Sunday, November 9, 2014

Early Review of The Job (Fox and O'Hare, #3) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Title: The Job: A Fox and O'Hare Novel
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Mystery
Series: Fox and O'Hare
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam (November 18, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0345543122
ISBN-13: 978-0345543127
Authors' Websites:
Janet Evanovich -
Lee Goldberg -
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher.

Special Agent Kate O'Hare is once again about to team up with her former arch rival, criminal mastermind, Nicholas Fox. Paired together by the FBI, they've been recruited for a series of under-the-table missions to go after a class of criminals that operate outside the reach of the law. People who are so rich and powerful that they can manipulate the legal system so they never have to answer for their crimes, assuming that they're ever caught. This time, however, the case takes on a personal note. Lester Menendez is a smart, vicious, and sadistic drug lord who enjoys torturing and playing with his victims before killing them. If he finds your services no longer needed you more than likely will meet with an agonizing death. Menendez believes, like the Boy Scouts, in leaving no trace. Menendez, however, has expanded that to include anyone who could recognize or pin something on him. He's like a ghost which everyone knows about, but is invisible in many ways. No photographs, fingerprints, or DNA evidence exists to link him to his crimes.

When one of Fox's former team members alerts him of the death of her brother at Menendez's hand, he and Kate decide it's time for Menendez to be taken down. With the unofficial support of the FBI behind them, they're about to take down one of the world's most wanted, elusive, and dangerous criminals or die trying, 

This is the second book of the Fox and O'Hare series and once again Evanovich and Goldberg have created a wonderful and highly entertaining story that has you wondering what will happen next while laughing your you know what off. In this book, Fox and Kate pose as a married couple who have found sunken treasure on the high seas and need someone to secretly bankroll the operation to retrieve the treasure without anyone being the wiser. Know your mark is the first rule of thumb a con man learns and Nick Fox is no novice in the art of conning. He'll use what he knows about Menendez to capture the man.

So what makes this series special besides the incredibly intricate and funny cons? Well, part of it is the underlying sexual tension between Fox and O'Hare. Kate is a straight laced, by-the-book type of agent who never deviated far from what is right. Nick's influence, however, is starting to wear off on her and he's slowly corrupting her, but in what appears to be a good way. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when Nick and the FBI hashed out their plan to use him to go after the criminals who were untouchable. I can't help but think if Nick truly wanted to get out of anywhere he could have managed it on his own. He strikes me as an overly intelligent rich man who was bored and found pleasure in conning people. Not quite a Robin Hood, but I have a feeling as the series progresses, we're going to find out many more surprising things about Nick. I think the Topkapi Daggar theft, is only the cutting edge of what is to be revealed.

Another aspect of the series I love is all the little trivia like facts that are included within each story. I actually watched one episode of the Man from Atlantis and didn't realize at the time it was Patrick Duffy who played the main character. Plus, many of the artifacts, such as the Topkapi Dagger, actually exist. Others, such as the sunken ship, Nuestra Senora de Santa Maria, have a slightly altered name and history from what I can only guess to be their real-life counterparts. While I could find nothing on the Nuestra Señora de Santa Maria, a ship bearing the name Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, which sank off Cape Santa Maria in Portugal, had a similar lawsuit which was won by the Spanish government against the salvage team who found and recovered its treasure.

Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. It well paced, funny, and smartly written. I love the chemistry between Nick and Kate and hope we'll see this relationship evolve in the near future. I look forward to the next installment of this series and the next crazy scam these two will pull in the name of justice. Definitely the type of series I recommend reading to put you in a good mood.

Notes to Keep You in the Know:
To learn more about the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, check out the following link to an article by CNN on the lawsuit:

Order of the series:

Short story associated with the series:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Most Anticipated New Releases of November 2014

The following list is comprised of books and novellas my friends, family, and I are most looking forward to reading in November. It also consists of books by popular authors and others I've heard a lot of hype about. I am not flawless and sometimes I'll accidentally leave one or more books off the list that I shouldn't. Let me know if one of your favorites is missing. Sometimes my search techniques just don't work as well as I wish they did.

The list is divided into weekly releases. If you'd like to read a book's description, just click on the cover photo and you'll be magically transferred to Goodreads. Remember, a book a day keeps the boredom at bay! Happy reading.

