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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Reluctant Runaway!

    Stolen Indian artifacts...A murdered museum guard...A missing woman...A baby in danger...Only Desiree can unearth the horrifying secret that links them all. 'Reluctant Runaway' - the second book in the 'To Catch a Thief' series by Jill Elizabeth Nelson - continues Desi and Tony's relationship. They both have strong feelings for each other - maybe love? - but Desi feels Tony is shutting her out and not sharing stuff from his life with her. Tony doesn't know if he can handle being with Desi when she continues taking risks and getting in danger. Karen (Desi's best friend's niece) was either kidnapped or has runaway - abandoning her husband and baby. She is one of the lead suspects in a museum robbery that was secured by HJ Securities - which makes Desi somewhat involved in the case. "She had to be wrong about the reason those artifacts were stolen, because being right was an alternative too awful to imagine." - Page 173 I really liked 'Reluctant Runaway' - more so than 'Reluctant Burglar'. There is more drama and (clean) romance, plus I loved the plot/mystery. With a TV ministry that's more like a cult, talk of cannibalism, kidnapping, drugging, and evil spirits - 'Reluctant Runaway' leaves the reader with much to ponder. I really liked a theme in this book that Jill mentioned in her letter to the reader at the end of the book. She talks about how Christianity is unique from other religions because Christians believe that God Himself became a man - Jesus Christ, fully God and fully human. Overall, I really liked 'Reluctant Runaway' and I recommend it if you like reading books that have suspense with romance and a good message.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

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    A can't-put-it-down novel.

    Review by Gigi Hoffman<BR/><BR/>Book two in Jill Elizabeth Nelson¿s To Catch a Thief series is just as gripping as book one. Nelson packs murder, stolen artifacts, a missing woman, and an endangered baby in the can¿t-put-it-down novel. <BR/><BR/>Desiree Jacobs is always there for a friend in need, especially when her close friend, Maxine Webb, interrupts a presidential ball with news of her niece¿s disappearance. Despite her FBI boyfriend¿s objections, Desi gets involved in discovering why Maxine¿s niece would run off. Desi soon finds herself in a mess of villains, eerie rituals, and something sinister. Then, when Tony¿s case collides with Desi¿s investigation, it is up to them to discover just what bloodthirsty entity is out there. They must rely on God to keep them safe and put all the pieces together before it¿s too late.<BR/><BR/>If you¿ve read book one, this is a must read! The characters are just as interactive as in book one; and I for one, can¿t wait to get my hands on book three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

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    In her novels Jill Nelson has a way of simplifying some of the most prickly issues Christians face today. One of my favorite scenes in her latest novel, The Reluctant Runaway, involves the heroine, Desiree Jacobs and her Native American kidnapper, Pete Cheama, a member of the Zuni tribe. Pete has made plenty of bad choices in his life, and he ultimately blames his mistakes on Christians, whose system ¿was forced upon [his] people centuries ago and has made [their] spirits weak and [their] minds confused.¿ No Christian wants to feel her faith has weakened or confused anyone, so sometimes we refrain from even discussing Christianity. But Desiree merely responds, ¿Jesus is not an oppressor.¿ Right there, concisely¿the difference between true Christianity and any faith that demands, rather than invites. Nelson¿s novel is a fun read, with plenty of suspense and action 'and some clever romance, to boot'. You could enjoy the entire reading experience without stopping to focus on the choice tidbits about faith with which she occasionally peppers the story. But those tidbits deepen the novel and make it stay with you well after you finish the last page. I¿d recommend Reluctant Runaway for teen-through-adult readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    Jill Nelson Writes Another Gripping Tale

    In this engaging sequel to Reluctant Burglar, museum security expert Desiree Jacobs, once again becomes drawn into a mystery when Max¿s niece goes missing. Could her disappearance have anything to do with Tony¿s organized crime case? As their romance heats up, so does the trail that leads to stolen artifacts, leading them both to the New Mexico dessert. They must learn to trust God, not only with their surmounting dangers, but with their romance. Is it possible that this new religious cult, is at the center of these mysteries? As in Reluctant Burglar, Jill Nelson has once again masterfully weaved a tale of suspense and drama while demonstrating the power of faith to overcome the worst of our fears and obstacles. As the romance develops between Desiree and Tony, an FBI agent, the reader is shown the hand of God in even this, our most intimate of human relationships. Is it possible for these two, an over-protective cop and an independent, sometimes risk-taker security expert, to find a peaceful coexistence in which their love can blossom? Although the plot can be read independently from the book¿s forerunner, Reluctant Runaway, has achieved the best of sequel writing. Not only has the author improved on her story telling techniques, but has added depth and challenge to an all-ready intriguing story. Very enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2007

