Heart of the Steal

Author: Avon Gale & Roan Parrish

Publisher: Philtre Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  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.


Review: William Fox catches the eye of the rich play boy Amory Vaughn. One hot interlude at a charity event put together by William’s sister is all William expected. Then a a painting he’d been admiring shows up on his doorstep from Amory. William is with the FBI Art Crimes unit. Amory had no idea he delivered a stolen painting to the absolute worst person. For some reason he thought William would appreciate the gesture. William being the very black and white/ right and wrong type goes to arrest Armory but instead has another sexual encounter with him. Now he can’t arrest him! Seems his resolve to be a his idea of a good citizen is overthrown by his uncontrollable lust for Armory. Armor sets out to woo William and promises to quit stealing. They’re attraction is undeniable but they’re very different people. Creating more problems for the couple.

I loved Armory. His character is a little over the top but I loved him. He’s charming, rich and entitled. He does use his money for good but he’s also not above throwing it around for convenience. Something that William hates. It creates some tension between them. William has some unreasonable expectations of people. He’s never been in a relationship so accepting a less than perfect version of a man is a struggle. William over reacts at times. I actually found his character more snooty than Amory’s. Kind of ridiculous since Amory’s character is snooty! I did like the couple together. They’re opposites with an appreciation for art. Amory falls hard for William and does everything he feels he can to show him in every way. William doesn’t always appreciate it. Together they have to find a balance that works for both of them. The love and lust is there for sure.

I did have a little bit of an issue with why Amory steals the painting and delivers it to William, a complete stranger. It’s explained away due to his reaction to meeting William and his compulsion to take things he wants. I didn’t really buy into it but it’s not a huge part of the story so I got over it. I liked the couple. Amory ‘s character was tons of fun and they had great chemistry. Definitely worth the read if you’re in the mood for a super sexy fun read.

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