Brilliant

Brilliant Meet Kick Keswick an elegant and self possessed American who has been at London s venerable Ballantine Company Auctioneers for over thirty years She is an expert on paintings furniture and objets d

  • Title: Brilliant
  • Author: Marne Davis Kellogg
  • ISBN: 9780312991432
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet Kick Keswick, an elegant and self possessed American who has been at London s venerable Ballantine Company Auctioneers for over thirty years She is an expert on paintings, furniture, and objets d art, and so far has lived a perfectly happy life with things on her mind other than love In fact, Kick rarely lets anyone into her private world She prefers it thatMeet Kick Keswick, an elegant and self possessed American who has been at London s venerable Ballantine Company Auctioneers for over thirty years She is an expert on paintings, furniture, and objets d art, and so far has lived a perfectly happy life with things on her mind other than love In fact, Kick rarely lets anyone into her private world She prefers it that way Kick doesn t need a man in her life, messing things up But when American industrialist, scoundrel, and womanizer Owen Brace grabs the faltering Ballantine Company in a corporate takeover, he turns Kick s world upside down, opening her eyes to large scale love, romance, and sensuous pleasure But something tells Kick that Brace s motives are anything but sincere And when he gets near enough to threaten Kick s closely guarded life, Brace learns the dangers of underestimating this woman From sophisticated London to cozy Provence, France, Brilliant is a playfully delicious novel of suspense, masterful revenge, and secrets of the multi faceted kind

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    1. I read this book in 2007. I picked it up at the public library just by chance. Yes, I saw the cover, it looked interesting, so I read it. It looked like a typical girl novel, which isn't something I usually read (I read mostly YA) but I was intrigued by the cover and the summary inside the jacket. I LOVED this book. It was so good. It's about a female jewel thief who is just so awesome. Kick Keswick is my hero. This is the first in a series of four and I loved them all. I waiting 2 years for a c [...]


    2. Just plain fun to read!This book instantly drew me into the story, mainly because of the intriguing main character, Kick Keswick. I just love it when a book "hooks" me on the first page! This would be classified as "reading lite", I suppose, but it was smart, interesting, entertaining, and what more could I ask for than a book about a high-end auction house, jewelry, antiques, wine, and food - and set in London and Provence? Kick is a not-young American, elegant and refined, who has worked at th [...]


    3. A very fun and stylish quick read. It has everything, London, auction houses, handsome men, stylish woman, a jewel thief, fast cars, a company on the brink, and of course a romance. Loved the first book in the series. Kick Keswick will keep you laughing with her exploits!


    4. I've owned this for a long time and haven't re-read it in over 10 years. I'm glad I kept it. My original intent was to read it and add it to the bag of library donations to clear space in my bookshelves. Now I'm going to try to find the next in the series (I didn't remember there was a next in the series).Sometimes a lot of detail about antiques and cooking and tossed-about French phrases but it has a good story line and an interesting twist at the end (if you didn't figure it out ahead. I did b [...]


    5. First in a series of books about Kick Keswick. These books are pure fun and will make you want more. Kick is an elegant, self-possessed, intelligent, worldly-wise woman. With a secret. She has worked at London's Ballantine & Company Auctioneers for over thirty years. She is an expert on all things to do with art,jewelry and furniture. Her life is ordered and happy. She is single by choice and rarely needs anything other than her own company. Things change big-time when a womanizer by the nam [...]


    6. This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. For the first three-quarters I loved it, then it appeared to be going in a direction that was going to disappoint me. But wait! The ending was fabulous, and so I can say that this book was wonderful.I absolutely adored Kick! She is bad, and she revels in that. She does what she likes, takes what she wants, gets what she needs, and she does all of it without needing any man to help her or make her feel complete. She is a very unique heroine and I [...]


    7. A friend suggested this series for fun, winter reading--when I needed a little lightness in life. This fit the bill. Kick doesn't take herself too seriously and gets to have adventures one can only dream of. It's a perfect vacation for the mind, filled with interesting characters, fun plot devices, and lots of beautiful jewelry. What's not to love?


