Smash & Grab – Amy Christine Parker – Random House – Published 19 July 2016
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.
Lexi jumps off buildings for the rush. Christian robs banks to keep his family safe. When their worlds collide, they must rely on each other to pull off the biggest heist of their lives.
Smash & Grab is a fast-paced, action-filled heist novel, with the addition of romance, thrill-seeking extreme stunts and a touch of Hollywood drama. It didn’t quite match the brilliance and perfection of Heist Society by Ally Carter (my absolute favourite heist novel), but it is by far the closest book I’ve read yet. It didn’t have the finesse of Heist Society or the oh, wow!! moments, but, instead the heist is very much like the title suggests, smash and grab.