Welcome to my stop for the Bippity Boppity Book blast tour for Adriana Kraft’s new romantic suspense release The Heist. Please be sure to check out the guest post here, enter the giveaway where the Grand prize winer will get a download of Cassie’s Hope by Adriana Kraft, a $10 GC, swag, and a cover flat signed by the author and cover model Scott Nova. AND Ten second prizes winners will get swag & the signed cover flat. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops where there will be reviews and stop exclusive excerpts to read!
I’ve always been curious about art thefts, particularly since the major break-in at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum’s break in in the 1990’s, since that was a frequent destination when I lived closer to Boston. Adriana Kraft manages to bring a ‘feel’ of a theft from two perspectives in The Heist, where a series of paintings are snatched from a small traveling exhibition in the Midwest.
From the start, the perspective of Kara, the museum’s director and the thieves are cleverly interwoven and gives readers an entrée into the lives and the interactions of culprits and victims. Integrating actual works of art, with clever asides about artist’s intention, the integration of ‘socially taboo” acts into various works from Dutch artists, and a bit about the underground market for various pieces of art, the story is rich in detail that presents necessary information without overwhelming readers with facts.
The story also examines motivations and sexual desires, proclivities and the various manipulations and restrictions that the characters place upon their own desires. From the highly manipulative and scheming Hazel and Steven to the tightly constrained Kara and her flirty and flamboyant curator Sasha, the characters all manage to present their strengths and flaws in ways that feel possible, if not wholly familiar to readers.
And then there is the constant tension and tease presented with the various sexual pairings, flirting, expectations and even consummations that occur throughout the story. Kara and her list of restrictions about relationships and her ‘take charge’ approach to sex. Sasha and her long-standing yet unconsummated crush on Kara, and the ease with which her seduction was set. The ‘behind closed door’ dynamic between Hazel and Steven and their constant need to ‘one up’ each other in all things. It blurs the lines between intention and impetus for the theft, and presents readers with several options to ponder: was the theft just for money, or some other purpose – many of which are presented as possible reasons.
I found the construct with revealing the “who did it” right at the start worked beautifully. Rather than my losing interest in the plot, I was consumed with Ted and Kara as they worked to discover who stole the paintings as the thieves continued to manipulate and interact openly and without apparent fear of being caught. The multiple perspectives held my interest and kept me reading forward: I needed to know that the art would be found, but more importantly I wanted to know how these relationships would develop, intrigued by the relationship dynamics and needing to see how far the characters could or would go, in the quest to find or deliver the stolen paintings.
Title: The Heist
Author: Adriana Kraft
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Author via Tour Company
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A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.
A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.
Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.
Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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