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With a priceless collection at stake...Is everything for the taking?It had taken centuries for Max Bannister’s family to acquire their treasures, and now he’s been asked to risk his collection as bait for a master criminal. For his own reasons, Max allows a public exhibition, and to protect the family fortune he must rely on the skills of his half brother—a world-class secWith a priceless collection at stake...Is everything for the taking?It had taken centuries for Max Bannister’s family to acquire their treasures, and now he’s been asked to risk his collection as bait for a master criminal. For his own reasons, Max allows a public exhibition, and to protect the family fortune he must rely on the skills of his half brother—a world-class security expert—and his smart and savvy exhibit director, Morgan West.But almost immediately, Morgan comes face-to-face with the mysterious Quinn, Interpol’s most wanted thief for the past decade—and a man who makes it very clear he has an eye on the Bannister collection. And if that’s not enough, Morgan begins to realize that she’s surrounded by secrets and lies, and that someone very close to Max is moving behind the scenes, intent on murder as well as robbery...someone whose ultimate plan threatens to ruin them all....

Title : Once a Thief
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ISBN : 9780553585117
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Once a Thief Reviews

  • Jilly
    2019-03-10 10:17

    It was okay though the description makes it sound liked it is a lot about Morgan and Quinn and while it is a bit about them I think it is really more about Storm and Wolfe (sounds like X-men but it isn't). The writing was good and it was interesting though it seems more like a set up for the next book which I suspect is actually about Morgan and Quinn.I really liked Wolfe and Storm. They banter between them is wonderful. The relationship is a bit short do it seems a little far fetched but it was still pretty good. I wouldn't mind reading the sequel.

