Title: Heart of the Steal
Author: Avon Gale and Roan Parrish
Publisher: Philtre Press
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 306 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
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 an opposites attract romance that’s fast paced, humorous, and completely entertaining.
Told from both FBI agent William Fox and Philanthropist and part-time art thief Amory Vaughn’s perspective the reader gets a glimpse into how different, and yet similar, both men are.
While Will is buttoned up and pretty rigid in his own way, I loved how his attraction and feelings for Vaughn mean breaking his own rules.
Vaughn is someone who doesn’t always think rules apply to him, and stealing has provided a super rush in the past, but he’s a bit more rigid, probably due to his upbringing, than Will and yet they complement each other beautifully and make a great pair.
I loved the backdrop of the art world. I loved how Vaughn was always trying to do things to make Will comfortable or to show him his affection. It made my heart melt. Frankly, I loved Amory Vaughn. Though a little stuffy, self-centered at times, and mega rich, he really wasn’t a huge snob, but rather sophisticated, charming, mischievous rapscallion…and so completely in love with Will.
I liked the way Parrish and Gale developed the relationship between the characters – starting with that instant attraction (and a super hot scene in semi-public) and progressed nicely.
I’m a fan of both author’s individual work, and their collaboration certainly proves they work well together. I hope to see another collab from them in the future.