldn't be more different and I liked each one of them for different reasons. Kate is the no-nonsense person who loves being FBI. She's good with guns and hand-to-hand combat. I just adore the fact that petite Kate is basically the muscle. Whereas Nick is the twisty brains behind everything. He likes his luxury and creature comforts and even in a cave in the middle of an Island he manages to set a great table.The supporting characters are great fun, but since this is a first book and we only meet them halfway through at first most of them tend to be background. I imagine as the series goes on we'll get to know them better. But of the crew I enjoyed Boyd, the method actor who really takes his part seriously and Kate's dad, Jake. Jake is also ex-military with a colorful, dangerous career that we only hear in bits an pieces. This is all globe-trotting adventure with lots of banter and guns and fun character moments. Very little romance although Nick and Kate are very attracted to each other. Nick is down for it, obviously, he's a guy. But Kate still only sees him as her arch-nemesis, a criminal she is forced to work with. But I would guess at some point they'll get together. The signs are too glaring for it not to happen.Edited to add: I listened to this in audio and the narrator was great. He has a nice rich voice and is good with accents. And he didn't do that really annoying thing that some male narrators do by doing a high falsetto when doing the female character voices.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-13 15:27

    I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich and I am not sure why so many are raving about this book. Frankly, the characters were, for the most part, flat and not well developed. There were males who were part of Kate’s team who all sort of blended in together and who became just names to me. In earlier novels, the author does stretch the truth, but, for the most part, the experiences and actions are believable. In this book, there is very little credibility and the experiences of Kate and her team are just too impossible to believe, and this may be due to the story line or how the plot unfolds. One character I did like was Kate’s father, who played only a minor role. I wish he could have played a bigger role in the novel. In fact, I agree with one reviewer who stated he could easily be in a series of his own or could better be Kate’s partner. Frankly, I think he would be better than Nick was in this book. In later books, he may become like Lulu is to Stephanie Plum, but he just didn’t do that here. I see their lack of chemistry and mutual attraction/teasing between Kate and Nick as a serious shortfall in the book. Finally, I wonder whether the author, who has provided her readers so much in the past, has finally reached her apex and is possibly now going beyond her limits.

  • Dagny
    2019-04-12 12:30

    This book was fun! The introduction to the main characters, which can often be tedious in the first book of any series, was humorous. There was a bit of a lag while the premise was being set up, but once the actual "mission" got started, it was fascinating. The mystery is not the resolution, but how they got there and they fooled me. The writing duo of Evanovich and Goldberg seem well matched.

  • Susie Kline
    2019-03-24 17:19

    I am so sad to say that I wasn't really impressed with The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. You know I'm a giant Evanovich fan. I count Stephanie Plum and Lula as some of my best friends. (Sure, they only come around when I open a book...still...) Lee Goldberg is a television producer and he produced Monk, which is one of my favorite shows.Still, The Heist just doesn't come through. It struck me as a rip-off of White Collar, the USA Network series, sans Matt Bomer--which is the main reason to watch White Collar.Kate O'Hare is an FBI agent and former Navy SEAL. She's dedicated and ferocious. And she's determined to nail the elusive con man and thief, Nicholas Fox. But Fox is wily, as well as sexy as hell. Maybe she wants to do more than put him in jail. When she manages to snag him--albeit by running into him with a bus--he escapes in a dramatic, theatrical way and she's on his tail once again. When she finally catches up with him again she finds that nothing is what she thought. Can she be trusted to work with Nicholas Fox without letting her attraction for him getting in the way?This isn't a bad read, but it lacks the spark of earlier Evanovich works. The characters are boring. Even Nicholas Fox the super con man seems like a cardboard cutout. Kare O'Hare is dull, but her father is the one character I really liked in the book. The settings are exotic. The geography lessons intense. But the overall novel is meh.I'd love to hear what you think about this one! Let me know!

