TBR Challenge for October

The Theme: Paranormal or Romantic Suspense                                                                                               

The Book: Flirting with Danger by Suzanne Enoch

Why it was in my TBR pile: I have no idea. Seriously, like no idea. This book was published in 2005 and I cannot remember when I bought it. So, it is entirely possible it’s been knocking around my TBR pile for a long, long time. Or maybe I picked it up in a used book store. At any rate, it’s an oldie and I’m glad to knock it off my list!

The Review:

Samantha Jellicoe is a thief and proud of it. Raised to appreciate the finer things in life, Sam has no trouble divesting the wealthy of their treasures. This all changed, however, the night she attempts to steal a valuable item from a Palm Beach estate. Before she knew what hit her, a bomb goes off, a guard is killed, and Sam ends up saving millionaire Richard Addison. She’s a good thief and will own up to her jobs, but if anyone thinks to tie her to murder, they better think again.

On any other night, having a one hundred plus pounds of female fling herself at you is a good thing. But on this particular night, Richard Addison is mad as hell. Not only did he just have his gallery blown up-with him about to enter it-but the woman who rescued him didn’t stick around to offer any explanations. When the dust settles, Rick knows the only person with answers to his questions is the mystery woman. And if she thinks she can hide from him, she better think again. 

Guys, this is a caper book. A caper book! I cannot believe this has been gathering dust on my bookshelf for so long.

Our heroine, Samantha, is everything I love in a great fictional character. She’s sassy, smart and tough as nails. She’s also crazy independent and extremely leery of having her wings clipped in any way. She’s a criminal, no doubt about it, but she has her own code of honor she sticks to loyally even when it isn’t to her benefit. Murder isn’t something she wants to have any part of. Clearing her name, however, while staying out of jail is going to be a bit difficult.

Of the two, Rick is the more law abiding citizen. He’s a billionaire with a British accent and a serious trust issue. He knows Samantha saved his life – she could have left him for dead but instead dragged him down a flight of stairs towards safety. She’s a thief, which is a problem, but Rick has serious suspicions about her involvement in the bombing. The evidence makes it clear that someone else was involved and the only way Rick can figure out who tried to kill him is to team up with Samantha.

This unlikely pair was a ton of fun. There’s a lot of sexual chemistry between the two of them but neither is ignorant of the fact that the relationship is a dead end. Sam’s a thief and proud of it. Rick doesn’t want to be involved with illegal criminal activity. As they get closer, his desire to change her flares into arguments. Sam herself has thought about getting out of the business – she’s taken a legitimate, law-abiding job she really enjoys – but she doesn’t want to be told what to do. Making things more complicated is the fact that her skills are the only reason Rick has any clues to follow regarding the bombing.

The mystery was a bit more slow moving than I would have normally liked. It was still very good, just not excellent. Rick’s ex-wife was also something of a caricature which I wasn’t fond of. But these are minor quibbles in an otherwise extremely enjoyable book.

The best part is I found out there’s several more in the series. I’m definitely going to be seeking them out!

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