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Brilliant | [Marne Davis Kellogg]

Brilliant

At Ballantyne and Company, a genteel but failing auction house in the heart of London, Kick Keswick has been an expert on painting, furniture, and objets d'art for over 30 years. When Ballantyne falls victim to a corporate takeover by robber baron and womanizer Owen Brace, Kick is the next target for Brace's idea of romantic merger and acquisition.
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Publisher's Summary

At Ballantyne and Company, a genteel but failing auction house in the heart of London, Kick Keswick has been an expert on painting, furniture, and objets d'art for over 30 years. When Ballantyne falls victim to a corporate takeover by robber baron and womanizer Owen Brace, Kick is the next target for Brace's idea of romantic merger and acquisition. Elegant and self-possessed, she is at first swept off her feet by Brace's forceful approach to love, romance, and sensual pleasure. But Brace has other games to play, and his affair with Kick, far from being sincere, is simply one more strategy in his welter of scheming and dealing. When she realizes this, Brace's treachery makes her blood boil. Her revenge is complex and total.

©2003 Marne Davis Kellogg; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Kellogg's sophisticated and lavishly fun tale of greed and daring in the high-stakes auction house world presents a full-figured, tough, and atypical heroine readers will cheer for." (Booklist)

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    James W Dietz Seattle, Washington United States 05-12-06
    James W Dietz Seattle, Washington United States 05-12-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Cotton Candy Listening"

    I loved listening to this book. It is light and witty and delicious. My dog got a lot of extra walks so that I could keep listening. The reader is wonderful. Don't expect great literature, but for pure fun, you can't go wrong.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12-16-04
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    "Not really a mystery"

    While this book was reasonably enjoyable, it isn't a mystery. It's more of a romance novel/womens' self-sufficiency/men are dogs kind of thing. Rather mixed up, I thought.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Denise L Wampler Los Angeles, CA USA 02-13-13
    Denise L Wampler Los Angeles, CA USA 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lots of fun and a great escape in gridlock!"
    If you could sum up Brilliant in three words, what would they be?

    Lots of whimsy and wish I live around the corner from Kick Keswick. Reader is fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character of Kick Keswick - picture Grace Kelly and she is the thief - not Cary Grant.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    She was perfect in the role.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction - just did not want the book to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jenny O FALLON, MO, United States 08-24-12
    jenny O FALLON, MO, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Jewelry & Food"
    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Perfect accent to read this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book like all of Kellogg's other books about Kik Keswick. Her books are fun and it's interesting to learn about the jewelry. The food Kik is always cooking sounds awesome too!

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    S new york, NY, United States 01-28-10
    S new york, NY, United States 01-28-10
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    "pretty good!"

    Kate Reading makes every book a little better--even when she loses her American accent a quarter way through the book!
    It's a light, enjoyable listen--interesting plot and solid characters.

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    Nancy Patterson 03-26-09
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    "Brilliant"

    A very fun book to listen to, good character development and a thoughtful plot. For me, I had many driveway moments.

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    Carob Palo Alto, CA, United States 02-24-06
    Carob Palo Alto, CA, United States 02-24-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Great mature heroine"

    More romance than suspense, featuring a complex heroine of a certain age with interesting secrets and a lot of nerve. Very enjoyable, and reader Kate Reading is always great.

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    George Salisbury, MD, USA 07-01-05
    George Salisbury, MD, USA 07-01-05
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    "Very Entertaining!"

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was very entertaining and had a happy ending. A great way to relax and get away from everyday stresses.

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