OK. “The Black Sheep and the English Rose” by Donna Kauffman is rather like Jane Bond meets a rich American Robin Hood. He doesn’t realize she’s working for British Intelligence and she’s not sure WHO he works for but they keep running into each other while trying to ‘procure’ expensive artworks. I found this very amusing and pretty sexy, but never quite connected with either character.
Finn’s father was a right old so-and-so who died filthy rich from all the little people he screwed over. So the first thing Finn does upon inheriting his father’s estate is to break it up and sell it off. Then, with his two childhood buddies (whose stories we’ve already gotten in the first two books of this trilogy) he forms a corporation that sets out to help said little people when conventional means just don’t cut it. Even though it’s been two years since he last ran into Felicity, Finn hasn’t quite been able to forget her…or their explosive chemistry. Once again they’re after the same piece, and this time it looks like they’ll have to team up to save both the artifact and their lives!
Felicity loves her ‘other’ job. By day she’s the stunning figurehead of a vast charity trust founded and run by her family for what seems like forever. But it’s the jobs she does for British Intelligence that make her feel like she personally is making a difference. She’s certainly never been able to forget Finn. He’s her one indulgence…she knows she shouldn’t, but she just can’t help herself. Again, and again, and again.
How can you not enjoy a book that opens with the heroine tied up on a bed in her skivvies and the hero finding her by breaking into the hotel room to steal something? Yep, just the opening scene gives you the feel for the rest of the book. Donna Kauffman is hit or miss with me and even though I enjoyed the read, I had a hard time with these two characters. They didn’t communicate well and their combined secrets caused a lot of problems.
On the plus side, it was quite a steamy read. Kauffman has a way with love scenes that will leave you hot and bothered. And I enjoyed getting a chance to revisit old friends from the first two books as well. The plot would normally cause me to label it romantic suspense, but it’s just too light-hearted for that. Not that that’s a bad thing, just unusual. So if you like suspense, but don’t want anything too ‘heavy’, check out “The Black Sheepand the English Rose”.