The Amazing Suzanne Enoch and Samantha Jellicoe

suzanne enoch

Suzanne Enoch

From Amazon Author Page:

A lifelong lover of books, Suzanne Enoch has been writing them since she learned to read. She is the author of two well-received Avon Regencies, The Black Duke’s Prize and Angel’s Devil, and five Avon Romances: Lady Rogue, Stolen Kisses, By Love Undone, Taming Rafe and Reforming a Rake. Born and raised in Southern California, Suzanne lives a few scant miles from Disneyland with her collection of Star Wars action figures and a Cairn terrier named Katie (after the heroine of her first Regency). She’s still looking for her own hero, and hopes he will be handsome, titled, and just a little wicked. Meanwhile, she’s currently at work inventing him in her next historical romance.

Check her out at her website: http://www.suzanneenoch.com/

Suzanne Enoch is one of my very favourite authors. She writes outstanding historical romance novels and I am always pre-ordering her books. It’s like Christmas when they appear on my Kindle on release day. She develops plots that are engaging, often with mysteries and adventures with amazing characters. While I adore all her historical novels, one of my very favourite series of hers is the Samantha Jellicoe series. There is something so captivating about these books and Sam is such a special character. I have read and re-read these books so many times and each time I fall in love a little more with this prickly, self-sufficient and smart woman. I keep hoping that Suzanne Enoch will write at least one more book in the series as I need to know what happens to the infamous Sam. But for now, here is an overview of the series and why you should read these books!

Flirting with Danger
flirting with danger
Overview by Amazon:
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.

Why you will love this book:
This book introduces us to the amazing and fearless Samantha Jellicoe. She is one of the very best cat burglars in the world. Pulling heists since she was a teenager, she is now fully a woman and one with a plan to pull a few more gigs and get out. She robs the wrong house and the wrong man one night. She meets Richard Addison as an explosion tears through his Palm Beach house. And so the cat and mouse games begin between the two. To say that Sam has a healthy mistrust of people is an understatement, yet something about Rick makes her carelessly want to be around him. These two are on a mission to find out who really robbed Rick and who is setting up Sam. Working with a sidekick isn’t her style, but considering Rick is a billionaire with all the toys and bells and whistles at his disposal, it isn’t a bad place to lie low until the heat passes. Yet the heat is just getting started as Rick and Sam have scorching chemistry. They verbally spar and physically combust when they are together. She frustrates the uptight British aristocracy in Rick and Sam wants to see how far she can bend Rick. They make a great team and solve the mystery together with some very tense moments. This book just whets your appetite for more of Sam and Rick and the excitement they create together.

Don’t Look Down
Dont look down

Overview by Amazon:
Samantha Jellicoe is no ordinary thief. At least, not anymore. She promised her significant other, British billionaire Rick Addison, that she’d retire from her life of crime. So no more midnight break-ins . . . no more scaling estate walls . . . no more dangling from the ceiling. From here on in, it’s intimate dinners with Rick in posh Palm Beach followed by rock-your-world sex.
Who’d have thought that doing the right thing would turn out to be more deadly than her former life of crime? When the first client of her new security business is murdered, Sam is determined to find the killer. Now if only she can manage to stay out of jail, resist her former “associate’s” lucrative job offers, and keep Rick from sticking his nose into her business, she might just manage to stay alive. Because trouble isn’t just walking—it’s running—to catch up with her.

Why you will love this book:
Now that Sam has been identified by the police, she is no longer running rackets. Rick has kept her out of jail and she has to live up to her end of the bargain. So she creates Jellicoe Securities to keep herself busy while Rick is playing with his billions of dollars. The secondary characters are just amazing in this series. From Tom, Rick’s best friend who instantly hates Sam (the feeling is mutual) to her father figure Stoney, to Rick’s ex Patricia to Samantha’s office assistant Aubrey. Everything about Sam is tinged with humour. Her hatred of coffee, calling Rick, James Bond including the ringtone on her phone, to her obsession with Godzilla movies. She is priceless as a character. So fun and yet so dangerous. There is one scene in the book that will never let me eat chili and nachos without thinking of Sam and Rick…use your imagination as it’s as hot as you are thinking it is! Sam spends her time investigating a fellow rich patron in Palm Springs with the typical results – danger, car accidents and Rick going full alpha male. Sam’s rich, quips keep the dialogue and story rolling and she’s adjusting to life with a ‘boyfriend’ who uses words like ‘I love you’. Of course Sam sucks Rick into walking the fine line between law and crime, while he pulls her more firmly into his world.

Billionaires Prefer Blondes
billionaires prefer blondes

Overview by Amazon:
Samantha Jellicoe is enjoying her new legitimate career and her romance with billionaire Richard Addison. Of course, this doesn’t mean she’s gotten over the urge to steal, but she’s been able to fight it off––most of the time. Then she spies someone she never thought she’d see again ––her father, Martin Jellicoe. Sam thought Martin had died in prison years before, but now that he’s back, she knows he’s up to no good. Her worst fears come true when a new painting that Rick purchased goes missing. Sam knows her father is behind it, but with the police focused on her checkered past, this won’t be easy to prove. Between keeping her father’s return a secret, searching for the missing art, and saving their reputations, Rick and Samantha’s relationship will be tested like never before.

