Flirting with Danger (Samantha Jellicoe Series #1)

Flirting with Danger (Samantha Jellicoe Series #1)

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by Suzanne Enoch

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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.


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.

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With this grin-on-your-face, hair-streaming-in-the-wind joyride of a novel, Enoch (England's Perfect Hero) takes a confident leap from historical to contemporary, giving readers a sensual romantic caper sure to win applause. Lightly modeled on To Catch a Thief, this tale launches with Samantha Jellicoe, cat burglar extraordinaire, breaking into the Palm Beach mansion of fabulously wealthy businessman Richard Addison, then saving Richard's life when a bomb is triggered halfway through her heist. Was the bomb designed to destroy evidence of an earlier theft, to kill Richard or to target Sam? With Richard wanting answers and Sam needing to clear herself of a murder charge, this unlikely duo teams up in an investigation that goes from professional to personal faster than you can say "counterfeit Picasso." But with each clue discovered-and each new murder attempt-the puzzle grows more elaborate. Refreshingly, Enoch makes no excuses for Sam's shady career choice or Richard's business ruthlessness, relying on the characters to create their own sympathy, and while Sam and Richard take tentative steps toward a real relationship, Enoch's surefootedness is apparent on every page. Though some readers may be disappointed by the lack of a traditional happily-ever-after, others will cheerfully await Sam and Richard's next adventure. Agent, Nancy Yost. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Flirting With Danger

Chapter One

Tuesday, 2:17 a.m.

Samantha Jellicoe wondered who, precisely, had written the rule that thieves breaking into anything larger than a paper bag must always scale walls. Everyone knew it. Everyone counted on it, from prisons to castles to the movies to theme parks to the impressive east Florida estate sprawling before her. Stone walls, electric fences, cameras, motion detectors, security guards, all for the purpose of preventing an enterprising lawbreaker from climbing over the walls into the sanctity of private space beyond.

She looked from the stone wall in front of her to the wrought-iron double gate at the front of sprawling Solano Dorado House and gave a small smile. Some lawbreakers were more enterprising than others. So much for the rules.

Drawing in a slow breath to steady her heartbeat, she unslung the weapon from her shoulder, sank deeper into the shadows outside the gate, aimed at the camera mounted atop the fifteen-foot-high stone wall to the left of it, and fired. With a small puff of air, a paint ball splatted hard against the side of the casing, tilting it crazily up toward the treetops and streaking the lens with white paint. An owl, disturbed by the motion, hooted and launched from a branch of the overhanging sycamore, one wing passing right in front of the redirected camera.

Nice touch, she thought, slinging the paint gun back over her shoulder. Her horoscope had said that today would be her lucky day. Normally she didn't put much stock in astrology, but ten percent of one-and-a-half million for an evening's work seemed lucky enough to qualify. She scooted forward, sliding a pair of long-handled mirrors into place on either side of the heavy gates to deflect the sensors into themselves. That done, it only took a second to bypass the circuitry in the control box and shove one of the gates open far enough for her to slip through.

She'd spent all day memorizing the location of the remainder of the cameras and the three motion detectors she needed to pass, and in two minutes she'd crossed through the trees and landscaped garden to sink into a crouch at the base of a red stone staircase. Thanks to blueprints and schematics, she knew the location of every window and door, and the make and model of every lock and wiring connection. What the drawings hadn't done was tell her color and scope, and she took a second while she caught her breath to admire the sprawl of decadence.

Solano Dorado had been built in the 1920s before the stock market crash, and each successive owner had added rooms and floors—and increasingly sophisticated security. Its current incarnation was probably the most attractive so far, all whitewashed and red-tile-roofed and massive, surrounded by palms and old sycamores, with a hockey-rinksized fishpond in the front. At the back of the house where she crouched, two tennis courts lay beyond an Olympicsized swimming pool. The actual tidal pools at the edge of the actual ocean gurgled and sighed only a hundred yards away, but that was for public consumption.

The estate was private and protected, and created to suit the whims of man rather than nature. After eighty years of tasteful modifications and expansion, it was now the house of someone with a massive pocketbook and an equally massive ego. Someone whose horoscope read the opposite of hers and who happened to be out of the country at the moment.

