Title: Shimmy Bang Sparkle
Author: Nicola Rendell
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Montlake Romance (Amazon Publishing)
Published: August 21, 2018
A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
To catch a thief…or fall for one?
All Nick Norton wants is to stay on the straight and narrow…and never get caught stealing again. Then he lays eyes on her: Stella Peretti—100 percent sexy and absolutely irresistible. Especially when he sees her smooth moves lifting a two-karat diamond. Nick realizes he’s found the sparkling woman of his dreams—one so perfect for him it’s almost criminal.
The Shimmy Shimmy Bangs are master jewel thieves who are planning the heist of the century. And Shimmy leader, Stella, isn’t about to let anyone—even if he is a hunky, tatted-up studmuffin—get in her way. But when two of her girls are put out of commission, Stella realizes that Nick isn’t just a red-hot distraction. He might be the answer to her pilfering prayers.
Now, Nick and Stella are putting everything on the line for one last job. But when two thieves have this much chemistry, it’s only a matter of time before somebody’s heart gets stolen.
– My Review –
When I requested this book, I thought that it would be a typical erotic romance novel, with a bit of thieving thrown in. But, I was surprised to find that each chapter was written from either Nick or Stella’s perspective (in the first person … which I’m not a fan of … especially when it comes to romance novels). They each had complex thoughts about their relationship and their individual situations, which was something that I hadn’t really come across before in a romance novel. Nick and Stella’s chemistry was almost palpable from the very first chapter, and I definitely rooted for things to work out so that the two of them would get (and stay) together! I’m a hopeless romantic.
The plot itself also had a lot more thought but into it than the plots of most of the other romance novels that I’ve read over the years. When I got to the middle of the book, though, I took a bit of a break from reading Shimmy Bang Sparkle because I was ahead of schedule with this book, and I had other ARCs that I wanted to get through. The middle also got a bit slow for me, because I guess the plot just lagged a little bit before things would get all wound up before the book’s climax. Once I picked the book up again, though, and got to the final heist, I found that it was well-planned, and I was on the edge of my seat while reading that portion of the book, excited to see how things would turn out. And I have to say that the ending definitely took me by surprise! Overall, I find that I enjoyed Shimmy Bang Sparkle, and definitely plan on picking up Nicola Rendell’s other books the next time that I’m in the mood for a romance book!
– About the Author –
Bestselling author Nicola Rendell loves writing naughty romantic comedies. After receiving a handful of degrees from a handful of places, she now works as a professor in New England. Nicola’s work has been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After and the Huffington Post. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. Her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady, but she’s totally okay with that. For more information and updates, visit www.NicolaRendell.com.
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