  • Dianne
    2019-03-27 12:08

    The Heist: A NovelThe Heist: A Novelby Lee GoldbergEdition: HardcoverPrice: $15.69This review is from: The Heist: A Novel (Hardcover)"What we are doing is more like a heist only with a person instead of an object. A successful heist is one that nobody notices until it's over and the thieves are long gone"If you have ever read the novels by Tim Dorsey or the early works by Carl Hiaasen you might like this novel very much. I had hoped that it was going to have the romantic heat and comedic flare as the duet authors of Jennifer Crusie and Bob Meyer did with "Agnes and the Hitman", but in a way "The Heist" was even better.This was a perfect beach/vacation read; light but not fluffy, funny but not overly slapstick, with a perfect female protagonist. Kate is the perfect blend of hard-edged ex-Navy SEAL and chocoholic with a bit of a crush on Nick. She just cannot admit it to herself yet!The secondary characters, especially Kate's father Jake, are great foils with none of the overly fluffiness that Janet's secondary characters from her Stephanie Plum series exhibit.I don't usually say things like this when I review books because most of the books I read would not be apt to appeal to a male audience anyway. However, the way this one was written, with a clever plot and some good butt-kicking will most likely appeal to both sexes equally. This will make this book a good value for couples! LOL!This seems like this is going to be a very interesting team of writers. I spent some time trying to figure out just who was writing what part, but then quickly gave up as I was pulled into the interesting story of cons and government double-dealing. I did need to stretch my disbelief a little thin in some parts, but I needed to remember that this was entertainment and not deep literature.The idea of conning the scummy con-men and paying back the people they stole from is just perfect - a sort of modern day Robin Hood at it's loosest and best interpretation!This was really a fun way to spend a weekend and to get us ready for the next book in this series.

  • Karen McMillan
    2019-04-12 18:22

    This is the first in a new fun series – and I can tell you I was hooked from the opening page. FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is dedicated to her job – and to chasing international con artist Nicolas Fox. After years of chasing Nicholas, who happens to be charming and very sexy, she finally captures him and finally has him behind bars. But then Nicolas pulls off his greatest con of all time – he convinces the FBI to offer him a job – and ends up working alongside Kate, despite her reservations and growing attraction to the man. Their first case is to find the half billion that has been stolen by a corrupt investment banker, transfer the money to the FBI and put the crook behind bars. This is a read that will have you laughing out loud while you read it, with your tongue firmly stuck in your cheek. The characters are superb. Kate O’Hare is a woman who is more comfortable with a rocket launcher than wearing a bikini, but is definitely smart, sexy and kicks butt. Nicholas Fox is handsome, funny and resourceful – and always manages to be one step ahead of everyone else him, even if only by the skin of his teeth. The sexual chemistry between the pair is hot, hot, hot – now made worse that they have to work together and their relationship needs to remain professional. This isn’t quite as bonkers as the Stephanie Plum series that Janet Evanovich is famous for, but I think perhaps there is more tension, and more action, than her other series. It still has all the trademark elements of an Evanovich book, however – lots of funny one liners, explosions, twists and turns, and simmering tension between the two main protagonists – along with an engaging cast of supporting characters. The ultimate escapist read.

  • Monica Williams
    2019-04-08 11:11

    I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and nothing I've ever read makes me laugh half as much as those books do. Anyone who is a Stephanie Plum fan will love this book as much as I did. This time the heroine is not the bumbling type. FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare is ex Navy Seal and she is really good at her job. She is on the trail of the notorious con man Nick Fox. She finally gets her man, and then he escapes, only to reappear and becomes Kate's partner against a pair of even worse con men. Snappy dialog, a great cast of supporting characters, and of course the will they/won't they tension between Kate and Nick makes for a fun read! I can't wait to see where their next adventure will take them!

  • Berit☀️✨
    2019-04-03 13:30

    Let me start this off by saying I LLVE Stephanie Plum! And maybe I was hoping to see some of Stephanie and Kate, but I didn't. In spite of this, I did like Kate, she was just a little more serious than I was expecting. I also liked Nick, and actually I saw a little of Ranger and Joe in him. This was a fun little getaway book, that you really had to suspend reality for. It was like a jack reacher book wrote specifically for a female audience, that is my opinion anyways. I will probably read the next book in the series, but it's not the next book I'm going to read.

  • Anna Smithberger
    2019-04-11 13:27

    The only redeeming quality about this book for me was the pacing. Otherwise it was sloppy, poorly written, and just not very interesting. Clearly, this is not my genre of choice, but I know there is better stuff out there. Had I not been reading it for class I probably would have put it down after the first chapter with absolutely no wish to ever continue.

