by Karyn Monk

January 2004
ISBN: 0-553-38441-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Charlotte Kent should be terrified when she sees a thief in her hostess’s bedroom. But all she really sees is a man who must be in dire straights to turn to a life of crime to survive. When he is discovered, she suggests to him to use her as a human shield so that he may escape unharmed and she will help him turn his life around to be a law abiding citizen.

Harrison Payne, Earl of Bryden can’t believe his eyes or his ears. Upon being discovered by a vision of loveliness, the only thing he expects is for her to scream the bloody house down around him. But instead, she is trying to save him from an angry mob and from himself and his ‘so-called’ life of crime. When he takes Charlotte into his arms and uses her as a human shield as she suggests, he realizes that he’s in for trouble. Not only does she fit perfectly into his arms, but the scent of her is intoxicating…he’ll never be able to do this and make it out alive.

My Favorite Thief is a sweet story of uncommitted love and trust. Charlotte has a savory past in which she was rescued from at a very early age. To pay back for past kindnesses, she has opened a house for pickpockets and prostitutes. She gives them a place to live, food to eat and a chance to change their lives for the better. Harrison also has a shady past. Unlike Charlotte, he was born into wealth that was lost by his father through gambling and bad investments. When his father commits suicide, Harrison needs to restore the families wealth, which he does and not in a legal way. Charlotte and Harrison are like lost souls who find each other and become one. Their romance may be a little rocky and strained, but as they say, 'Love conquers all.' The story’s secondary characters aren’t to be missed either. They add a little whimsy and spice to the story that would be sadly missed if not there.

My Favorite Thief is a must read for any historical fan.

Reviewed in November 2004 by Debbie.

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