They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer…but what if you can't tell the difference?
For security consultant Desiree Jacobs, the assignment is simple: make off with an ancient Mayan artifact, and hand it over to the good guys in time to plan her wedding to ultra-fine FBI agent, Tony Lucano.Yet, in a world where no one is as they seem, Desi must decipher who the good guys are—before she ends up in the hands of a ruthless enemy.
Suddenly, artifact recovery turns into archaeological espionage, and the woman who finds all the answers must now ask questions. Who's looting priceless antiquities underneath the nose of the baffled Mexican government? And what does a violent gang of drug and human traffickers have to do with missing artifacts?
Even with Tony on her side, she'll need way more than luck to survive against the odds. She'll need the truth—not just to set her free, but to liberate many innocents caught in the snare of calculating evil.
Complete with a reader’s guide, this third book in the To Catch a Thief series explores the power of hope in the darkest of circumstances.
Jill Elizabeth Nelson graduated with a degree in literature and creative writing from Southwest Minnesota State University. Her writer's journey has taken her in many different directions. She's worn the hats of journalist, columnist, essayist, poet, story teller and book reviewer. Her current chapeau is the one she coveted all along—novelist. Her Guide and Mentor in along the path is her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jill is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Group, Crime Scene Writers, and Christian Authors Network. She and her husband have four children and live in Madison, Minnesota.
My Review: Jill Elizabeth Nelson has done it again with the third installment of her To Catch a Thief series. Fast paced with more twists and turns than the Yucatan jungle where Desi Jacob’s work takes her, Reluctant Smuggler is a thrilling ride. A fact finding mission with Mexico’s government officials ends with the loss of a prized antiquity, her precious engagement ring and almost her life. At the same time, Tony Lucano, her FBI agent fiancé, finds himself out of commission temporarily when an undercover operations turns into a disaster. Separated by circumstances and fighting for their lives, they wonder if they will ever accomplish their professional goals, let alone be able to set a date for their wedding.
Fun, supportive secondary characters, including Desi’s friend, Max, and Tony’s colleague, Stevo, add comic relief and sound advice. Tony’s mom also brings a touch of wisdom and unconditional love to her son and future daughter-in-law. The drama, love interest, and knock-your-socks-off ending round out this series nicely.
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