  • R. Lawrence
    2019-03-24 15:14

    Great book. Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich are fantastic together. Encore, encore. I read the book in 1 day. Just took me awhile to get back to good reads. To bad 5 stars is the highest rating, it should get more.

  • Mike French
    2019-03-31 15:14

    A real page turner!. I read it in one day, by staying up half the night, I couldn't put it down! I liked it much better than the Number books I have read. I think the reason it is more of a "boy" book than the Number series.

  • Lakshmi C
    2019-03-29 12:20

    It reminds me of White Collar and that's a good reason to start a new series.What I loved :- wooing with toblerone- the layered cons- I picked up a lot of trivia and enjoyed it- action packed. Arrest, escape, island, mutual benefits, theatre, role play, shopping- so much fun- the father daughter relationship- respect for junk food- chocolate addiction- a pirate named Bob.Laugh out loud moments :If Spider-Man was entirely green, couldn’t shoot webs from his wrists, wasn’t ripped, and was self-conscious about the contours of his privates being so out there, these guys were what he’d look like.“You hit Nick Fox with a bus.”“He was fleeing,” she said.“He wasn’t being chased,” Jessup said.The evidence of true love.....“Was your tongue depressed?”“Thankfully, no. It’s very well adjusted.”“Believe it or not,” Kate said, “the whole world doesn’t revolve around you.”“Your world does,” he said.“Don’t flatter yourself.”Detective hunts Conman. They respect each other's abilities and share an intense attraction. They are forced to work together but trust is not a part of this partnership.Worlds collide and they have to consider each others perspectives and expertise while keeping the peace. The secondary character's are excellent - Kate's father - Jake and the method actor stood out. What I didn't like :Just one thing - The under developed, neglected romance.“I might emerge from this a changed man. Or you might become an entirely different woman. You might not want to catch me anymore.”

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    2019-04-16 17:08

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.Amazon: this series was fun! Fox and O'hare follows and FBI agent heroine and...the con man she's been hunting for years. Who are now having to work together as a team to tackle off the books missions the FBI can't officially get involved with. Fun banter, captivating characters, a little danger and adventure. A fantastic time all the way around. The Characters:Fox and O'hare were as different as night and day and, yall, I LOVED their dynamic. She's a hard ass, he's a charmer, they snark and growl and have a little attraction. They have that fun underlying teasing and ease of driving each other a spot crazy. I laughed out loud a number of times over their interactions and was totally rooting on some naughty things to go down. I hope they will eventually. The bad guy vs good girl vibes they have are just too fun. His free spirit to her by the book attitude. PLEASE with the naughty! I beg! lolMy only complaint is Kate is an ex Navy SEAL Just no. I hated that. Unrealistic and not possible at the time these came out. The Heist (Book1): The Heist is all about bringing this team together. A lot of chasing, a lot of driving each other crazy. It's a total cat and mouse game early on and I loved it. And seeing their first mission together as they start pulling together their team of misfits that'll help them pull off a heist. The Chase (Book2): This time tracking down an artifact another country wanted back and that was supposedly safe and sound at a museum but really? Had totally been stolen already. lol Mid-air heists, capture and near misses, a little sexual tension. Things being blown up. Yep. Good times. The Narration:This was my first time with Brick. And it was a surprise. I loved his voice and easily fell into his story telling and the adventures of Fox and O'Hare. Smooth, rich and made me want to wrap myself up in his voice. So, yay! He kind of reminded me of the guy who does the Sad Cat Diaries. One thing that usually wouldn't work for me but did was that there was no real attempt at doing the female voices. Almost like he was just reading the story to you. But like I said. Usually that would NOT work for me but because I enjoyed his voice so much and the way he did worked and I'll definitely go on with the audiobooks for this series.

