on Oct. 29, 2012 :
I am in two minds about this review. I am not a staunch believer in karma, but I have to admit it is a bit weird.
See... this weekend (last night to be exact) a bunch of thieves broke into my garage. Did not steal anything I can see, but still. And now the idea that a thief is the hero of a story...
Okay, let's be honest. I suppose it will be wrong to hold Ms Stevens accountable for the break ins. Unless of course, she is the one doing the break ins. In which case, I do wish she would come in for coffee or something...
But enough of my troubles. Let's get to the story.
Lust and Larceny 2 is obviously the follow up to Last and Larceny, the first short story in the (hopefully) Ariana series of shorts.
Ariana is a thief. And in this little adventure of hers, we find her and her new partner Javier busy redistributing the wealth of Javier's employer.
Mainly, Ariana is redistributing the wealth to herself.
As usual, I am not going to go into detail about the plot itself. It is a short story after all, and I do not want to spoil anything.
Lust and Larceny 2 is not your average short story. As I read the story, I was surprised at the amount of story there was. Yes, it is an account of a single heist. But Krystina Stevens can take that account and elaborate quite a lot. She manages to add to a character, makes me feel like I am getting to know a real life person, bit by bit. And there are not a lot of authors out there that can do that in the confines of a short story.
Any author that writes a follow up to a story faces a potential pitfall. Will the story be as good as the original, or will it falter like most sequels, whether it be a movie or a book? I can say this: Lust and Larceny 2 delivers on what you would expect, but also surprises in other ways.
Krystina has a dirty mind all right. There is enough kink to raise the temperature to scorching hot. Thinking about the final climax... She managed to hit the spot as it is, etching into my mind an image of pure lust and adventurous spirit to keep me, well, satisfied.
She also ends it off well, setting up a possible third chapter in the series.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)