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Under Pressure (No Pressure, No Diamonds #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In the dangerous world of high profile theft, love is often a fantasy the wealthy and naive are sold. Grifter Sebastian Walker sells love like nobody else, leaving a trail of vacated bank accounts, empty champagne bottles and broken hearts in his wake. The one heart he never meant to break was London’s.

Considered by many to be the greatest thief of his age, London favours
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 13th 2017 by Ink & Smith Publishing LLC
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Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Catch A Thief...

... starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. I loved this film. Maybe that is the reason why everything revolving around a heist fascinates me, be it a movie or a book. Hence I could not resist when Under Pressure popped up on the site of a publisher and of course had to click the download button. And what can I say? I don't regret it.

London is a thief and good at his job. The best, as a matter of fact. A legend, despite his young
4.5 Hearts

There is something about a story that has a MC who is a thief that gets me. It’s the romanticizing of someone doing something so blatantly illegal and how much they get off on the thrill of it all. Them getting off helps this reader engage in the story and if you toss is a grifter, a professional con man as the thief’s love interest well then, just call me a goner. This book, this romance, this heist… I was gone for it so damn fast.
London is a thief, Sebastian a professional liar.
Pianka *call me PIU*
4.5 Stars

This is my first m/m romance with characters involved in high-profile heists. In plain words, they are THIEVES! and I totally loved them. It was like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ but with less characters and a fiery romance going on in the midst of it all.

London is a thief and Sebastian is a conman and they are a match made in heaven! They meet in Venice while doing a job and a fiery passion like no other ignites between them. They spent a blissful week making sweet and sometimes bed-breaking love
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
Ocean's Eleven this was not. The heist takes a backseat to Sebastian getting back into London's pants after a major fuck up a year prior. These thieves are supposed to be professional and yet they bicker, pout and throw jealous rants rather than actually communicate and get the job done. Instead they argue and sulk like kids. Plus there's actually a scene of them sucking each other off after Sebastian got hard with a woman who was a mark, which was a major turn off for me. It's also told in thir ...more
Natosha Wilson
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an exciting read. There is the danger of being a thief in a highly stressful situation. There is the danger of possibly being caught. There is chance at rekindling a romance with the one that you fell in love with that in return slipped away in the middle of the night stealing and never returning your heart. There is the hurt and the pain of coming face to face again with that person again and the chemistry still being between you. There is just so much happening in this book that it is def ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: larry
I really love this story and I highly recommand it to anyone who like fast paced stories that are carefully crafted.

You come for the gay romance, you stay for the secundary characters as much as the main ones.

I loved the banter and the high energy radiating from the book. If you liked Ocean's eleven or The Italian Job, you'll love this book. Ih ahs a very cinematic quality to it.

I wish the author all the best.

xx, Addy
Karen Wellsbury
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I kind of liked this, and then I kind of didn't.

It reminded me massively of the TV series Hustle, very glossy, good plot, great locations but lacking in character development. It was a fun and easy read, but you do have to put your credulity to one side, and accept that things are as they are. One of the characters apparently stole something from the V+A piece by piece, and this is just casually thrown in.


Amber Malik
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Was lucky enough to get an early reader copy of this book, and boy, am I grateful I got that chance.

The way this author sketches a situation is compelling, it's thrilling, and it makes you not want to put it down until you're done. Rather than it solely being an action filled heist story, there is plenty of focus on emotion, on character development, which realness in description makes it different from most books I’ve read. She has a way of involving both happy, romantic scenes and tension fill
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Hearts

There is something so unbelievably seductive and appealing about a criminal that make crime sexy and that is exactly what this story is in a nutshell…SEXY. I really enjoyed this from the beginning. Sebastian and London are appealing all on their own but the side characters are also integral in the story. They also added to the intrigue….Amelia and Hale had me wanting to read an M/F romance and I haven’t read one of those in years. I really enjoyed this authors writing style…she gave enou
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the surface Under Pressure is an interesting, heist novel set amidst a Venetian background, but just under the surface is an emotional and passionate romance between two thieves, wary of risking their hearts a second time. London, a highly skilled, adrenaline junkie of a thief, scorns the thought of giving Sebastian, a professional liar and grifter, another chance to break his heart. A year ago, Sebastian left him behind with only a scribbled word, but now they are forced to team up to pull o ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been one of the select (lucky) few who got to read ‘Under Pressure’ in form of an ARC and I am infinitely grateful for it.

The author made the wisest choice in my opinion with running both past and present day narrative lines as parallels, the pacing and timing of the two fitting beautifully. Telling present day from London’s POV and Venice from Sebastian’s is another winning point. We get to see the two main characters through each other’s eyes and we learn what their past together means t
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A group of individuals who come together to con and steal from people they think deserve it. This book concentrates on two characters - London and Sebastian. London has trusts issues after Sebastian abandoned him in Venice. The story switches between Venice a year ago and the present day and we gradually come to understand the background to why London seems to hate Sebastian.
Kara has a good flowing writing style. Characters are well formed and scenes are described really well.
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