In Reluctant Smuggler, the third in Jill Elizabeth Nelsons Romantic Suspense, To Catch A Thief Series, we once again find Desiree Jacobs of HJ Securities where she loves to be, up to her eyeballs in stealing a precious and valuable piece of art. This time we find her in Mexico City where she succeeds in stealing her target, the crown of Pakal, only to discover the piece she risked her life for is a forgery. Though she is frustrated with this find and is almost one upped by her competitors, Greybeck and Sons, Desi is tempted to chuck it all and return home to begin planning her wedding to FBI agent, Tony Lucano instead of uncovering the whereabouts of the missing crown of Pakal and protecting her reputation. But as weve learned in the past about Desi, shes the kind of woman who will dig in and fight and she does just that. Hired by Mexican Presidente Montoya to investigate the whereabouts of not only the missing crown, but other stolen art treasures as well, Desi is thrust into a the Mexican underworld, where she becomes a target of merciless killers. Enter, fianc and FBI agent Tony Lucano who defies FBI policy and rushes to Mexico to rescue Desi. Oh, and did I mention, that Tony faces a challenge of his own in this book, a challenge that forces him to confront who he really is.Once again, Nelson brings us an excellent fast-paced plot, with unexpected turns and thrills as we follow Desi in her stay in Mexico and into the black market and her time at home with Tony. The action keeps the story moving along and the information Nelson gives us about art antiquities is authentic and interesting. You can tell from the story that Nelson does her research, not only into the art field itself, but also into the process of securing these valuable treasures. All in all, she provides a very believable story and expertly weaves a spiritual thread of trusting Gods plans no matter what is thrown into the mix.
The Reluctant Smuggler is the third and best of Jill Elizabeth Nelson's To Catch a Thief series, with the author's knowledge of art and antiquities adding spice to the narrative's suspense. Desiree (Desi) Jacobs is head of her late father's firm that specializes in museum security. Hired by the Mexican government to find out how the nation's art treasures are being stolen, she follows the trail to the Yucatan Peninsula, where her own artifact and jewelry are stolen and her life threatened by an international gang headed by a man known only as El Jaguar. Meanwhile, Desi's fianc, FBI-agent Tony Lucano, is injured in a raid on a human smuggling ship and lies in a coma back in Boston. While Desi helps Tony regain his health, Tony is marked for assassination because the smuggling operation was El Jaguar's, and the gangster's woman was killed during the raid. Tony and Desi survive and tie up the U.S. end of the case, are married, and embark on their honeymoon in Cancun. There they again become entangled in the smuggling operation and, separately, land in captivity at El Jaguar's hideout in the Yucatan jungles. From that point, the plot moves ever more quickly, with intricate twists, until its explosive resolution. In the telling, the author provides something of interest to everyone: plenty of romance between Desi and Tony, and plenty of suspense in the fast-paced action scenes, which often rival Clive Cussler in the skill of narration. In sum, this is a novel that provides clean entertainment as it deals with the sordid realities of art theft, murder, and human smuggling.
The Reluctant Smuggler, the third installment in Jill Elizabeth Nelsons To Catch A Thief series, takes the reader from the snow covered landscape of Boston to the tropical jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula, to archaeological digs.While trying to find flaws in the Mexican museums security system, Desiree Jacobs finds herself chased and the false artifact she carries stolen. Back in Boston, her fiance, FBI agent Tony Lucano is almost killed during a raid and lies in a coma. Page turning thrills and suspense tie these two incidents together and threaten to jeopardize Desis and Tonys upcoming wedding.In The Reluctant Smuggler, Jill Elizabeth Nelson digs deeper in Desis and Tonys love for each other, the dangers of crime-solving and protecting precious antiquities, and shows us the strength of true-love. The Reluctant Smuggler was my favorite of the three books in the To Catch a Thief Series. Full of romance, danger, suspense and Gods sovereignty. Im looking forward to more adventures written by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. I'd like to see this book made into a movie.
Keeping in line with Reluctant Burglar and Reluctant Runaway, the first two books in Jill Elizabeth Nelson's To Catch A Thief series, Reluctant Smuggler is action-packed! There is mystery, romance, suspense, history ... all with the underlying message that God is in control and He always wins!! I love the fact that you get "lost" in this book -- in a Mayan village, in the deep jungle, in a cenote at Cichen Itza, to be exact! The descriptions are so real you feel like you're running with Tony searching for El Jaguar's lair. When Tony's heart thundered in his ears - MINE echoed it!! When a thousand spider feet crawled up Desi's spine - I felt the tingle up MINE, too! In the midst of all this action, a beautiful wedding takes place. And then there's the honeymoon... definitely a UNIQUE honeymoon. I highly recommend Reluctant Smuggler, but be warned - you won't be able to put it down!!
Desiree Jacobs thrives on action---it's part of her job as a security consultant. But this latest assignment for the Mexican government has placed more than protecting antiquities on the line...her life is in danger!Reluctant Smuggler is a page-turner from start to finish that you're sure to love as much as I do!