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Shimmy Bang Sparkle

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  884 ratings  ·  295 reviews

To catch a thief…or fall for one?

All Nick Norton wants is to stay on the straight and narrow…and never get caught stealing again. Then he lays eyes on her: Stella Peretti—100 percent sexy and absolutely irresistible. Especially when he sees her smooth moves lifting a two-karat diamond. Nick realizes he’s found the sparkling woman of his dreams—one so perfect for him it

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Shimmy Bang Sparkle is by Nicola Rendell. I’ve been such a fan of Nicola’s since I first came across her books. But just when I thought she couldn’t amaze me any more, when she couldn’t make me fall in love any deeper, she did!

Nick Norton is forty years old, covered in tattoos, rides a Ducati motorcycle, and just got out of prison. You see, Nick is or rather “was” a thief, who specialized in his knack for picking locks and opening safes. It wasn’t necessarily a profession he chose, he just sort
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it


In the past, this author's books have been a little hit or miss for me. I find she tends to get a bit longwinded at times and because of that, her books can drag along in places. That said, the whole "jewel thief" premise of this one intrigued me enough that I decided to give her another chance. Luckily, this one didn't suffer from too much needless rambling. Yes it did start to drag a bit near the end, and I think the author could have cut a few pages here and there to move the story along at
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Nick was fresh out of prison and looking forward to starting over and living his life well. Then he catches a glimpse of heaven through the window of a jewelry store. He can’t look away. And thoughts of moving forward without her are no longer possible. He walks into that store and takes in the full picture that is Stella. She’s not only physically gorgeous, but she had a personality to match. Everything about her sang to him. Every part of her called to him. And when he sees her pull off a slei ...more
Melanie (mells_view)
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shimmy Bang Sparkle was my first Nicola Rendell read, and it absolutely will not be my last. It was extremely well written, and while at first glance you may assume it’s just another contemporary romance with a predictable trope, it is not that. It’s very original from the plot, to the banter, to the main characters and the side ones. I think people who enjoy movies like Ocean’s 11/12/13/8 and wish that there was a little bit more heat and romance to the plot will enjoy Shimmy Bang Sparkle. I th ...more
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, kindle
There was something so unexpectedly sweet and wonderful about all this.
That quote sums up Shimmy Bang Sparkle so well!

Plus, Nicola Rendell makes me laugh and knows how to write some HOT sexy times . . . such a great combination. :D

Nick's an ex-con who's trying to get his life together.
Christ, I was forty years old, I was covered in tattoos, and I drove a goddamned Ducati. I wasn't gonna let some woman's wink flatten me down like a cannonball. Not even hers. Not ye
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Enjoyed it. A fun read if you are ok with long monologues, and long descriptions of irrelevant things, but funny nonetheless. So yes, I skimmed a bit. The great thing about this book is its MCs, specially the hero. his thoughts about the heroine were swoon worthy, she was the sun for him. It's sad that authors don't write heroes like him anymore, his love and the things he did for his woman are just heroic. I rarely say it, but I want him and that says something considering he is a thie
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
“Diamonds were fine and everything. But this woman? What a fucking gem.”

Disclaimer: Thank you to Montlake Romance and NetGalley whom provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.
💭Pre-reading thoughts:

Common everyone, you cannot tell me A romance between two jewelry thieves doesn't sound intriguing. Also, I loooooooove that cover✨

I need something different from what I have been reading and I think this is perfect.✨
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Nicola Rendell is a fairly new-to-me author, and with Shimmy Bang Sparkle, I have become an immediate fan. Fun and flirty, this steamy romance had me chuckling and swooning page after page. It's a must-read for romantic comedy lovers. Although insta-romances are not my usual cup of tea, this book was an exception with its intriguing story-line and a cast of lovable yet loony characters. A simply amusing, fast-paced, feel-good read from beginning to end.

Nick and Stella, two professional jewelry
My Pink Fairytales
Funfuckingtastic ⭐️

Wow! First of all, I’m sorry it took me almost a week to read this amazing story. I was busy trying to upload the reviews I’ve written on GR to my blog.
Anyways, let me tell you about Shimmy Bang Sparkle. Here’s what you need to know:
Hero: ex-jewel thief, just out of prison, set to live a normal, easy life, until she spots Her

“Christ, I was forty years old, I was covered in tattoos, and I drove a goddamned Ducati. I wasn't gonna let some woman's wink flatten me down like a

May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First things first, because I feel the need to get this off my chest. I didn’t like the book title! Shimmy Bang Sparkle! What the hell is that all about? But I do love Nicola Rendell’s writing style so it was a given I would read it and now, I’ve read it, I agree it could not have had a better title. It was like a full on green eggs and ham turnaround moment.