  • Jasprit
    2019-04-10 16:28

    Ever since I read Pros and Cons earlier this year, I wanted to get properly stuck in with the rest of this series. Firstly because I am a huge fan of stories which feature antagonistic characters and trust me you can’t get more antagonistic than FBI agent Kate O’Hare and con man Nicolas Fox. Kate’s been on Nick’s case for the last five years and despite being able to fraud his way through so much, there’s just something so charming about him that sort of doesn’t make you feel bad for allowing him to outwit you and escape once more. I loved reading about this cat and mouse game between the two of them in Pros and Cons, so was interested in seeing how things would go down in this book now that they would be working together, would Kate be able to fully trust Nick? And what about all that sexual tension between them could they finally put that behind them too?When the idea of Nick working for the FBI was first proposed, like Kate I thought this was some sort of joke, yes Nick was a really intelligent man, but how could they know that he wouldn’t just leave them in the lurch? Kate had to put her trust in a man, she had been chasing for the last five years, trust him that he could come up with a team to bring this corrupt investment banker down. And let me just say Nick was able to take away any doubt I had regarding his real true intentions very early on. I loved the variety of characters with their specialised areas of knowledge that Nick was able to bring in the mix, they were such a quirky bunch, but together were able to put together a very clever plan of bringing down this investment blunder. It was a lot of fun watching this plan unfold especially as it did include a lot of characters going out of their comfort zone! Watching Kate become this seductress induced many laugh out loud moments.Nick’s plan was very complex and elaborate, and at times I did think that it would fail, but Nick knew exactly what he was doing. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed The Heist, my only complaint is that I would have loved to see more boundaries of the sexual tension between Nick and Kate being crossed, these small bits that we got I loved, so here’s hoping that there will be a lot more in the next book!This review can be found on: The Readers Den

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2019-04-16 12:11

    3.5 StarsLife and a family emergency interrupted reading and reviewing for awhile. The Heist is funny and a fast read. Nick Fox is handsome, charming, and one of the FBI's most wanted man. FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare has been chasing the world's greatest conman for 5 years. She always confronts him saying, "You're under arrest." But Fox always escapes at the very last second, until he doesn't. O'Hare has finally caught her man.Then the unthinkable happens, Nick Fox escapes from custody under rather humorous circumstances. O'Hare is not assigned to go after Fox, so she goes it alone. Well, her father helps. When she finds Fox, she learns he's conned her bosses to allow him to help the FBI find and capture the most wanted guys that have conned or stolen lots of money. One caveat though, Kate O'Hare must partner up with him. Their target: a wealthy banker whom ran a scam on his his investors. $500 Billion missing. He's holed out on an island in Indonesia. Kate and Nick must find him and the money. What could go wrong? A group of misfits, pirates, explosions, and Fox thinking about stealing the FBI slush fund that he and his team are using.The writing is easy and fast paced. The reader wants to know what happens next. The Heist kept me interested and entertained until the very last word.

  • Kara
    2019-03-29 16:03

    This book is part Oceans 11, part Clive Custler--but with women in mind as the target audience. It was easy to read, and entertaining, but only if you're willing to check your feminist card at the door before you pick this up. The main character is smart, tough, accomplished (former Navy SEAL), ambitious, in great shape and can take care of herself. She is also tall, blond, beautiful, can overeat at every opportunity and never gain an ounce, frets over how to wear her hair, throws up after a big professional accomplishment, hides in the ladies' room at work to avoid her male co-workers, has a huge crush on a dashing con man who taunts her--because he is a dashing con man who taunts her. UGH! Oh, and, despite her amazing accomplishments, (view spoiler)[ she has to be saved at the end of the story by a man! (OK, ok, it turns out to be her dad, which is actually kind of sweet, and at least is better than her being saved by the con man.) (hide spoiler)]I recognize that it is intended to be escapist fun and, frankly, several times it was fun. But I kept being distracted by how this character, who should have been completely in control, fell apart whenever a man was in the vicinity and immediately relinquished control to him. C'mon ladies, we should be able to come up with better heroines, even for escapist fun.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-04-01 13:16

    Read this for book club. I don't think there is going to be much to talk about. It was a nice easy pleasant read. I was pleased to find that the heroine was not as stupid and inept as Stephanie Plum. I enjoyed her competence and didn't even mind too much that she was supposedly an ex Navy SEAL. I read the author's note that they knew that but believed there should be female SEALs so I was okay with her. The cons were interesting and I liked watching them play out. The secondary characters were interesting and fun. I would have liked a bit more background on the two main characters. It mentioned that she had been kicked out of the SEALs but no idea of why. I also wanted to know Nick's motivation for being a con man instead of an upstanding citizen. I would be willing to read more in the series in order to find these things out.