  • Anita
    2019-02-26 06:39

    Quinn/Thiefby Kay HooperBook #1:  Once a Thief | Goodreads | Rating: 2.5 StarsBook #2:  Always a Thief | Goodreads | Rating: 2.5 StarsOverall Series Average Rating: 2.5 Stars**Official and full review originally posted at Ani's Book Abyss | Duology Review: Once a Thief, Always a Thief.I'm going to be totally honest and say that this series caught my attention, mainly because of the book titles.  I imagined throwing a series review together like this, because it somehow felt aesthetically pleasing (see review post title above).  I suppose it also helps that Kay Hooper's an author I like, and truth, I find a lot of her earlier work more enjoyable than some of the boring drivel she's been putting out lately.Don't get me wrong: I'm still holding out hope that the Bishop/SCU series will find its former glory.But this review is about Quinn/Thief duology, so let's get back on track.Unfortunately, partway through the first book, I had a niggling feeling that I was missing something--that there was a whole world of Quinn/Thief out there that might belong in a different story, or even in prior books written by Kay Hooper, connecting to this world.  So I did a search and found a four book series from Harlequin Loveswept called Men of Mysteries Past, which involved such titles pointing to the four main alpha male characters who all appear in the two books, Max Bannister, Wolfe Nickerson, Jared Chavalier, and the master thief Quinn.There's also a very blatantly obvious connection between them that doesn't present itself until the very end of the duology; and while I hadn't really thought about it while reading the two books, it didn't strike me as surprising when revealed either.Still, I was... a bit flummoxed and not sure how to continue this duology.  Especially since the book was dragging a whole lot to begin with anyway, what with all the characters sitting around and discussing security, and gangs of thieves, and Quinn's thieving career... with absolutely no action going on.  It reminded me of those last few trilogy arcs of the Bishop/SCU series where the characters simply spend all of the book sitting around and just... well, discussing things.It got boring fast.I DID do some backtracking after I finished the first book, and reread Hooper's author's note a bit more carefully, realizing that she had, indeed hinted at previously published works and her love for Quinn the master thief, thus leading to this re-imagined duology, which is supposed to center mostly around Quinn.  She admits that some of the scenes and dialogue is copy and paste, but that the majority of the two books are definitely new material with some different actions and scenes.I'm not sure how I feel about this.  And yet I HAD to read the second book because of all the loose ends and the mysteries and the secrets yet to be resolved/revealed.  Unfortunately, I can't very well admit that all the loose ends were cleaned up.  The ending of the duology was quite open-ended, both with the criminal thriller parts and the romance parts.It all felt unsatisfying and unfinished.  Needless to say, while the books were quite easy to read, I'm not entirely certain they were really worth the time put into them, considering how scattered and hop-scotch the progression was, and how unresolved everything felt.  And how deliberately mysterious Hooper was trying to make all the scenes seem, while making all of her characters talk and monologue way too much.- Once a Thief -Truthfully, there was so much going on in the first book that I really couldn't tell if Ms. Hooper had an actual direction to her story progression.  The main premise was there, though, don't get me wrong.  But I had a hard time following one character after another without wondering if details were being left out, or if I was already supposed to understand the fairly underdeveloped characters in this universe.And truth, aside from maybe Storm Tremaine and her cat, I really had a hard time liking any of the characters.  Four broody alpha males, two feisty damsels... it's a typical dated romance, though two couples are showcased together in the first book.  And while I DID enjoy the bickering and insta-lust to immediate insta-love between Wolfe and Storm (these names!), I found the romance between Quinn and Morgan completely incredible, starting with the fact that there's a modicum of psychic hinting between the two, as well as Morgan's TSTL actions that make absolutely no sense.  Which is a big disappointment, because I had expected so much more from her.In terms of storytelling, Once a Thief was definitely what you would call a "set-up" book.  Because nothing really happens except for a maybe last minute villain; this book read like an introductory of sorts.  Which is a lot of pages for setting up the world and the story.I read this book for Booklikes-opoly in Summer 2017.Roll #16: (See Also: Roll #16 Activities)Page Count:  326Cash Award:  +$3.00Bank Increased to $73.00 with this read.- Always a Thief -To my extreme frustration, Always a Thief didn't fare as well either.  Pretty much this entire second book just continues the story line from the first, with all the same quibbles and irritating draggy-ness that I really didn't care for.Morgan's TSTL characteristics didn't improve, despite all the narrative efforts to make her sound like an intelligent, witty, independent woman.  At least there's a scene wherein she, herself, points out just how TSTL her actions have become since she'd met Quinn, the master thief.  Of course, it still didn't stop her from continuing to rush into danger for no good reason; although, since very little negative came out of her actions, I suppose I don't know why I'm complaining.Oh, that's right, maybe because we've still got some sort of strange psychic connection being emphasized between Quinn and Morgan that makes absolutely no sense at all.Meanwhile, the rest of the characters are shuffled into the background.  Truth be told, I would have liked to see more on the development between Quinn and Jared, once we find out what their connection is... but the book sort of just fazed it out and made it seem insignificant in light of all the scattered activity of the main conflict, and the non-romance-romance going on between Quinn and Morgan.Truthfully, I think I probably reset my outlook on this book after reading Once a Thief, but that still didn't keep me from feeling a twinge of disappointment that things didn't work out the way I'd been hoping.  And when I say "work out the way I'd been hoping," I mean get more exciting and less boring, as well as turn Morgan into a more sensible character who doesn't just accept all of Quinn's lies with a shrug and a "whaddya gonna do?" just because she's somehow fallen in love with him (in spite of all the lies and secrets); or who doesn't just go rushing into danger without a backup plan.In light of this, I kind of miss having Storm and Wolfe bicker at each other.~~~Overall, I feel like maybe if I'd known about the previously published four book series that was the jumping board for this duology, I maybe would have given some thought to reading that one first, then maybe coming back to this duology some time later.  Instead, now that I've finished with this two-book series, I'm not entirely sure how I'd feel about going back and picking up Men of Mysteries Past and seeing if it would be more worth my time.Another last thought... I had a fleeting moment to wonder whether or not Hooper had intended to extend this duology to a trilogy or maybe another foursome.  Though to be fair, I suppose there would  then have to be some more clever wording with the book titles, as Once a Thief, Always a Thief has a nice ring to it already.  Adding more might undermine that aesthetically pleasing review post title I still found I looked forward to presenting...

  • Bernice Alston
    2019-03-08 07:15

    Loved it / always looking for another in the series.

  • Sara
    2019-03-03 09:39

    A fun romp with some definite reaches when it comes to plausibility. A cat burglar and a museum collection chief... a match made in heaven?

  • Breeanya
    2019-02-20 06:27

    I am so grateful that this book was recommended! I love the details involved and the mystery that is intertwined amidst the story line. It was well written and you get to know both the main characters Quinn and Morgan. Two sides of the law that are brought together through the Bannister collection. Quinn is the daring, romantic thief very reminiscent of Danny Ocean or Pierre Despereaux. The last of a dying breed of gentlemen thieves. This was a nice transition from the other genres of Romance and "Cozy" Mysteries I favor and a great addition to my "forever" shelf.

