Suzanne Enoch’s Samantha Jellicoe series has always been one of my favorites and a consistent re-read. The series has never been finished though and I have been left wanting a book with the jewel thief/upstanding citizen theme, for a long time. When I saw the blurb for Stealing Mr. Right I was pretty excited. This is exactly the type of book I have been looking for.
Stealing Mr. Right opens up with our heroine, Penelope Blue, stuck in a heating vent waiting for the action to start. She has been there for hours and the time to steal the necklace she has been waiting for, is almost upon her. Everything is a go until she hears his voice, the voice of none other than her FBI agent husband. He is the one escorting the necklace to the jewelry store and the one standing between her and the heist of a lifetime.
Penelope abandons the heist and eventually makes it home to continue the cat and mouse game with her husband. Stealing Mr. Right then proceeds to jump back and forth between the present and 18 months previous where Penelope and Grant meet. It tells the story of how he always seemed to know where her crew was going to be and how he was always on their heels. In order to protect their group Penelope cuddles up to Grant, close enough to where when he eventually asks her to marry him, she says yes.
For a year now they have played games with each other. Penelope knows Grant is on to her. Grant knows that Penelope knows. Each action they take is part of a hilarious dance to outwit the other person. Somewhere along the way they developed feelings for each other. Penelope continues to tell herself it is all a game but it is clear she loves him. We don’t hear from Grant like we do Penelope but his feelings are very obvious and he does not try to hide them.
There are times Grant comes across as callous and it seems like he is only after Penelope’s dad. Finding her dad is the secondary plot to their relationship. Supposedly her dad disappeared with the whereabouts to a large fortune and left Penelope to fend for herself on the streets. That isn’t actually and the reader learns the truth throughout the books but the catalyst for Grant and Penelope finding each other is her dad.
I adored the back and forth between Grant and Penelope. The jumping time frames didn’t bother me because I liked reading how the two fell for each other. I would have liked more rom Grant. I want to hear his voice. And we were told a lot about what an amazing thief Penelope is but never got to see that. From the end of the book it seems she won’t stop her thieving ways and I will be interested to see how it is handled now that her pastime is out in the open in their relationship.
Overall, I really liked the book. I grinned like a fool for most of their banter and oh did I ache at their conflict. There are some parts that get you right in the feels. I’m really looking forward to the next one and would actually love for the books to become a long-standing series (hint hint). Final grade- A-
I reached out to touch the badge, though I wasn’t able to make full contact. Despite years of close calls with the law, I’d never been that close to a badge before. I was half-afraid it would burn my skin, like holy water scalding a vampire.
“Aren’t you supposed to keep it a secret?” I dropped my fingers and shoved them uncomfortably behind my back. “so, like, bad guys can’t sniff you out?”
“But then how would I impress attractive women on the street?”
“I guess it’s no worse than accidentally flashing a wallet full of hundred-dollar bills,” I allowed after only a brief moment of panic. “Or casually mentioning how hard it is for you to find condoms that fit without cutting off vital blood flow.”
“No way. Men don’t really say that kind of thing.”
“Oh, aren’t you so sweet and naïve? Don’t worry. I’m suitably impressed by your credentials.”
“I also have a hard time finding condoms that fit without cutting off vital blood flow, if it helps,” he added.