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Time Thief (Time Thief Series #1)
     

Time Thief (Time Thief Series #1)

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by Katie MacAlister
 

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DARK ONES NOVELS!

Outcast due to their ability to manipulate time, shunned by the mortal and immortal worlds alike, a Traveller’s life is anything but easy.


Peter Faa is a member of the Watch tracking down a murderer, and unfortunately, all clues seem to point toward his own estranged

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DARK ONES NOVELS!

Outcast due to their ability to manipulate time, shunned by the mortal and immortal worlds alike, a Traveller’s life is anything but easy.


Peter Faa is a member of the Watch tracking down a murderer, and unfortunately, all clues seem to point toward his own estranged family of Travellers. Any of his cousins could be guilty, but which one? They’re all experts in the art of stealing time...

After surviving a lightning strike, Kiya Mortenson is determined to get just one thing in her life right. And if that means taking a job as nanny to five pugs on a campsite in the Oregon wilderness, then so be it. It doesn’t hurt that the job comes with some spectacular male eye candy, including her new boss’s gorgeous grandson. If only she didn’t keep having this strange sense of deja vu...

When Peter discovers his own family is stealing time from Kiya, all bets are off. While she may drive him crazy at times, it’s clear that it’s not just lightning that’s creating some serious sparks between them. And he’s not going to let secrets, lies, or a devious murderer keep Kiya from where she belongs: at his side.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Novels of Katie MacAlister

“A humorous take on the dark and demonic.”—USA Today’s Happy Ever After

“Had me laughing out loud…wondrous.”—Fresh Fiction

“Her sense of humor really can’t be beaten.”—Errant Dreams Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
A paper-thin plot and unconvincing romance kick off what will no doubt be a best-selling paranormal series. Offensively spunky and incredibly broke Kiya Mortensen eagerly accepts an offer to care for the five pugs belonging to Lenore Faa, the matriarch of a Traveller encampment in the Oregon woods. The Travellers are a reclusive people with the ability to steal time from others and use it to maintain their youth and power. And at least one of the Travellers is using that ability to kill. Enter Peter Moore Faa, an estranged member of the clan and an officer in the Watch, a kind of magical police detective. Peter is tracking the murderer, but he finds himself distracted by the beautiful Kiya, and before the two of them know it, ridiculous misunderstandings and silly quarrels turn to clunky sexual banter, clumsily written intercourse and undying devotion, all within the course of four days. MacAlister (A Tale of Two Vampires, 2012, etc.) tries to sidestep issues of race by explaining that the Travellers, although frequently mistaken for Roma, are quite a different people; therefore, it's OK to accuse them of being nonhuman magical thieves. However, given that the term "Traveller" refers to several distinct ethnic groups, some related to Roma and some not, she does not entirely succeed in that aim. The author might also want to consider modern psychology. Kiya's constant references to Freudian concepts of id, ego and superego (as taught to her by her psychologist foster mom) seem outdated and flaky. Not erotic, not convincingly fantastic, not well-researched and not worth your time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101603901
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Time Thief Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
158,381
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Novels of Katie MacAlister

“A humorous take on the dark and demonic.”—USA Today’s Happy Ever After

“Had me laughing out loud…wondrous.”—Fresh Fiction

“Her sense of humor really can’t be beaten.”—Errant Dreams Reviews

Meet the Author

Ever the romantic, Katie MacAlister decided one day to write a story that included all her favorite literary elements—dishy guys, strong women, steamy love scenes, and lots and lots of humor. She’s been blessed to write more than forty books since that first one, and is always madly in love with her latest hero. She is the author of the Dark Ones Novels including A Tale of Two Vampires and Sex and the Single Vampire, Sparks Fly: A Novel of the Light Dragons, the Aisling Grey, Guardian novels, and many more.

