Sweet, sassy, and a lot of fun, if a bit rushed and pat.
Em and Thomas are really adorable together. A bookish duke's son and an intrepid street-wise thief? Yes, please. Add a large and boisterous family, loyal friends and a generous dosing of humor and Thieves' Honor was pretty much spot on for all of the things I enjoy most.
What could have been done slightly better was the unwinding of the plot. Things just sort of fell together suddenly and there didn't seem like there was really a proper climax or a conflict needing surmounting before all possible obstacles just sort of went away like snowflakes in the desert.
I mean, I like sweet and fluffy and things working out and good people doing good things and having good things happen to them as a result...but really, it felt a bit like all of the hardest parts for the characters had all happened early on and now it was just a quick slide into happiness.
That said, Thieves' Honor is the perfect sort of comfort read that I will come back to when I need a pick-me-up and reassurance that all can be right with the world. I will be keeping an eye out for more from Jamaila Brinkley; can't wait to see what comes next. The battle mage with a penchant for blowing things up? Sign me up.
Thomas Dalton, Earl of Westfield, is the heir to a duke and a talented wizard. But he’s always hidden in his library, too shy to emerge into society from the shadow of his larger-than-life friends and family. When he’s asked to investigate a crime, he seizes the chance to prove that he’s as cunning and brave as anybody. But he’s quickly out of his depth in London’s underground; especially when he’s confronted with the prettiest thief he’s ever seen.
Em Stackpole lives an in-between life; she grew up on the streets, but preys on the Ton by using her skills at illusion to fit in among them at elegant Mayfair events. When Lord Westfield asks for her help finding a missing jewel, she strikes a bargain: she’ll help him learn to think like a criminal if he’ll teach her the magic she needs to get off the streets for good.
Falling in love was never part of the deal. But as Em and Thomas navigate magic, Mayfair, and Thomas’ charmingly interfering family, she’ll discover secrets she never knew she had, and the wizard and the thief will have to decide if they can ever be more than just partners-in-crime.