Title: Heart of the Steal
Author: Avon Gale and Roan Parrish
Publisher: Philtre Press
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Page Count: 306
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
Heart of the Steal is a beautiful love story set in the backdrop of world of art and features an FBI Art Crimes Agent and a wealthy powerful man. The story is fast paced, emotional, set in the world of art and glitz and glamour. Amory and William will take you on a beautiful journey filled with entertaining moments.
I loved Amory. There was something about him that touched my heart right from the first page. He was charming, sophisticated, daring, mischievous and completely enamored with William. He was rich but not the snobbish kind, but rather there was an almost old school charm to him. William is the complete opposite. He is a little complicated, stubborn, by the books kind of person whose world is all black and white. He is inflexible and rather set in ways. Amory has to move heaven and earth in order for William to give him a chance. I liked the way authors have developed their relationship. The start and the eventual progress was entertaining to read. But at the same time on multiple occasions William came off as too staunch and set in his ways. When the story progressed his point of view did make sense, but sometimes he became a little unbearable. But apart from that the story was extremely entertaining and I completely fell in love with Amory.