  • Twilight
    2019-03-07 05:27

    Don't miss this one!Suave thief, plus Interpol agents, murderous thief gang, twisty romantic touches, and engaging characters make this an engrossing read. If you enjoy the idea of an elusive cat burglar enmeshed in a mystery as a hero, definitely puck this up and follow it with Always a Thief.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-12 05:14

    So this book, while not actively bad, wasn't terribly interesting. I'm going to say a few things here that are almost verbatim from my last 30 reviews im sure so please bear with me. First what is up with the blurbs of the books i've been reading lately?! They're so not on point. This book by and large had nothing to do with max bannister or his jewels. It barely had anything to do with Morgan. What exactly it was about I'll get to in a minute. Next on my list of repetition in reviews are these authors who are not romance authors and try-and fail miserably-at injecting romance into their books. Please stop...please for my sanity don't do this to me anymore. Less than 1% of i love yous in less than a week stories actually work for me and that's when the author actually writes romances. Trust me you aren't gonna pull it off if you don't write them. Give me a growing relationship show me why they should love each other instead of why they're just humping like bunnies (which we don't even get to see in this one) and then we can talk but I've dated guys for months before realizing I couldn't stand them I find it really hard to buy into oh we just met and we don't know anything about each other but lets spend forever together thing.Now on to the rest of this book. This plot was...odd. So there was sort of this overarching plot of a sting with max's jewels being used to catch a thief. Then there are two subplots that never come together and don't have much to do with the overarching subplot. There are two half baked romances. Theres quinn and morgan who while mildly entertaining were utterly unappealing both together and separately. He was full of charm and smoothness which made him unlikeable to me because i know through experience it hides an asshole. She was dumb enough to fall for the charm though smart enough to chastise herself for it and her character had next to no depth. Then there was storm and wolfe (srsly with these names?) who did nothing but bicker and have that happened off scene. They weren't exactly unlikeable together but i also didn't buy them as a couple esp after he said unforgiveable things to her and she just shrugged them off like they were nothing. The writing was technically sound but had no life. The buildup-action balance was waaaaay off. I waited and waited for something exciting to happen since this was supposed to be a thriller i thought. There were only 2 even remotely suspenseful scenes totaling 4/5 pages each. Nothing in the overarching plot was resolved and one of the subplots was left wide open. Since it appears the next book also ends on a cliffhanger and there was never a third one I think I'll skip it since I don't have the energy to spend on another day of waiting and waiting with no actual excitement

  • Stormy Cole
    2019-02-22 12:21

    To me the book was more about Wolfe and Storm, who I absolutely loved together. Hopefully, the next book is more Quinn and Morgan, though I would love to see Wolfe and Storm make an appearance.

  • Gina
    2019-02-20 07:20

    Originally, I had purchased the second novel, Always a Thief, in hardcover for a really great deal - $5(CDN) brand new, straight from Coles. It sat on my TBR shelf for nearly a year because i have this incurable need to read series' and such books in order.I finally managed to get my hands on this one without needing to order it, then felt this urgency to read it.And I'm glad I did!I thought the characters genuine and intuitive. I'm still trying to decide which was my fave and, laughingly, I'm leaning toward Bear, Storm's cat. But I liked Storm's straight-forward attitude as well as Morgan's thought process and everything about the 'infamous' Quinn.I liked the plot, what there was of it, knowing that it continued in the second novel. I thought it was well played. What really intrigued me was the play-by-play between the characters. Especially the deceit, the lies, the manipulations and the omittances of facts that were all twisted about that really pinned me to this book. I read them both in a day and a half.You can't help not being able to put this book down. The more lies and manipulations and the more truth you learn, the more you're pulled into reading.The descriptions are a sure way of learning who's who, what's what, and you get a real sense of the surroundings.I liked it!

  • Amelia
    2019-02-25 10:37

    Once A Thief is a read made interesting because of its characters. Kay Hooper weaves a story that has very real characters, all of them well-etched. Though the synopsis on the back on the book says it's Quinn and Morgan's story, it's the tumultuous relationship between Wolfe and Storm (both human characters, of course. Don't get thrown off by the names!!) that rules the story. Quinn and Morgan meet a few times and there's a surprise at the end of the book, but their relationship will probably be followed deeper in Always A Thief. Quinn thrills as the gentlemanly cat burglar. Can't wait for get to know him better. The book does not have explicit steamy scenes, but rather delves into what goes in the characters' minds when they've had a steamy encounter! I like that...mind over body :)The plot is tight and the treatment sharp. This one is a good read for a Friday evening; it gets you going for the intense reads you've got stocked for the weekend...

