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Book Review: The Financier

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

When Nick Dawes - moneyman extraordinaire for the mercenary group The Hudson Kings - royally screws up a freelance mission working for a Russian businessman, he’s got to fix the problem… and fast. Not only does he need to track down the missing $20 million, but he needs to find someone to take care of his fish (and frog) stat!

Enter voluptuous problem-solver Jane MacGregor. Jane’s got problems of her own. Her ex-boyfriend and former boss buggered off with her life savings, leaving her desperate for anything that comes along. It’s just her luck that she decides to house and fish-sit while Nick is straightening out his mess. This was supposed to be simple. Easy.

Too bad no one decided to tell fate that.

Can I state right now how much I adore Nick? Because I do. I totally do. Nick is everything a woman would want. He’s smart, sexy, passionate, protective, intelligent, funny… the list of adjectives goes on. Even better, he’s real. He loves and worries about his fish, and the neighbor’s dog, and of course the attractive and oh-so-capable house-sitter. Nick reads poetry, babbles when he’s nervous, and in true New Yorker fashion has nothing in his fridge other than cocktail olives and mosquito larvae.

You heard that right. Mosquito larvae.

Nick’s met his match in Jane. Jane is the kind of romance novel heroine I want to see more of. Like many fuller-figured women, she’s been conditioned by society to consider herself less desirable. But she isn’t, not in Nick’s eyes and not in the readers'. She’s cool under pressure, quick on her feet, and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She’s the kind of woman I’d like to go out for drinks with.

Together with the rest of the well-rounded side characters I found myself sucked into the New York City underground where elite teams pull off heists and cons in equal measure.

The book can stand on its own, which is good considering I’ve never read anything by the author before. It’s the second book in the series, and I’m likely to check out more when I get through a little more of my TBR pile. The universe she’s created is engaging and intriguing. If we don’t get an Ally and Rothgar book I will be so so disappointed. I highly recommend this book to people who like a little action and intrigue to go with their romance. Five Stars.

***I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley

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