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Time Thief 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Kiya finds herself with Eloise on her last exhaust-spewing fumes of life and a wallet quite empty of funds, she takes a job as a caregiver to a group of pugs. She also finds herself smack in the middle of the Faa family drama. When Peter discovers that Kiya's time is being stolen by his odious cousin and father, he finds himself wanting to both protect her and to devour her in kisses - which he does! KM has a terrifically funny scene where Kiya's time is being stolen repeatedly in the span of a few minutes that has her banging her head on her car over and over. KM's humor filled writing had me laughing out loud many times. The Art of Stealing Time, the 2nd. book in the series was great! When Kiya showed up briefly, she was unrecognizable as the ditz I disliked so much in this story. I was actually glad I had read this book, to really understand what was happening in the 2nd. one. Not that it was really necessary, but I love back story when I'm reading a series. K.M. totally came back in The Art of Stealing Time! The story certainly garnered my immediate interest from the first few paragraphs and I quickly found myself absorbed in this new paranormal world keenly wanting to know what happened next. It was hard to relate to Peter, as I kept wondering what he saw in her. Of course there were funny moments. Fun is something K.M. is very good at. This is still the first book of hers that I have not yet read a second time, and I've had it for months. Every time I pick it up to re-read it, I remember how much I actually disliked Kiya. Of course, I will try more in the series. I really liked the new Time twist.     
KatyMoore More than 1 year ago
The first time I started writing this review I found myself going on more about the nit pickers than the actual book so I started over. All I'm going to say about them is a lot of the time I look at the rest of their reviews and they rate almost everything poorly. I don't know what their deal is, but I'm done with trying to to figure them out.  I enjoyed Time Thief very much and I would recommend it to anyone I know. One of the best parts about Katie's characters is that they're realistic and have faults. Ironically, that's one of the biggest reasons why nit pickers complain, but I think it's great. Who wants to read about unrealistically perfect people who always get everything right? I know I don't. All of the characters in Time Thief have this quality. I really liked the concept of Travellers and the interesting abilities they have. Katie created a nice change of pace by introducing the Travellers to the Otherworld, but still maintained familiarity by keeping elements that have been found in some of her other books. I don't want to give anything away by saying too much, but I thought the story was strong and realistic. It still had Katie's usual injections of humor, of course, which made me laugh as much as her previous books. I know I'll read this book again and again, and I'm looking forward to The Art of Stealing Time. I think this series is going to develop into one of the best she's ever created. If you really do read for fun (instead of doing it so you can look smart or something along those lines), enjoy paranormal romance, like strong female characters, appreciate unique stories, and have a good sense of humor then you should enjoy this book a lot. 
ReCie More than 1 year ago
Time Thief by Katie MacAlister ♥ her books no matter the series they are always filled with laughter and romance. This is her new series about Travellers and I really enjoyed reading it. Took me a while to get the concept of their gifts but the characters are fun the heroes: Kiya, a woman that talks out her conversations with her Id, Ego and Superego when she runs into a man and hits him with a bag full of dog poop coming out of the wood. Peter, the hot man with violet eyes who finds the woman annoying in a very attractive way and his gentleman dialect that can put a smile on any women or men with a pulse. I'm looking forward to the second one. ~Stamps her boob on the book in approval~
DarkEyedVixen More than 1 year ago
Very cute and worth the time (pun intended) A new twist on the paranormal, took a little bit to get the ground rules down, but once you get that down, it is sexy, funny and an interesting read.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson: *eARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Time Thief was a fantastically unique story with incredible, witty dialogue, fabulous characters, & great undertone.  I've met some delightful heroines in my time as a Katie MacAlister fan girl, but none as wonderful as Kiya Mortenson!  She's quirky, energetic, spontaneous, and easily loved. Her inner dialogue is hilarious, and while she had traits I wish I had, there was a lot about her that I could relate with as well. She's just one of those heroines that you can't help but root for. Peter Faa,our hero, is Kiya's opposite. He's disciplined, determined, and stoic a lot of the time, but he's got this incredible dry sense of humor and a heart of gold. Our leading couple along with the supporting cast create a wonderful filling for this delightful new world. The Travellers and all of the history that Katie has created for them carve a new niche in the Paranormal Romance genre by being unlike anything I've encountered before, and something I am eagerly hoping to get lost in again very soon. LITERAL ADDICTION gives Time Thief 4 1/2 Skulls and definitely recommends it if you're looking for something fresh, funny, sexy and new.
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Funny and weird but still loved it
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Im poooooooooop ben i think its working
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not finished with this book, and I have hope it will get better. Sometimes tho, you just know you are going to want that money and time back.
