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Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his cNicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars—and their lives—in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire.It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup—a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, and an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?...

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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2018-10-10 19:36

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Reading Janet E. books has become the literary version of partaking in some delicious cake for me – I realize it’s nothing but empty calories but I don’t feel bad about eating the whole thing until some buzzkill comes and pees on my parade . . . I’ve read nearly everything Evanovich has written - alllllll the Plums, the Alex Barnaby books, the Lizzy & Deisels, even some of her fluffy romances. That being said, 3 Stars is about as good as it gets from me. Let’s face it, these books aren’t real high up there on the smarty-farty scale, but I still love them.The Scam is #4 in the Fox & O’Hare series. Per usual, we’re following the traditional format for these good cop/bad cop stories. Kate is the good guy gal – an FBI agent who always gets her man. Nick is . . . well, her man. He spent much of his adult life on the 10 Most Wanted list, but once he was finally captured by Kate the Feds decided to use him for good instead of evil. Now Kate and Nick work as an unlikely duo taking down some of the biggest criminals in the world. The only thing that really changes is the bad guy, the location, and which of Kate’s father’s buddies will be recruited as a faithful sidekick. This go ‘round their mission is to stop a money laundering operation that cleans up the dirty cash of some serious high rollers . . . It’s up to Kate and Nick to “swindle the swindlers” . . . (Sidenote: That line is followed up by Brad Pitt saying “only in the morning.” One of the best quotes EVER!)Where was I????? Oh yeah, Kate and Nick have to infiltrate this casino and take down the bad guy. This time they’ll enlist the help of the regulars – Kate’s father Jake, Boyd the actor, and Chet the special effects guru, and they’ll also add Jake’s old buddy, the former Somali pirate Billy Dee . . . Like I said, these books don’t take a whole lot of brain cells to get through, but they are total fun and as long as Evanovich and Goldberg keep cranking them out, I’ll keep reading them. Some extra fun this time was the relationship FINALLY went to the next level . . . and an ending that makes me just have to read #5 . . . (Extra Damon and Reynolds gifs added for Anne because she has TERRIBLE taste in men)ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (but I still buy my own copy of these once they are released because I’m a disgusting book hoarder). Thank you, NetGalley!

  • ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
    2018-10-08 16:29

    This series is just so fun! Capers, cons, and heists always pique my interest, and this book was no exception.I have always pictured Nick Fox as Cary Elwes' con artist character Despereaux on Psych.He has the smirk, the same suave con man attitude,the unflappable calm in any situation,and always pulls it off and gets away.In this installment, Kate O'Hare of the FBI and Cary Nick decide to take down an evil Casino owner who gets off on violence and power. Think mallets and piranhas. They soon assemble a team, include more baddies into the con, and go to work. I love Kate's retired military dad...he needs more page time. He often saves the day on the cons as well as with his daughter's love life.Thank you Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
    2018-10-16 21:19

    Title: The Scam, book #4 in the "Fox and O'Hare" series.Written By: Janet Evanovich and Lee GoldbergRelease information: tentatively scheduled on-sale date is 15 September 2015 - Bantam Books -- Random House. More info: www.evanovich.com or www.randomhousebooks.com----> please note: an advanced reader's copy (ARC), I corrected eBook proof was kindly provided free of charge via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review without quotations from the publication. THANK YOU! ☺️ <----Read: July, 2015Format: eBook via Samsung Galaxy Tab4 - Kindle app.Genre: fiction, humor, romance, law enforcement, FBI, FBI informant(s), military -retired, action/adventure, mystery, caper/robbery/scam/swindling, strong female MC. Occasional swearing and mild-moderate violence/fighting.My rating (1-5 star scale): 4.75 "I looooove this series" stars! As I must be careful what I post, I'll open with the previously released book synopsis:"Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace.Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of his best customers are mobsters, dictators, and global terrorists. Nick and Kate will have to go deep undercover as high-stakes gamblers, wagering millions of dollars—and their lives—in an attempt to topple Trace’s empire.It’s a scam that will take Fox and O’Hare from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup—a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate’s father, and an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem. What could possibly go wrong?"My remarks:I truly feel that this is the best book in the series so far!I am a long-time Evanovich fan and really enjoy her Stephanie Plum series. I was a little worried that this collaboration would be disappointing, but I have been so pleasantly proved wrong with each installment so far! I do feel this series needs to be read I order as it would be a bit difficult to fully understand the back story between Kate O'Hare, FBI Agent and Nick Fox, Hottie Swindler without that early information. There are often some little innuendos referenced that one will appreciate best if completely familiar with the whole series, especially how Fox comes up with his "character" names-freaking hilarious!!!This tale of "bad guy gets chased by good guys" has the absolute funniest twist whereas the "bad guy" is actually a "good guy" informant but it isn't public information. Instead, the FBI uses Fox's unique skills set as a lifetime grifter to bring down top wanted master criminals with O'Hare as his handler. Let me just say, the heat and sparks flying between Fox and O'Hare is a deeee-lissssh-us side benefit of this series! Yowza! It's just really fun and funny to see how the Fox-O'Hare team and their band of misfits come up with ways to swindle the swindlers in the name of the law/FBI. Super creative crime fighting!I really am not able to say more at this time, but would be super happy to answer ANY questions (if you're still reading way down here), at any time! ;))Thank you for stoping by, always.Cheers!Lisa (@NurseLisainOhio - GR, NetGalley, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest , IG, Google+, etc.)

