Sleight Of Hand, Book One, Stolen Hearts, Romantic Suspense

Sleight Of Hand, Book One, Stolen Hearts, Romantic Suspense

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by Kate Kelly
     
 

Suddenly suspected of stealing half a million dollars of original paintings, Chance Spencer can’t afford to have the FBI delve too closely into his covert past. When one agent in particular endeavors to put him behind bars, Chance coerces the real thief’s daughter, Sarah O’Sullivan, into helping him flush her wily father out of hiding. Both want

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Suddenly suspected of stealing half a million dollars of original paintings, Chance Spencer can’t afford to have the FBI delve too closely into his covert past. When one agent in particular endeavors to put him behind bars, Chance coerces the real thief’s daughter, Sarah O’Sullivan, into helping him flush her wily father out of hiding. Both want him found. Sarah, to warn her father of Chance’s intent to turn him over to the FBI. Chance, to hopefully catch the thief red-handed. To succeed in capturing the thief Chance must keep Sarah close to him. But his plan quickly deteriorates when the stakes for his freedom soar. How can he ruthlessly use the woman with whom he’s falling in love?

Sarah O'Sullivan is also looking for her father, but for different reasons. With her best friend getting married, Sarah realizes she's alone in the world and needs her family. That would be her father, who has been absent most of her boarding-school life. When Chance arrives in New York to inform her he's going after her father, Sarah follows him to Canada, hoping to warn him before Chance or the FBI find him. But living in close proximity with Chance, Sarah soon starts falling in love with him. She struggles with her divided loyalties as the FBI and the local police close in for an arrest. Someone has to be arrested for the theft. Chance or her father?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011505164
Publisher:
Kate Kelly
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Series:
Stolen Hearts , #2
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
466,155
File size:
315 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Kelly has had a life-long love affair with books, but writing came in fits and starts. She didn’t take it seriously until her forties. Now she can’t get along without it. She has the good fortune to still live on the east coast of Canada with her husband (the children have flown away). She writes, grow herbs and perennials and sails when the wind blows her way.

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Sleight Of Hand, Book One, Stolen Hearts, Romantic Suspense 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
BarbaraPhinney More than 1 year ago
I had no idea that artworld was so dangerous, and so fun. Chance has got a ton of reasons why he needs to prove his innocence, the least of which is his difficult past, that in part because of his father. And now he's determined to prove his dead father's innocence. In a absolutely ingenious style. I love it! But that also means that he must use Sarah, and in what is looking like Kate Kelly's signature style, she lets her characters mess up big time. I love reading about real humans. People mess up and so do Kelly's hero and heroine. Now Sarah allows him to use her, but she's no patsy. She's a complex hurting woman who now gnaws at Chance's guilt. I won't add any spoilers here. Just rest assured that the story has loads of twists and turns and complex relationships. I loved reading the unusual settings, as well as the art connection, which is so refreshing. And of course, the ending is the ultimate in satisfaction.
MarySM More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Great combination of mystery, adventure & romance. I really enjoyed Chace and Sarah's story, which is filled with sexual tension. Since I don't want to give out spoilers, I'll just say I liked how Chance's dilema is resolved at the end and I enjoyed learning about the art world. Intrigruing polot and good character development with easy to like characters. Looking forward to Gage's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read...
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Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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Hard to follow
debb855 More than 1 year ago
this is a good read
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I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. The writing was great, I loved the characters, and the plot was intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it thoroughly even if the editor does not know a preposition's proper usage. Great characters and a true art world setting, which means it inspired me to learn a little about Canadian art. What a fantastic way to learn, with an entertaining book!
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Glad to see there is another in the series to get...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific story line with fun characters. Loved how Spencer worked to right the wrong surrounding his fathers death. Sarah is a strong woman, trying to find what she really needs, family and home. What she gets is what she needs, no matter how unconventional it came about! Would have liked the very beginning of the book to start at their meeting in NYC, just for a little more set up to the storyline. Hope I find out in the next book, how Gage's nose got broken. Usually theses llittle tidbits come out after a good romp in bed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting to like this book but I was soo wrong! Easy reading with very likeables characters. Love the author and bought all the others from the series ! Happy reading
JodyLebel More than 1 year ago
I love a good character-driven story, and I was not disappointed in Sleight of Hand. The chemistry between Chance and Sarah starts with an angry spark as Chance's scheme to get her involved in finding her father brings her hundreds of miles from home to a small Canadian town in winter, and slowly builds as we watch these characters grow and understand how much they need each other. The cabin setting was charming, the snowy weather dreadful, and the bad guys dangerous. Chance Spencer, in trying to vindicate his father's supposed crime, became an art thief, stealing back paintings that went missing while his father was the curator of the Gardiner Museum, a crime which resulted in his father's suicide. He didn't keep the art; he returned it anonymously to the FBI one piece at a time. The FBI had their suspicions but not enough hard evidence to prove Chance was the thief, and wanted him no matter what his motive. Chance was very cold and calculating and was executing a solid plan that was working until he involved Sarah O'Sullivan, a woman who eased the anger in him and stirred his heart. Chance fights the attraction knowing he may wind up in prison and viewing her as a spoiled rich girl. Sarah sees him as a loner and a man who leaves, just like her father. Yet there is a deeper side to each, a reason for their masks that only an open heart can expose. As people go missing or end up dead, Chance and Sarah realize they can only count on each other. Redemption, family values, regrets, and revenge all intertwine to create a very satisfying read. – Jody E. Lebel, Author of Playing Dead
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Chance has one purpose in his life at this point...stay out of jail. A Harvard law student who graduated at the top of his class eight years ago, his life took a turn that he never expected. He's done things that he's not proud of, but he had his reasons for doing them. He's extremely smart and methodical, but when it comes to Sarah, he loses all perspective. This is a suspense novel, but for me the suspense came from Chance rather than the stolen art story line. The reasoning behind all his actions are never fully laid out, so for me, I kept reading to figure out exactly what he had done and why. When it all came to light, I think I loved him even more. This is a man who, when he cares, he cares deeply. Sarah is simply trying to find her father. Her best friend has just gotten married and she's come to realize what all she's missed without having her father in her life. She follows Chance up to Canada to do just that, but she doesn't realize that he actually tricked her. He wanted her to come so that she would draw her father out. I liked Sarah. She's recently discovered what's missing from her life and isn't afraid to go after it. Even when Chance is pushing her away, she sticks to him and her plan for helping her father. She isn't going to be forced into abandoning either one of them. Carrying the story completely is the romance and chemistry between Chance and Sarah. They need each other although they definitely don't realize it at first. They both have these little vulnerabilities that just made me love them. I liked them together and I liked the setting of this little Canadian town. This is a small town with the quirks and characters that you expect to find. The snowy wintry weather and setting makes for great romantic ambiance. There were a few holes within the story line that I didn't feel were sufficiently answered, but overall I enjoyed the story enough to make up for that fact. One of the interesting side characters in this story is the FBI agent, Gage, who is tracking Chance in the hopes of catching him when he screws up. I was excited when I realize he is the hero in book #2 in this series.