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

The ScamThe Scam by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
Book #4 in Fox and O’Hare

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Random House

Synopsis from Goodreads: Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.

Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars—and their lives—in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire.

It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup—a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, and an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?

Angie’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B-

Like the first three books in this series, The Scam was a quick read that flew right by. And yet somehow, it lost a bit of its polish for me with this installment. It felt like the plot was all over the place, and it was simply too intricate to describe with an even flow. Too many details bogged down the story. The first three could be blown right through, but you had to pay closer attention to this one. Because of that, the series lost its easy breezy feel.

We know Kate and Nick by now (not enough about Nick, in my opinion, and at this point I wonder if we’ll ever get any more details on him,) and their characters haven’t deviated since the The Heist. The same players that were brought into previous cons were utilized here as well, and it was fun to see them all again. Boyd and his eccentricities about throwing himself into his roles are becoming the highlights of each book for me. He is a fun character to read about, because he’s so off the wall and unpredictable. I like seeing Kate’s family in each installment; it gives us a better sense of who she is and shows us how she caters to her role in the FBI, her role as Nick’s partner, and her roles as sister, aunt, and daughter.

Nick really amped up the flirting in this one, and he got more of a rise out of Kate than he as in the past. Hey people? This is a spoiler--Fair Warning!

Heads up – this book ends on a cliffhanger, and while in some cases I don’t mind a cliffhanger, I feel like it’s unnecessary here. There was almost a year between release dates for these books, and that’s just too long to wait for an answer to a cliffhanger ending. The scene could have just as easily been the beginning scene for the next book. While this book didn’t capture quite the same magic as the first three books in this series had, it was still entertaining. Fingers crossed the series gets its momentum back with the next book!

Some of my favorite little bits between Kate and Nick:

“Are you flirting with me?”

“Honey, my intentions are way past flirting.”

“Your intentions could get you a knee in the groin.”

Nick grinned. “At least your mind’s on the right body part.”

* * *

“Would you like me to come to your suite?”

“You want half of my steak, right?”

“No, babe. I want all of you.”

Kate took a beat to steady herself. “I need time.”

“The ball’s in your court.”

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  + ½

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

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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