Davey Howell has hit rock bottom. After losing his job and exhausting his savings, he’s become desperate enough to try picking pockets. Luckily, he’s caught on his first attempt by the wealthy and alluring Jake Cohen. Jake is not only an extremely talented lawyer, he’s a Dominate looking for a long term sub and, in Davey, he thinks he’s found the perfect fit. Almost overnight, Davey’s life is changed for the better and he begins to explore the BDSM scene under Jake’s guiding hand.
But Davey is new to the sub life and he’s torn between wanting to please Jake and his natural reluctance to trust his change in circumstance. When a misunderstanding threatens all that Jake and Davey have begun to create, both men must be willing to forgive and start again. Only then can they have the kind of relationship that will stand the test of time.
Let’s face it, when you pick up a romance, there’s often a suspension fo disbelief we have to adopt as a readers. That’s part of the fun. But there’s a fine line between suspension of disbelief and plot absurdity. And unfortunately, Jake’s Thief strains credulity and tips to the absurd. This is the latest in the Indiscreet Series and, personally, I think you need to read the others in the series first. I didn’t and found myself struggling to keep up with which couple did what and who belonged to who. So keep that in mind should you decide to read Jake’s Thief. Additionally, this is a re-release of the book, though I don’t know if any significant changes have been made.
So right off the bat, I had issues with the plot. Davey has lost his job and exhausted his savings and his next thought is to go straight to pick pocketing? The implication being that he can’t get any other possible work due to being fired from his job as a paralegal. Really? And then he meets Jake, who decides Davey’s a sub basically by looking at him. So in a matter of hours, Jake offers Davey a job, a place to live, and proposes they should do a trial kink period to see if they’re a good match. What? It makes no sense and even as the set up for a story, it’s a stretch to call it believable.
While the writing in Jake’s Thief is fine, neither of the characters behaves in a particularly realistic way. Davey is too quick to trust and accept the changes in his life and Jake is consistently treating Davey as if understands the sub life and didn’t just get drafted into it five minutes before. While the author indicates that Jake offers Davey a place to live and a job independent of sex and being a sub, the situation always felt a little uncomfortable to me. I mean, Davey was never in a position to refuse and had an obligation to accept. That said, Jake doesn’t force himself on Davey and the sexual side of their relationship actually moves fairly slowly. It was probably the most believable aspect of the entire book.
On the whole, I didn’t enjoy Jakes’s Thief. There was too much about the plot, the characters, and their interactions that didn’t feel legitimate. I couldn’t connect to either character because the plot was so disjointed and jarring to try and make sense of. This isn’t one I can recommend.