The Black Sheep and the English Rose
Donna Kauffman
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The Black Sheep and the English Rose
Donna Kauffman
320 pages
August 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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When Finn Dalton and Felicity Trent cross paths again, it's once more in the middle of a job for both of them - a job that generally involves retrieving jewels for various reasons. How can two apparent jewel thiefs have any future together? But when Finn and Felicity start working together to hunt down a gemstone, they start to unravel more going on than a simple theft. Why are so many people after the gemstone - and might it have more significance for Felicity's employer than she realizes? Can Finn and Felicity trust each other, despite knowing they are working for different ends? Can their race to find the gemstone end happily?

This isn't a badly written book, with various plotlines, a jet-set lifestyle, and some small puzzles. However, it's also rather disappointing with lazy plotting in places (Finn's friend Rafe seems to always be able to find out the information Finn needs any time of day or night, despite his own romance story apparently taking place at the same time) and some rather improbable events. Finn is a fairly well-drawn character, but I didn't ever feel that I knew Felicity and she isn't as likeable as Finn. The Advanced Reader's Copy that I read had some mistakes in some of the British aspects of the book (famous biscuits being called MacIvities rather than McVities, for example), and I felt rather unconvinced about the puppetmaster behind Felicity and some of the other Brit characters. Still, it's a reasonable read and surprisingly different than the previous installment in this series, showing that the author has more than one string to her bow plot-wise.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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