  • Mike French
    2018-10-16 23:13

    Another GREAT episode in the Fox and O'Hare series! I always picture Nick as Robert Wagner from the old TV series To Catch a Thief and O'Hare as Jennifer Hart from another old TV starring Robert Wagner,Hart to Hart. Hopefully there will be many more episodes to come because I am hooked.

  • Esil
    2018-10-03 18:27

    Yikes! I requested The Scam on Netgalley because I had read the first three books in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and enjoyed them well enough to make it worth giving this one a try. The Stephanie Plum books I read were completely light but sufficiently funny and likeable to fill the occasional need for a mindless read -- like the short lived satisfaction of a cheap chocolate bar. But The Scam -- which is part of a new series Evanovitch is co-authoring with Lee Goldberg-- didn't work for me at all -- and I don't think that it's because it's the fourth in a series of which I had not read the previous books. The characters seemed trite and not particularly interesting or likeable, and the story was choppy and all over the place. I should have stopped reading well before the end, but based on the high ratings for this book and series I was hoping to reach a point where all would be redeemed -- or at least pick up a bit. But all I reached was the conclusion that there's really no accounting for taste. 2 stars rather than 1 because there's nothing actually offensive about The Scam -- and I am overlooking the cheap shots at Canadians -- but I just didn't enjoy it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read The Scam -- and I do mean that sincerely. I've taken many risks requesting books outside of my usual reading patterns or comfort zone often to great success, so the occasional miss is a price worth paying.

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    2018-09-25 15:21

    Actual Rating 3.75 starsLike I said when I picked up this book, I'm not sure what led me to it, as I previously stated that I wouldn't continue the series... but I saw this book pop up on my libraries Overdrive site and I said, "what the heck."The Fox and O'Hare series is a fun buddy-cop series about a female FBI agent, Kate O'Hare, working cases with a infamous con artist and international criminal turned FBI informative and asset, Nick Fox.You have the classic push-pull relationship, good cop bad cop set up and of course lots of sexual tension.I read another review that said of the series, "it's like picking up some delicious junk food: you know it's just empty calories but it's so much fun you eat it anyway." This is the perfect summation in my opinion. I don't pick up this series to be blown away or inspired but the books are a lot of fun.And to my surprise, I liked this book more than the second and third in the series, which I was sent for review. I thought The Scam brought back some of the classic stuff from the first book and I was impressed.And the ending? Of course now I have to wait for the fifth book and read it. LOL

  • Skip
    2018-09-19 19:12

    FBI Agent Kate O'Hare and her criminal mastermind charge, Nick Fox, set up an elaborate plan to take down a casino owner, who is laundering money for terrorists and the Yakuza. Meanwhile, Kate's father and an old Army buddy manage to piss off a Hawaiian mobster, who is eventually drawn into the scam. The usual funny dialogue, sexual tension between our lead characters, and many beautiful locations, ranging from Oahu to Hong Kong/Macau, and the much less glamorous Las Vegas strip. Usual lite fare fun. 3.5 stars.

  • debra
    2018-09-26 22:33

    Prob higher than 3 for this type of book, aka literary fiction, only kidding- about the literary fiction, not the stars. It is light, fluffy, and very entertaining. Read Kelly (and the Book Boar)'s excellent- and needless to say- very entertaining review .

