The Thief by Kate McCarthy
Release Date: April 4th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After years of working in the family business, Arcadia “Ace” Jones has become a renowned car thief. Trained from a tender age, it’s the only life she’s ever known. Longing for a future that doesn’t hold the promise of prison, she makes the decision to go straight and earn an honest living.
But the Marchetti Organisation won’t accept her retirement, forcing her to complete a job so big it’s almost impossible. She’s on a tight deadline but an irritating biker dude keeps thwarting her attempts to deliver.
Kelly Daniels likes to tinker with bikes and cars. He’s content with operating the car restoration business he owns alongside his partners, until an annoying little thief manages to steal a Dodge Charger right out from under his nose.
He gets pulled into her treacherous scheme and they form an unlikely bond. When it becomes a race against the clock to pull off the heist of the century or end up behind bars, Ace and Kelly realise they have more to lose than their freedom—each other.
I was a little nervous going into this book. I PRAYED to all of my lucky stars that this book had everything I love in a Motorcycle Club/Biker romance book but at the same time I was trying (and failing) to keep my expectations low because I had never read anything by this author and I didn’t know what the heck I got into. In the end, I think my lucky stars finally decided to listen to me for once because this book has not only everything I love in a MC romance but it also pretty much has everything I love in a contemporary romance.
Another reason why I was a bit hesitant going into this book and I totally shouldn’t have been worrying over is Ace (the heroine) and her relationship with Kelly (the hero). When I read the synopsis I thought she was going to be the opposite of me and I wouldn’t be able to relate to her. I thought she was going to be one of those girls that hooks up with the wrong guys, parties a lot, commits crimes and doesn’t give a crap about anyone and that because of all of that she was going to have a hate-to-lovers relationship with Kelly but once again I was WRONG (this is why you don’t judge books on their synopses alone y’all). She is badass, intelligent, driven, nice, studious, sweet, and a lot of other really nice things. Her relationship with Kelly is intense, sweet, exciting, very passionate and definitely not hate-to-lovers. They get along since the get-go and they are all of my relationship goals.
Kelly surprised me too. I’m usually not a fan of alpha males. They are usually also players, rude, a pain in the arse, way too cocky and more things I can’t think of right now. Kelly, the main male character in this book, is an alpha male and he is the exception to my I-hate-alpha-males-forever rule. He is manly, larger-than-life (always a winner!), not a player, protective, intense, a fighter, resilient and pretty much what my dreams are made of.
In a nutshell, this book is fast-paced, full of action, full of badass cars (that I had to google because I know nothing about cars), sexy (the perfect amount), romantic and impossible to put down. There’s a lot of excitement and the ending is going to leave you all shocked! I cannot recommend this book enough and I promise you Kate McCarthy is officially going to be on your radar after reading this book. On that note, I’m off to check out her other books.
5 / 5 flowers
My breath catches. This was only supposed to be about wild sex with a hot, irresistible man. I should have known. The moment he walked inside Fix I knew he was a paradox. A puzzle, one I played with, slowly fitting all the broken pieces together until the whole picture now sits before me, a picture so beautiful it steals my breath.
“Kelly.” He watches me, his face close to mine. “You were never meant to get involved. It’s not your fight.”
He draws back like I’ve slapped him the face.
I fumble for his hand, grabbing it before he can withdraw any further. “It’s always been my fight. I don’t have friends. I don’t have boyfriends. I don’t sleep around. I’ve always kept people at arms-length because I don’t live a life where I can answer the kinds of questions they ask of me. Then you came along and I thought maybe this once it would be nice, real fucking nice to pretend I could have something beautiful for myself. Only you weren’t what I expected. You pissed me off. You made me laugh and you made me ache, and you made me want you so damn much. You did all that and now I can’t imagine how I lived a life without you in it. You give so much of yourself without even realising it. Even now you’re taking my fight and making it your own, and I hate myself for being so selfish and letting you.”
Kate McCarthy is a USA Today Bestselling author who resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works full time on her writing.
She has two children, two dogs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the world that help keep her sane.
When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites.