If Desiree Jacobs knows anything, it's art. Her father, internationally renowned security expert, taught her everything he knew. Most of all, he taught her about honor--integrity--faith. So surely she can be forgiven for despising the man determined to destroy her father's good name.

Special Agent Tony Lucano of the FBI knows Hiram Jacobs is an art thief. But what about his daughter? Is she the innocent she claims . . . or a clever accomplice?

Then Hiram is murdered, and along with his company, he leaves Desiree a hidden, horrifying legacy. Desi must discover why her honest father would turn criminal. And she must return the priceless art to the rightful owners without their knowledge. Even if it means facing down a ring of cutthroat art thieves.

Even if it means accepting help from the man she most distrusts.
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Desiree Jacobs' father is killed while overseas. She is left to run their security company and dodge Special Agent Tony Lucano who is intent in proving her father was an art thief. Both she and her father know art. They are often providing security for works of art and museums.

She knows her father was a man of faith. She shares his faith. So she sets out to prove his innocence. Unfortunately she soon discovers he left her a hidden container full of stolen paintings. She refuses to admit he was a thief and sets out to return the paintings.

When a ring of cutthroat art thieves begins to come after the paintings, she has to decide whether to trust Tony. She finds herself in danger and uncertain of whom she can trust. Can she uncover the ring of thieves and find out who killed her father without having to give the thieves what they seek?

This is the first book I've read in this series. It won't be the last. I loved this book. Desiree is such a wonderful character. I loved reading a book where the protagonist had morals and yet had spunk. The tension between Tony and Desiree really adds to the story. I am not an art lover, but I really enjoyed this story. The author did a fantastic job of getting the information to the readers about the various art, but without overwhelming them.

I can't wait to read more! I highly recommend this book.

Dawn Dowdle

Former RT reviewer Nelson's debut is fantastic! Suspense, romance and humor blend together to provide exquisite entertainment. The sophisticated plot takes readers into the intriguing world of high-end art, and highly relevant issues of God's control versus our control are addressed as an integral part of the story.

Melissa Parcel, Romantic Times Book Reviews

While reading this story of intrigue and romance, I found my pulse racing. Would she get caught returning the stolen art? Was she able to ditch her tail? Who is really the bad guy? And, in a surprising turn of events, I only figured it out moments before it was revealed.

Jamie Driggers, Armchair Interviews

Nelson's diverse range of characters adds substance and even humor to her overall story. Her characters and their relationships are the novel's greatest strengths. Seeing the relationship between Tony and Desi unfold is both painful and entertaining. Though each feels attracted to the other, uncertainty causes them to try to unnerve each other with audacious schemes.

"Reluctant Burglar" is Nelson's first novel. She has written professionally for many years as a journalist, columnist, essayist, poet, storyteller, and book reviewer. Her style is fast paced and flavored with humor, action, and emotion. Her description is carefully worked into each scene so that readers not only get a sense of background, but they also see the characters' emotions reflected in their appearance and actions. "Reluctant Burglar" has depth and spirit; it would be a great book for those who love mystery, action, or romance.

The Aboite Independent