The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the second installment of the Fox & O’Hare Series. Having not read the first book in this series let me say that this book can be a stand-alone. The book starts with a good intro of the characters. You are given enough background so that you get a very good idea of who these people are, their previous history together and their catching the bad guy mission for this book.
In The Chase, Kate, a kick-ass FBI Special Agent and Nick Fox, a professional thief work together to bring down Carter Grove, a former Chief of Staff at the White House, who has managed to get ahold of an ancient 20 million dollar Chinese Rooster head, one of the 12 bronze animal heads from a century-old Zodiac fountain in the Imperial Gardens in Beijing. This rooster head has been secretly stolen from the Smithsonian, who has to give it back to the Chinese government. So Kate and Nick must
steal it back recover it before an international crisis explodes.
The Chase is fun and action packed. Kate and Nick go to recover the rooster. Their mission was an apparent piece of cake to complete. It was just too easy but this is when you get the feeling of those TV infomercials when they say: “But wait, there’s more!” hahaha Kate and Nick end up going on a world tour. Each time they complete a mission there’s a new twist and a new situation they must resolve. Some seem impossible and are deadly but they get their “McGyver” groove on and pull the jobs off together.
Kate and Nick make a great duo. The chemistry and sexual tension between them is on the rooftop! It reminded me of the Castle-Beckett attraction. You know Nick is into Kate immediately and it is Kate the one who will take her time to admit she’s into Nick.
Nick was on the same floor as Kate, at the other end of the hall. Kate knocked on his door and sucked in some air when he opened the door fresh from a shower. His hair was wet and he had a towel wrapped low on his hips.
“Jeez,” Kate said, staring at the towel, her mind running amuck over what the towel was hiding, unable to drag her eyes to Nick’s face.
“Is that a good jeez or a bad jeez?”
“It’s just jeez. Don’t you have a robe?”
“The room didn’t come with a robe.”
“Okay, so that’s why you’re wearing the towel. I can see that. Makes perfect sense.”
A smile twitched at the corners of Nick’s mouth. “Is there something I can do for you?”
“No! Gosh. Absolutely not.” Kate stared at the towel. She was pretty sure she saw it move.
Nick tightened his grip on the towel. “Kate?”
“I know. I can’t help myself.”
“Cute,” Nick said.
Kate squinched her eyes shut and wrinkled her nose. “Ugh! I hate being cute.”
“Cute is good.”
“It’s not. I’m an FBI agent. There’s no cute in the FBI. Cute is goofy.”
“I’d grab you and kiss you, but I’d lose my towel, and I’m afraid you’d faint at the sight of me naked.”
“I think I could handle it.”
Nick dropped his towel, and Kate yelped and clapped her hands over her eyes.
“You’re peeking,” Nick said. “You’re sneaking a peek between your fingers.”
He was right. She was peeking. “This is embarrassing.”
“Maybe you’d feel better if you were naked too. Then we could stare at each other.”
“I don’t think so. And why aren’t you embarrassed? You’re naked.”
Nick shrugged. “Doesn’t bother me.”
“Unh!” Kate said with another eye squinch. “Men!”
“Yeah, we’re pretty cool, right?”
Truth is, Kate was sort of jealous.
They also complement each other very well, Kate with all her FBI knowledge and contacts, and Nick with his underground thief skills and contacts too. Kate makes a good side-kick. In the end you think that she should quit the FBI and join Nick and the renegade squad. She does a very good job in breaking the law for the sake of the mission.
The side characters are memorable. Kate’s dad and his retired buddies add a nice touch to the story. The “old retired guy” jokes are funny. But as much as they are funny, it is endearing to see how the “old geezers” love and protect Kate.
The Chase ends with a flare. Explosions, drones, missiles, firefighters, dirt, etc. etc. etc. Predictable to some, but as for me an explosively action packed ending!
I enjoyed this book. It is filled with mystery, comedy, action, adventure and romance. It’s an entertaining fast-paced read. I can picture this book and the rest of the series on a movie or TV show. This can be a good summer read for men and women. I’m looking forward to more books in this series.
- Schlepped: verb. To carry or pull (something) with difficulty : to drag or haul (something).
- Ornery: adjective 1. easily annoyed or angered. 2. difficult to deal with or control.
- Haggis: noun. A Scottish dish made from the organs of a sheep that are chopped up, mixed with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings, and boiled in the stomach of the sheep
- Shrapnel: noun. Small metal pieces that scatter outwards from an exploding bomb, shell, or mine
Definitions taken from the Merriam Webster Dictionary Online.
…the more you talk, the greater the risk you’ll say something that will get you burned.
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