Ladies and Gentlemen, today’s the release day of Avon Gale’s and Roan Parrish’s Heart of the Steal, the awesome collaboration work about a steadfast FBI agent and a gentleman thief, hiding his actions behind a well-mannered behaviour. 😉
Read my review of how much I loved this book, check the post out for an excerpt and other great stuff. You won’t to miss this. 🙂 And be sure to grab your own copy if you like this. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
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.
I read a lot of books and if you go through my reviews you see the majority got 5 stars. It has several reason, in short is is because I love them, I really do. But as much as I love the other books, this book here has a different place in my ranking. I love it as much as the other books, and it’s written by one author I already know books from (Roan Parrish) and one who is new for me (Avon Gale). I saw snippets of this book on Twitter and other Social Media and decided I wanted to read it right from the start when I got a bit more information.
And holy moly, what a perfect book it is. It’s not that the character in the book are perfect, quite the contrary, and that’s the best thing. It is because the MC are so imperfect that I love this book so much.
The writing does it other job and the way of how the banter between Amory Vaughn and Will (or gently named “William” by Amory) is displayed is mavelous, maybe beyond. Only a few author are able to capture me totally with their writing, with how the banter and mocks and sports are shown, but Avon Gale and Roan Parrish are a helluva amazing combo, a deadly combo, the victory combo you need at the end of a game. 😉 (sorry for the gamer talk xD). I don’t exaggerate when I say that it is writing at its finest. The references – to other books or popular and well known movies – you can find in the book are also high quality. I want to share a few of them with you.
It was a truth universally recognized that a man living alone in an affluent area felt invulnerable enough to consider the hiding of a spare house key more convenient than it was unsafe.
This is, as attentive reader maybe notice, a reference to the famous work Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Those are the aspects in books I love, when it’s combined in a unique way and so marvelous included the book’s world and its sourroundings. But also another reference gave me a big smile and I couldn’t stop a childish giggle. 🙂
“Cat!” Will called, and grabbed at my elbow as I slid on wet leaves. He shook his head. “I feel like an idiot calling it cat.”
“It is very Audrey Hapburn of you, William.”
There, the wit and the humour is constantly there and its a joy for every bibliophile person to read exactly those references.
It is obvious I love the character if you read my review and I have to say, Amory and Will(iam) stole my heart right from the start. 😉 The smart, really intelligent Amory is totally swoonworthy, and not only because he is smoking sexy. I mean, hello, looking like Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter, with long silverish hair, tall, wearing suits with vests and great manners…
You are as captured by his demeanor, his way of talking, smooth, gentle but with power behind, sometimes sarcastic, and his presence in the room but also his quirks. He is a really complex character tbh, he hides things and doesn’t show of his cards immediatily, but due to the POV, the first person narrator, switching between him and William’s POV, there is a lot of character depth and development. You soon reveal he has his weak points and seems sometimes lonley.
Conflics are there, not only because Will is a FBI agent and Vaughn isn’t on the “right” side of the law or often bend these to his advantage. 😉 His antics are hilarious but over all there is a great mind, you sometimes are astonished by his side-blows but you can’t be angry about Amory, not really or for a long time because although he is older than William, he sometimes has a slight childish side which shows of, but it’s so charming and sweet you can’t resist fall in love. It makes him vulnerable and this is so sweet but also a reason you want to hug him tight.
William is the complete opposite and you love this too, at least I did. He is a steadfast character, has his believes, and where Amory is showing mischief and bends the law to his conditions, Will is seeing the world in black and white, some things are not negotiable. They often crash against each other, in one than more way and the encounter are always sexy. Holy moly. The warning of desk sex, picknick blanket sex and wall sex is definitely a must, but not only this is hot, it’s the whole chemistry, the whole relationship which enrolls and grows over the time. You are a sucker (pun intended) of their sexual, emotionally charged banter.
It is really hard to say goodbye to these lovely guys after the book and I really hope that we see Amory and Will again, even if it’s only a small novella. I am really fond of Amory’s way of talking (who wouldn’t melt away if he/she would be called “darling” in such a lovely way? *rhetoric asking*), his love is palpable in nearly every syllable he is muttering to William, Williams responds so amazing to him, and this is so heartwarming and sweet. ❤ Two opposites, fitting perfectly together.
5 out of 5 stars for this awesome book. It is truly one of my most beloved books I read this year and I am not sure if it is not the best book so far. Well done, ladies, I will definitely put your names on my autobuy list, and I would recommend that other do the same.
Title: Heart of the Steal
Author: Avon Gale, Roan Parrish
Genre: M/M, Romance, Contemporary queer romance
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Philtre Press
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Lenght: 80.000 words
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“Writing this book with Roan was so much fun! It was a joy to create these characters and take them on a journey to their hard-earned HEA. Even if we had to suffer some pretty bad hotel breakfasts of our own.” –Avon Gale
“I adored writing with Avon. It felt like I got to crack open her skull and peek at her brain. Which is my idea of heaven :)” –Roan Parrish
Also you are eager to read a few bits of the book? Read this sexy, selected excerpt. But be aware of the sexiness in it 😉
“So, Will, what brings you here?”
“My sister’s the event planner. Charlotte Fox.” I spread my arms out and smiled. “So I’m just here for the good whiskey, the free food, and moral support. You?”
“The asparagus quiche was delicious. Please convey my compliments to your sister. And I suppose you could say I am an investor, of a sort. I’m the head of my family’s philanthropic foundation, and that means I attend quite a few parties. Most of them are exceptionally dull.” He moved closer, and my heart rate kicked up another notch. “I’m finding this one unexpectedly enjoyable, however.”
“That because of the art collection?” I asked. Warmth curled in my stomach and spread through me, like the sunset from the Staunton had slipped directly into my veins. He smelled good, Vaughn. I caught eucalyptus and amber, along with something woodsy and natural, like pine. It made my mouth water.
“The Staunton is lovely, but I’ve seen better.” He reached out slowly, eyes still on mine, and drew a single long finger down the lapel of my suit jacket. It was one of the hottest things any man had ever done to me, dressed or undressed; in bed or out. I shivered, and my breath caught in a sharp inhalation. I could see how much he liked my reaction. There was something sly and challenging in his expression before he leaned down and kissed me.
His mouth was hot and his hands were suddenly on my shoulders, giving me a little push until my shoulders hit the wall. I slid a hand around the back of Vaughn’s head, fingers caressing the strands of braided hair. I slid my other hand down his chest as we kissed, feeling lean muscle, strong but sinewy. I rested my hand on his stomach as we kissed, as if I could measure the space between us, and I made a sound as we broke apart to breathe.
I did not make out with strangers at parties. I couldn’t even really blame the whiskey either. Vaughn was overwhelming, as bold as that goddamn Staunton, and so attractive that the second his mouth met mine I knew I wasn’t going to push him away. Vaughn dropped one of his hands and began to boldly rub me through my pants while his mouth did wicked things to my neck.
“You—” I didn’t know what to say, so I just pulled him back in and kissed him again. He nipped at my bottom lip with sharp teeth, and I widened my legs as his hands began to work at my belt. There was a momentary pause that I took as him asking for permission, and I gave it with a rough jerk of my head and a choked groan.
Author bio – Roan Parrish
Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.
When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.
She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.
Author bio – Avon Gale
Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.
Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.
At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.
Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.
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