The Scam (Fox & O’Hare #4) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

It’s always a good day when NetGalley asks me if I want to request the newest Fox and O’Hare book. Standard answer: hell yes, NetGalley…I would love to request that book!

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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One-Sentence Synopsis
A con artist and an FBI agent team up to take down a casino owner in Vegas and a mob boss in Hawaii using the same scam. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodreads page.

The Good Stuff
Though light on romance, these books are so much fun to read. The banter is quick and the story kept me hooked. I was asked a few times what I was laughing about, but I can never do these books justice when I try to explain just how awesome they are.

Kate is a totally kick ass heroine, and I appreciate that while she admits her attraction to Nick, she doesn’t spend the entire time waiting to jump him. In fact, throughout this series, she has several chances and declines most of them. This foreplay is so good and a little frustrating, but at the same time, it’s true to her character.

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As always, the team they bring in for their hijinks is awesome, and I especially liked Kate’s dad in this one. He’s fearless and funny. And the action…it’s so good. It’s like watching a fun movie, but I get to pick the actors and see the scenes as fast or slow or as detailed as I want to, and since the authors are great at detail (and I have a vivid imagination), each book is a great experience.

There was also a subtle Millennium Trilogy reference that I was kind of excited to get. Because I’m a nerd.

The Romance Factor
In previous books, the romance was downplayed in favor of the action and the multi layered missions. Though romance still isn’t the strongest part of this series, we definitely get a little more insight into how Nick and Kate feel about each other. I think the fact that these tidbits are so few and far between make them that much more effective. 4/5

The Steam Factor
The sexual tension is high, but it’s rarely talked about. It’s more of a known concept. However, there was some kissing and groping and inferred sexy times, so we’re definitely getting warmer. 3/5

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Final Thoughts
There are few things more frustrating than a cliffhanger, so while I loved the book, I spent a few minutes swearing about it when I finished. My emotions are being toyed with, and all I can do is play the waiting game until the next one comes out.

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