Title and cover: Heart of the Steal
Publisher: Philtre Press
Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 11th, 2017
Length (Print & Ebook): about 80K words
Subgenre: Contemporary queer romance
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34928609-heart-of-the-steal
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Responsible, disciplined William Fox channeled his love for art and his faith in the rules into being an FBI Art Crimes agent. Right and wrong, justice and injustice—the differences are clear, and Will has spent his career drawing a line between them. Maybe his convictions have cost him relationships, but he’s not willing to compromise what he knows is right. Until the night he meets Amory Vaughn.
As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. And when he meets endearingly grumpy and slightly awkward William Fox, he wants him more than he’s wanted anything. Vaughn is used to being desired for his name and his money, but Will doesn’t care about either.
When Vaughn falls back on old habits and attempts to impress Will by stealing a painting Will admires, their nascent bond blows up in his face. But Vaughn isn’t willing to give up on the glimpse of passion he saw the night he took Will apart. Before Will knows it, he’s falling for the man he should have arrested, and Vaughn has to realize that some things can’t be bought or stolen. Love has to be given freely. But can a man who lives by the rules, and a man who thinks the rules don’t apply to him, ever see eye to eye?
Heart of the Steal is a standalone romance with a happy ending. It features a Southern gentleman who thinks he’s always right, a buttoned-up FBI agent who secretly likes his buttons unbuttoned, and wall sex. And desk sex. And picnic blanket sex.
*Happy Swoony Sigh!*
This is 100% a character driven romance with all of the tender moments and all the sexy moments you could hope for. Then it’s wrapped with a delightful amount of emotional upheaval. Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish blew me away, and I will read anything by these two fabulous authors!
William Fox is an appreciator of art, and when he sees a beautiful painting in poor lighting there’s nothing worse! That is, until the fascinating Silver Fox he meets at the party decides to make a statement of lust and interest by stealing said painting just for him.
William Fox– the FBI agent who works Art Crimes cases.
Oh, the irony is thick in this one! What are the chances that you steal a piece of art for an FBI agent specializing in the theft of it?? It’s absolutely delicious!
Agent Fox is a tough nut to crack and he’s buttoned up and he’s got a morality code that he lives by and holds others to. But he’s also colossally bad at flirting. So, there’s just something about the irreverent audacity of one Amory Vaughn that kinda, sorta lights his fire.
Where Fox is principled and straightforward, Amory Vaughn flaunts rules and conventions and delights in it. He’s like sex on a stick with charm out to the wazoo. He brings Agent Fox to his knees. I think I awed and sighed and giggled through much of this book! These two light up the pages, and I just could. Not. Look. Away.
There are some great side characters, the banter was intensely satisfying, and these two can get dirty no matter where they are. 5 stars all around!
*I voluntarily reviewed an arc via the authors through A Novel Take PR.*
About the authors:
Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.
When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.
She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.
Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.
Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.
At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.
Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.