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~Release Day Review~Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish~


35494919Title: Heart of the Steal
Authors: Avon Gale & Roan Parrish
Publisher: Philtre Press
Page Count: 306 pages
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance,
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5


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.

imageedit_4_4081789668coollogo_com-22842207***3 Stars***



It actually pains me that I have to say, that this isn’t one of my favorite by these authors. Maybe my expectation was a bit too high…

Since I have seriously loved every single book I have read by them.

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First of all, it was really hard for me to get into the story.  I just couldn’t seem connected to the MC’s. Nothing about them pulled me in…I think one of the reasons I couldn’t connect with Armory, was the way he was described. Now I am normally not a big fan of long hair, but I can definitely look past that if I have to. The problem is, that he has long gray braided hair and that just seemed so weird to me and made me think of my balding uncle, who only has a thin gray ponytail left…

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This wasn’t at all attractive to me.  😦  His snobbish, stiff and proper demeanor made it even worse.

I had hoped I would like the other MC a bit more…and I did, but it was like and not love. The reason for this is the fact that William was supposed to be some badass FBI agent…at least that was what I hoped for. He wasn’t so badass at all. To me, he just didn’t give off that whole FBI vibe that I love so much. I guess I figured there would have been a bit more action…

William and Armory meet at an art event that William’s sister is catering. There is instant chemistry between the two of them, and after some serious eye sex across the room…

Armory follows William to a more secluded area…

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This is where things get really hot and heavy…

They are both extremely attracted to one another but when people start coming their way they know their fun time is over and they leave without switching info…

Now imagine William’s surprise when the next day he is presented with a gift…a very expensive gift…a stolen painting. Addressed to him by non-other than Amory. The gift also includes a personal invite to a wedding…

William, being an FBI agent for the art crimes department, knows he will have to go and arrest Amory…Yet this isn’t what he does. Instead of arresting the man…

They enjoy another sexy little one on one…

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Now, this also bothered me a little bit. This book is fairly heavy on the insta-love/lust since they are all over each other after 5 minutes of meeting. I can get over that though because it’s all about the connection I think.

What I did have a hard time believing, was the fact that William threw all his morals out the window for a man he just met a second ago…But hey…I am not an FBI agent, so how would I know what they think or feel. 😛

These two try to make things work. They are both pretty opposite from one another but they had no problem matching in the bedroom. 😛 That is one thing, that does need to be said…

They certainly lit up the pages!

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Slowly they get to know each other beyond the physical and start opening up to one another. I did like the banter between these two, which really made me laugh at times.

I think many will really enjoy this one and if you can look past the gray fox thing…well then you are in for a treat. 😀



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