- One Last Heist by Dahlia Donovan
One Last Heist by Dahlia Donovan
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About the Author
Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and survivor of abuse as a child & adult, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.
Dahlia has worked over the years as a teacher, insurance adjuster, and even had a brief stint as the pianist in a band–very brief. She uses her experiences over the years travelling around the world and working to add spice to her stories.
An adoptee and TCK, Dahlia uses a pen name to avoid her technically unsavvy family. Her story and her novels are very much a part of herself. She’s proud to be a survivor, a writer, and one of the odd ones.
May 26, 2018
ePub, Mobi, PDF
One last heist.
It should’ve been easy. Crack a safe, steal from a villain, and go on vacation. The last thing Mack and Toshiro expect is to descend into a nightmare of betrayal.
Mack Ueda-Easton loves three things: his husband, heists, and his odd family of friends. He lives life on the edge. The only cloud on his horizon is the degenerative disease stealing his sight.
Toshiro Ueda-Easton tries to juggle his husband, his autistic sister, his interfering mother, and all of their heists. He knows they’re spiraling out of control and the journey they’re travelling can’t last.
What neither of them expect is to get catapulted straight into a dangerous conspiracy. They’re now in a race to come out on top. If they fail, the consequences are unimaginable.
This review was very tricky to write. There were a tremendous amount of interesting pieces and parts to this story that were wonderful, but the way they pieced together overall just didn’t work for me.
Gregor ‘Mack’ Ueda-Easton and Toshiro Ueda-Easton are a happily married, long-term couple (as in elementary school long-term) who have really nifty front jobs. Mack is a philanthropist and Toshiro is a traveling writer, while secretly they are running a Robin Hood-esque business behind the scenes with Toshiro’s twin sister Charlie and the love of her life, Dominica. They happily steal priceless things from the not-so-rightful-owner and deliver them to where they should be, while keeping some extra loot for themselves and using discreet fencing to transfer said baubles to cash. These four characters play from start to finish as a team even though the story focuses on Mack and Toshiro, and each of them is a delight on their own.
The premise of the story is amazing. Mack’s sight is spiraling down due to a genetic disease, so if the team wants to complete One Last Heist, it needs to be done now, before it’s too late for Mack. They have the perfect heist plans underway and now just need to finish practicing and go do it.
Unfortunately, there was much more ‘wait’ than there was action. The pace of the story was herky-jerky as a result, and overall it was just too muted for me. I had a hard time staying interested in the story despite the interesting cast of characters because of this.
There is too much ambiguity on aspects involving information-sharing to learn about these various jobs and so how they were selected for me to piece it together in any satisfying way. There is also a marked enmity toward one of the secondary characters (Rafe) due to damages caused to another secondary character (Jude) in a past job, and while there is repeated mention of it, there is no real background information. It made me feel like I was missing a previous book that could have explained how this team worked together in the past, what happened between these two specific characters to cause this divide, and why Mack would still rely on Rafe as a mentor and information source after whatever treachery Rafe committed that left Jude wheelchair-bound.
On another front, the passion that Mack and Toshiro have for one another is undeniably strong, even after many years together, and the easy camaraderie and support of and for each other is lovely. The way they go about showing Charlie support, allowing her to function so brilliantly through the parameters dictated to her by her autism, is also quite beautiful.
My dilemmas regarding this book made me really need to stop and ponder before writing my review. I also went hunting to see if I perhaps had missed a first book, but found nothing. This author is one of my favorites, so it almost felt like a betrayal to criticize this book. However, I simply don’t write what I don’t feel, so I’m being honest with myself and with anyone who reads this review. I’m rating this book at 2.5 stars. Perhaps one day there will be a prequel to this, and I could potentially re-review this one. In the interim, remember that your mileage may vary, so if you want to give it a try, go for it.
I voluntarily read an ARC copy of this book for Divine Magazine from the author, Dahlia Donovan, with hopes for but no obligation to provide a review.
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