Smash & Grab [Review & Giveaway!]

Smash & Grab [Review & Giveaway!]
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Title: Smash and Grab
Author: Amy Christine Parker
Publisher: Random House
Published Date: 19th July 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*
Synopsis: LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush.
Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los
Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are
executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think
twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear
his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a
clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the
tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks,
and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big
job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for
freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful.
. . .
Two heists. One score. The only thing standing
in their way is each other.
Told in alternating points of view, this caper
is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect
Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist
Review: Smash and Grab was a novel I was eager
to have my hands on as soon as I saw the cover. And then I read the synopsis
and my eyes practically formed into heart shapes. Really. This is no joke.
Just imagine all the fangirling that happened when the
book finally landed on my doorstep.
All fangirling aside, I managed to really enjoy this
book. I read it as I was traveling in summer and it was just what I needed.
Something light and a lot of fun to read. The main character, Lexi, is a girl
who doesn’t let the term ‘girl’ define her. She’s dropping off buildings, she
knows her way to sneak around and she loves a challenge. And when that
challenge is to help clear her father’s name, she’ll do anything. I love how
she channels her anger to let it fuel her when it comes to her adrenaline
rushes and getting revenge. I found her personality to be a lot of fun and I
really liked the relationship she and her brother shared.
Then we also have Christian. He was another main
character I really liked. You can tell he is part of the gang for all the wrong
reasons, and really just wants to find a way out which is safe. But in those
kind of scenarios, when you’re in it’s pretty hard to come back out again… He
really was caught and you could tell that he loved his family and friends a
lot. I liked that he had his affinity for reading and was quick on his feet. He
was a pretty cool love interest.
The point of view switches between them two, but you
still get to meet quite a few of the secondary characters. The relationship
between Christian and his best friend Benny is incredibly nice. Lexi has her
group of friends, and then Christian has his gang. We meet all of them, and get
a bit of backstory on them, but it doesn’t go to deep… Which is just fine for a
light quick read like this.
The plot of this book was pretty solid. Maybe you would
question if this would ever really happen, but it is plausible and possible. I
really liked the fun behind it, and all the undercover work that had to come
with it. It was fun to follow and I always wanted to know what would happen
next which is important for me to enjoy the book. I especially liked the
ending. By that point I was hooked because we’d been building up to the heist
throughout the whole novel, and so many things were going wrong that it seemed like
they wouldn’t be able to pull it off!  
On top of that, the romance was perfect. I liked the
rising tension between her and Christian. They were both playing and using each
other, which was a funny game that they were caught up in. There was plenty of
banter and plenty of flirting to keep me entertained as well. I wondered if
they would ever be able to get together outside of the heist and how they both
needed to keep things distant but close at the same time to get what they
wanted from the bank. I actually think that that the flirtatious romance was
just what I needed. And they were so well suited to each other that I love idea
of them together.
In conclusion this was the perfect light, cheeky romance
with a wild plot to keep me intrigued!
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