Catspaw II (Harlequin Intrigue, No 103) by Anne Stuart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Blackheart and Ferris are back with a vengeance in this sequel to Catspaw, which I loved. Obviously!
It was wonderful to see them again, trying to overcome their feelings of mutual distrust: on one hand, she was afraid he was back to his thieving past; on the other hand, he chose to keep his whereabouts from her, thus furthering her doubts. No wonder their engagement took a serious hit. However, amidst it all, there was never any question about their loving each other. They were just too proud to be the first to cave, and it was fun to see them banter while working things out.
There was a secondary love story, involving Blackheart's sister and the cop set on getting him. It was nice, but it didn't hold my attention and it's my only "complaint" about this book.
The plot was full of action, with not only one but two mysteries to be solved. Blackheart was in serious trouble, poised to be framed for two thefts (a Van Gogh painting and some Fabergé eggs), getting reacquainted with his long-lost sister and trying to make amends with Ferris - all that at the same time! Yup, not a dull moment in sight.
As it happened in the first book of this "series" (are two books enough to make a series?), Blackheart and Ferris were the stuff that made the story work. Too bad Ms. Stuart didn't write more books with this couple. I would gladly follow their future adventures as a married couple, as I'm sure the words "sedate" and "boring" are not to be found in their dictionary. :)
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