  • George Mazurek)
    2019-03-25 11:31

    Oddechové čtení, hodně akce, trocha humoru, velmi těžko uvěřitelný vztah halvní dvojice.

  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    2019-04-04 17:09

    I really like Janet Evanovich, so when I received this book for review I couldn't wait to get stuck into it...Kate O'Hare is a tough FBI special agent and ex-Navy SEAL, so she's pretty badass. For the last five years she's become obsessed with busting a tricky con man. Nick Fox is a con artist, thief and international fugitive. He's also charming, very good looking, and frustrating because he manages to slip away every time it looks like he's been captured.So when Nick escapes a courthouse and Kate's taken off the case she takes matters into her own hands and with some time off and a little help from her former military father, tracks Nick down to a remote island in Greece. But what she finds is something she never expected--the FBI has recruited Nick, and for the next five years he'll help them catch other high profile bad guys. And Kate's teaming up with him. Their first case is to locate an investment banker who swindled millions of dollars and is hiding out on a remote island in Indonesia. As Nick comes up with a plan guaranteed to get them results, he builds an eclectic team of talented misfits with their own reasons for wanting the job. Everything goes according to plan, but the more time Kate spends with Nick, the more she realises he's not all that bad. He's smart, full of brilliant--yet sneaky--ideas, and seems to really care about his team. Still, she's got a job to do and nothing's going to stop her, because being a honey trap might be the hardest role she's had to play yet.This adventurous and super fun book is told in several POVs so the reader can grasp all sides of what's going on. Each POV throws the reader deeper into the plot, but still leaves plenty of surprises.The Heist is an exciting, intriguing and entertaining book that kept me hooked from start to finish. It's got classic Evanovich characterisation and witty dialogue, with a touch of seriousness that her other two series don't have. It's also filled with master plans, government secrets, and bad guys with big ideas. I really enjoyed it!

  • Brianna (The Book Vixen)
    2019-04-06 13:25

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook but man, do I wish there was some action between Nick and Kate! An 'almost kiss' here. Nick finally kissed her (with tongue!) and grabbed her ass. But no tangle in the sheets.Not sure if I'll continue the series. I need smut and I'm afraid this series won't have any.Scott Brick did a great job narrating this book. He had unique voices for the entire cast of characters (and there were a lot of them) and it was a joy to listen to.

  • Connor
    2019-04-23 17:23

    This book was exactly what I thought it would be—exactly what I hoped it would be—and I enjoyed every over the top, ridiculous second of it. Think Richard Castle’s Nikki Heat series meets White Collar with a little Leverage and that is... pretty much exactly what this was.

  • Andree
    2019-04-10 17:29

    I was lured in by comparisons to Leverage. 2.5 stars.Look, it's frothy fun, but it doesn't quite *work*. I blame the fact that Nick has no flaws, though let's be real (view spoiler)[the random pirates at the end was also a turn-off. (hide spoiler)]Not sure I'm reading any more, but we'll see.2018 Reading Challenge - A book involving a heist

