Spending my days lifting jewels and my nights tracking the Bureau should have been a genius plan. But the closer I get to Grant Emerson, the more dangerous this feels. With two million dollars' worth of diamonds on the line, I can't afford to fall for my own husband.
It turns out that the only thing worse than having a mortal enemy is being married to one. Because in our game of theft and seduction, only one of us will come out on top.
Good thing a cat burglar always lands on her feet.
So, I had to read this book once I read the description. A jewel thief heroine married to an FBI agent hero? How could that work? And what did I find? An absolutely delightful romance with some suspense, a hint of mystery and lots of sexual tension. Stealing Mr. Right is also a seriously fun book to read, one that is a fantastic way to escape a crazy world and any stress one might be under.
At the beginning of Stealing Mr. Right, Penelope and her gang of thieves are on the job, trying to steal a necklace that has some personal importance to Penelope and her family. The theft goes as planned until Grant Emerson, FBI agent and Penelope’s husband, walks into the jewelry store. Penelope who is hidden in a air duct knows he is there on purpose and has to abandon the heist.
At this point, we learn some of the backstory - how Penelope and Grant met; how they dated; how they married - all without either one discussing their jobs with the other. Essentially, both needed to keep the other close to try and figure out what the other knew (or didn’t know). Grant is after something, although we are never quite sure what, and he continually interferes with Penelope’s nefarious plans. The reader is often left curious about the reality of their marriage. Is it real? Are they playing each other? Their courtship is relayed through flashbacks that are interspersed with the current story.
As the story progresses, we learn much more about Penelope and gang. They are like a family which is critical for Penelope who seems to be otherwise alone in the world. But Penelope’s family situation, the necklace that she was trying to steal at the beginning and Grant’s quest are all related in a very fascinating way. We also start to get a sense that even if we don’t quite know what Grant is after, we know that he cares for Penelope. Meanwhile, Penelope likes to pretend that her marriage is a sham, but she never quite convinces us (or her friends) of this idea.
Stealing Mr. Right is the first book in the Penelope Blue series which seems to follow Penelope and Grant in a series of adventures relating to her life of crime. Fortunately, this one does have a happily ever after. There is no cliffhanger ending (thank goodness!). I found this one to be a cute and feel-good romance. Looking for a fun read? Stealing Mr. Right fits the bill.
Tamara Morgan: http://tamaramorgan.squarespace.com/
Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.