Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Review & $25 Gift Card Giveaway: To Catch a Thief-taker

Original Title: To Catch a Thief-taker
Series: The Liberated Ladies #1
Author: Lilia Birney
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
Published Date: January 21, 2012
Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery


When Lady Penelope Annand's trusted servant goes missing, she is determined to get to the bottom of the matter. Even if that means hiring a thief-taker to track down her maid's whereabouts. But when the darkly smoldering Pierce Howe takes charge of the situation, Penelope finds herself growing more attracted to him by the second--even if she's infuriated by his high-handed manner. She doesn't trust any man--not after the way her first husband wronged her--so why is she so quick to believe in a thief-taker?

Pierce Howe has made a name for himself as one of London's most reliable thief-takers, leaving behind his family's sordid past to create a life of his own. But when Viscountess Annand, known in society as The Ice Goddess, demands that he track down her wayward maid, all his carefully-constructed defenses begin crumbling. As the Ice Goddess shows that she does indeed have a melting point, the thief-taker must decide if he can risk it all and tell her the truth about his past.


Lady Penelope Annand is a beautiful rich widow.  When her very trusted servant maid goes missing, Penelope hires a thief-taker, Pierce Howe, to find the mad.  From the first meeting, Penelope and Pierce were physically much attracted towards each other.  What started as just a affair, turned into much more.  But, both of them do not want to admit their feelings towards each other, for they have a past that they do not wish to share with anyone.  Will their past fears occupy them so badly, that they will lose the love in front of them?

The plot and writing was good.  Entertaining read!  But, I wish the characters were more well-developed.  Tortured heroes and heroines need strong, well-developed characters to love the characters more.  But, still I loved both Penelope and Pierce, for their stubbornness.

A sweet, historical romance!  A novel, that I would recommend for historical romance lovers!


The author is giving away $25 Amazon Gift Card to one random commentor during the tour.  So, just comment in this post to enter the giveaway.  
Open INTERNATIONALLY!  Ends April 27th.


  1. I have never heard the term "thief-taker" before. Right there you had my attention. I do enjoy reading Historical Romance & I know I will enjoy TO CATCH A THIEF-TAKER.


  2. The concept of a "thief-taker" sounds intriguing. I have never heard of it before. Can't wait to read this book to find out more. Thanks for the great review.

  3. The thief-taker and the Ice Goddess -- sounds like quite a pair! Thanks for the review that gives a heads-up about character development. However, it sounds as if you still think the book is well worth reading.

  4. Great review! The character definitely sound like they take all the attention in this novel. I'm very intrigued by them. Curious to read their story!

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  5. Sounds very interesting!
    Also, thanks for the chance to win!
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  6. this sounds like it would interest many people! Thanks for a super giveaway!
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  7. Nice review. The book sounds enjoyable.


  8. Looks like a book I really want to read! Thank you for the review. :)

  9. A new author to look forward, love HR mixed with mystery :)



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