    8. Excellent! A mystery that doesnt have killing All about a woman gem thief. She is the perfect corporate player who doesnt take any crap until she falls in love with her new boss who is trouble. I cant wait to read Kellogs other novels.



    9. "We pretended that if we kept up our facade of charm and fair play, there would be no downside; they would let us keep doing everything the way we always had, with the notable exception being that they would have delivered us from the bondage of financial jeopardy. []They would keep the wolf away from our door. Who were we kidding? They were the wolf. We were little Red Riding Hood, and we'd pretended they weren't going to gobble us up; [our] proud, almost three-hundred-year history as a family- [...]


    10. What fun this book is! My niece Amanda kept telling me that I had to read these books, and I finally found the first of the series at the library last week. This book introduces Kick Keswick, born in Oklahoma, currently living a good life in London, working for one of the most respected auction houses. When the story begins, the house has just been bought by an American firm that owns several different kinds of businesses, and the auction house is one of the jewels of their collection.Kick Keswi [...]


    11. American Katherine Day Keswick, a.k.a. Kick, has worked for London's Ballantine and Company Auctioneer, Ltd. for over 30 years. She's a true professional and a real expert on fine furniture, paintings and especially jewels. She leads a very private life and wishes to keep it private and soon retire to southern France. Kick has created quite a nest egg for herself over the years in her secret life as a jewel thief. "Just to add a touch of class to my residential burglaries, a little bouquet of sh [...]


    12. 2.5 rounding up because I finally started to get into about 3/4 of the way in. There were many times I thought about not finishing this one, but stuck with it because the ratings were at almost 4. The book is well written and well researched. I simply couldn't connect with Kick Keswick. It wasn't until I was almost finished that I began to find her sort of intriguing. She is elegant and sophisticated and completely self made, well sort of, if you call getting there by being a mistress as self ma [...]


    13. This book is very well written and meticulously researched. However it just never grabbed me. I didn't like any of the characters. I know I was supposed to love Kick, but while I admired her intelligence and practicality, her reserve and life choices put me at an emotional distance to her. Plus the plot was so transparent and not interesting to me. I kept putting the book down and realizing that days would go by before I picked it back up again. And yet, there was never anything I could point to [...]


    14. I loved the main character of this book. Kick Keswick is her own woman, unapologetic and unafraid. I loved the little details of her life--the sandwiches she fixes for herself, her cooking prowess--as well as the large--her life in London and her secret life in Provence. I liked how the author kept the reader as unsure about Owen as Kick was and how we see her progression from wary to giddy and back again with several stops in between. The details of the jewelry and the auctions and just about e [...]


    15. Kick is an elegant, sophisticated woman who appreciates good food, very fine wine, and brilliant jewelery. She is a composed, unflappable, efficient, and dedicated leader of an antiques auction house. Little does anyone realize that she began her life as an unwed mother, juvenile delinquent, and daughter of an Oklahoma oil field whore. And an international jewel thiefThe auction house founded by her aged, now deceased, lover is taken over by an American entrepreneur. He provides many sensual del [...]


    16. Curses. Susan sucked me back into the mediocre female crime fiction/romance genre again when she sent this book. To make it worse, I'd finally ripped myself away from the Stephanie Plum series (until the next one comes out!). Even so, this wasn't bad, not bad at all. I suspect that we're 15 years under the target age for this particular series about an aging jewel thief who is looking forward to retirement in Provence. (Make that 20 years.) I don't think I'll read the sequels, but this was an en [...]


    17. Nice writing style, engaging story, unique twist. Over-sexualized, which detracted from the potential of the story. Also, faulty moral tone. The main character is a jewel thief and a compulsive liar. Her behavior is never discovered and she never experiences any consequences. Instead, she is portrayed as the hero of the story for exposing an illegal scheme perpetrated by another character. She only does it for revenge, though, not because it is the right thing to do. Too bad, because I really en [...]


