How ‘Ocean’s 8’ Has Totally Inspired My Romance Reads

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How ‘Ocean’s 8’ Has Totally Inspired My Romance Reads

By Silvana Reyes

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of heists and cons in fiction. Now I See You, Ocean’s Eleven, Fast Five, are only a few of a big list of heist movies you might know and might have seen once upon a time. It’s not only the adrenaline and the intelligence of the plans, but it is also about the found family and the camaraderie of the characters when they make the heist. Because as we know they don’t start as friends or even have a good relationship.

The new Ocean’s Eight, a sort of sequel to the classic Ocean’s Eleven with George Clooney and Brad Pitt, is releasing today on theaters. A quick summary about the movie, if you don’t know what it’s about, it’s about Debbie Ocean (yes! She has the same last name as Danny *cough* George Swoony *cough*) and her crew, attempting a heist at the very famous Met Gala in New York CIty. The prize? They want a necklace worth $150 million.

This is one of the most anticipated movies, starring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, with an impressive and A+ cast behind them: Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson. Yes, people, it’s an all-female cast in a heist movie! We get Sandra Bullock changing her hair color and style, Rihanna being an impressive hacker, Mindy Kaling forging jewelry, and I bet you can expect more and more. Not only do we see a female group of con artists, but the heist is going to be at the Met Gala, one the most fashionable events of the year. It actually just happened last month and Rihanna was the queen of the ball.

Glamour, forgery, fashion designers, changing identities and found family, not every heist storyline is like that but it sure is compelling when you find every single little thing in one place. If you’re into something else, another sort of format, like reading about heists, more specifically reading about heists with romances, this is your lucky day. I compiled a list of books that feature a heist, a robbery, a team of people ready to do the job. And I think it’s the perfect time of the year to read about them after you go and watch Ocean’s Eight in theatres.


The Boss by Aya de León

Tyesha Couvillier will take on the Ukrainian mob and save local exotic dancers from being pressured to work. If they can come out victors of this elaborate heist, they can have a chance at justice.


The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

Taking a step towards historical romances, this Earl hides out in his family’s crumbling estate, but when a man claiming to be his new secretary arrives, his world turns upside down.


Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan

She’s a jewel thief. And he’s FBI. But wait! That isn’t all. What if I told you they are also married?


The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman

Wild child princess is back in her kingdom after her father, the king, just recently passed away. Her family forms a plan to make her people approve of her more, and that plan consists of fake dating the shy, plant-lover prince of the kingdom next door.


Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell

Shimmy Bang Sparkle is a book to look out for because it’s coming out later this year. I wanted to include it on the list because it sounds like a perfect romance book for readers!

A group of master jewel thieves called the Shimmy Shimmy Bangs are planning the con of the century. And Stella, the leader, won’t let anyone mess it up. Especially not hot and tatted Nick.


True Pretenses by Rose Lerner

After raising his brother out of the slums, Ash conceives a perfect plan to con a small-town heiress of her dowry and make her fall in love with his brother. But when his brother runs away, she takes a chance and asks Ash to marry her instead.


About the Author


From Silvana Reyes: Hi, I'm Sil! 21. México. she/her pronouns. I am the owner of the book blog, The Book Voyagers, where I blog and review books. Mainly, I focus on recommending and reviewing diverse books written by marginalized authors. You might also know me for doing book aesthetics and just shouting in capital letters about new books releasing. I'm a big fan of Adult Romance, but I also love Young Adult especially contemporary fiction and fantasy. 

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