The Black Sheep and The English Rose

The Black Sheep and The English Rose

by Donna Kauffman

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Finn Dalton is the black sheep of his privileged family--because he's always trying to do the right thing. But do good guys let bad girls go free? Ask British heiress Felicity Trent. Finn should have called the cops when he caught Felicity with a fortune in stolen jewels. But after the hot night they'd shared, betraying her meant he'd never have her again. Two years later, he discovers Felicity scantily clad and handcuffed to a bed in a posh Manhattan hotel room. Finn has three choices. Turn Felicity in. Turn her loose. Or turn her on. . .

Finn Dalton is bad boy personified. Felicity Trent should know; she's a bad girl herself. But for Felicity, life as a jewel thief is almost as seductive as Finn is--and that's dangerous. Because for a girl like her one night is all she needs to get what she wants, anything more means trouble. Now, with both of them after the same thing--the rarest of treasures--who gets there first might be the last thing they want. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758233905
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 290,291
File size: 470 KB

About the Author

Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. She is the recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, a RITA® finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award-winner, and a PRISM Award-winner. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C.’s politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener, and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at

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The Black Sheep and the English Rose 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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".
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Entertaining story of love, lust and jewels with a pair of characters who can't keep their hands off each other but aren't sure if they should trust each other either.Finn Dalton is a bit of a black sheep, he left a successful life as a district attorney to join his two friends in slighly-outside the law ventures to do good for others. He remembers Felicty Trent, a British heiress, two years ago he left her in a hotel room and now he finds her in another hotel room, scantily clad and handcuffed to a bed. He thought he was over her but she re-awakens feelings him him. They have to team up and this puts both of them in a position where they're close for a long time. This could be dangerous, as much for their hearts as their mission.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In New York City, Finn Dalton sneaks into a hotel suite only to find jewel thief Felicity Jane Trent tied naked to the bed. They have a history competing for precious jewels, but have not seen one another since Prague two years ago. Finn offers to team up with Felicity Jane to retrieve the Byzantium gem that both want she asks how to split one stone and he says he is not sure, but there are other things he desires. She explains that artifact dealer John Reese caught her looking into his things. He tied her up and left with the stone. He is meeting his buyer¿s contact. Finn asks Felicity Jane why steal when she is wealthy and runs a renowned charity. She will not respond, but he assumes it is the thrill. -------------- Finn and Felicity Jane join Reese and his client Andreev, who is buying the gem for octogenarian collector Chesnokov. Andreev leaves followed by Reese. Finn and Felicity Jane go to Reese¿s hotel room where they know an unknown woman had been there. They take a glass that might have her fingerprints on it. At his Manhattan sanctuary he learns the prints belong to Julia Forsythe, a San Francisco art dealer they find her itinerary on the net. They believe Reese went to California with her so they follow them. Finn and Felicity Jane want one another, but he insists she stop stealing she refuses.----------------------- The lead couple is terrific as they share an odd confrontational loving history filled with sexual innuendos while the return of the lead characters from the previous ¿Black Sheep¿ tales adds depth as they perform critical but minimized support roles. The mystery of what is truly going on is cleverly disguised however, the ¿villain¿ never makes a first person appearance leaving the audience somewhat dissatisfied. Still this is a fine romantic suspense.------------- Harriet Klausner