Favourite books and series: Heist Society by Ally Carter

“Hale was Hale. And not knowing what the W’s stood for had become a constant reminder to Kat that, in life, there are some things that can be given but never stolen.

Of course, that didn’t stop her from trying.”

One of my favorite moments in the Heist Society series
  • Marcus:Has Mr. Hale ever told you how I came to be in his employ?
  • Kat:Yes. About a hundred times. I'm still waiting for the truth, though.
  • Marcus:I was a personal valet to Mr. Hale the Second. Marianne, of course, was a ladies' maid for Mrs. Hale, The two of us had been in those roles for as long as we could remember. I didn't know any other life.
  • Kat:What happened?
  • Marcus:When young Mr. Hale was six years old, his parents decided to sail around the world. Two days after they left, the nanny resigned and the cook quit. His parents knew this, of course, and yet they stayed way for six months and they left that child alone with a gardener. When his grandmother heard, she sent me to the country house to find him, and then she asked if I would considered caring for that boy myself. And that was where I stayed until the day you came for him.
  • Kat:Technically, I didn't come for him. He's just what I left with.
  • Marcus:And I, for one, believe you got the better of that trade.
  • Kat:Marcus... If we fail-
  • Marcus:I don't care if we lose the company miss. But I would care a great deal if we lost the boy.

Favourite books and series: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

“As soon as he touched her, Kat knew there was no such thing as curses. People make and break their own fortunes - they are the masters of their own fate. And right then Kat wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

  • Hale:Will you still want me if I'm poor, Kat?
  • Kat:What kind of question is that?
  • Hale:No seriously. You're the planner. Simon's the genius. The Bagshaws are the muscle. And Gabrielle is... Gabrielle. But what am I, Kat? I'm the guy who writes the checks.
  • Kat:No. You're the most naturally gifted inside man I have ever seen. And I was raised by Bobby Bishop...I don't care about your money.
'Why are you doing this, Hale?’
‘Why do you think?’
Kat looked at the ornate room. The gorgeous moldings, the polished table. The empty chairs. It was in every way the opposite of Uncle Eddie’s kitchen, and somehow Kat already knew the answer to her question.
‘Hale, this life…’ she started slowly, still practically speechless. ‘This…what we do—what my family does—it looks a lot more glamorous when you choose it.’
‘So choose it.’ He handed her another envelope. Smaller this time. Thinner.
‘What’s this?’ she asked.
‘That, darling, is my full confession. Dates. Times.’ Hale leaned against the antique table. ‘I thought the crane rental receipt was a particularly nice touch.’ Kat looked at him, speechless. ‘It’s your ticket back into Colgan. If you want it.’
‘Hale, I…’
But Hale was still moving, shrinking the distance between them. He seemed impossibly close as he whispered, ‘And I didn’t choose it, Kat. I chose you.’