Title: I Stole His Car
Series: Love at First Crime #1
Author: Jessica Frances
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 19, 2017
She stole his car, so he stole her heart…
I saw something I should never have seen.
I took something they wanted back.
I was desperate.
So, I did something I would never have normally done.
I stole a car.
Not just any car.
Now I have no choice but to trust him.
Only he can help me get out of this mess.
Then, when we both become hunted,
And when feelings begin to complicate things,
Can I still count on his protection?
Can I trust what is happening between us to be real?
Because, as some people say: there is nothing quite like love at first … crime.
Then Zander’s gaze turns back to me, and I don’t feel so warm and fuzzy toward him anymore. Instead, I feel as though I’m facing a judge and ready to hear the verdict on just how many years I’m about to be thrown in jail.
“You stole my car,” he growls.
“Yes.” No point denying it.
“You kidnapped my twelve-year-old brother.”
“Technically, yes. However, I wasn’t aware he was in the car at the time,” I pathetically try to defend my actions.
“You came back, though, even after I told you I was calling the police.” His stance is stern, but I see the same expression of curiosity that I saw earlier in Van.
“Yes.” I glance around again, waiting to see the flashing lights of a police car approaching in the distance. Instead, I see a lone officer in uniform approaching us.
I don’t recognize him as one of Brian’s friends, but that doesn’t mean he won’t hand me over to him.
I barely even got to enjoy my freedom away from Brian. Well, it technically wasn’t freedom since I was chased the entire time.
Why can’t I just catch a break?
I can’t stop myself from stepping away from the young officer, my body back to being tense and shaky. I hate that this feels normal to me now. It never used to be. Now it feels strange to feel relaxed.
“What’s wrong?” Van asks me, his concern sweet.
“Excuse me, but did I just hear you accuse this woman of stealing your car?” the officer asks, swinging his hand to rest on his side arm in what looks like a reflex.
Silence falls over us. Van looks as panicked as I feel. I can’t read Zander’s face, but he hasn’t confirmed the man’s words. That gives me a small amount of hope. Maybe he is the most forgiving man in the world.
~MEET THE AUTHOR~
Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. Writing has always been a passion of hers, however, it wasn’t until recently that she decided to put pen to paper and make things official.
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OK cover on this one. It is a decent representation of the story. The composition is good as well. I am not a fan of the title work. I think it would have looked better straight and lowered a bit.
So I basically went into this one blind. I haven’t read anything by this author before and I didn’t read any reviews before I cracked this open and hoped for the best. Well, let me just say luck was in my favor this time because I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end (minus the epilogue…more about that later).
I found it to be very well written and paced. The plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages. It was humorous at times. There was no angst to speak of and no OW/OM drama. It was a bit of a slow burn, and the sex scenes when we get them are pretty tame. I wasn’t overly bothered by that, but I do like my erotica so I couldn’t help but wish it had been a teeny bit spicier. There were a few interesting side characters that I assume will be getting books of their own. But honestly, it was VAN that stole the show in this one. I LOVED that kid. His interactions with the heroine were both funny and sweet.
Both main characters were extremely likable as well. Ava I ADORED (except for in the epilogue…more about that in a bit). She was just an endearing sort of heroine. Funny and caring and sweet. Zander was equally likable. Not a manwhore. Protective. Sweet. Struggling to connect with his brother after their parent’s death. I liked him a lot. I think the story would have benefited from having his POV now and again.
The only major issue I had, and it isn’t that HUGE of a deal, but I did not like the epilogue. I am struggling to put my finger on why. I thought the heroine came off a bit bitchy in it and usually, epilogues are the cherry on the sundae given to us to make us smile and bask in the couples HEA. I just found it weird to have them fighting in the epilogue when they never once fought in the book. Especially over something that should have been addressed a year previously when they moved in together. I would have preferred an epilogue focused more on (HIGHLIGHT TO SEE SPOILER) getting engaged or married and giving birth to their son.
So I had a couple of tiny issues with this one, but overall it was an entirely enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Two thumbs up from yours truly.