Doors and window casings would be wired to within an inch of their lives, but sometimes the old, simple tricks were best. As Star Trek's Mr. Scott had once said, the more elaborate the plumbing, the easier it was to plug up the drain. With a check of her watch to confirm her timing, she pulled out a roll of gray duct tape. Samantha taped down a rough, threefoot circle low on the patio window, then pulled a suction cup and glass cutter from her pack. The glass was thick and heavy, the pop and squeak when she jerked the cut round piece free louder than she would have liked. Wincing, she set the circle into the flower bed and returned to the opening she'd made.

Swiftly she ran down the list of anyone who might have heard the glass separate. Not the security guard downstairs in the video bank, but at least two more guards patrolled the inside of the house while the owner wasn't in residence. She waited a moment, listening, then, with a deep breath and the customary adrenaline flowing into her system, she slipped inside.

Two more pieces of duct tape kept the curtains in place over the hole. No sense in revealing her exit to the first guard who wandered by. Next came the stairs, a genuine Picasso hanging from the wall at the first landing. Sam passed it with barely a glance. Another would be hanging in an upstairs conference room, both wired with sensors and worth millions. She knew about them already, and tempting as they were, they weren't the reason she was there.

Samantha paused at the third-floor landing, crouching on the stairs and leaning around to view the dim, long, gallery hall. Even as she reflected that she'd seen lesser collections of arms and armament in museums, she checked for any sign of movement or sensors newer than her blueprints and scowled at the number of shadowed places a guard could be standing, where she'd never see anything until she was right on top of him.

Her target was in the middle of the hallway, through a door on the left. Sam didn't bother glancing at her watch again; she knew how long she'd been in the house, and how much longer she was likely to have before an outside patrol discovered either the hole in the glass patio door or the small mirrors at the front gate ...

Flirting With Danger. Copyright © by Suzanne Enoch. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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Flirting with Danger (Samantha Jellicoe Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author builds the characters well in this crime mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This whole series is great. I have re-read them all. The characters are very developed and the story is intriguing .  Mystery, romance, suspense, great sex. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I passed this book up many times, mostly because of the cover. It does not match this story at all. I'm glad I finally tried it. What a fantastic read. I just adored the heroine. She was fabulously witty, sarcastic, smart, and fun-loving. And I was thrilled to even like the hero. Usually when the hero is a billonaire, the author portrays him as an ass. Not this time. And the chemistry these two had was amazing. I wish the ending would've been a little more complete (hence the 4 stars instead of five). Other than that I loved it.
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Great book.
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I have to say that this is hands down my fav series! I read a lot! And 99% of the time they are romance books. I read all different types, i didnt think this was going to be that good of a book. But I was wrong. I fell in love with Sam and Rick! This series keeps you guessing. You never know who the bad guys are until the end. I cant wait till the next book comes out! I have never taken the time out to give a review before but, this series was so good i just had too. I hope no one passes on this series because it is a must read!!!!! enjoy! Age:26
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sam and Rick are a sexy and fun couple. Sam is a thief and Rick is a successful bussiness man. A match made in heaven. They met when Rick discovers Sam breaking into his mansion. Then they almost get blown up. Together they discover the truth and fall in love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a whim. I started reading it and could not put it down!! I had to keep reading to find out what happened! Everything was very suspenseful and unexpected!! Sam and Rick are two of the best characters out there. I can't wait for the sequel to come out! Both are a must have for anyone! A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of historical romances, but if I have a choice I definitely prefer modern day stories. This was a surprise shocker that has me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though heavily guarded, Samantha Jellicoe broke into the wealthy Florida estate with ease. Inside the Solano Dorado House, her operation falls apart as security and the owner Richard Addison catch her. A bomb explodes killing the guard, but Sam manages to pull the unconscious Richard to safety before escaping into the night.--- The police suspect Sam, though they know her as ¿Smith¿, murdered the guard and attempted to kill Richard; he knows otherwise, but is unable to persuade anyone that she saved his life. With the heat on her and her partner under surveillance, Sam breaks into Richard¿s home again offering a deal; she will help him learn who wanted him dead while he helps clear her name of the homicide rap. As they work together they fall in love, but finding the culprit proves difficult.--- FLIRTING WITH DANGER is a fast-paced, action-packed romantic suspense that accelerates from the onset as Sam the cat burglar meets her latest target British businessman Richard. The story line stays at its rapid rate until the final confrontation with the villains. The lead duet are an interesting pairing because both are used to being in charge, making for extra sparks and conflict. Though his seemingly in the dark over other purloined valuables appears off kilter for his personality, fans will enjoy this cat burglar romance.--- Harriet Klausner