Why you will love this book:
Sam and Rick are heading to one of her very favourite places in the world, Sotheby’s Auction House. Of course, in the past it was because she robbed it. While there watching her billionaire boyfriend Rick buy some art, she realizes that her long dead father, is not so dead and in fact there. So begins a cat and mouse game with a father who treats Sam like a pawn. The trouble starts right away for Sam, with Rick doing his usual yelling and bailing her out of trouble. This book has elements of sadness for Sam’s relationship with her father that is so warped, but it helps you understand why she is as skittish as times and so resistant to permanence, like the garden she has always wanted and Rick wants her to build. Rick, her version of James Bond, goes along with her on her adventures, and once again food associations make for great moments of humour. Peanut butter gets some of the best laughs. Sam’s father has brought her in with his new crew and they must pull off a very complex heist. The stakes are high for Sam and Rick as jail time is a real possibility. However, opportunity comes knocking at times when Sam isn’t looking and she is being offered the possibility of being a bounty hunter for stolen art. Rick of course is worried for her safety, but to Sam it’s perfect. The hunt, the lure and the glory without going to jail. That’s one more thing I love about Sam. She thinks great works of art should be in museums for all to see. A contradiction always, Samantha Jellicoe is just awesome.

Twice the Temptation
twice the temptation

Overview by Amazon:
Summer 1814 . . .

When Evangeline Munroe inherits the exquisite but supposedly cursed Nightshade Diamond, she considers it a bit of good fortune. Then she literally runs into Connoll Addison, Marquis of Rawley, the most sought after bachelor amongst the ton. Surely her immediate attraction to the rogue is bad luck. Could the diamond be more dangerous than she ever imagined?
Present . . .
Samantha Jellicoe thinks it’s good luck that has her—a reformed cat burglar—providing security for a museum exhibit. Then she discovers the Nightshade Diamond, with an accompanying note that says the thing is cursed. Cursed indeed! How else to explain Scotland Yard breathing down her neck, the appearance of an ex-boyfriend, and her lover Rick Addison suddenly testing the boundaries of their relationship? She needs to unload the gem and soon, or she may lose her dreams forever.

Why you will love this book:
It’s like getting two for the price of one. The first part of the book is a Regency romance of Rick’s ancestors and their experience with the Nightshade Diamond. It’s a great story and adds more background to Rick’s character. When we get to modern day, Sam is developing a part of Rick’s English estate for a gallery of a special exhibit. While testing the security, she comes across the Nightshade Diamond and the warning that it’s cursed. Sam takes a healthy dislike to the diamond, which makes practical Rick laugh. He can’t believe that Sam would run from a huge jewel. However, the two of them play practical jokes on each other, planting the diamond on each other with hilarious results. That’s the great thing about this series – the laughs go right along with the mind blowing sex and the snappy dialogue. Sam runs into many problems getting the exhibit up and running. Now that the elite thief has changes sides, she is now the target of other thieves. It’s a game of who can be the best. Rick predictably gets into the action and mucks around with Samantha to save the exhibit and the Nightshade Diamond.

A Touch of Minx
a touch of minx

Overview by Amazon:
Who says crime doesn’t pay?
A year ago, Samantha Jellicoe robbed from the rich and gave . . . to herself! Now, though, she’s using her larcenous skills for good as a private security consultant, trying to walk the high road for her sexy billionaire boyfriend, Richard Addison, and asking herself if there’s anything more torturous than tracking down priceless artifacts (only to give them back!).
So when the Metropolitan Museum of Art asks for her help, she’s only too happy to leap into the fray again: If nothing else, this adventure will help her avoid that little (not!) sparkly item Rick’s been hiding in his pocket, and postpone another kind of walk—down the aisle. It’s only when she’s targeted by a deadly adversary after the same treasure that Sam starts to think that “till death do you part” is maybe the lesser of two evils . . .

Why you will love this book:
Sam has been asked by the Met in New York to recover stolen art. She’s excited to undertake this adventure just as much as she is to try her hand at breaking and entering into Rick’s estates only to get caught and then have mind-blowing sex. Now that Sam can accept and return Rick’s love for her, Rick is ready for the next step. He wants to marry Sam. Both Tom and Stoney try to talk some sense into Rick – maybe Sam isn’t the marrying kind. She can barely keep her getaway pack out of her reach. We meet some really interesting characters in this book and receive an education on Japanese samurai artifacts. While Sam is pursuing lost artifacts and facing danger, she is also helping Tom’s daughter recover a missing doll. The more time she spends in the company of Tom and his family, she learns what family really means. It scares her to death considering the upbringing she had and that her own father is dead to her. The plot and art recovery is really well written and funny at the same time. It’s typically Sam hijinks with Rick running point guard for her. But this story goes a little deeper than the rest. Not only does Rick want Sam to be his bride and wife, but she will become his Marchioness as part of the British aristocracy. If anyone can handle all the crazy, it’s Sam.

This is the last book in the series and I DESPARATELY wish for more. I want more hijinks from Sam. I want wedding jitters and a few break and enters to calm her bridal nerves. I want to know more about where Sam and Rick go and what they do. They are such a great team and reading them is like spending time with great friends that you never get tired of being around. Give these books a read…they will have you hot, bothered, laughing and holding your breath with the adventure!

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