It's a pub in lower Manhattan, run by the Finnegan family for generations and now owned by Kieran and her three brothers. Kieran Finnegan, who still works there whenever she can, has become a criminal psychologist—a fitting reaction, perhaps, to her less-than-lawful past.
Meanwhile, New York's Diamond District has been hit by a rash of thefts. No one's been killed—until now. FBI agent Craig Frasier is brought in to investigate; he and Kieran meet at a jewelry store in the middle of a heist. She's there to "unsteal" a flawless stone taken by her light-fingered youngest brother as an act of vengeance. He's there to stop the gang.
But the police and FBI soon discover that there are two gangs of diamond thieves, the original and a copycat group of killers. And the second group seems to think their scheme is as flawless as the stones they steal.
Thrown together by circumstance, drawn together by attraction, Kieran and Craig both end up working on the case. Unfortunately, there's more and more evidence that, somehow, the pub is involved. Because everyone goes to Finnegan's…
What I liked: I actually loved the setting for Flawless. The way Ms Graham describes the scenes pulled me right into it. I've never been to either New York City nor a real Irish Pub but after finishing Flawless, I feel like I can say I've been to both. I also enjoyed the big Irish family with a few ghosts in their history, legal wise. It seems as if each of the Finnegan siblings have done their share of shady dealings but have moved on into adulthood, or maybe not.
Kieran's youngest brother, Daniel, helps her best friend, Julie, deal some payback to Julie's soon to be ex-husband. Unfortunately, when Kieran tries to fix everything by taking the "flawless" stone back to the jewelry store, she get's caught in the middle of a real diamond heist. Not only that but the FBI has an agent in the store also. And there begins the mystery, romance and suspense of Flawed.
I've been reading Ms Graham off and on for years and years. I started with her historical romance but when I stopped reading that genre, I did pick up a few of her romantic suspenses and even tried a couple of her paranormals. Her writing is crisp and clean and clear. You don't get 5 sentences to explain a situation when one or two will do. I enjoy her writing style and I know what to expect.
What I didn't like: While I enjoyed the story and finished it very quickly, Flawless, wasn't one of my favorites written by Ms Graham.
I didn't feel very connected to the main couple, Kieran and FBI Agent Craig Frasier. I could feel the attraction but it didn't feel "real" but more contrived for the story. Well, most romances are made for the story but Kieran and Craig didn't "flow" together, if you can understand what I mean.
The suspense "bad guy" side was pretty well thought out and developed.
I was provided an ARC of Flawless by NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
If you are a fan or collector of Ms Graham's works, I would buy Flawless in hardcover. I don't recommend spending almost $10.00 on the Kindle version. Borrow it from the library or a friend.