Book Review

REVIEW: The Forger by Michele Hauf

Elite Crimes Unit #2
by Michele Hauf
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pub Date: 8/8/2017
Olivia Lawson’s bosses at Scotland Yard don’t take her work very
seriously. Art and antiquities? Bor-ing! But her latest
investigation, at London’s world-renowned Tate, is turning out to
be far more explosive than anyone expected. In fact, the vandalized,
booby-trapped painting hanging on the gallery wall would have blown
her off her feet if it wasn’t for the tall, dark-haired stranger
who tackled her at the last second—a stranger as finely sculpted as
any masterpiece in the museum.
Ethan Maxwell is working this case for the Elite Crimes Unit because it was
a choice between that and lockup. A (barely) reformed art forger,
he’s got the expertise to lead Olivia through a dangerous manhunt.
But the crime may have a more personal connection to him—and the
all-too-real feelings he’s developing toward Olivia could pull her
into the line of fire too . . .
tf- my review
I have not previously read a book by Michele Hauf but I was excited to start this book based on the synopsis alone.  I was expecting some romance, some action and some suspense and I got all of them.
The interactions between Ethan and Olivia are so entertaining for the readers.  The author manages to grab the read’s attention from the very first page of the story.  Olivia is a constable with the Scotland Yard who specializes in Arts & Antiquities.  She is called to a crime scene where she discovers a booby-trapped forgery. Lucky for her she is saved by Ethan, a member of the Elite Crimes Unit of Interpol.  Their attraction for each other isn’t hot and heavy right away, but it is there in their first meeting.  The longer they work together and the stronger their attraction grows.  I won’t spoil it for you – but I think you’ll love it.
This book has love, steamy sex, drama, action, suspense – you name it.  This book is about 200 pages so it isn’t an extremely long read.  The pacing is quick; once you start reading it you won’t want to put the book down.  Michele Hauf will hold your interest from page one all the way to the end.  You do not have to read book 1 The Thief in order to follow the story of this book but you will enjoy reading more of the author’s works.  Overall I give it 4 stars – if you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out!
Elite Crimes Unit #1
The Elite Crimes Unit works behind the scenes of Interpol—and employs
some of the world’s most talented criminal minds. Because as
everyone knows, it takes a thief to catch a thief—or to seduce one
. . .
The old farmhouse in the French countryside is a refuge for former jewel
thief Josephine Deveraux. Admittedly, there aren’t many men in the
vicinity, but she has her cat to cuddle up with. It’s a far cry
from her former life, constantly running from the law, and she’s
enjoying her peace . . . until the intruder in the three-piece suit
tackles her. He wants her back in the game, helping with a heist—and
he’s not above making threats to get his way.
Little does Josephine know that notorious—and notoriously charming—thief,
Xavier Lambert, is after the very same 180-carat prize she’s being
blackmailed to steal. To his chagrin, he’s doing it not as a free
agent, but as a member of the Elite Crimes Unit—the team he was
forced to join when his brilliant career came to a sudden end. And
little does Xavier know that his comeback is about to include a
stranger’s kiss, a stinging slap, and a hunt for missing
treasure—along with the infuriatingly sexy woman who’s outfoxing
him . . .
Michele Hauf has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories
for over twenty years. Her first published novel was Dark Rapture
(Zebra). France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her
stories. And if she followed the adage “write what you know,” all
her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond
her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and
of creatures she has never seen.
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