Series: Hearts #5
Also in this series: Six of Hearts, Hearts of Fire, King of Hearts, Hearts of Blue
on October 4, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
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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.
I recently switched jobs and part of the requirements of my new job is to take my licensing exam. This means hours of studying giving me less time to read. It has taken me 8 days to finish ‘Thief of Hearts’! 8 DAYS!! What a travesty. I was so glad to have this one to read during my study breaks. It was the perfect distraction. I simply adored this book. I found I loved it so much I would get up early and read it in the morning before work, and think about it all day!
L. H. Cosway’s writing has always captivated me. She has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are part of the story she’s created. Her characters are perfectly flawed and real. It is impossible not to relate to them, let alone love them.
I have enjoyed every book in The Hearts series. Topping my favorites list is ‘Thief of Hearts’.
I was extremely excited for Stu’s story after his self-less act in the ‘Hearts of Blue’ I wanted to crack his tough exterior and peel back the layers. And that is exactly what Cosway did.
Starting out as a broody, agitated man who was disturbed by his time in prison, we soon discover Stu was never given the opportunity to achieve his true potential. It isn’t until he meets Andie (Andrea) and enrolls in her adult education class that he sees a possibility of being something other than what others see. She is the first person to treat him special, to see his brilliance, and treat him differently than a common criminal.
Andie lost her husband, the only man she’d ever loved, 4 years prior from cancer. Mourning her husband’s death, but also wanting to celebrate his life, she decided to change careers and become a teacher. She enjoyed her students and helping them improve their life circumstances.
Both Andie and Stu are fiercely loyal and protective of their families. Doing anything to keep them safe. Stu is forced to get Andie and her cousin Alfie involved in a deal he made in prison.
This would test their relationship. Because Andie has been holding back from forming emotional bonds with men since her husband passed. It’s easier to not get involved, then fall in love and be heartbroken. But Stu finds a better man when he looks at himself through Andie’s eyes, and he doesn’t want to loose that.
❝…just be my soft place to fall. I need you, Andrea.❞
I have to mention Alfie, he is an interesting character and one who I wanted to know more about. I am glad he got some sort of HEA in this book.
A slow burn romance? Eh, maybe. But their connection was undeniable, it was intense and it was electric. The sexual tension in this book was perfect. There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about it. Another winner!