#Review — Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish — Available Now!
Title: Heart of the Steal
Author: Avon Gale & Roan Parrish
Publisher: Philtre Press
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 296
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 not—at all—what I was expecting. You have Amory Vaughn, an art thief, and William Fox, an FBI agent, one man going against the rules and another clinging to them. I opened the pages expecting suspense and action, but that is not what we get.
William and Amory meet at an art gala that William's sister is catering and they have an instant attraction to each other. After dodging each other throughout the night they end up having a quick little romp behind closed doors and then part ways with no information exchanged. Hoping to gain William's attention, Amory steals a painting and sends it to him having no idea what Will does for a living.
Amory is very wealthy and uses his money, and his name, to get what he wants and he doesn't see anything wrong with that. Will, on the other hand, has a real issue with this but he also fights his own morals on right and wrong against his attraction to Amory.
Will can't believe the audacity of Amory Vaughn. He knows he should arrest him over the painting, even though he's intrigued by the man—infatuated by him—but when he confronts him the only thing getting captured is Amory against the wall in a hot searing kiss.
Heart of the Steal is a character driven story that highlights their relationship, learning to trust each other and offer support. They both have insecurities and flaws they must overcome but they connect to each other on a level that they have never had with any other person and they aren't willing to lose that.
I've not read Avon Gale books prior to this but I've been inhaling Roan Parrish's Middle of Somewhere Series and I enjoyed this collaboration once I got it in my head that we weren't doing suspense and action.
Bringing the kitten, Audrey, into the family was a definite turning point and showed a side to both Will and Amory, along with the antics, that will put a huge smile on your face.
Overall, this was a sweet and fun book. I enjoyed Amory taking the time and thought to make sure William was comfortable on their dates and always putting his needs first. Watching Will open himself up, letting down walls, allowing their relationship to grow. A recommended enjoyable read.
* I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review from the promoter *