  • Lakshmi C
    2018-10-05 21:15

    The target is a Brad Pitt doppelganger. Oh my...Owner of a casino and a money laundering suspect.“Alone time with Trace isn’t high on my list of preferred activities,” Nick said. “That guy is scary.”“The piranha got to you?”“The way he thinks got to me. He’s a con man and a sociopath.Visions of Culinary HeavenGetting access to a buffet, even a bad one, is like someone handing me a free pass to heaven.”Nick smiled wide. “You’re equating a buffet to heaven?”“Okay, so maybe not heaven. Maybe to Disneyland.”A painting of dogs playing poker.Piranhas are his murder clean up team. Disturbing. But I'm glad it's not Jaws.We are family. Or will be soon.Kate smiled at her dad. “He’s good.”“Not as good as you,” Jake said. “Because you caught him.”“Hey,” Nick said. “Whose side are you on?”“Kate’s,” Jake said. “Always.”Nick nodded. “As it should be.”Bring the Pirates“I am a ruthless Somali pirate,” he said.She gestured to his feet. “You’re wearing sneakers with Velcro straps.”“You need comfortable footwear to be ruthless.”Fake movies, dinosaur sets and becoming the jungle. It's all Zen.Safety comes first.“We’re here to protect you,” Dumah said. “Mr. Trace has put us in charge of your safety. If anything happens to you in Macau, we’ll be held accountable.”“So do us a favor and stay out of dark alleys while you’re here,” the stairwell guy said, slightly pitched forward, his hand cupping his privates.“It’s not the same. The only person attacking anyone in dark alleys with knives these days is Kate, and she lets them live.”Someone had to say it. “They say that patience is a virtue.”“That might be true,” Jake said. “But in my experience, the virtuous are usually the first to die.”The Canadian mafia, pirates and the Yakuza. Don't forget Trace.“I’ve seen cookie jars with better security,” Nick said.And there's a massive cliffhanger. You have been warned. Please keep book 5 next to you before you start this.Finishing these books is as easy as finishing a box of Milano cookies.

  • Melliane
    2018-10-02 22:14

    3.5/5Mon avis en FrançaisMy ENglish reviewAs always, I was curious to immerse myself in a novel by Janet Evanovich and this series allows me each time to have a good time with a light and funny reading.We find as always a new investigation or a new scam I should say, performed to bring down a Casino owner, money launderer for all the biggest criminals of this world. It is up to Kate and Nick to find a ploy to make him fall and thus start a new adventure. But as always, this plan remains far from easy, even with the help of their associates that we have great pleasure to see again here as always. Yes, Willie will be there, along with our beloved crazy actor or Kate’s father who is eager for action and fits easily in rather complicated situations. But that’s not all, because we have some new characters.As you can see, we are carried away in a new well-planned scam as always and it was very interesting to see what the characters were thinking again. In addition, there is also an evolution for the relationship between Kate and Nick and although everything is very complicated and tense, it’s nice to see how far it will advance and progress.So it was a nice book to read, especially for holidays, if we do not expect anything too complicated.

  • Sandra
    2018-09-18 22:20

    3.5*Now, this was fun.Light, fast-paced, action packed, with some sexy, lusty banter between the main characters, this is such book candy. Books like these are great for inbetween readings of the darker, grittier books and more literary stuff I usually (try to) read. I just gobbled it up.An unlikely but hot duo, Nicholas Fox (on FBI's Ten Most Wanted list as fugitive #7 turned informant) and Kate O'Hare (FBI-agent extraordinaire) are setting up a scam to stop money-laundering casino boss Evan Trace's criminal ways. With the help of their notable friends and Kate's father, they jetset between the US, Hawaii, and Macao to do just that. On the way they experience some setbacks and encounter certain dubious characters, but in the end manage to pull it off. Now it's time for some celebrations...Isn't it?(view spoiler)[This is where I had a little eye twitch. The book ends with a huge cliffhanger! Do I really have to wait for almost a year to know what happens next?(hide spoiler)]I think Evanovich and Goldberg have finally taken this series up a notch. The previous books were okay, and this one was definitely way better than okay. Can't wait for the next installment.Review copy supplied by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a rating and/or review.

