Darcelle Lebeau knows she's different. Relegated to the shadows of her sister's celebrity existence, she forsakes her family-dictated role as unpaid PA and general handmaiden in favor of her own shadowy world of stealth and robbery. For a year she's yearned to meet her mysterious underworld mentor whom she calls 'Matou'-- meaning 'Tomcat'. But Matou has more than B&E training in mind for his kitten--his 'minou'. Can love and larceny co-exist? Or will curiosity and the biggest heist of Darcelle's career kill the cat burglar inside her?
I liked Darcelle Lebeau for her rebel instincts and enjoyed the story for its originality in setting the characters and the romance within a world of occupational crime. It's refreshing to see a heroine who knows from the get-go she will never follow a conventional or directed path, and embracing her true nature rather than denying it. Her 'Matou' Sebastian St. Croix is predictably mysterious, outrageously handsome and obscenely rich. It would have been nice to see a few more flaws and internal angst from this hero; seems like there's more backstory to him than is actually revealed which renders him a bit bland and uninteresting. As well, Darcelle's estrangement and subjugation by her mother and sister is never explained and seems unfounded. While there were a few flashes of brilliance, the general writing style seemed uninspired and occasionally silly. "The night was dark, which was a break for them." Hello? Cat Burglars? The sex scenes between Darcelle and Sebastian are borderline hot,
but seem to fizzle before actually giving the reader their payday. Some wasted potential here.
All that aside, the premise and story is original and entertaining. Everyone has a little larceny inside, and this story will definitely let your inner cat burglar out of the bag!