Wednesday, June 30, 2021

ARC Review: A Thin Disguise by Catherine Bybee

A Thin Disguise

Catherine Bybee
Series: Richter, Book 2
Publication: Montlake (July 6, 2021)

Description: A former gun for hire and a federal agent find themselves on the right side of love but the wrong end of a bullet in this Richter installment from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

On a fateful night in Las Vegas, FBI agent Leo Grant is working on a critical detail in a high-profile child prostitution trial when a beautiful woman jumps into the path of a bullet meant for him. Little does Leo know that the woman is Olivia, an ex-assassin who is seeking redemption one good deed at a time.

One minute, Olivia is lunging in front of Leo on the Vegas Strip. The next, she’s waking up in the hospital in a haze of pain with no memory of her past, her enemies, or even her own name.

With Olivia suffering from memory loss and completely unaware of the danger she is in, it’s up to Leo and Neil MacBain’s team of operatives to keep her safe. With Olivia and Leo both unaware of her past crimes, the two have little reason to avoid their growing attraction. Slowly her past seeps in through the cracks as she struggles to find the answers of who she is. When the veil is lifted and her dark past is staring her down, Olivia must turn her back on Leo and the love she can never allow herself to have, and race to find her would-be killer.

My Thoughts: This second Richter novel begins at a trial for a former child prostitute that the Russian mob wants dead. FBI Agent Leo Grant is protecting her with the help of the FBI. McBain Security and Solutions is also on the case. So is Olivia who is known to McBain and his people.

Like a number of McBain operatives, Olivia is also a graduate of Richter. But Olivia didn't work on the side of law and order. She was groomed to be a spy and assassin doing missions for whomever her boss chose. She got out of that life but it wasn't easy and the ending wasn't clear cut. She's still a target.

When she leaps in front of Leo on a Las Vegas street and is shot, it isn't clear if the shooter was after Leo or her. McBain puts them both in a safe house in order to determine which was under threat and who wanted one of them dead. McBain is also hoping to add Olivia to his team if he can just convince her.

While they are in the safe house, Leo and Olivia fall in love but only Leo admits it. Olivia doesn't feel herself worthy of being loved and she certainly doesn't want to put anyone close to her in danger.

This was a fast-paced and romantic thriller. It was nice to see some of the characters from the first Richter book again. I loved the byplay between them all. I loved watching Leo and Olivia's slow-burn romance grow. The suspense part of the story was also very well done. 

Favorite Quote:
"The family you choose is often more important than the family you were born to. There's no judgment here. Everyone has a say. If you have a problem, air it. If you have a need, ask for it. It took a long time for me to admit I had a family. This family. We can be that for you."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I like that quote and think its very apt in lots of ways.


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