Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Heart of the Steal
AUTHOR: Avon Gale & Roan Parrish
PUBLISHER: Philtre Press
LENGTH: 304 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 11th, 2017
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 was a much needed breath of fresh air. I love when I’m immediately enthralled by characters in a story. When in just a few pages I’m wholeheartedly invested in the characters, those are the best kinds of stories, in my opinion. Avon Gale and Roan Parrish are a dynamic writing team if this story is anything to go by. Heart of the Steal had the right balance of all the perfect elements I like in my stories…great character building, in depth plot, realistic relationship growing, intense and incredibly hot sex, and the perfect amounts of angst and drama.
FBI Agent William Fox will do anything for his twin sister Charlotte. That’s how he finds himself at a stuffy fundraising party that her company is organizing. People watching William is immediately captivated by a man with unusual long, silver hair and amazing eyes.
Amory Vaughn comes from a long line of old money and fundraising efforts are the norm for him. He is also drawn to William Fox and decides he likes what he sees.
William and Amory share an explosive interlude which results in William leaving and Amory thinking of ways to get his attention.
Law and order is what William lives by so when he finds out Amory believes himself above the law it puts William at odds with him and what should have been a start to something amazing…ends abruptly….
William however is no good at staying away and Amory has never felt before what William makes him feel. Both men have to find away to be together without trying to change who they were initially attracted to in the first place.
This book was so hot. Amory and William were like explosive magnets that couldn’t get enough of each other and what started out as seemingly impossible grew into an amazing relationship of love and respect.
I can’t wait for another book by these two authors. This is an absolute must read story!