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Once a Thief

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Once a Thief

Protector Sweethearts Book 1

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She sets a thief to catch a thief.
He turns around to steal her heart.

Private investigator Helen Hu must team up with art thief Reuben Costa to rescue her mother, Mama Hu, who has vanished while trying to return a bejeweled egg she stole fifteen years ago.


Reuben’s Revenge...

To protect the woman he loved whom he could not have because she was another man’s wife, Reuben Costa’s father went to prison for a crime he did not commit. When Frederico died in prison, Reuben vowed to never love or marry. He poured the next fifteen years into expanding his father’s art theft and forgery organization across Europe, all the while sacrificing his own personal happiness. Bitter and burned out, he lives in the shadows and moves around at night.

When the FBI Art Crime Team and INTERPOL agents catch up to Reuben Costa, they offer him a way out of a life of crime in exchange for helping them trap a bigger jewel thief than he and his father combined. Just when Reuben warms up to the opportunity to reboot his life, he finds out he has to team up with Helen Hu, the daughter of the woman responsible for his father’s death and his family’s destruction.


Helen’s Havoc...

Private Investigator Helen Hu detests everything about the Costa family of art thieves, blaming them for turning her mother into a criminal. Yet she has no choice. Mama Hu has done the unthinkable: instead of surrendering to law enforcement authorities, she has taken upon herself to return a bejeweled egg she stole fifteen years ago. Now she has vanished.

The best way for Helen to find her mother is to go underground where thieves and robbers live. Her only ticket into that nefarious world is Reuben Costa, whose very last name she loathes. Skeptical about Reuben’s intentions, Helen is wary of the alliance. Still, Mama Hu must be found. As Helen and Reuben rush to rescue Mama Hu before the matriarch gets herself killed, the unlikely partners end up bargaining for not only life and death but also their hearts and souls.

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ONCE A THIEF is book 1 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s PROTECTOR SWEETHEARTS Christian romantic suspense series. This novella debuts in the TARGETED FOR DANGER anthology boxed set.


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