Shimmy Bang Sparkle it is. And Shimmy Bang Sparkle is perfect.

From page one, I was sold. Stella Peretti is a goddess. She’s a modern day R
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sexy witty ride from start to finish.

Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell was a steamy, refreshing, and just downright funny story that I highly recommend! One minute I was giggling and fanning myself, and the next, biting my nails. I didn't care that it was insta-love, Nick and Stella were so fun and witty that it was hard not to get swept away in their relationship with one another. They gave me the best warm fuzzy feelings.

I couldn't keep the smile off my face as I followed in Nick and Ste
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of this author's writing and this book was no different. I really loved the pace of the story and the jewel thief angle was a new storyline for me. Plenty of action, seriously hot chemistry and the right amount of feels. Nick and Stella were fantastic and I definitely recommend this story if you're looking for a hot, witty and original read.

I received an arc of this book.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc
This book owned me. Loved it.

Witty, sexy and romantic this worked as a romance, but it was also a gripping thriller. I was reading this through my fingers at times, so nervous, willing things to go their way.

They're both jewel thieves, but the ethics are neatly dealt with as there's something of a Robin Hood motivation for their misdeeds which of course makes grand theft perfectly fine. Completely fine. Really. It's not the dark, grisly underbelly of hard crime though this book, but more about o
Deb Markanton
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

As far as I’m concerned, Nicola Rendell’s writing is pretty near perfection, and with every new book I love her a little more. Her writing transports me into the story with every gorgeously written scene, her beautiful phrases, vivid imagery, exciting action, and some of the best damn dialogue out there. Shimmy Bang Sparkle once again illustrates just how talented this author is at creating tightly written, cleverly crafted stories that will have you biting your nails in anticipation, clutching
Amber’s reading
A sexy romantic comedy about two jewel thieves that team up to pull off their last heist.

Nick is a sexy tatted forty year old that just recently got out of jail. When he comes across Stella at a jewelry store and sees her stealing a diamond ring, he knows he should stay far away from her, but is completely captivated. He follows her home to return her phone that she left behind and the two quickly start up a steamy romance.

Both characters are loving a loyal and can’t quite seem to achieve thei
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
"She was, without a doubt, the very last woman I should’ve been chasing across Albuquerque."

Funny, sexy and refreshing, this book is a light-hearted romance about Nick and Stella, two good-hearted jewel thieves who plan the heist of a lifetime. Nick is a 40 year-old who has just been released from prison, rides a Ducati and knows a thief when he sees one. Because he's a thief, too! Stella is the beautiful, kind-hearted member of a gang of jewel thieves. This plot might sound zany but this bo
Jessica Frances
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
First up I really enjoyed the audible version of this book. I thought the narrators did a great job and would recommend listening to it if you are interested in audio. Now, onto the actual book. I admit I found the story a little slow. I mean, it took to about halfway through the book before they even started to properly talk about the jewel. There just seemed like there was a lot of pointless moments/comments in this book. It never felt like it was gripping. Just plodding along. And while I enj ...more
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“This was real, even if it was for show. This meant something, even if it was pretend. Sometimes the real truth was right in the middle of the lie.”

I have never read a Nicola Rendell novel I did not end up adoring, but her latest offering also happens to be one of the sexiest and most exhilarating romances I have ever come across, and the kind of book you just want to keep reading over and over and over again. With prose that is crisp, satisfying, and delightfully witty at times, Ren
Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell is an absolute MUST READ ROMANCE! Even the title of the book makes me smile every time I come across it. Nick and Stella were PERFECTION! I craved more of their sexy banter with every turn of the page. It was sexy as hell, heartfelt and OH so funny! This is one contemporary romance you won’t want to miss!

Rendell’s latest standalone will definitely keep you on your toes! It has to be some of her BEST WORK yet! Scorching HOT! Tender and emotional! Suspenseful
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, sexy-time, netgalley, 2018
This is the type of book you can't put down! I was hooked from page one. Nick's internal debate as he watches Stella through the window? The moment he decides he can't just walk away.The moment they play roles they never intended to play.

I LOVED this book. I loved the dynamic between the characters--and not just our main characters, but all of them. The loyalty, the love, the heat? It's all there.

