Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Stolen Heart
AUTHOR: Angie Bee
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 10,000 words
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
Snow White is the heir to a vast business empire. In the wake of the sudden death of her father, Arthur “King” White, she finds herself grappling with newfound responsibilities—and a mysterious admirer. After a scandalous series of correspondence, Snow finally meets the person behind the pen: the queen of the criminal underworld, Regine.
Secret meetings in smoky bars. A dangerously violent femme fatale. And several sordid details are revealed before the queens can truly claim their thrones.
This was new for me. I have never really read anything from the Noir genre, so I had to start off by doing a bit of research into what to expect, and found that this book perfectly captured all the required elements. The word choice and writing style emphasized a tense, dark, slow feel that heightened my enjoyment of this story. I love when a book leads me to learning new things!
Stolen Hearts was a short twisting of the Snow White fairy tale set in an era where men ruled the business world and crime lords were glorified. Going against the grain, the author set up a situation where the women were fierce and were making their mark. This was feminism and equality out in full force. Yet, while the author was very clear in her agenda, she never crossed over into that patronizing political statement territory. She never turned preachy in a way that turned me off to her message.
I liked the way the author structured this story. It was shorter than I would have liked, yet the author seemed to know this so found a way to give me everything I needed without simply telling me. Through the secret letters and meetings, I was able to assume that Snow and Regine were getting to know one another. Through their actions and words, I was able to verify that my assumptions were correct. I never felt like I was missing something vital by having so much of this relationship develop off page. Yes, I would have loved for it to be on page, but the author still gave me everything I needed to believe the romance.
I do feel that some parts of this story were very rushed, especially the final confrontation. I felt like it needed to be a bit longer to really display fully the emotion and rationale for the actions. But for a shorter story, this one was well done and I will be looking into this author again in the future.