  • Book Him Danno
    2018-10-09 19:15

    I have read a lot of Janet Evanovich from Plum, Lizzy and now the Fox and O’Hare series and have enjoyed the stories because they are light, fun and quick reads. Scam is number 4 in the Fox and O’Hare series so if you haven’t read the others it really shouldn’t be a problem because the extra characters are flat and the author always has a way of catching up the new readers. Kate O’Hare is the good cop AKA FBI who has been tasked working with one of the FBI 10 most wanted men in America Nick Fox. Each story is basically the same Nick and Kate find bad guys, scam the bad guys while using a band of marry men and women. This time around their mission is to stop money laundering operations at a casino in Las Vegas. They bring Jake O’Hare, Boyd the actor and Chet special effect guru along with a former Somali Pirate Bill Dee. I love Kates dad he is always good for a laugh which there is plenty to go around. Kate kick butts which made for some really good scenes and yes finally the relationship is taken to the next level as well as a cliff hanger.The Scam as a lot of twist and turns that might get you a little lost but they pull it all together in the end. If you are into the TV show White Collar this is a you can’t miss book.Advance copy sent from Netgalley

  • Angie Elle
    2018-09-26 21:30

    Thank you to RANDOM HOUSE and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.3.5 starsLike the first three books in this series, The Scam was a quick read that flew right by. And yet somehow, it lost a bit of its polish for me with this installment. It felt like the plot was all over the place, and it was simply too intricate to describe with an even flow. Too many details bogged down the story. The first three could be blown right through, but you had to pay closer attention to this one. Because of that, the series lost its easy breezy feel.We know Kate and Nick by now (not enough about Nick, in my opinion, and at this point I wonder if we’ll ever get any more details on him,) and their characters haven’t deviated since the The Heist. The same players that were brought into previous cons were utilized here as well, and it was fun to see them all again. Boyd and his eccentricities about throwing himself into his roles are becoming the highlights of each book for me. He is a fun character to read about, because he’s so off the wall and unpredictable. I like seeing Kate’s family in each installment; it gives us a better sense of who she is and shows us how she caters to her role in the FBI, her role as Nick’s partner, and her roles as sister, aunt, and daughter.Nick really amped up the flirting in this one, and he got more of a rise out of Kate than he as in the past. (view spoiler)[And the kicker – I think they had sex, but I can’t be completely sure, because whatever happened, it was OFF THE PAGE. If that’s the case, this is hugely disappointing to me. I love Nick’s playful demeanor, and I wanted to see that between the sheets. (hide spoiler)] Heads up – this book ends on a cliffhanger, and while in some cases I don’t mind a cliffhanger, I feel like it’s unnecessary here. There was almost a year between release dates for these books, and that’s just too long to wait for an answer to a cliffhanger ending. The scene could have just as easily been the beginning scene for the next book. While this book didn’t capture quite the same magic as the first three books in this series had, it was still entertaining. Fingers crossed the series gets its momentum back with the next book!Some of my favorite little bits between Kate and Nick:“Are you flirting with me?”“Honey, my intentions are way past flirting.”“Your intentions could get you a knee in the groin.”Nick grinned. “At least your mind’s on the right body part.”* * *“Would you like me to come to your suite?”“You want half of my steak, right?”“No, babe. I want all of you.”Kate took a beat to steady herself. “I need time.”“The ball’s in your court.”This review was originally posted at Badass Book Reviews.

  • Anita
    2018-10-08 20:35

    ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This series just gets better with the release of each new book. It has Evanovich's trademark dry humor and wit along with a kick ass plot that has you guessing to the very end. I can clearly see Lee Goldberg's influence and this collaboration is a hit. I love it!As far as the plot goes, I'm not going to reveal much, because I want you to have to joy of discovery for yourself. I will say that this time Nick and Kate, with the FBI's blessing, are after a nasty piece of work using his casinos to launder money for terrorists and anyone else who needs to hide where their ill gotten gains come from. He is also a sadist and likes pain, for himself and others. He hopes to include Kate in his little games. Like Nick is going to let that happen.Nick's faithful crew and Kate's dad, Jake, are right there to support Nick and Kate and bring the baddies to justice. Jake has a personal interest in seeing one of the baddies go down. Kate is still fighting her feelings and attraction for Nick and Nick is dealing with his serious feelings for Kate, but he is not likely to change into Kate's ideal model citizen anytime soon. This scam is their biggest yet and the stakes are just as high.

  • Wendy
    2018-09-27 20:13

    The ScamI was ready to give this book four stars until the very last page. I'm hooked on this series for sure. I like the dynamic between Kate and Nick and loved the way this book ended. I don't even mind that I have to wait until the next book is published to find out what happened to Nick. This is a cute series and just what I expect from Janet Evanovich.

  • Renee M
    2018-09-21 19:21

    Blek! A cliffhanger ending. Everything else was good, formulaic fun.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2018-09-28 23:27

    I just didn't like this volume in the series.It was okay, but not as good as the rest.

