At the age of eighteen, college student Kathleen "Kick"
Keswick met Sir Cranner Ballantine sole owner of Ballantine
& Company Auctioneers, a very wealthy married man old
enough to be her grandfather. She immediately becomes his
mistress with her own home, which he paid for as well as
bestowing jewels and fashionable clothes on her. His gave
her a job at his company where she worked her way up to
senior executive assistant, a loyal employee and lover
until the day he died.
She transfers that loyalty to his son Sir Benjamin until he
runs the business into the ground. Owen Brace, a high-
powered industrialist buys the whole company except for the
15% that Kick owns. Owen wants that 15% but he doesn't
know who owns it and Kick does nothing to enlighten him.
She prepares to leave the firm and start her second career
as the Shamrock Burglar and return to her home in Provence,
but she is drawn into Owen's web, and despite his shady
dealings and illegal activities, becomes engaged to him.
When she discovers he betrayed her, she takes her revenge,
as only a woman scorned can do.
Marne Davis has written a delicious melodrama starring a
heroine who pretends to be so proper, but literally gets
away with her crimes. She shows no remorse for her actions
and is the epitome of an elegant lady. The antagonist of
BRILLIANT doesn't have Kick's class and is more of a felon
than a suave cat burglar. Readers will be sympathetic
towards the heroine who is living life on her own terms
without harming anyone.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003