The Rec League: Heists

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old bookWe’ve gotten a few requests for this one, but thanks to Emma for putting the bug in our ear about it:

I’ve finally gotten around to listening to the podcast and in episode 272 one of you mentioned that heist books are great. I agree, could you recommend some please?

RHG: Theresa Romain’s Lady Rogue ( A | BN | K | G | iB ) (not out yet, I’m reading it now) is a reverse heist.

Sarah: The one with the woman. In the gold dress. She’s Black and steals from people to fund her clinic.

Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon. Dafina book!!!!!

Uptown Thief
A | BN | K

I am so proud of my brain.

I would love more heist books.

Amanda: I know you read that disappointing heist anthology, Sarah, but is the one good one available on it’s own?

Sarah: I don’t know I have not looked. The Ass Heist anthology!

Amanda: It is! Strange Tango by Michelle Dayton is the novella Sarah like the best in that anthology.

Strange Tango
A | BN | K | iB

Sarah: Adam read and really enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora ( A | BN | K | G | iB ) series which involves some heisting.

Amanda: Lamora was great!

Sarah: And The Legend of Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron, beginning with The Spirit Thief ( A | BN | K | G | iB ).

I suspect there are a lot of heist plots in fantasy and science fiction than there are contemporary romance, but I would love more romance heists.

Elyse: Same.

Sarah: Like, Sneakers (the film) ( A | BN | G | iB ) only with more romance and more ridiculousness (if that is even possible)

I am so looking forward to the all-lady Oceans film. Oceans 8?

Faking It
A | BN | K | iB

Carrie:  I don’t know any heist romances. The closest I can think of is the books Jennifer Crusie writes about cons:

  • What the Lady Wants
  • Faking It
  • Trust Me on This ( A | BN | K | G | iB | Au )

Faking It is the best!

Elyse: The Thomas Crown Affair! ( A | BN | G | iB ) I loooooved that movie. The Rene Russo one.

RHG: That movie is SMOKING.

Amanda: I think Shana Abe’s dragon series starts with a heist, in The Smoke Thief ( A | BN | K | G | iB ).

Sarah: I heard there is a female version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the works which could be brilliant, though the original probably did not age at all well.

I’m still very curious. I think heists with ladies will be a very big thing and I hope it reaches romance too. I mean, there are some days when successfully balancing every part of my life feels like a heist!

Amanda: This comment thread also has some great suggestions.

NB: We really want recommendations from books you’re read and enjoyed. Knowing a book has that element is great, but knowing a book has that element and that you enjoyed it or know someone who did is better!

Tell us what books you’ve loved that feature heists! 

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