    18. I couldn't even finish this and I pretty much ALWAYS finish a book I start. It couldn't keep my attention and trying to imagine that a girl that came from nothing would stoop low enough to depend on a sugar daddy and care about no one but herself was too far fetched for me. I didn't like the main character and the story was slow. I tried to read a little farther hoping that it would get better but every chapter I just hated her a little more and couldn't for the life of me figure out why such we [...]


    19. Have you ever stopped and said to yourself "Y'know, I bet the executive vice president of Kellogg's isn't a very good novelist"? Because she really kind of isn't. BUT. The main character of this series is a glamorous, zaftig 50-year-old who leads a secret life as a top-notch jewel thief, loves to eat, and has lots of sex. I can't even write that sentence without getting so delighted that I almost (almost) forget how mediocre the writing really is. Let's be honest, we all know I'm going to keep r [...]


    20. Very likeable main character: strong-willed and slightly sassy. The plot may have been a little far-fetched, but the details (wines, gourmet foods, antiques) were interesting enough to forgive some of the "too good to be true" antics.Enjoyable along the lines of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich and the Heller series by JD Nixon. (I just purchased the rest if the Kick Keswick series as Nook books at discount price)


    21. I started this series with the last book and then found this the first book. I love this series, the heroine is an older women who knows about jewels, food, etc. I love her description of jewelry and European hot spots. The first book is not as good as the last one but still enjoyable. If I find an author I enjoy I frequently read everything by that writer before I start something else. I am now reading the second in the series.


    22. This was a really fun book. It is totally different than anything I had been reading. It takes place in England and the subject is very interesting with colorful characters. There are points where you are sure that you know the ending and parts of it, you will likely be rightbut, it is still a great read.


    23. I enjoyed this book a lot: the characters and action are excellent. There's not a lot of descriptive prose, but the language is quite picturesque. The main character is very endearing, though she's almost too smart to be true. Her narrow escapes make her human, though. Lots of information about the workings of a European auction house. I'll probably try the next one in the series.


    24. I've read the first two books in this series (I read the second first, not realizing it was a series) and love it. I enjoy the London and Provence settings, the auction house atmosphere, and the intrigue of Kick's "side" job as a jewelry thief. Kick is a smart, witty, clever woman and a wonderful narrator. I look forward to reading the rest ofMarne Davis Kellogg's terrific series.


    25. This is a great read. David Thompson, bookseller at Murder By The Book in Houston, recommended I try it. I LOVE it. Kick Keswick as the Shamrock Burglar is a compelling protagonist. She's a jewel thief who likes the good life but is always a whisker away from discovery. The sequel PRICELESS is next.”


    26. Trata de una mujer que lleva una sofisticada vida como ejecutiva de una importante casa de subastas en Londres es tambi�n, al mismo tiempo, una ladrona de joyas conocida como "El ladr�n del trebol" ya que deja siempre un trebol como firma en la escena del crimen.El libro es ameno, aunque algunas escenas son inveros�miles.


    27. I really enjoyed this book. The plot was definitely different from anything I had read before. I began to guess at the ending 3/4 of the way through the book and it ended a little to quickly and neatly for me. The beginning or middle could have been shortened for a more thoughtful, detailed conclusion. A very unique anti-heroine.


    28. It took some time to get into this book & warm up to the main character. But once I became a little sympathetic to her, I wanted to know her more & read on. I admire her emotional strength. And as a bonus, Kick is quite the cook and the descriptions of the meals she would make were mouth watering. Surprising ending.


    29. A fun read. I felt like I needed a dictionary b/c of all of the specialized words from the antique & jewelry business that I'm just not familiar with. Even though she's a criminal, you find yourself rooting for Kick the whole time. With about 10 pages to go, it didn't feel like there were enough pages to wrap everything up nice & neat, so the ending felt kind of hurried to me.


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