  • Susan Bazzett-Griffith
    2019-02-28 04:33

    As I impatiently wait for the next SCU/Bishop novels, I've occasionally been grabbing older Kay Hooper books from the library, and this one and its sequel both came in this week. Only two stars because I am so NOT into museum heists as a plot line and I was bored to tears every time the story delved into security measures and whatnot. I was pleasantly surprised to like the characters and I can see Hooper's early writing style before it started to truly emerge into a great series writer, but the story itself failed to grab me. These books are quick reads so I may read the sequel before it is due back in a couple of weeks, but if I don't, I will not feel badly about not knowing the fate of the Morgan/Quinn love story, as the plausibility of those two characters together is so weak and the circumstances surrounding the characters so "eh" to me that I'm not sure I care. I will reserve my rave reviews for Kay Hooper for her newer books, as I'm already invested in those characters and storylines.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-03-11 10:20

    3 STARS"It had taken centuries for Max Bannister's family to acquire their treasures, and now he's been asked to risk his collection as bait for a master criminal. For his own reasons, Max allows a public exhibition, and to protect the family fortune he must rely on the skills of his half brother--a world-class security expert--and his smart and savvy exhibit director, Morgan West.But almost immediately, Morgan comes face-to-face with the mysterious Quinn, Interpol's most wanted thief for the past decade--and a man who makes it very clear he has an eye on the Bannister collection. And if that's not enough, Morgan begins to realize that she's surrounded by secrets and lies, and that someone very close to Max is moving behind the scenes, intent on murder as well as robbery...someone whose ultimate plan threatens to ruin them all." (From Amazon)Good romance and decent mystery.

  • Angel
    2019-02-20 08:23

    I got this book at the library again this month and was going along, thoroughly enjoying Quinn, Wolfe and Morgan and wondering why it was i never got to the sequel.Then she appeared. The character Storm.I don't know if she why she's so irritating...Maybe Ms. Hooper was trying to offset the way Quinn got the best of Morgan by having a female to get the best of Wolfe but so far she's annoying the heck out of me. I'm more for give and take with the sexes (which is why i prefer Tony/Ziva on NCIS rather than Tony/Kate. She ALWAYS got the best of him and it got old).It's Quinn that's keeping me in this book so far and why I'll read the second one. He's definitely worth the aggravation of the Storm/Wolfe encounters.**Storm got better...though i think the 'fix' of her and Wolfe's relationship was a bit fast. Looking forward to book two!

  • Sarah (Workaday Reads)
    2019-02-21 05:27

    This was a light-hearted and fun book, one I’d consider a pure entertainment read. I love heist stories, and this one is all about museum heists, with both the museum curator and the thief as main characters.The book actually features two couples: Morgan and Quinn and Storm and Wolfe. There is more time spent on Storm and Wolfe, although the encounters between Morgan and Quinn are highly amusing when they do occur. While I liked all the characters, I thought there was more chemistry and depth between Morgan and Quinn.This is definitely the first half of a story, without a really ending. You’ll definitely need the sequel in order to complete the whole story, but this first part is quite fun. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next as the excitement and adventure really get going.

  • Chelsea Barker
    2019-03-11 04:42

    I've read this book so many times I love all of it. There are no slow parts, the characters are....I dunno... but all i can say about them is that I love them all and that none of them are so similar that you constantly get them confused, they each have a different and lovable background! I also love the storyline. Ok, Ok, I wouldn't rate it five star if i didn't like the storyline but I do like it anyway. When I first picked it up I thought alright, so here's a romance story where the girl falls in love with a thief sure, sounds good I suppose but when i read it, it was so much more! Ok so yeah yeah the girl does fall for the thief but I think it's an amazing story.

  • Supraja
    2019-03-10 06:37

    Great Plot, nice and well developed characters with funny and intriguing scenes, but I wish the author concentrated more on the possible theft. Instead it becomes more about Wolfe and Storm's affair and the secrets she hides from others. Admittedly, the book ends on a high note, leaving readers with lots of questions in mind about the Sequel. Yet, the wait to get there is tedious, with scenes that should have our hearts racing with anticipation for a theft rather becomes into a romantic moment between Morgan, an Exhibit Director of a highly valuable collection and Quinn, a well known cat burglar whose M.O has been operate from the shadows.

