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To Catch A Thief (Featuring Navy Seals) Mass Market Paperback – August 19, 2008

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Mountain climber and art expert Nell MacInnes meets Navy SEAL Dakota Smith in the Scottish Highlands when she is called in to rescue a group of marooned teen climbers. Dakota is on the scene to track Nell, who by virtue of being the daughter of a legendary art thief is suspected of working for someone with terrorist ties who has stolen a priceless preliminary sketch of the Mona Lisa that had been drawn by Leonardo da Vinci and marked on by Michelangelo. Back at her job as an art restorer in San Francisco, Nell is attacked by several men intent on kidnapping her. Dakota needs her to train him to scale a castle wall. Fast-paced action, vivid detail, a touch of the paranormal, and hot lovemaking will please readers of adventure romance, while fans of Skye’s Draycott Abbey and Code Name series will enjoy this clever union of the two. And, yes, Izzy Teague makes an appearance. --Diana Tixier Herald

About the Author

Christina Skye loves a good adventure. Living in Arizona gives her plenty of room to practice target shooting and to trek off-road on her motorcycle, researching the details for stories rich with “snappy dialogue” and an unerring ability to keep “the narrative energy high and the pacing swift” (Publishers Weekly). With over two million books in print, her novels appear regularly on national bestseller lists. Visit her online at

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Product Details

  • Series: Featuring Navy Seals
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373773072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373773077
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The New York Times bestselling author of 36 novels, 7 novellas and one audio story still writes longhand.

Usually when her characters refuse to behave.

She came to writing late. Once she realized that she could not become the heir to a small European mountain kingdom, writing seemed like the next best thing. She is a pushover for Harris tweed, Scottish cashmere, Shanghai street dumplings, French macarons and dark chocolate.

Not always in that order.

After receiving her doctorate in classical Chinese literature, she traveled for five crazy years, working as a writer, translator and consultant to travel magazines, national tourist agencies, importers, apparel companies and museums, including the National Geographic Society, the Asia Society and the American Museum of Natural History, spending most of that time in Asia. Her mileage points were awesome.

Then the travel got old.

In 1990 she sold her first novel in six days. Since then she has written five different series for six different publishers. She has appeared on ABC Worldwide News, Travel News Network, the Arthur Frommer Show, Geraldo, Voice of America, Looking East, and Good Morning, Arizona.

In 2013 her contemporary, The Accidental Bride, was chosen as one of the ten best romance novels of the year by prestigious Booklist Magazine.

"Rich with realistically complex characters and subtle wit, the latest addition to Skye's Summer Island series is as warm and comforting as a well-knit afghan. Skye perfectly captures the feel and appeal of small-town life, and this sweetly satisfying romance is an excellent read-alikes suggestion for fans of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series or Robyn Carr's Virgin River books."
~John Charles, Booklist

The book also received a reviewer's choice award from Romantic Times Magazine.

She is currently at work on a New Adult paranormal series and will be releasing five books in her new Brides Club contemporary series based in her popular Summer Island world set on the ruggedly beautiful Oregon coast.

Christina loves to cook, knit on big needles, drink tea, collect vintage scarves and uncover odd historical tidbits that she can weave into her storylines.

Visit her online at for a glimpse into new books, strange research tidbits, great recipes and some of her all-time favorite knitting patterns.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sussex, England, 1622. Viscount Draycott hid a piece of art, for safety. It was Leonardo's preliminary chalk sketch for the Mona Lisa, with probable oversketching by Michelangelo. With it was hidden a notebook from the hand of Leonardo da Vinci. The notebook stated, in poetry form, that the exquisite piece of art, as well as the notebook, was cursed. In the year 1785 the chalk sketch was stolen, but not the notebook. Few knew of the sketch's existence. Once stolen, it disappeared - until now.

Lieutenant Dakota Smith is a Navy SEAL. He works for a government department with no name, in a location that has no address, on jobs with no description. Those in his department call it Foxfire. Word has it that an undiscovered da Vinci is to be privately auctioned off to carefully selected collectors. Currently the art piece is in the possession of a delusional and ruthless millionaire named Martim Gonsalves. Dakota's mission is to retrieve it. To do this, he needs Nell MacInnes, an art conservator. Problem is that Dakota is not one hundred percent sure he can trust her. Nell's father is Jordan MacInnes, a well known art thief. Jordan has recently been released from prison. Everyone from the FBI to the head of Foxfire believes that Nell's father had orchestrated the complex theft of the art piece from the museum within days of his release. They also believe Nell is somehow involved.

Nell MacInnes is not a thief and refuses to believe her father has returned to his old life of crime. When Nell receives a quick call from her father, giving her strange numbers and telling her to contact their family friend for aid, she is confused. The family friend is Nicholas Draycott.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Claire on September 23, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hate books where the hero and heroine spend a lot of time apart. Several pages involved them being apart...and these pages were dragging. Well even the rest of the story....
Fast paced, snappish dialogue has become Christina Skye's trademark. After having read this type of dialogue in all of her recent books I am not a fan of it anymore. Its like she has carbon copies of all her heroes and heroines, they always sound the same - they always have the same character. What changes is the physical description, sometimes the woman is beautiful, sometimes she is not (such as in this case) however the men are always very well built physically, handsome, dark haired, blue or gray (or a mixture of both) eyes. As I said their character is always the same. Men cool and remote and distant and harsh. Woman resistant at first, feisty but soon falls in love with this harsh cold man. I also find her characters very one-dimensional. But this is just my opinon.

I am also fedup of Code Name stuff..ok this may have been marketed as a Draycott Abbey book but believe me it is not. Draycott abbey books are so much more fun to read, much more romantic, much more...everything!! This was just the same old formula of tough guy meets tough girl, the dark mysterious Izzy in the middle (I really cant understand the hype about him...what a boring, one-dimensional character). tough guy and girl have to fight alone an evil organisation. tough girl and guy fall in love, make love in a fast and "hot" way. bla bla bla. I litteraly skipped pages I was so bored with this stuff. Once again I say : if this is your first Skye book you may find it okay. But if you've read all her others this is just another version of the same formula...only more boring because less romantic and there was too much focus on the secondary character (Nell's father) in my opinion.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When the Da Vinci sketch was stolen from the National Art Gallery, suspicion falls on art restorer Nell MacInnes and her father, a notorious thief just out of prison. Navy SEAL Dakota Smith is assigned to keep a close eye on Nell, which he knows is too easy to do as she is beautiful. They meet in the Isle of Skye where they work together to rescue stranded young climbers from treacherous Mt. Blaven.

Soon afterward an unknown adversary arranges to abduct Nell. Although they fail, her worried dad tells her to obtain the help of Nicholas Draycott and his Foxfire team. Even if she does not trust authorities who insist they are there to help she feels she has no choice so Nell goes for help; there she encounters Dakota again with the mission to recover the art treasure linked to a terrorist group.

Combining her "Code Name" saga with her "Draycott Abbey" escapades, Christina Skye provides her fans with the best from both. The story line is fast-paced and filled with non stop action from the moment the lead couple use body warmth on Blaven until the final dual rings. Readers will appreciate this fine romantic suspense thriller starring a strong capable heroine (just ask a Viet Nam vet about Nell's skills), a tough caring hero, and brilliant enemies.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Bishop on January 18, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Art restorer Nell and special agent Dakota climb their way up a Scottish castle to clear her father's name and to save a stolen masterpiece. Terrorists use American's tendency to panic at a threat to divert attention from the theft of a da Vinci sketch worth enough millions to finance real terrorist events. Skye's description of climbing and art restoration are a treat in this adventure-romance. Engrossing read
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