by Suzanne Enoch

March 2005
ISBN: 0-06-059363-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Missing the movies of Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly and Humphrey Bogart? Is To Catch a Thief one of your all-time favorite movies? Then do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy of Suzanne Enochís Flirting with Danger. No, it is not a historical romance. Itís the authorís contemporary debut and the start of a new series.

Samantha Jellicoe is a cat burglar. A successful one, one with a passion for her job and the antiques she steals. Richard Addisonís stately home in Palm Beach, Florida is her latest target. However, instead of a routine break and enter she nearly gets caught, but not before she saves the ownerís life. Set up by an unknown party and with the police after her for murder and theft she only has one person to turn to. Richard Addison can clear her of murder. And she can help locate a priceless tablet gone missing.

Rick is intrigued. A ruthless businessman he doesnít trust the police. With Samís insider knowledge catching the one after his life and his antiques might go against the law, but at least he will be allowed more time to pursue the attraction he feels for his very own catwoman. Winning Samís trust and her heart is worth loosing millions over canceling important business meetings to spend more time with her and their search for the villain.

The whole story and the set-up have a very old-fashioned feel to it. It is not only the homage to movie classics as mentioned above, although that definitely adds to the charm. Itís more the way the characters are portrayed, their life styles and the relationships they enter. The hero is British, a billionaire and he turns out to be a nobleman. Heís too good to be true. Sam though is an admirable heroine, unapologetic, resourceful and intelligent. She never turns silly, stupid or high maintenance. No wonder then that Rick canít keep his hands off her and spends hours in front of the TV watching her favorite Godzilla movies.

Were it not for the many references to contemporary pop culture the whole story could have been set during any time in the past. Even the witty dialogues keep reminding the reader of the authorís background in writing Regencies. Is the story less likable for it? Definitely not! Flirting with Danger is a well-crafted, fast-paced fairy tale.

This is only the beginning of Sam and Rickís relationship. Suzanne Enoch is planning on continuing their story. Will the reader see another romantic suspense series like Janet Evanovichís Stephanie Plum books or Laurell K. Hamiltonís Anita Blake series? Rickís best friend and lawyer Donner is already married, so he canít be another love-interest. But with Rickís ex-wife entering the pictureÖ Playing with Fire is scheduled for release in late 2005.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Kris Alice.

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