The Pretender (Games People Play #3) Review Post

Published January 10, 2018 by bookbesties


They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, and Harrison Tate is proof. Once a professional burglar, he now makes a lawful living tracking down stolen art. No one needs to know about his secret sideline, “liberating” artifacts acquired through underhanded methods. At least until one of those jobs sees him walking in on a murder.

Gabrielle Wright has long been estranged from her wealthy family, but she didn’t kill her sister. Trouble is, the only person who can prove it is the sexy, elusive criminal who shouldn’t have been at the island estate on that terrible night. She’s not expecting honor among thieves—or for their mutual attraction to spark into an intense inferno of desire.

Under the guise of evaluating her family’s art, Harris comes back to the estate hoping to clear Gabby’s name. But returning to the scene of the crime has never been riskier, with their hearts and lives on the line. 


This was a well written book with a well thought out plot!  Something, that I find not many books have both of these days.  This was the third book in a series but it is a standalone and would never know that it was part of a series.  I hadn’t read a murder mystery yet and this was a great way to dive into this genre.  I really enjoyed this book.Immediately this book grabbed my attention and kept it through the entire book

This story is about Harrison, a thief who “liberates stolen art and returns it to its rightful owner” and Gaby, the black sheep of the family who is believed to murdered her sister.  Harrison was on a job to get back a piece of art and walked in on a murder scene.  His actions screwed up the crime scene enough that the killer was never caught.  Gabby was the one that found her sisters dead body.  Her uncle and the rest of the world believe that she is the one that killed her.  Her uncle will stop at nothing to prove that she is the one who murdered her sister in cold blood and disinherit her.  Harrison knows that she is innocent and has been keeping tabs on Gabby since the murder.  When her uncle hires a personal investigator, Harrison shows up to help prove her innocence.  While investigating a murder on a private island with very few people, someone is attacking them and trying to silence them.  Gabby doesn’t want to believe that the other two people on the island would have anything to do with because they are like family to her.

My only complaint with this book was the insta-love.  Gaby knows that Harrison isn’t telling her the complete truth, her gut tells her that he is probably working for her uncle to frame her for her sister’s murder, and yet she still falls into bed with him almost immediately.  She admits on several occasions that she probably can’t trust him but has no problems giving this stranger her bed and heart.  All in all this was a good, quick read.  I would read the rest of the series and more books by this author in the future. 

4stars white

Tiffani H

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