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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.

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"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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Need more books about Kick Keswick!

This character, Kick Keswick is so much fun to read/listen to! I cannot wait to see what other situations she and Thomas get into next!!! Love all these books Brillant, Perfect, Friends in High Places, Priceless, Marne Davis Kellogg please give us more books on Kick's adventures!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Wonderful Listen

I've read the book but decided to listen to the audio version because Kate Reading has a fabulous voice. She really is prefect as Kick Keswick. I wish the rest of this fun series was available on audio.

This is fun escapism solidly anchored in good research of art, jewelry, food wine and travel. Kellogg is a talented writer, and Kick is a witty, urbane, shrewd character whose self-possession, gravitas and cool-headedness are her trademarks. I hope Kellog is not done with the series!

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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.

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  • jenny
  • Nashville, TN United States
  • 08-24-12

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

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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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

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

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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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 7 people found this review helpful