BLDhawklings More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book is amazing! I was worried it wouldn't meet my expectations because I anticipated its release for so long but it went up and beyond! It did start out a little slow but quickly picked up pace in chapter 2 and kept my interest until the very last word of the story, hence my reading it in two sessions. Kiya Mortenson is in search of a job and when a gorgeous knight-in-shining armor, Gregory, saves her from the side of the road where her car has broke down. Ironically, his grandmother is searching for a caretaker for her 5 pugs and Kiya accepts the job. The barbaric family (believed to be gypsies by the townspeople) makes her live in an old musty tent on the edge of the property with the door facing away from the RVs. Worse, they dig a hole in the ground for her to go to the bathroom. On a walk through the woods with the dogs she is scared to death when a man by the name of Peter Faa jumps out in front of her. He seems to be a crazy lunatic not making any sense, yet she can't stop thinking about him and he her. Over time they realize that they are falling in love, not to mention the bathtub in his hotel room is heavenly compared to what she has to deal with in her current living conditions. Peter is in town investigating mortal murders whom he believes the killers are amongst the family that Kiya is working for. She decides to go undercover to aid him in catching the murderers. While they are on their quest she discovers that Peter can manipulate time and control lightening. She also discovers a lot about herself along the way. There are so many laugh-out-loud moments that made the book even more enjoyable. I loved it and recommend it to everyone who enjoys paranormal romance.
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It was ANNOYING!!! I enjoy laugh-out-loud books but this is a bit TOO MUCH; to a point where the characters (esp. the heroine) can't seem to make any coherent conversations because of the 'humor' injected in every sentence. It makes the characters look stupid and immature for their age. I picked this one up because I was excited about the premise of the book. But my excitement turned into annoyance as I continued reading it. The funny thing is, I actually liked the last chapter of the book, towards the end because it felt like, for once, they were able to get serious about what was really going on. If only there was a BALANCE of humor and the subject at hand, I could have enjoyed this book more. This is my first book by the author. I want to say that it's also going to be my last but I might give her other books a try. ;)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, but a bit too campy. This is the first book I've read by Katie MacAlister. I'm not sure if this is her usual style, but if so I imagine you can't read too many of her books in a row due to excessive campiness. While I found Kiya's personality bubbly and for the most part likable, she really wears you down. It's hard to keep up with her energy and constant ramblings. The references to her foster mom and her id, ego and superego were a bit repetitive as well. Overall she was fun, but exhausting as a character and I found myself wanting to take a break from her ridiculousness after a bit. Her general acceptance of the supernatural, lack of concern for her own affairs and runaway mouth didn't strike me as believable for a 32 year old either. Her lack of forethought also made her seem a bit stupid at times.  Peter was interesting at first, but sort of lost a bit of points in his failure to reign in Kiya and her antics. While their banter was comical and they complemented each other, I didn't feel like they really brought out any betterness in each other as a couple per se. It was more so about their sense of humor jiving and their need to quench a loneliness (which, on Kiya's end, we didn't really read about until much later). It's a decent book, but the campiness is too much and detracts from what could've been an interesting mystery story line. The sex scenes could benefit from a bit more steam too and less fumbling around.
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars fun and romantic: REVIEW: TIME THIEF is the first installment in Katie McAlister’s new contemporary paranormal series focusing on a group of supernatural beings known as Travellers. Travellers are likened to gypsies and have a difficult time acclimating themselves into the human world due to their outdated belief systems, prejudices and self-governing bodies. Time Thief reveals some of the history and lore, familial ties and, discriminating prejudices between the human world, the half-breeds and the Travellers. Travellers have the ability to ‘steal or borrow time’ from humans and others, but must repay or otherwise suffer the consequences. Katie McAlister has written Time Thief with her usual dose of humor allowing her heroine Kiya Mortenson’s banter with Peter Faa to carry most of the storyline from start to finish. This couple’s interaction and verbal one on one is like watching a comedian on speed. You cannot help but smile as Peter shakes his head at Kiya’s antics and need to defend the man with whom she is falling in love-even Kiya’s internal dialogue is humorous and fun to read. But there were times when Kiya’s continuous need to talk would place Peter and she in danger-there were times when she needed to edit her verbage. Peter and Kiya’s attraction to one another is immediate and the life that Peter once knew will be turned upside down by the small female who wields a powerful pull. There is a connection that cannot be denied. Kiya’s presence will both aid and threaten Peter’s life when the people he is investigating use Kiya as bait. Not only is Kiya’s life in danger, but everyone connected to Peter as well. TIME THIEF is a well written, introductory storyline that outlines the premise of the Traveller series. The characters are colorful and their personalities drive the story. Kiya’s almost hyper rantings will leave you breathless as you find yourself reading at a frantic pace to keep up with her dialogue and internal debates. Congratulations to Katie McAlister on Time Thief and the Traveller series. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com
Vampgirl73 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was a fun read with some great romance. You can't help but to fall in love with the main characters, Peter and Kiya.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love katie as an author. That being said, I found this one good but a bit rediculous. Peter is a cop but he doesn't seem to be a good one. Kaiya is immature and flakey for her age. I believe this new series has great potential. I look forward to Gregory's story and hopefully Dalton as well. I am familiar with the location of this novel. Crater Lake, Umpqua River and the dozens of waterfalls are amazing beauties of nature seen in Oregon.