Everyone goes to Finnegan’s…
It’s a pub in lower Manhattan, run by the Finnegan family for generations and now owned by Kieran and her three brothers. Kieran Finnegan, who still works there whenever she can, has become a criminal psychologist—a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful past.
Meanwhile, New York’s Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. No one’s been killed—until now. FBI agent Craig Frasier is brought in to investigate; he and Kieran meet at a jewelry store in the middle of a heist. She’s there to “unsteal” a flawless stone taken by her light-fingered youngest brother as an act of vengeance. He’s there to stop the gang.
But the police and FBI soon discover that there are two gangs of diamond thieves, the original and a copycat group of killers. And the second group seems to think their scheme is as flawless as the stones they steal.
Thrown together by circumstance, drawn together by attraction, Kieran and Craig both end up working on the case. Unfortunately, there’s more and more evidence that, somehow, the pub is involved. Because everyone goes to Finnegan’s…
Worldbuilding: The Manhattan setting was fun, and I loved the Irish-American community the novel portrayed.
Characters: Kieran was an interesting character. A bit of a scaredy-cat maybe, though she tried to act tough for everyone around. I loved how loyal she was to her family, though she lost her moral compass strikingly easily when it came to loved ones – and I would have expected more from someone on her field of work, I guess. But she was a fun heroine.
Craig was an interesting hero, not coming off too alpha-vibe despite the FBI agent thing. He made me laugh a few times, with the disguises particularly. He was a good match with Kieran and they were a cute couple, sort of sweet vibe, even.
Plot: The story was pretty fun, but I can’t say I was riveted though I was engaged all through. I think I was expecting a bit more excitement for some reason; though it was an active story, it was pretty tame.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his and her POV.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – good impulsive buy material for my romantic suspense craving.
This was my first Heather Graham read, and I liked the experience. I was a bit under the weather when reading it, and it took longer than it usually takes me to a read a novel (meaning in one sitting), so maybe that influenced my reading experience breaking a bit the flow of the story. But I really had fun reading Flawless, and I recommend it to lovers of light romantic suspense, based on interesting ideas not agitated action, and with romance that’s not too angsty or explicit.
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