  • Widala
    2019-04-11 10:08

    3.5 stars.This book was fun read about an FBI agent and a con man with a lighthearted atmosphere (meaning nobody involved in the shootouts or the car crash was dying or gravely injured, only gained a few bruises and bloody noses).It's was entertaining and what really perked me up was the villain was hiding my country, Indonesia! How exciting! “Why Indonesia?” “Because they have seventeen thousand islands, a notoriously corrupt government that’s easily bribed, and no extradition treaty with the United States.”Very exciting. Indonesia is unique, it’s an archipelago of thousands of islands scattered over seven hundred fifty thousand square miles of open sea, where the rule of law is often either nonexistent or impossible to enforce.Very very exciting. Too bad I wasn't feeling the romance. It was mentioned, even in the prequels, that they were physically attracted to each other and developing an obsession with each other but I think acting on it in this book was a bit too fast for me. Maybe I was comparing their relationship with the characters of a TV series with similar premise, White Collar. The difference was both main characters (the FBI agent and the con man) were male and had a totally platonic relationship. They didn't trust each other and it took time to build it and to earn it. They also took time to see each other as a person, not just an obsession. Maybe if it was a standalone book, I wouldn't mind so much. But it's a series, so the author had the opportunity to build an arch for their relationship. I hope the other book will provide a more substantial development on their romance. But, I kind of doubt it because the way they acted around each other was a bit juvenile. Nick was all smirks, grins and smug smiles. While Kate was all flusters and blushes (and I regret to say there were vomiting involved). She was also annoyingly insecure. There was this scene when Nick came up the idea to lure the villain by using honey trap. The honey was Kate, pretending to be a spoiled heiress. She's adamantly against it, saying she wasn't sexy enough, wasn't pretty enough, didn't have enough experience bla bla bla... and when she and Nick went shopping for her, she insisted to buy cheap stuff while Nick already explained to her that she needed to dress the part for the villain to believe her. It's just annoying. I mean, get over yourself girl, you're doing it to catch a criminal. But, other than that, Kate was a kickass heroine, smart and very devoted to her job. I admire her tenacity to catch Nick. Of course, Nick was always one step ahead. And that, I admit, kind of irked me and I couldn't see them as an equal yet, another reason I'm against their early romance development. I do hope things will get better in the next book, because I really enjoyed the action, the cons, secondary characters and the Wikipedia-ish snippets of infos. Like this one about Indonesia : A country made up of hundreds of different cultures speaking hundreds of different languages spread out over thousands of islands that are consistently ravaged by malaria, dengue fever, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, foreign invasion, ethnic warfare, rampant corruption, and extreme poverty. And that’s just in the last hundred years and on a good day. Don’t be fooled by all the pink Aussies on the beach sipping cocktails served by beautiful Indonesian women with big smiles. It’s a dangerous place.But, we have nasi goreng (wink wink)

  • Angie Elle
    2019-03-27 14:21

    3.5 starsThe Heist was everything I’d expect from a Janet Evanovich book—it was a quick, fun, light read with witty characters.After apprehending a con artist she’s been pursuing for years, Kate finally thinks she can rest easy—until Nick Fox escapes from the courthouse on the way to his trial. When she’s pulled from his case, she takes matters into her own hands and tracks down the elusive thief. Only to discover that her superiors want her to team up with Nick to catch con artists with more lucrative scams under their belts. Oh, and one more thing. If Kate and Nick get caught swindling the swindlers, they’re on their own.Kate was a fantastic heroine. As a single woman, her life revolved around her job as an FBI agent. Occasionally she’d take a break to visit her family, spending most of that time with her father who’d spent a large chunk of his life doing special ops. He and Kate were also similar in their ways of thinking, and he was someone she often turned to for advice.Kate O’Hare’s favorite outfit was her blue windbreaker with the letters FBI written in yellow on the back, worn over a basic black T-shirt and matching black Kevlar vest. The ensemble went well with everything, particularly when paired with jeans and accessorized with a Glock.Nick was an interesting main character. While his place in the story was as relevant as Kate’s, he didn’t have quite the same presence. There wasn’t a lot of information revealed about Nick in this installment. I think the authors wanted so save something to give the reader’s in a future installment. What we do know is that, like all con artists, he is incredibly charming and resourceful, and he loves getting under Kate’s skin. The two characters had chemistry right off the bat, and their banter was so much fun to read.“Well?” she asked.“I think I’m in love,” Nick said. “But then my brain isn’t completely engaged right now. That’s not where the blood is flowing.”“Too much information,” Kate said. “It would have been enough to tell me I look okay.”“Honey, you look a lot better than okay.”“You don’t think it’s a little slutty?”“Not at these prices,” Nick said.The secondary characters in this book were a hoot. Nick puts together a ‘cast of characters’ to help pull off their con, and he chooses them each for a specific talent. They aren’t all the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, but they were entertaining! A lot of head-hopping went on in this one, but I didn’t mind it. It doesn’t always work if you’re in the middle of an emotional scene, but with something that’s an easy read like this, it comes off well. If these characters are going to be in future installments, it helps to get a grasp on who they are.There was a lot of description surrounding the con being pulled in this one, and at times it bogged the story down. Some of that could have been cut to make the book flow better, and I would have liked more information on Kate’s romantic past.Overall, this was an entertaining read for me that included a lot of laughs. If you’re a fan of the Stephanie Plum books, I think you’ll like this one.This review was originally posted at Badass Book Reviews.