Title: Under Pressure (No Pressure, No Diamonds #1)
Author: Kara Greenan
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 13th Feb, 2017
Genre(s): Action, Romance
Page Count : 270
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.
This is my first m/m romance with characters involved in high-profile heists. In plain words, they are THIEVES! and I totally loved them. It was like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ but with less characters and a fiery romance going on in the midst of it all.
London is a thief and Sebastian is a conman and they are a match made in heaven! They meet in Venice while doing a job and a fiery passion like no other ignites between them. They spent a blissful week making sweet and sometimes bed-breaking love before Sebastian abandons London one day with nothing more than a note saying ‘Sorry’. Harsh, right? Well, London thinks so too. He has unsuccessfully tried to purge his feelings for the charismatic grifter since then and it does not help when his crew needs Sebastian to pull off a new heist they are planning.
With Sebastian again back in his life, London has difficulties to put his obvious feelings for the man under wraps. Sparks ignite almost immediately but will London get burned again if he surrenders his heart once more to Sebastian??? Read this amazing adrenaline revving and passionate romance to find out!
Wow! This book is just too awesome. I loved the backdrop of a crew planning for a heist. It’s their job and they are damn good at it. London’s crew are known for their skills in the ‘thief world’ and they are the best. I loved all the planning and the smooth execution of the heists as well as the police chase after. It was exciting and reminded me so much of the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ and ‘The Italian Job’. I love heist movies and reading about one was an awesome experience.
London’s crew was like a family who meshed really well together. They had a hacker, a cat-burglar (London), an explosive expert/muscle (a kickass girl she was!) and a mastermind (with a myriad of backup plans on the ready) and adding to that they had a conman who can make anyone dance to his tunes with a mere smile. So yeah, you can guess how exciting this story is going to be.
As for the romance, it was explosive and the best kind of ‘push and pull’. After almost a year Sebastian is back in London’s life and despite his head telling him that he should not fall under Sebastian’s spell once again, London can help but do just the opposite. His heart and body are completely on a different page than his heart and that means trouble for London with a capital ‘T’. London does not trust Sebastian at all and this leads to some heavy/passionate/steamy encounters with also some pushing, pouting and avoiding. Sebastian has his work cut out for him if he wants London to believe that his feelings are for real and London is the real deal for him. He is a conman but this time his skills to lie and charm is not going to be enough and he has to bring out the real ‘Sebastian’ to woo his guy for good.
This read was really exciting. It was a good combination of action/adventure and romance. The plot moves fast and I was totally hooked till the end. What I liked was the dual POVs with London’s being in the present and Sebastian’s in the past as flashbacks to the heist in Venice when they actually get together for the first time. I loved this concept a lot. There is angst here as can be expected but it was not on the heavy side. The battle raged mostly in London’s head with few bouts of separation but they were too gone for each other to stay apart for long*wink* They do have an awesome HEA at the end which was all kinds of HOT!
Overall, I completely loved this story. It’s Kara Greenan’s debut novel and she has done an amazing job. This is the first book in the ‘No Pressure, No Diamonds’ Series. I am not sure if London and Sebastian’s storyline will be continued or if there will be a new couple featured next but one thing is sure that I am gonna read it!