Nicola Rendell paints the scene--EVERY scene--perfectly. I felt like I was along for the ride.
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog

4.5 stars. Big Giant Puffy Heart Eyes for Shimmy Bang Sparkle! Favorite Book of the Year.

Shimmy Bang Sparkle is NIck and Stella’s story. Nick is a reformed thief. His last jewel heist led to jail time. He is a good guy that got caught up in some bad stuff. Now, he is fresh out and determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But then, light shines down from the heavens and he meets Stella. She is standing in a jewelry store and he sees her through the window from the sidewalk outside. She is
Red Cheeks Reads
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

There hasn’t been a book that Nicola Rendell has written that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. Her writing style is quick witted, with an occasional splash of well-timed perfectly rude humor, and coupled with the way she spins a sultry, sexy, steamy romance, the result for me is utter perfection in romcom book form. Her stories completely entertain me, speaking to every single thing I hope for when I crack open contemporary romantic fiction. Her stories are smart, amusing and thoughtful,
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018


‘I felt like I was dreaming. Never, in my whole life, had I seen anything so goddamned smooth. She seemed sweet, she looked so sexy, and to top it all off, she was utterly badass. I needed to get my hands on her. Now.’

We love Nicola Rendell, her stories always make us swoon, laugh and very hot under the collar. We’re swept up by her words and come over all unnecessary at the passion and pure romance. Well, she did it again and we fell in love. Shimmy Bang Sparkle is an easy to read swoon fest wi
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I just want to start by saying I’m a LOT in love this book, everything just captured my attention and I couldn’t get enough, ahhh.

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

When I first read the blurb to this book it grabbed my attention and I knew it would be something that I would want to read, something I knew I would love and I was right, so very right. Johnny James being the cover model MAY have been the extra pull I needed because damn, that man is stunning.

Shimmy Bang Spark
Melissa | Slow Readers Blog
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Full of tantalizing chemistry, this story is one you’ll pick up for the cover (what!? it's glittery *shrug*) and won’t put down for the first-class writing, humorous and witty banter, and knock out heroine.  Shimmy Bang Sparkle was my first Nicola Rendell novel and I’m sure it won’t be my last.

I’m such a sucker for an unconventional romance so this synopsis grabbed my attention straight from the get go. Nicola really outdid herself with it too. The story was so well-balanced with just the right
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first time I've read this author. After reading the previous reviews, it's very apparent that I somehow missed something because...well...I guess this just wasn't my cup of tea.

Nick notices a beautiful woman in a jewelry store looking at a 2 carat engagement ring. The way she moves, smiles, laughs, immediately pulls him in. But it shouldn't. I mean, she's not only looking at an engagement ring, she's in a jewelry store. Why is the store a big issue? Because he just got out after ser
I am a sucker for high intensity heist stories, even better if there is a romance angle and I especially love it when there is a con involved that puts one over for the underdogs. This story had it all and I appreciated that the main characters in Shimmy Bang Sparkle were not juvenile characters who were perfecting their craft. No, Stella Peretti and her pals had been running cons since before they hit puberty and they knew exactly what they were doing. The love interest, Nick Norton, who was a ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A few years ago I read and adored Nicola Rendell’s Just Like That, and ever since I’ve been meaning to read more of the author’s work. After reading Shimmy Bang Sparkle, I’m annoyed it took me so long. I adored this one, devouring it in no time at all. Now I’m finished, I plan to go and devour the rest of Nicola Rendell’s books.

Shimmy Bang Sparkle had so much to it. Wonderful characters, an addictive storyline, insane chemistry, plenty of laugh out loud moments, and all the goodness a romance bo
Pauline (Passionate About Books)
When pot meets kettle... sparks fly!
What do you get when two cunning cons find themselves in the same town, looking to score the same jewel that will set their lives forever? One hell of an adventure that will knock your socks off! Hop on this insane roller coaster ride with Nick and Stella... one fresh out of jail for moving stolen diamonds in Santa Fe and the other a modern-day female Robin Hood who steals to help those in need... see where all their plans and schemes lead them... laugh hard,
Tracy  C
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!! From the very first chapter Nicola Rendell drew me in. The humor, the different plot line, the sexy. It was all here!! I especilly loved the fact that both Nick and Stella jumped head first into the relationship. And it was HOT!!! We could all use a bit of Nick in our life.
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Bestselling author Nicola Rendell loves writing naughty romantic comedies. After receiving a handful of degrees from a handful of places, she now works as a professor in New England. Nicola’s work has been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After and the Huffington Post. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. Her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady, but she’s totally okay with that. ...more

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