Revenge is a diamond best served cold.
A year after THE STEAL, Ania Throne is determined to take back what the Leopard stole from her. Together with her lover and partner, Jerome, she stages a spectacular heist during the Venetian Carnival, to lure out the treacherous mastermind they unmasked. She’s willing to risk it all—until her revenge takes a dangerous twist that could cost her what she loves the most.
Jerome Curtis has given up everything for Ania. She needs his help and he’s fallen head over heels for the world’s most eligible jewelry designer. But when their daring scheme to catch the thief who escaped turns on them, he’s targeted for a crime he never wanted to commit—and he has to find a way out fast.
From a glamorous costume gala to the winter canals of Venice, Ania and Jerome must confront the choices they’ve made and bait a new trap to catch the Leopard, before the Leopard springs his trap on them. This time, the stakes are personal, but with more than diamonds on the line, can they escape the bait or will it separate them forever?
The second novella in To Catch A Leopard, THE BAIT is a nail-biting romantic caper by bestselling authors C.W. Gortner and M.J. Rose.
Ania and Jerome are hot on the trail of the Leopard. The Leopard is baiting Ania to try and stop him before it is too late. For the Leopard and Ania it is personal. Yet, will the Leopard escape again. Now that Ania and Jerome are together, they are stronger together.
I still struggle to form that strong emotional connection with Ania and Jerome. Yet, I do think they make a good team and I like to see them together. The presence of the Leopard being stronger in this story was great. It was fun to see the cat and mouse game between everyone.
These books do have a bit of a James Bond vibe. I am transported back in time and can see the whole story play out in my head while I am reading. Very quick read. While I may not have loved this book, I do want to see how it all ends in the third book.