  •  Marla
    2019-03-04 04:33

    Likes:* Morgan, beautiful, shapely, exhibit director* Storm, the petite computer and security wizard* Storm fighting with Wolfe, the Lloyd's security expert* Quinn, the elusive, handsome, international thief* banter among the flirting couplesDislikes:* to be continued ending* Nyssa Armstrong was much too blatant* Wolfe getting over being lied to was too simple and quick* too many romances were in play at a time* Storm seducing Wolfe so lightly didn't seem realisticWith-reservations:language, stealing, murder, blackmail, promiscuous behavior, suggestive comments and behavior, but sex wasn't graphic

  • Angie crosby
    2019-02-21 07:20

    awesome book. This is the first book about a mysterious Art thief, Quinn who's talent at art heists rivals none. A public exhibition of a famous art collection is a trap for quinn. The book takes place weeks before the art arrives at the exhibit as the security is beinf beefed up. The book ends, leaving me wanting to read the next one. Kept me reading and interested. Would read it again and recommend it.

  • Kat
    2019-02-20 10:36

    I found this book during a recent used bookstore excursion, and it came home with me because I've owned the sequel for years and enjoyed it. So little is resolved in this book, however, that I'm not sure it was worth the bother. This book and its sequel really should have been published as one novel, as this book is mostly setup for the next one.

  • Jessica Starr
    2019-02-28 09:43

    I have read this book multiple times and it is part of one of my favorite series. I love Thief books and love said thief in the story, Quinn. I do like the second book a bit more because it focuses more on my favorite characters, but I still enjoy this one and will come back to read it many more times. (first read in 2006/2007).

  • Sarah
    2019-03-17 09:35

    A fun read with a group interesting characters. I see this book as being more of an introduction to the next novel in the series, Always a Thief. It would have made sense for the two books to have been combined and published as one, but if you read them back to back, the story is virtually seamless.

  • Sue
    2019-03-23 11:19

    More like 3.5, the thief Quinn is by far the most intriguing part of the story. unfortunately we are left unresolved but hooked on reading the next in the series. what lowered this rating was the 'couple'' didn't meet until a third of the way in. they were a fun couple a little more time building them up would have been advisable. But will continue the series for Quinn and Morgan.

  • Kerrysullivan
    2019-03-13 12:38

    OK I only got as far as page 40 of this book and I have found I am not interested in any of the people and really dont care if the nice jewellery get stolen or not. I think some of it is that I have the large print version and it makes the book feel slower in pace but the end result is the same, I give up.

  • Diane Perry
    2019-03-23 08:43

    Thanks to my sweet friend Kara Linna I am catching up on the Kay Hooper books I missed. I really enjoyed this. I love a good mix of humor and suspense. These characters were fun and I absolutely love the push/pull tension between Morgan and Quinn. This is a very good beginning to an exciting series.

  • JoAn
    2019-02-21 04:18

    I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to reading the next one. I just know that I am going to be disappointed if Kay Hooper doesn't give Quinn and Morgan more time together in the next one. Storm and Wolfe were definitley not just secondary characters in this books. I hope that the next books will be Quinn and Morgan's adventure.

  • Kemi looves 2 read
    2019-03-23 09:44

    I guess I'm simply used to the books by Kay Hooper which are thrillers/suspense with her psychic investigators. I found the story line in this book to be a bit busy, drawn out and confusing - an unstoppable cat burglar, interpol, thievery, romance, blackmail, etc in San Fran. I skipped some parts just to see how it ended.

  • Anna Mcfadden
    2019-02-22 05:44

    took over centuries for Max Bannister's family to gain there treasures, but Max decides he must go along with a plot to set a trap for a notorious cat burglar by displaying his rare jewels. with the half brother of Max, a world class security expert and exhibit director Morgan West. immediately Morgan is face to face with Interpol's most wanted theif known only as Quinn.

  • Drucilla
    2019-03-08 08:44

    First off, the description makes it seem like Morgan and Quinn are the main characters, but their story feels kind of secondary to Storm and Wolfe's. But because a good deal of time is spent on Morgan and Quinn, Storm and Wolfe's romance isn't really believable. It needed to be one or the other. Also, the "connection" Morgan and Quinn have comes off as a writer's convenience.

  • Taria0508
    2019-02-27 11:30

    Ich hatte mir so viel mehr erhofft. es war gegen Ende ehrlich gesagt eine richtige Mühe dieses Buch fertig zu lesen. Anscheinend ist es auch das erste in einer Serie. Habe aber wirklich kein Interesse weiter zu lesen.

  • Heather
    2019-03-13 12:14

    Loved the book and the only reason I didn't give it five stars was that it could have used a little more focus/ development on the ACTUAL main couple; Storm and Wolfe. Lots of excitement and witty banter. Loved the characters, the plot, the dialogue. This book has it all.