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Title: Thief of Hearts
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.
Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.
A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.
But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.
Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.
**Can be read as a stand alone.
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This book centers around Stu. The brother who had a bit of a bad reputation in previous books. He's the oldest, yet growing up he failed to assume his role of protector of the family. He was also perceived by everyone who knows him as not very intelligent. Easy to look at, but not a whole lot to brag about. So it goes without saying that I was curious to see how he would fare in the role of a hero. Would I wholeheartedly love him? Let me tell you, mission accomplished, because I couldn't wipe the constant smile off of my face of stop chuckling over Stu and his cheeky personality from the very start. And by the end, I was convinced of his sincerity and total devotion to the heroine.
Andrea endeared herself to me from the start. She's a widow, and having financial difficulties because of the expenses of her late husband's medical bills. Yet, she chooses a profession that will affect people's lives in a positive way. She chooses the struggle rather than an empty career, and she genuinely wants to make a difference. I loved how she was a perfect foil for Stu. Different in so many ways, but enhancing the qualities in each other. She was book smart, he's street smart. She's open and optimistic and he's...not. He's hardened and cynical. He struggled with poverty and people's judgements about him and she had a loving and safe upbringing. But they see each other. They understand the value of each other underneath the surface and I saw the beauty in that.
People like you give people like me a soft place to fall. Otherwise we'd just be cold and hard. That's how I was before I met you.
Andrea is Stu's teacher and from the first moment he walks in the classroom, he's relentlessly flirting with her. It was absolutely hysterical to see him bombard her with his hot stares and blunt teasing. She was forever flustered and confused over his behavior. Because really, he was movie star gorgeous, and she was a fashion disaster who had never been pursued this way by men. Surprisingly, her distrust and aversion to crossing the student-teacher line was not a deterrent to him. To her shock, it only seemed to encourage his boundary pushing. And I enjoyed every minute.
It was like some little Cupid baby had shot him with a love arrow and all of a sudden Stuart Cross was hot for his teacher.
Of course, things are not as they seem and intentions are not quite as innocent as they are presented by Stu. As the sexual attraction builds between them, it's clear that there are secrets and deceptions waiting to be uncovered. Stu is trying to break free from the choices he made in the past, he genuinely wants to start fresh and not be defined by his mistakes. And Andrea wants to be that person who believes in him. I love how she pushes him to better himself. She searches for ways to build his self-confidence and motivated him to work for a brighter future. He never really had someone in his life who encouraged him like that, and it was like seeing a flower reaching towards the sun.
I loved the incredible sexual tension between these two characters. The build up between Stu and Andrea was a nuclear reaction waiting to explode.
I'm not good for you, Andrea. Please remember that, because the next time I try to touch you, if you let me, I won't stop.
Cosway is a master at building those moments that make your heart flutter in delight, and once again she had me giddy in excitement. She balanced the perfect amount of angst and passion as the conflicts between them unfolded.
Andrea did a couple things toward the end that left me conflicted, but I encourage anyone and everyone to read this book. I'm a huge fan of the series, and I'm more than a little bit sad to see that there is only one book until it comes to a close. If you're looking for a sexy and thrilling read that will sweep you away, look no further. Thief of Hearts will connect with many readers and make you fall in love with these brothers all over again.
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