The Heist

Lee's Girls, vol 1

Chocolat is one of the best thieves the world has ever seen. The only problem is that she does not want to be the infamous Chocolat anymore; the job is way too dangerous for her liking. Her father was killed in the same line of work. She only wants to be herself. Michelle Dixon and she wants to help her younger sister stay on the right track. However, her sister Sasha has other plans. She enlists Lee's help to bring Chocolat back into the game. Sasha immediately finds out why Michelle has tried so hard to go straight and Michelle ends up right back where she started. What was supposed to be a onetime deal to save Sasha turns into a long ride that Michelle is not ready to take. As the journey unravels she feels herself being pulled into the old lifestyle.

Lee worked with her father for years. She had been in love with him although nothing had come of it. Now, he's different. He's harder, colder and making demands that could ultimately ruin Michelle's life. Lee wants revenge on the Dixon sisters for something he believes their father did. The only issue is that he never accounted for his feelings for Michelle.

I was not captured in the chaos that is Michelle and Lee's life. There was no time with Lee and Michelle just hanging out. It was either the bedroom or work. It was easier to see a relationship between Sasha and Kumar. Lee's character seemed rather brutal in his the point that I found I wanted Michelle to storm out and leave him. Still, lies, deceit, murder, and thieves makes for an interesting plot.

Book Blurb for The Heist

Her name is Michelle Dixon, but amongst the notorious smugglers of priceless artifacts, gems and artwork, in the world she is often to referred to as Chocolat. She is the oldest daughter of Pops’ Dixon, a notorious jewel thief with a vice for drinking and gambling. Thanks to her father’s unorthodox method of parenting, she’s learned the cruel double standards that being the best in thievery brings and longs for the day when she can leave the family business behind. After an unexpected tragedy freedom does come. The sudden death of Pops Dixon releases Michelle and her sister from his illegal legacy and she is determined to make a life change. Her desire for a straight life is within her grasp as she works at a small diner and waits for news on her acceptance into medical school. Then the bottom falls out of Michelle’s world.

Pictures arrive of her sister bound and gagged. Kidnapped by a mobster known as Leith ‘Lee’ Sullivan. The man she's loved and loathed since she was sixteen. To keep her sister alive and pay off the debt of her now deceased father left behind, Michelle must once again enter the world she vowed to never return to.

Lee is hell bent on drawing the Dixon sisters into his organization and fill the void Pops Dixon's death left in the business. Once he has Michelle under his control, he decides on yet another goal: to have her in his bed as well. Though a tide of lies, deceit, and uncharted passion what starts as revenge becomes an obsession that binds him to the elusive dark beauty. The more she resists the life he wants to offer her, the more determined he is to have her. Imperfect and unapologetic, Lee struggles with actions of the past that could drive her from him permanently.

As the battle of love and hate between them wages on Michelle and Lee both learn more of her Pops Dixon motivations and why their fates were always destined. The Heist is the first installment in a trilogy packed with danger, adrenaline laced adventure, and heated passionate exploits that are certain to make your toes curl.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 3.25