I like to think that heist romances are going to be a thing in 2017. And no, not just because I write them. I have this immediate visceral reaction anytime someone mentions a romance with a con artist, master thief, bank robber, heist…you get the picture. If there’s a criminal element to the book, I want to get my grabby little hands on it as soon as possible.
If, like me, you support heroes and heroines who take a slightly shady view of the legal system, here are some great books and series to check out.
- CROOKED HEARTS by Patricia Gaffney: I think this was the first con-artist-as-main-characters romance I ever read, and it planted the seed that anything is possible when it comes to love. When the hero first meets the heroine, they’re both currently in the midst of cons…the heroine as a nun and the hero as a blind man. Sexy shenanigans ensue.
- Samantha Jellicoe Series by Suzanne Enoch: This is another one of those life-changing series that convinced me to try my own hand at a criminal or two. Samantha is an absolutely delightful cat burglar, and the To Catch a Thief undertones make for a seriously entertaining read. The only pity is that the series doesn’t keep going after five books!
- TO LOVE A THIEF by Julie Anne Long: To Love a Thief includes both a pickpocket heroine and a Pygmalion story—two things I adore. (Three things, if you count anything written by Ms. Long.)
- Hitwoman Series by JB Lynn: The first book in this series is titled Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman, which tells you pretty much everything you need to know. It’s quirky and fast-paced and fun, which are qualities I find necessary in a good hit woman tale.
- FAKING IT by Jennifer Crusie: Anyone who’s read Crusie knows how much fun her books are. This one has criminal undertones (the hero is a con man) that only add to the delight. Although it’s the second book in a series, there’s no need to read in order. You can just plug in for the breaking and entering, and enjoy!
Of course, you might also want to check out STEALING MR. RIGHT, the first book in my own heist caper series. With a jewel thief for a heroine and a devious FBI agent for a hero, there’s plenty of criminal action to keep you entertained!
I’m a wanted jewel thief.
What’s that saying? Keep your friends close…and your husband closer.
Being married to a federal agent certainly has its perks.
1. I just love the way that man looks in a suit.
2. This way I always know what the enemy is up to.
Spending my days lifting jewels and my nights tracking the Bureau should have been a genius plan. But the closer I get to Grant Emerson, the more dangerous this feels. With two million dollars’ worth of diamonds on the line, I can’t afford to fall for my own husband.
It turns out that the only thing worse than having a mortal enemy is being married to one. Because in our game of theft and seduction, only one of us will come out on top.
Good thing a cat burglar always lands on her feet.
About Tamara Morgan
Tamara Morgan is a romance writer and unabashed lover of historical reenactments—the more elaborate and geeky the costume requirements, the better. In her quest for modern-day history and intrigue, she has taken fencing classes, forced her child into Highland dancing, and, of course, journeyed annually to the local Renaissance Fair. These feats are matched by a universal love of men in tights, of both the superhero and codpiece variety.
Her home is in the Inland Northwest, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and variety of household pets.