Review: A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson

A Gift for Guile by Alissa Johnson
Series: The Thief-takers  (# 2)
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



She’s a liar.
She’s a con.
She’s a thief.
And God help him, but he’ll do anything to keep her safe.

Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn’t want. Esther knows she’s put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends-not her family’s enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he’s near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers…and wish she were worthy of being saved.


Review: I love this book. A whole lot. I haven’t been able to engage in a historical romance for a long time because they all seem the same. Not this one. I was so shocked and surprised at how different it was and how I was able to fall for Sam and Esther.

The banter between Sam and Esther was great. I found myself laughing out loud at what Esther would say to him. I would like to think that Esther was an early feminist. She really felt that she shouldn’t have to worry about all the customs at the time and go out and do what she wanted without worrying about her worth or what others would say.

I really adored Esther. Her quick wit and her way of talking was refreshing to me. I so would want to be her friend. She is quirky and a tad shy in regards to anything romantic with Sam. Sam with all his grouchiness has a soft heart and how he is to Esther was very endearing.

The plot was also very well thought out and fast paced. I read the book in one sitting which doesn’t happen to me much anymore with 4 kids. I didn’t know what was going to happen next and even when I thought I knew, I was totally off base. I like when an author is about to keep me guessing and wondering what will happen next. I definitely will be looking into her other books and reading them. I was just so blown away by her writing.