One Last Heist
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: Gay Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 26, 2018
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.
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One Last Heist has plenty going on all through the story. There’s intrigue and suspense peppered by Mack and Toshiro’s intimate encounters, and a cast of characters that are all quite unique in their own ways.
I loved the fact that Mack and Toshiro had been together for so long and were so dedicated to each other every step of the way. Their devotion to each other is obvious, their bond unbreakable—even when Mack is being a bit (or more than a bit) stubborn. Toshiro’s autistic sister Charlie brings a very logical mind to the table, picking up on things that others might not while her girlfriend Dominica is artistically talented in ways that are a huge asset to their little team. And their friend Jude brings a snarky, sarcastic attitude along with his technical skills.
As I said, there’s a lot going on in this story, and at times it felt like things went very quickly with not a lot of details—we were more told what happened after the fact than shown things as they happened. This made some parts of the story feel a bit jumpy to me, making the read not as smooth as I would have liked. This doesn’t mean it’s not a good story—far from it—but it’s my opinion that it could have benefitted from more detail and explanation than less since it felt like certain parts were skipped forward to get to other parts of the story.
One Last Heist has me wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars mostly due to the nature of the storytelling as I just detailed. I did love Mack and Toshiro together, they make a wonderful couple and played off each other quite well. Even with the sexy times scattered often throughout the book, the story really concentrates on the suspense of things, which did up the tension quite a few times. Overall it was an entertaining read, one that is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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 occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.