Title: Under Pressure (No Pressure, No Diamonds book 1)
Author: Kara Greenan
Publisher: Ink & Smith Publishing INC
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary love, second chance love, heartbroken, forgiveness, thieves,heist
Page Count: 270 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.8 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
In the dangerous world of high profile theft, love is often a fantasy the wealthy and naive are sold. Grifter Sebastian Walker sells love like nobody else, leaving a trail of vacated bank accounts, empty champagne bottles and broken hearts in his wake. The one heart he never meant to break was London’s.
Considered by many to be the greatest thief of his age, London favours a minimalist life, devoid even of a surname. He lives for the next job, liberating art from museum walls and prized treasures from collector’s vaults. When he and Sebastian collide in Venice on a con to steal a priceless copy of Michelangelo’s David, the unthinkable happens: they begin to fall in love.
A long, lonely year later, Sebastian emerges as a new member of London’s team of world-class thieves. London knows he can’t trust him. Sebastian lies, better than anyone else, for a living. Sebastian wonders how he could ever entrust something as precious as his heart to a born thief. But as they team up for another perilous heist, they discover the true value might not be in the diamonds they’re stealing, but in each other.
Such an exciting read. There is the danger of being a thief in a highly stressful situation. There is the danger of possibly being caught. There is chance at rekindling a romance with the one that you fell in love with that in return slipped away in the middle of the night stealing and never returning your heart. There is the hurt and the pain of coming face to face again with that person again and the chemistry still being between you. There is just so much happening in this book that it is definitely not a boring read at all.
Sebastian truly broke London’s heart the last time they was together when he left London after their time together in the middle of the night. Sebastian was trying to protect himself by doing so but in the process he alienated the one person who made him feel alive by leaving the way he did and never getting in touch again. Well that is until the job London and the team he works with needs the extra help and that extra help comes in the form of Sebastian.
Sebastian in some ways acted hurt that London would not readily forgive him when he showed up to help out. I can understand London wanting to try to protect his still broken heart. London has felt what being abandoned in the past was like by his mom when she abandoned him at an early age so to feel that pain again when he finally falls for someone makes him more closed off and unforgiving then he was previously. In a lot of ways I do not blame him for being skeptical of Sebastian’s intentions and if he would up and leave again if he was to let him back into his life.
But then there was Sebastian’s reasoning as to why he did what he did that made me understand his side also. Both of these men have had different up bringing but in some ways they was alike in the fact that they felt abandoned and alone and felt they had to do what was necessary to protect themselves.
This was definitely an adventurous journey these two men had to take in order to end where they finally ended up. Between the issues with them and the planned heist they was involved in, it made the book that much more interesting. I truly enjoyed this read. I can definitely see this being a book that hits some record sales and ratings.
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