  • Tiffany PSquared
    2018-10-01 20:19

    I am reading these out of order, but I've found that Evanovich's writing allows for this. This book is a light read. It has just enough of everything you need: action, quirky characters, danger, and expensive cars getting blown to bits.Plus, the audiobook has Scott Brick's extremely listen-to-able voice.Winner, winner chicken dinner!

  • Julie
    2018-10-07 21:35

    The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is a 2015 Bantam publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. At long last, I am finally reunited with my favorite anti-hero- Nick Fox! It seems like it's been a long time since we last touched base with Nick and Kate, but some things are worth the wait. Our favorite dynamic duo has been assigned a most interesting and unusual case that will have them traveling to Las Vegas, Oahu, and Macau in order to infiltrate a casino magnate whose money laundering network could have ties to some of the most unsavory and dangerous people in the world, such as the mob, ISIS, or foreign dictators. This may be one of the riskiest and most dangerous jobs the couple had been assigned up to this point, but Nick seems right in his element, as he plays high stakes games and bask in all the luxuries the casinos have to offer for high rollers.But forget baccarat, the couple has placed their most important wager on their plan to take down super villain Evan Trace, but what they thought was a sure bet, might actually leave them in a real bind, with only Kate's dad and a Somalian pirate as back up. On a more personal note, Kate is finding it harder to resist the charming Nick Fox as their attraction to one another grows stronger and their chemistry becomes more potent. Kate is becoming more addicted to the intoxicating and exciting world Nick has drawn her into. The last book was a caper style novel, very slick and polished, so I wondered how on earth this amazing writing duo was going to top it. Well, there is still a con, but it's more like a 'sting' operation or as the apt title suggests… a scam. Kate and Nick slide seamlessly into the world of high stakes gambling, ritzy casinos, luxury hotels, and high class travel all over the globe, by setting themselves up as high rollers throwing away millions of dollars in one night. They are just the type of people Evan Trace loves to see in his casinos… so let the games begin! I love Nick Fox to death, even though he's not exactly a 'good guy' in the strictest meaning of the term. I am envious of his boldness, his ability to take risks, to act first- think later, and his overall confidence and optimism. Kate, of course, still has to behave professionally, her job being to keep Nick under control , but she's beginning to see things Nick's way more often than not. “ I'm feeling 'lucky' today,” Nick said, looking out at the surf. “Let's go swimming.” “How does 'lucky' equate to swimming?” “You would put on a little bikini, and we'd go into the water together, and then I'd get even luckier.” “That's a fantasy”. “True, but I plan to make it a reality.” “Not gonna happen.”“It's inevitable. I always thought we'd eventually get together,” Nick said. “Well, so did I , but I imagined it would be in an interrogation room, courtroom, or your jail cell.”“This is better.” “I suppose, but it was fun when I hit you with a bus.”“Yeah, and I enjoyed crashing into you with the armored car.” He moved close and kissed her just below the ear. “Thinking about it gets me feeling romantic.”“Listen, mister, there's no romance.”“Okay,” he said, “no romance. Just hot, sweaty sex.” “No!” “Just a little.” “No!” “A kiss.” “Maybe a kiss.” Needless to say, this is a fun, exciting, fast paced story, with a lot action, suspense, danger and a little bit of romance too. Once again, the plotting is tight, the dialogue snappy, smart- witted, and the characters continue to evolve as time moves on. Yes, this story was certainly worth the wait, however… with the heart racing set up for the next installment, these fabulous authors had better be brainstorming and those word processors better be burning hot right now, because I don't know how long I can stand the suspense! I love this series and highly recommend it to mystery, suspense, thriller fans, romantic suspense fans will like this one too. These stories are rated PG-13- so everyone should be able to enjoy them. 4.5 stars

  • Carol
    2018-09-18 22:28

    How do you scam someone who is trying to scam you? Comealong with Nicholas Fox, master thief and con artist who isworking secretly with Kate O’Hare, FBI agent. The pair are bringing down untouchable criminals. This time a casino ownerwho is involved with money laundering through gambling. Joining Nick & Kate are an actor, a Somali pirate and Kate’sfather who is a real trip. The characters are all unique, vivid, artfully drawn, quirky and fun. The dynamics between the main characters shows undeniable chemistry ready to exploded.The story takes the reader to exotic locations such as Macau and the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. We also visit Los Vegas and California.Plenty of drama, suspense, unpredictable plots, captivating writing, humor, edge and a touch of romance.A great read!!Thank you Bantam Dell and NetGalley for this eBook. My opinion is my own.

