Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Corbin Ford, aka the Nightwatchman, named for the antique pocket watches he leaves behind at jobs, has been in the cat-burgling business for years. His father was. His grandfather was. His mother is still one of the most renowned thieves. Corbin likes his high-profile heists, priceless paintings from private collections, artifacts from museums, but his favorite? Jewels. Sparkly, beautiful jewels. If they’re famous, better yet.
Interpol agent Luke Eldridge has one goal and one goal only: to catch the Nightwatchman. Luke’s been after him for months, but getting the slip time and again is getting embarrassing. Luke has never even laid eyes on the bastard, but he’d happily strangle him. And then arrest him.
When Luke meets Corbin, the man of his dreams, he falls hard and fast… only to catch Corbin red-handed with his hand in a jewelry case at the scene of the highest-profile murder that’s rocked the international world in years.
Review: Family Jewels is a sweet and sexy mystery about two men from very different worlds. One a law man and other a criminal. Corbin is the son of a famous thief that is now retired. Corbin is not. He decides he’d like to leave his own imprint on the world with a nod to his dad by leaving his signature watches at the scenes. That could be sort of sweet in a messed up way if he wasn’t doing it mostly to mess with the cops. Corbin craves the rush stealing things gives him. He doesn’t really need to the money anymore but it’s a compulsion to plan and carry out a robbery. It’s because he can. He’s never had a problem with not staying in one place for too long until he meets Luke.
Luke is an American working for Interpol in the stolen art division. He’s called to a scene and immediately recognizes the calling card left behind. But it can’t be who he thinks it is. Never the less he has a criminal to catch. Stressed out he heads to his favorite bar to have a drink and find a hook up for the night. That’s where he meets Corbin. Sparks fly the minute they come in contact. Neither man is totally honest about who they are because it was supposed to be just one night and they have secrets to keep. Things between them are just too good to ignore. One night turns into several and then weeks. So…they’ve accidentally started a relationship while lying to each other about what they do for a living.
You pretty much know there will come a time when Luke realizes the guy he’s searching for is the same one in his bed. Corbin falls in love with Luke and can’t come clean about who he is. There’s no sweeping his long list of crimes under the carpet. His marks are high-profile and the things he’s stolen are memorable. Makes an HEA seem like an impossibility. Corbin is a very likable thief and they both fall instantly for each other despite neither ever having been in a relationship before. This portion of the book was pretty sweet. The mad sex crazed I want you every second of the budding relationship period. The guys also just wanted to be together. For the first time mundane things like grocery shopping takes on new meaning if they do it together. There’s also some tension always lurking because you know the moment Luke learns the truth is coming and it’s not going to be pretty. It was slightly frustrating that Corbin ignored it but what else could he do? The final nail in the hat worked but had me shaking my head.
The ending may upset some people. I get it. I’d say I’d probably be one of them more often than not BUT this one worked for me. It was romantic. Like old movie romantic. Not exactly what I wanted but it made total sense given the situation they found themselves in. A magic solution just wouldn’t have felt believable IMO. I was left feeling hopeful for the guys. Of course I’d love a novella to wrap things up! The mystery portion of the book was okay for me. Didn’t really need to be excellent since I was so focused on the couple. So I can see some people loving this book and some people not so much. No way to know for sure unless you read it yourself.