Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell
Release Date: August 21st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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Love at first heist?
All it takes for ex-con, Nick Norton, a man focused on going legit and leaving his thievery behind because he can’t afford to go down that illegal road again, is the opportunity to watch the precision in which Stella Peretti pulls off a heist to fall for the sassy leader of the Shimmy Shimmy Bangs – a group of master jewel thieves.
Despite the mutual attraction between Nick and Stella, though, it’s unclear if Nick is able to catch and keep Stella’s heart because before she goes legit, there’s one more heist to pull off and if they get caught, it won’t just cost them their freedom but each other.
I love the premise of Nick and Stella’s story and Stella’s reasons for doing what she does makes readers want her crew to be successful at breaking the law and giving the payoffs to those who need it. The fact that readers are privy to both Nick and Stella’s perspectives adds a great deal to the storyline because their internal ramblings prove how they feel about each other and what they could lose if they’re caught red handed. Stella is a vibrant character whose sass and independence makes her a force to be reckoned with, but it’s more than clear as the story continues that Nick can handle Stella just fine because his quick and sneaky hands know exactly how to take care of and please his little thief’s heart and body.
I do have to say, though, that Priscilla, the dachshund, definitely is the scene stealer of the story; the times she’s in the story are beyond hilarious as well as adorable, and because I’m a dog lover, I just couldn’t get enough of her.
The fact that Nicola Rendell finds a way to make a feel good and entertaining love story about a group of thieves definitely illustrates her storytelling ability, and even though I would have liked to have seen a bit more angst and dramatic antics occur throughout the book, I still enjoyed how everything went down between the main characters and the sticky situations they found themselves in as they get in deeper with one another and plan one last heist to make things easier on themselves when they go legit.
“Niiiiiiick!” came her voice, more of a growl that an actual word. “Get me out of here. My legs are going numb!”
To the bathroom I went, where I was met not only with Stella’s pinch-worthy ass in the window, but also an explosion of towels and makeup, shampoos and lotions, on every flat surface, and all over the floor. Dozens of makeup brushes poked out of an old coffee can by the sink, which was encrusted with jewels like Stella’s phone.
Stella had managed to tangle her legs up with toilet paper like the back end of a sloppily wrapped mummy, so I pulled that off her first. She’d also gotten her belt loop hooked over the lock on the window, so I unhooked that too.
But I didn’t pull her out quite yet, because her ass was just too hot to ignore. She was still in the same jeans she’d been wearing last night, and I took the chance to run my hand up the back of one thigh. I leaned down, and gave her a kiss on the small of her back. Her body went limp in the window, and she let out a moan. Once I’d had my fix, I hooked my arm underneath her hips and gave her a tug. I absolutely loved the way her skin felt next to mine, especially like this, when she was way too out of her element to feel self-conscious. The muscles of her stomach weren’t flexed, and I felt the soft curves and lines like she hadn’t let me feel them before. The narrow strip of skin where her T-shirt had ridden up made all those cliché terms make sense.
Soft as silk.
Sweet as cream.
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. She is represented by Emily Sylvan Kim at the Prospect Agency.
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