  • Dorie
    2018-10-09 22:13

    I was looking for a light read that I could escape to when I needed a break from another book that I was reading which was much heavier (and somewhat depressing). At any rate this book fit the bill.I have only read one other book by Evanovich and had enjoyed it. The Scam is a light thriller with romance thrown in to spice it up. The plot however is sound. Kate, the FBI agent and Nick (a sort of reformed criminal) working with the police have uncovered a casino magnate who is laundering some money from some very bad gangsters.There is comedy for sure with the interactions between Kate and Nick and also this time we have the opportunity to see Kate’s dad, an ex-soldier who likes to use a rocket launcher to solve a lot of problems.For me The Scam is like taking the afternoon off to play. A fun, enjoyable read.

  • Elizabeth Noah Astle
    2018-10-11 16:15

    I lover this series. Janet and Lee are a great pair when it comes to writing together.Nick and Kate are at it again, this time going after Evan Trace who is in the casino business but not necessarily legit.Characters from previous books in this series like Willie, Boyd, and Chet to name a few are involved in this story--some like Boyd, throughout a lot of the story and others like Willie only minor near the ending when it comes together in getting the bad guy.It was great to see that Kate and Nick are moving forward in their relationship with each other. I can't wait to read the next book, especially with the cliffhanger at the end.

  • Rick
    2018-10-16 19:18

    A light read and an enjoyable entry in the series. Ends with a cliffhanger. Recommended.

