New Release Review: The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The JobThe Job by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
Book #3 in Fox and O’Hare

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Random House

Synopsis from Goodreads: He’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy . . . again!

The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.

From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.

Angie’s Review – 4 Skulls – A

Here’s the thing about this series—it hit the ground running. So while it hasn’t necessarily gained momentum, it’s kept a steady pace, and at this speed that’s no small feat. Things I didn’t care for before are the things I find myself enjoying now. The procedural tone of the story, for instance, was an issue for me because I wanted more detail and character perspective. While I’d still like to see a bit more of the characters’ emotions (particularly Nick’s), at this point, I think the rapid fire telling is what makes the pacing of the story so exhilarating. The excitement starts from the very first page and doesn’t let up. When I finish one of these books, it feels like I just opened it!

In The Job, Kate and Nick join forces once again to track down the mysterious caper who is impersonating Nick while ‘heisting,’ and then move on to bigger and better things to capture a drug lord who’s altered his appearance in an attempt to dodge justice. There’s not much to say about Kate and Nick; their personalities have been established, and this story kept with their characterization.

“I considered selling him a resort development that’s a ghost town near Puerto Banús. The financing collapsed and it was abandoned when it was half-completed.”

“But you don’t own the land.”

“I don’t let insignificant details like that concern me.”

As with the previous two, the sexual tension was present here. While it’s clear they’re attracted to each other, it’s hard to know how deep those feelings actually go. Would Nick risk his neck for Kate? Since glimpses into his thoughts are rare and our heroine is more than capable of saving her own hide that still remains a mystery. Am I ready for them to heat up the sheets? Hell, yes! Nick propositions Kate any chance he gets, and his favorite cover seems to be them either being married or being lovers. Besides that, his personality is so playful, I want to see what he’s like in bed! So there may have been a fair amount of screaming at my Kindle in this third installment—GET THEM INTO BED ALREADY! (And while I am ready to see this, the build-up has been entertaining!)

These books are very formulaic—each story revolves around Kate and Nick working together to bring down another con man. But the formula is fun, and it hits all of my reader buttons. For me, the plot is merely the backdrop bringing Kate and Nick together; it’s their banter that’s my favorite part of the books.

“I’m starved. Where’s the mini bar?”

“This room doesn’t have a mini bar.”

Nick kicked his shoes off and stretched out on the bed, hands behind his head. “We need to change hotels. I have standards.”

You need to change hotels. I’m fine. I have no standards.”

Nick grinned and crooked his finger at her. “Come here. I like a woman with no standards.”

Well…the banter and the secondary characters, that is! The cast in this book is such a motley crew, you can’t help but enjoy them! I love the way they were introduced in this one. If you’ve seen Armageddon, there’s a scene where Liv Tyler’s character is giving you the run-down on each player, and the camera is following that person down during her description. That’s what it felt like here. Boom—this is what they’re like, here they are, on with the show! Some of my favorites from the past—Wille and Boyd—were present, along with some new faces that I’m sure will crop up in future installments. Kate’s dad was here again, offering his questionably sage advice, and pulling out all the stops to get his ex-military buddies in on the game.

My only gripe—I was lucky because I didn’t start reading this series until just before the third one came out; now I have to wait for the fourth. Unfortunately, patience is not my forte!

Overall, The Job was a quick, fun read that leaves me waiting with baited breath for the next one!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Best of Mystery

Series Reading Order:
1. The Heist
2. The Chase
3. The Job

Thank you to RANDOM HOUSE and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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