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Billionaires Prefer Blondes by Suzanne Enoch
It's not easy dating a billionaire...
Samantha Jellicoe has never met a security camera she couldn't disarm. And even though she's promised her billionaire lover, the irresistible Richard Addison, to walk the straight and narrow, she certainly can't help it when trouble finds her.
What should have been a quite night at an auction house turns into something more unexpected when Sam spies her father - her dead father - very much alive and very interested in a painting Rick is after. Then the painting vanishes, Sam's arrested, and all hell breaks loose.
Now Sam has to track down the man who taught her everything she know about breaking and entering. And when she finds him, will his proposal for a lucrative heist tempt her to the dark side, or does Rick have a few tricks to keep her on the right side of a jail cell?
I like this BCC. Even if I hadn't been following Sam and Rick since book 1, Flirting With Danger , I would have picked this book up. And truthfully, after reading the book, I realized the BCC wasn't misleading at all. A+ - well, it would be an A+ if I graded these things.
Before writing about Sam and Rick, Enoch was a well established historical author. Now, you know I have had trouble finding authors that make the transition from historical to contemporary well, but Enoch seems to have done it flawlessly. I even picked up her historical, An Invitation To Sin just to compare, and was very much impressed.
Samantha Jellicoe is a retired cat burglar who is now trying to make her living in the security business. After meeting Rick, she realizes that to continue with her current profession would mean she would be unable to have a relationship with Rick. After all, he is very visible person, and when one steals for a living, one needs to be invisible.
When Rick takes Sam to Sotheby's for an auction, Sam is just a tad on the nervous and excited side. After all, this won't be the first auction Sam has attended, but it will be the first auction she has attended as herself and the first auction she is going to that she doesn't intend to steal something. When they arrive, they find that a new painting was discovered under the canvas of one of the paintings that will be auctioned, and Rick wants this new find.
As the bidding begins, Sam notices a man in the corner, but her eyes must be playing tricks on her, because the man is no other than Martin Jellicoe, her father that died in prison three years earlier. Unfortunately, Sam knows this is no trick, that man is her father, she just doesn't understand how it could be. When the bidding on the new painting is underway, Sam notices that her father is taking a keen interest in it and can only hope that he will honor the Thieves Code and not go through with his plans to steal it since it will be hers, well Rick's but hers through extention.
But while taking a stroll to meet with her father, the painting is stolen from her and Rick's townhouse and upon her return home, Sam is arrested for the crime. After all, she is the daughter of the notorious cat burglar Martin, and the police know it!
The race is on the find Martin, get some answers and get the painting back. If one thing Sam can't stand it is to be on the other end of the robbery. With the help of Rick and Stoney, Sam's ex-fence and now business partner, Sam sets out to clear her name and ensure her relationship with Rick remains unscathed and he remains safe. What she doesn't expect is her father has purposely entangled her in this mess because he wants her working another job with him. The job in question is to rob the Met and Martin knows that Sam never hits museums. But Martin has got himself in with burglars who carry guns, and now it isn't just the painting on the line, but Sam's neck.
Rick has no intention of sitting back and letting Sam save the day without him. After all, he was the one who was stolen from, and letting a burglar get one over on him impacts not only his personal life but his business. The people he is negotiating with see it as a weakness and try to take advantage. No way will Rick let the robber get away with it, and he'll be damned before he lets some one involve Sam in another robbery and lose her to her old life.
BPB is such a good time. Fast paced with a have you on the edge of your chair plot. The romance is there, too. Sam and Rick are now in love and after five months, things still seem too hot and too good to be true. The insecurities both characters have with their new roles in each others lives, are basic to all new romances, and Enoch did a terrific job of capturing the fragility that is newfound love and at the same time making it every girls fantasy to be with a rich, good looking, man who is head over heels in love.
I think one of the reasons I love this series of books so much is that I can imagine I am Sam. I mean, come ON, how cool would it be to be a super sexy cat burglar who gets swept off her feet by a sexy billionaire? And Enoch certainly did her research, the details she adds when Sam is on a job are fabulous and put you right in the middle of the action. You don't need to read the other two books in this series to follow along, but once again, I really must suggest it. Not only for a bit of clarity into some situations, but because they are fun to read.