  • Kathy Davie
    2018-10-16 23:35

    Fourth in the Fox and O'Hare funny romantic suspense series revolving around Special Agent Kate O'Hare and her nemesis-now-partner, master thief Nicolas Fox.My TakeThere are a lot of roles for Kate to play in The Scam, and I think my favorite one is as the "character" who gets Trace all hot and bothered. It was much too funny. Okay, yeah, it was really gruesome too, considering what it is about Kate that stirs him up. Annd, it is so Kate with all those special ops skills and the confidence she exudes. She is not a girly girl…who could be with a dad like Jake, LMAO.I do have to give Evanovich-Goldberg props for creating Trace's character. He's thoroughly disgusting in a totally unique way.Getting back to Kate, though. She and her unhappy libido with those lines she doesn't plan to cross…even if Nick is scalding. Too bad Nick knows too much about what makes her tick. M&Ms, anyone? She is such a great contrast against the luxury-lovin' Nicolas with his sneaky, wily ways. That scam he's got with the rapper's confiscated apartment? Dang…why didn't I think of that?I swear, Kate's dad is my absolute favorite character followed by Nick. Need extensive experience getting American captives out of foreign countries? Jake's your guy. Nor is Jake the only one concerned about his little girl getting a well-rounded education. Harlan stepped up when Jake let the side down, rofl. At least Jake is continuing the tradition with his grandkids…*laughing so hard, I fell off the chair*Damn, ya gotta give Nick credit for being such a good bad guy. I love the scam he set up on that first scammer in the story, and the fraud sure didn't end with simply raising those funds for the next job Nick and Kate will be doing for the FBI. I could wish we'd gotten a chance to peek in at what happens to the grandparent scammer!Who'd've thunk Boyd's acting experience could be this useful? And Boyd is just one part of the range of characters Nick pulls in to help slide this scam on through. Who knew networking could be this much fun, lol.Wow, I wonder if it's true about the Chinese government's take on gambling winnings in Macau? It sure sounds like a better bet than playing baccarat.Ya gotta laugh at poor Dumah. He just can't win for losing. And it couldn't happen to a "nicer" guy. I love that Trace forces him to protect Kate and Nick, ROFL. *Laughing* wait'll…*snicker*…you read the scene…*laughing more*…where Kate…*snort*…finds this out…*more snickering*…Poor Billy Dee. All his fond memories of a murderous and dangerous Macau have died…*laughing*… Willie sure isn't letting the grass grow, as "Nick Petrocelli" learns. He does make some good points about how much safer it was for Willie to hijack that bus of tourists, lol.Back on the home front, Jake is borrowing from his black ops repertoire to get rid of them dang coyotes…*sorry, gotta go pee*… Be sure you do [pee] before you read Kate's reaction to Jake's recent past actions in this eradication quest.Okay, okay, you may have gotten the idea that I spent most of my time laughing my way through The Scam, and you'd be right. The rest of the time I wondered just how Nick and Kate were going to pull this off. I'm not sure how realistic any of this was, but dang…I sure had fun reading my way through.The Story"Can you play an FBI agent?"A money laundering operation through casinos is making it too easy for terrorists, dictators, and mobsters to do their worst, and Kate and Nick are tasked with taking them down in an undercover operation as high-stakes gamblers.It's strictly a benefit that this unlikely pairing get to help Jake's friend as well when they target Evan Trace and suck in a Hawaiian drug lord as well.It's a scam that will take O'Hare and Fox from the Las Vegas strip, to the sun-soaked beaches of Oahu's North Shore, and into the dark back alleys of Macau. Their only backup — a self-absorbed actor, a Somali pirate, and Kate's father, an ex-soldier who believes a rocket launcher is the best way to solve every problem.What could possibly go wrong?The CharactersSpecial Agent Kate O'Hare had her man until the FBI took him from her…and gave him back. Jake O'Hare is retired special ops and still loves to lend his older daughter a hand. Especially if he can bring his rocket launcher. He's living above the garage of his younger daughter's home. Megan is married to Roger, and they have two kids: Sara and Tyler.Master thief and con man Nicolas Fox accepted a deal with the FBI to help law enforcement con the cons. Nick Sweet will become an international entrepreneur with his executive assistant, Kate Porter.The "team"Wilma "Willie" Owens can fly and drive anything, anytime. Unfortunately, she has no impulse control, and she let it fly in San Luis Obispo where Sara Quirk, the 20-something assistant district attorney is not impressed. Billy Dee Snipes (his real name is Lou Ould-Abdallah) is a retired Somali pirate living in Vegas (Jake brought him in, in The Job, 3); he'll be himself in this op, a Somali warlord from Mogadishu. Boyd Capwell is an actor who lives to live his roles; he'll become Shane Blackmore, a Canadian mobster. Chet Kershaw is a wiz at special effects and currently working on a film directed by the 82-year-old Christian McVeety. Tom Underhill can build anything and usually works on imaginative playhouses, tree houses, and dog houses. (He has a wife who's pregnant again and three kids. Seems the wife really enjoys Tom's attitude after his little, ahem, excursions with Kate and Nick.) Lucie Wan is a tech wizard in Kowloon who works in computer services for an international bank.FBI, Los AngelesSpecial Agent-in-Charge Carl Jessup is Kate's immediate boss; Deputy Director Fletcher Bolton is his boss. Special Agent Seth Ryerson used to be Kate's partner…and he offers up his considerable cardplaying skills for Kate's op. Yep, he's killer at bridge.HawaiiHarlan Appleton is Jake's military friend in Hawaii where he operates a food truck and refuses to pay protection money. Cassie Walner is a nurse at the hospital. Lieutenant Gregg Steadman is with the Kahuku PD.Da Grinds and Da Shave Ice is a dive restaurant from which the 350-pound Lono Alika runs his drugs all over the North Shore. Kimo had been the man responsible for Alika's truck."Nick McGarrett" is good at finding things. Virgil Cleet runs a helicopter tour business and is an old friend of Kate's. Allan Mingus works for the Hawaii Film Commission who falls for Krister Blomkvistbjurman-Malm's line. Sven and Gita are two of his actors…*snort, snicker*… Park Ranger Larry Keahola guides the interested parties through the site where Cretaceous Zoo was filmed.The sociopathic Evan Trace used to be……a gambler before learning the error of his ways. Now he's the owner of two Côte d'Argent casinos. One in Las Vegas and the other in Macau. Mr. Garver is his enforcer with a preference for mallets. Tara functions as a personal assistant for special guests; she's also Trace's pain-givin' lover. Mr. Covington is a personal butler that goes with the suite. Niles Goodwell is manager of player relations (he takes care of the whales). Stan is an idiot gambler who cheated. Emilia Guttierez is a fake maid. Guido is a doorman. CorpsSource Services, Inc. provides cadavers to those who need them."Because the next time one of them was in that chair, and Trace believed it was likely that one of them would be, they'd know that they deserved their suffering and that he had every right to thoroughly enjoy it."Côte d'Argent-MacauNatasha Ling is vice-president of guest relations with the same "gifts" as Tara; Birgita appears to perform a similar role, in guest relations, anyway. The huge Dumah is a security operative who had once worked for Derek Griffin in The Heist, 1. Luisa is the dealer with Tony keeping track of the betting. It's Ernesto, a grandson, who's now running Lorca's. Richard Nakamura is a sales representative for a Japanese auto parts company…owned by a senior Yakuza member. The Galaxy is another casino in Macau.Stuart Kelso had been an insurance salesman until he fell into a lucrative new line of business. Bernie was his pot-smoking son. Rilee is his third wife. Ernie is his grandson. "Nick Burns" is a State Department bureaucrat. "Jake Blake" is a bag man for the "government". "Special Agent Kate Houlihan" will guard the money.Whales are super-rich gamblers to whom the casinos cater. The Fox Complex is a condition from which Kate suffers, one in which she's happiest chasing, and miserable when there's no chase.Milt Freiberger is directing an all-potato-head production of Dickens' Great Expectations. Ainsley Booker is a film publicist. Dario Argento.The Cover and TitleThe cover is an intense blue-violet of puzzle pieces with a black silhouette of these two incongruous characters in suits: Nicolas is facing us, and Kate is standing to his left (our right!), glancing down at him, nudging him with her body. Hmmm, I don't think she trusts him, lol. The authors' names in an embossed font in white with a gold metallic outline while the title is in embossed gold with a gold outline. The series info is tiny and at the bottom in white.The title should be plural as there is scam upon scam upon The Scam.