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    Reluctant Runaway is full of action that keeps you turning the page! Museum security expert, Desiree Jacobs, continuously stumbles into danger, and her FBI agent boyfriend, Tony Lucano, continuously struggles to keep her safe. However, Desi's dedication and willingness to lay down her life for her friends is one of the things that attracts him to her the most. Jill Elizabeth Nelson has done an excellent job, as well, at showing the love and forgiveness of God throughout. Can't wait for Reluctant Smuggler!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    Great Suspense!

    The book opens with Desiree in a Catwoman situation¿she¿s testing a security system before she dashes to a party with Tony. When Desi¿s best friend Max crashes the party with the news that her niece is missing, the two women head for New Mexico. Once they¿re there, they learn that a museum Desi¿s security company is working for has had artifacts stolen, a woman is missing, and it all seems to tie in with a mysterious ministry. Then Tony¿s organized crime investigation begins to overlap with the trouble Desi can¿t avoid. The conflict between Tony and Desi is real and one I could relate to. Each has to learn to trust God and the other as life throws them into circumstances that are desperate and outside their control. Tony is desperate to protect Desi, but can¿t because of the risks she takes with her job. Desi is determined that Tony must open up and be vulnerable with her or there can be no relationship. I could relate all too well to both struggles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    Fine Romantic Suspense

    In this romantic suspense thriller, separate narrative streams flow together like tributaries into a giant river. HJ Securities owner Desiree (Desi) Jacobs flies from her Boston base to Albuquerque to look into two apparently unrelated problems: the theft of Indian artifacts from a client museum and the disappearance of her best friend's niece. Her love interest, FBI agent Tony Lucano, doesn't want her to go, but he has to stay behind on his own high-priority case: multi-million dollar traffic in pirated CDs. In Albuquerque, Desi finds she must add a third problem to her concerns: the runaway niece was influenced by a cult called The Inner Witness, whose chief financial supporter happens to own the corporation Tony is investigating. Meanwhile, one of Tony's squad is killed during an operation and Tony is placed on administrative duty--but allowed to travel to Albuquerque to assist that office's end of the same investigation. From that point, incident follows perilous incident until, ultimately, all narrative streams flow together in an exciting denouement. Jill Elizabeth Nelson skillfully manages those various narratives, plus the romantic fortunes and misfortunes of hero and heroine, in a way that keeps the reader turning pages. This is a choice book for readers who like their writing on the edge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    Book #2 In the To Catch A Thief Series Rocks!

    This fast-paced, action-filled novel has it all ¿ suspense, romance, humor, and strong, likeable characters. I can¿t wait for Jill Elizabeth Nelson¿s next book!!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    enjoyable romantic suspense

    HJ Security co-owner Maxine Webb is upset to learn her niece Karen has vanished leaving behind her daughter and spouse Brent. With her partner Desiree Jacobs they fly out to Albuquerque to also look into the theft of Indian artifacts from the New Mexico Museum of Art and Anthology. Desiree¿s FBI boyfriend Tony Lucano pleads with her to stay out of trouble. --- In New Mexico, Desiree begins to obtain information on the Inner Witness Ministries that she believes is tied to the theft and the disappearance. Back in Boston, Tony¿s loses one of his men during a shootout. He is placed on administrative leave, but is allowed to travel to New Mexico to be with Desiree and assist local agents as their case ties to one of his. Though she makes a concerted effort to stay out of trouble, Desiree seems to be in the middle even as Tony tries to keep her safe as all heck breaks lose in a desert sanctuary. --- The second reluctant Jacobs thriller (see THE RELUCTANT THIEF) is an entertaining tale that focuses on law enforcement and Desiree looking into a potential cult that may or may not have abducted the niece of the heroine¿s partner. The story line is fast-paced as Desiree tries to avoid trouble, but troubles tries to find Desiree. Though the look at regional art is almost empty as opposed to the first tale and in spite of the stolen artifacts being a key element, fans will appreciate this romantic suspense with the emphasis on the action. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted November 4, 2010

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