Something slightly older this time!
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Title: Flirting With Danger
Release date: 13th of October 2009
Series: Samantha Jellicoe #1
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary
Published by: HarperCollins e-books
Pages: in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
In her dazzling romantic suspense debut, USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Enoch brings us a thrilling tale about a thief who needs to prove she's no murderer and the millionaire who loves her.
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.
Even though, there are heaps of noticeable differences, this book gave me strong InDeath series vibes, starting from the main couple and ending with the the whole crime drama. I'm being unfair to Samantha and Richard here, but they were like a slightly lesser or starting-point versions of Eve and Roarke and their legendary dynamic. But, I didn't mind a bit, because the story was quite enjoyably and it was interesting to view what Nora Roberts' famous couple would be like in a parallel universe. But enough about other authors and their stories.
There were several things that caught my attention in a positive way in this first book in a series. I liked that the main couple wasn't as tortured in their pasts and weren't each others salvation. Both of them had more than enough skeletons in their closets, but they didn't take over the story. Rick's ex-wife, and all the mess there, was a nice addition and I absolutely loved his best friends slash guard dog lawyer. His distrust and flat out hostility towards Sam made the situation more realistic. It, of course, also made for some hilarious situations and banter. I totally understand the guy, love and lust are blind, but anyone with a brain wouldn't automatically accept a skilled and shady thief to their inner circle with heaps of trust thrown at them. Okey, okey, she did prove herself, but still, this is exactly how nice millionaires get robbed butt-naked.
Rick and Sam as a couple were sexy and cute together. Their dialogue, chemistry and, reluctant affection from her side, and the quickly forming full devotion from his (which irritated me just a bit), were enjoyable to see develop further. Their connection felt natural and their compatibility was believable. I'm always partial to couples with wide gaps in their social positions and this is what Rick and Sam were. They were two people, who on the outside were as different as can be, but I never felt that they were unequal in their standings, because Sam not for a second let herself be pushed down, cast aside or showed to be weak and taken as a small pet project for Rick. She was too much of a sassy and independent boss to let herself be turned into a damsel in distress or Rick's mushy and adoring arm candy. If I had to choose, he was the one picked up as a charity project, not the other way around. She did, however, seem too much of an awesome super-woman at times and I'm never too fond of perfectness, but better that than a doormat. Also, I absolutely loved the final piece of dialogue between them. I always think a majority of romances end on a really cheesy note, like "I love you too" or "Let's be happy forever," etc. These two gave a hilarious and swoony full stop to the first book of the series. It certainly upped Rick's hotness level and made Sam seem adorably vulnerable with her shock.
The crime side of the story was fast-paced, there was always something going on and new developments in the case were popping up constantly. From another side, this part of the book got tiring and confusing too fast. I wasn't as engaged in those shenanigans as opposed to Rick and Sam's budding relationship. The case was on some instances messy and difficult to follow as well, or maybe I just didn't bother to pay attention. With such books, it also bothers me that stealing from millionaires and going against their high tech security obstacles is incredibly easy and thieves are much more savvy than security personnel. Sam was simply too talented and it annoyed me. She made stealing priceless art or breaking in Rick's office (which she did) a piece of cake and that, I don't find entirely realistic.