  • Anne
    2018-09-25 16:32

    I'm warming up to this series. I still think it could use some extra pages to make the characters more than cardboard cut outs, but the action and pacing are enjoyable.While the cast of secondary characters are back, most very briefly to explain how Nick and Kate are able to do their con (we don't actually follow them along as they do their part), the story focuses on Kate. She actually talks to her father and her sister, Megan, about what's going on with her. It all takes place in less than 2 pages, but it exists. Billy Dee and Boyd (as usual) get most of the page time for the support cast. Boyd was more controlled in this one which was a plus. Billy Dee got stoned in Macau and I didn't recall previous drug use and wondered why. Was it a throw away line for some reason or is there a deeper issue? It just struck me as odd.While Nick was really in the background, he played a vital role, of course. I like the touches of him showing empathy and thoughtfulness. He provides something for Jack after Jack comes out of the jungle which surprised Jack and me. I thought of Nick as being quite self centered before.If you liked the first three books, I'm sure you'll like this as well. I think readers new to the series could pick up The Scam and have no problem despite one character popping up from the past and there being some details about how he knew Kate and Nick. Sooner or later, they were bound to run into some they met/scammed.I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  • alexis
    2018-10-14 17:40

    Fox and O'Hare is a mediocre series at best, but at this point I doubt I'll stop reading it. I like Nick too much, and want to see him and Kate FINALLY get together. I wish this series was written better... Don't get me wrong it's still enjoyable, but it could have been so good.

  • Boundless Book Reviews
    2018-10-08 18:33

    As I am I listening to this story, laughing like crazy at all the antics and the humor; I can’t help but thinking “I wish this was a TV series.”  I honestly wish I could watch these characters on TV. Provided they could find actors that could embody all the nuances and bring the characters as much depth as they have in the books. This series and these books have moved up to being my favorite.  I LOVE the chemistry between Kate and Nick. The Scam, it got hotter. OMG the ending!  I Loved, Loved, Loved it and I have already started the next.  The writing is so funny and entertaining and the Narration is so perfect you can’t help but get lost in it. This story and this series is perfection and gets a Huge 5 Boundless Stars....Sara    http://www.boundlessbookreviews.comhttps://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  • Sue
    2018-09-22 17:31

    Loved it, Scott Brick narrated this and did a great job. Narration 4.5, story 4.25Absolutely loved it, totally white collar but as it happens a lot of the books have major components outside of the U.S. so lots of world travel.Kate - FBI, Nick - Turned con-man, they make one hell of a team taking down criminals and the chemistry is off the charts.Crime - Money laundering in Macau at one of the most exclusive casinos in the world. Bandage dresses, total kick ass Kate and fast thinking handsome Nick make quite the team. Great read. Negative is I have to wait for the next book, left Kate and Nick's relationship at the end unexplained and ends with what appears to be a criminal act.Excellent.

  • Michael crage
    2018-09-28 22:36

    I really enjoy these new characters that Evanovich has started writing about. The main characters are a scam artist who is on the FBI's most wanted list who is secretly working with the Agent who captured him. She helped him escape so he is still known as a criminal. They bring in several colorful lesser characters that are less the honest and run scams on characters that they have not been able to capture and imprison the normal way.

  • Marcie
    2018-10-12 21:14

    Excruciating. I've got to stop doing this to myself.