I am fascinated by stories with female con artists and have gathered quite a collection.
Here is my list of romance novels.
I also have lists of con women in:
I'm always on the lookout, so if you've read other romances, let me know.
"Saint" stories rarely deal with female con artists, and almost never involve love. But this collection has both in the third story, "The Lawless Lady."
Chronicles a woman's journey from normal citizen to full con woman. She keeps running into a mysterious con man.
Woman teams up with con man to recover money swindled by four old men.
She's an arab princess who steals jewels and cons plenty. He's a retired con artist, now working for Interpol to find her.
She and her adopted brother grow up in a family of magicians and thieves. Of course, conning is an essential skill as well.
Two con artist meet on a stagecoach in the 1800's. Grace is dressed as a nun and Reuben is pretending to be blind. Our heroes tangle with San Francisco crime bosses, thugs, and of course, each other.
Civil war story of a British con artist who gets accused of murder. She escapes many times from the soldier sent to bring her to prison, and of course, she never gets there.
Lark cons her way into a rich home to steal a priceless diamond, but finds Damian already on the job, pretending to romance the family's daughter. A historical romance, set in the early 1800s.
Tess is primarily a thief, and a great one, too. She also runs an occasional con. Her nemesis is Luke, a young lawyer assigned to protect an estate that he thinks she's out to rob.
Beano is indeed a king among con artists, but Victoria (a lawyer) learns quickly as they take down a common enemy.
Letty is a street performer and con artist who is mistaken for a bridal planner. Elliot is the upper-class town magistrate who suspects her. A historical romance.
She pretends to be someone else who is impersonating herself.
When Gabriella's brother dies, she and her sisters are left penniless. So she pretends that her brother is still alive to save her family. Too bad that someone else has also decided to keep the death a secret by pretending to be her brother.
A con woman and a more inexperienced woman try to trick each other, but fall in love instead. Made into a television miniseries and also a more recent movie, The Handmaiden.
Spanning multiple generations, the story weaves many people together as they search for famed silver statues. At least three female con artists appear, and romances abound.
Emma is a shephard and former con artist. Stuart is a Viscount who accidentally kills one of her sheep. It takes the entire book, but she gets him to pay for the animal, and then some.
She's pretending to be rich and gets caught with him in the Great Chicago Fire. But he's not rich, either. Together, these two con artists survive the disaster.
Fired from her job, she pretends to be rich and sneaks into the boss's vacation home.
Alex is a baron who invents a fake wife to keep women from bothering him. Emmaline is a con artist who shows up and pretends to be that wife. Great setup, strange ending.
Samantha Jellicoe is mostly a thief, but in book 3 of the series (Billionaires Prefer Blondes) she cons fellow thieves, and in book 5 (A Touch of Minx) she cons her way to a theft.
Amy is a con artist and a psychic who can hear the name of a person's true love. Too bad she can't hear it for herself.
Samantha is a con artist and Nate is a spy. Besides being too short, the story is told first-person from Nate's point of view, so although Samantha seems to have amazing abilities, there is too little about her.
Her mother pretends to be a psychic, and she assists. But not for long.
She's mostly a thief, but her trickery is clever, too. An historical novel set in old England and France.
Drea is a con artist, pretending to be a mob boss's dumb girlfriend, while actually plotting his takedown. Simon is a hit man, working for the mob boss. He and Drea hit it off early, but he still scares her.
A young-adult story of deceit and revenge. Helen tricks her way through the high-school scene as she takes down the girl who ruined her life three years earlier.
Lily is a former street urchin, schooled in cons and thievery. Royal is a duke, expected to marry Lily's cousin. Neither can resist the other, but many roadblocks stand in their way.
Kyra has the ability to steal a person's best capabilities merely by touching them. Reyes has been sent to kill her, but once she touches him, she fights back using all of his best moves. A fun story, and it has three sequels.
Abbey was a con artist until she was struck by lightning. Now she can no longer tell a lie. Mike is a policeman, unaware that Abbey and her sister have just conned the criminal he's investigating.
Della is a con artist and Daniel is a millionaire. She and her family pull a long, involved con on Daniel, but who's conning whom? A great story (perhaps my favorite) with a twist ending.
Katarina and her teenage con artist relatives do art swindles with Hale, a young billionaire. A young-adult series.
In this young-adult series about "curse workers" who can change you with a touch, the hero and his mother are con artists.
Sadie is a teenage con artist who grew up poor. She wants a better life, but keeps on swindling so she can afford college.
She's a bounty hunter and con artist. Along with her mentor, they trick their way to solving her husband's murder.
A clever retelling of the Robin Hood epic, with Will Scarlet actually being a con woman (Lady Marian, in disguise).
She's a con artist sent to steal from a rich playboy, and of course, they fall in love. Too bad she doesn't do any conning in the book.
My own book, about a bizarre game of erotic high-finance business deals. She isn't a con artist at the beginning, but quickly learns to be one.
Lila is a con artist, swindling from older men without ever sleeping with them. Her partner is Nick who seems more like a pimp. Tucker is Nick's college roommate and, well, you can guess the rest.
The Mandel Academy finds street kids and teaches them to excel, to become captains of industry, to rule the world. Flick and Joi find their way in, and somehow back out again. A wonderful new-adult novel.
She works for a group of women who seduce philanderers so their prenup-challenged wives can fight back.
Nemesis Unlimited is an organization of con men and women fighting to right the wrongs with the world. Each book shows a different con woman working with, and falling for, a con man. Historical romances.
Mom pretends to be a psychic while her daughter assists. But the boy across the street needs help solving death threats, so she gets to use her conning skills. A young-adult novel.
Her revenge scheme against the man who robbed her grandmother runs into his art con scheme.
The story of two gay con-men who independently try to swindle a rich old woman. Multiple con women appear throughout the story.
The continuing story of two con artists in love with each other and with con games, these books continue Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow Comes, years after the author's death.
The daughter of a con artist with her own con skills falls for a "thief taker" who chased her father for years. Historical.
She's been raised by a con-artist father to impersonate a kidnapped rich girl and steal the parent's priceless artwork. But living the good life is more than she ever expected.
A short prequel to a 4-book series about undercover police, this story features a female pool hustler.
A team of two female con artists works with a team of two male con artists, and of course they fall in love. Too bad there are no actual cons going on in this book.
Two sister con-artist/thieves are offered a chance to con the future king of a small country. Heavy on action and love, light on trickery.
She's a con artist who tricks men by crashing into their cars while shaving her crotch. A bizarre collection of characters.
She cons in old New York City and falls for a super-honest lawyer. The books also provide an interesting view of the suffragist movement.
She conned him years ago and they fell in love. Now he finds her again.
My own book, about a former con woman who tries to cheat a famous rocker. The story twists a few times, keeping the characters and the reader guessing.
She a thief and con artist who marries an FBI agent in order to trick him. Then, of course, they fall in love and work together.
She's a thief who ingratiates herself into her mark's life before stealing.
She's invited to enroll in an exclusive high-school for con artists, but the trickery runs deeper than she thinks.
She tricks and steals in a fantasy world where four queens share the power of a nation.