November 1, 2014 - The Fire Seekers (The Babel Trilogy Book 1) by Richard Farr
November 1, 2014 - The Glassblower (The Glassblower Trilogy Book 1) by Petra Durst-Benning and Samuel Willcocks
November 1, 2014 - My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni
November 4, 2014 - All He Desires (All or Nothing Book 3) by C.C. Gibbs
November 4, 2014 - The Affair: Week 8 by Beth Kery
November 4, 2014 - The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series #19) by Michael Connelly
November 4, 2014 - The Chocolate Clown Corpse: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl
November 4, 2014 - Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses (A Happy Hoofers Mystery) by Mary McHugh
November 4, 2014 - Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren
November 4, 2014 - Dreamer's Pool: A Blackthorn & Grim Novel by Juliet Marillier
November 4, 2014 - Edge of Betrayal: An Edge Novel by Shannon K. Butcher
November 4, 2014 - Forgive Me (Lost Souls)by Eliza Freed
November 4, 2014 - The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Series Book 2) by Charlie N. Holmberg
November 4, 2014 - Have Me: A Stark Ever After (novella) by J. Kenner
November 4, 2014 - Heart Fire (Celta Book 13) by Robin D. Owens
November 4, 2014 - An Heiress for All Seasons: A Debutante Files Christmas (Novella) by Sophie Jordan
November 4, 2014 - A High-End Finish: A Fixer-Upper Mystery by Kate Carlisle
November 4, 2014 - I Saw Her Standing There (A Green Mountain Romance Book 3) by Marie Force
November 4, 2014 - Knot In My Backyard (A Quilting Mystery Book 2) by Mary Marks
November 4, 2014 - Knot Guilty: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman
November 4, 2014 - The Kraken King (Iron Seas Book 4) by Meljean Brook
November 4, 2014 - The Laughing Monsters: A Novel by Denis Johnson
November 4, 2014 - The Laws of Murder: A Charles Lenox Mystery Book 8 by Charles Finch
November 4, 2014 - Lethal Letters (A Books by the Bay Mystery) by Ellery Adams
November 4, 2014 - The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 9) by Jeff Kinney
November 4, 2014 - Midnight Action: A Killer Instincts Novel by Elle Kennedy
November 4, 2014 - Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin Trilogy Book 3) by Robin LaFevers
November 4, 2014 - A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
November 4, 2014 - No Mallets Intended (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery) by Victoria Hamilton
November 4, 2014 - On Borrowed Time (A Library Lover's Mystery Book 5) by Jenn McKinlay
November 4, 2014 - Pushing the Limit (Alpha Ops) by Emmy Curtis
November 4, 2014 - The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
November 4, 2014 - Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare
November 4, 2014 - Sealing the Deal (The Ladies Who Lunch) by Sandy James
November 4, 2014 - Snow White Red-Handed (A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery) by Maia Chance
November 4, 2014 - Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (Nye) by Bill Nye and Corey S. Powell
November 4, 2014 - Visitors (Pathfinder) by Orson Scott Card
November 4, 2014 - Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
November 4, 2014 - The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
November 4, 2014 - What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

November 11, 2014 - The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
November 11, 2014 - Fear City (Repairman Jack Book 3) by F. Paul Wilson
November 11, 2014 - Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel (Scarpetta Novels Book 22) by Patricia Cornwell
November 11, 2014 - Illusion (Swept Away) by J.S. Cooper
November 11, 2014 - Nights With Him: (Seductive Nights: Michelle and Jack) by Lauren Blakely
November 11, 2014 - One Night: Denied (One Night Trilogy) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
November 11, 2014 - Revival: A Novel by Stephen King
November 11, 2014 - Revolution (Replica) by Jenna Black
November 11, 2014 - Softly Falling by Carla Kelly
November 11, 2014 - Sons of Anarchy: Bratva by Christopher Golden

November 18, 2014 - Captivated By You (Crossfire Book 4) by Sylvia Day
November 18, 2014 - The Cinderella Murder: An Under Suspicion by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
November 18, 2014 - I Belong to You (Inside Out Book 5) by Lisa Renee Jones
November 18, 2014 - The Job: A Fox and O'Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Goldberg Lee
November 18, 2014 - The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans
November 18, 2014 - Stolen (Heart of Dread #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
November 18, 2014 - The Void (Witching Savannah Book 3) by J. D. Horn

November 25, 2014 - After We Collided (The After Series) by Anna Todd
November 25, 2014 - All for You (A Coming Home Novel Book 4) by Jessica Scott
November 25, 2014 - Betrayed: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline
November 25, 2014 - Black Widow (Elemental Assassin Book 11) by Jennifer Estep
November 25, 2014 - A Bride for the Season (Love's Grace, #3)
by Jennifer Delamere
November 25, 2014 - The Christmas Ranch (The Cowboys of Cold Creek) by RaeAnne Thayne
November 25, 2014 - The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
November 25, 2014 - Delightful: Big Sky Pie #3 by Adrianne Lee
November 25, 2014 - The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior: A Dukes Behaving Badly Novel by Megan Frampton
November 25, 2014 - Girl Online: The First Novel by Zoella by Zoe Sugg
November 25, 2014 - Hard to Come By: A Hard Ink Novel by Laura Kaye
November 25, 2014 - Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay
November 25, 2014 - Light My Fire (Dragon Kin) by G.A. Aiken
November 25, 2014 - The Look of Love: A Novel by Sarah Jio
November 25, 2014 - Lying in Wait: Ann Rule's Crime Files: Vol.17 by Ann Rule
November 25, 2014 - Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels (Rules of Scoundrels Book 4) by Sarah MacLean
November 25, 2014 - Night Shift by Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews
November 25, 2014 - Sugar's Twice as Sweet: Sugar, Georgia: Book 1 by Marina Adair
November 25, 2014 - Symbiont (Parasitology) by Mira Grant
November 25, 2014 - Twice Tempted (Drake's Rakes)by Eileen Dreyer
November 25, 2014 - Vampire in Paradise: A Deadly Angels Book by Sandra Hill

Please Note: Reap the Wind: A Cassie Palmer Novel by Karen Chance will not be released this month. The release date has been pushed back. :(
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