Title: Thief of Hearts
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 4, 2016
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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 got my hands on the ARC of this book, which was truly amazing :) why, you ask? oh, I’ll tell ya ;) because I am a big fan of this author and this series in particular, so being able to read this story before the release day and being part of promoting it, was fantastic news for me ;) well, for you as well, because without a deadline I’m not sure when I would be able to get to it... ;) but luckily for all of us, I read it now and thanks to that, I can share with you all my feelings and thoughts about it ;) and don’t worry, even though it’s book #5 in a series, it works perfectly well as a standalone, so even if this would be your first book in this series, or just your first book written by this author, you can totally read it ;) now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the story ;)
I’m gonna start with our main couple ;) *sighs* because throughout the most of the book I really liked Andrea... but there were moments, especially towards the end of the book, when some of her reactions bothered me... but that’s just a matter of my personal preferences as a reader... don’t get me wrong, she was great like 95 % of the story ;) a teacher who concentrates on helping adults who want to go back to school, she was a really nice person... a young widow, with financial problems, who still tried her best to remain optimistic and open to help others ;) now when it comes to Stu... *sighs* I did not expect to love him as much as I did... honestly... I knew I would like him, after all he IS one of the Cross brothers ;) but I definitely did not expect this level of attachment and emotions... he was... just... seriously, I am doing my best people to gather my thoughts and actually use words and sentences to share with you what I’m thinking ;) so he’s an ex-con, and from those few scenes he appeared in previous books, I wasn’t his biggest fan… so imagine my surprise, when he totally stole my heart in this book... with each of his word, most of them provoking and a bit filthy, but quite a few of them surprisingly sweet and vulnerable... I grew to care more and more for him... and before I knew what was happening I was completely #TeamStu ;) theirs is a relationship that starts with a lie... or to be more precise, not exactly with a lie, but more with an omission of a few crucial details... but once you know the whole story... since I don’t want to spoil you, just be sure to not judge before you actually know everything... ;) it’s also definitely more on the slow burn side of romance... at least throughout the first half ;) because trust me... there is plenty of, let’s just call them *steamy* scenes…...;)*fans herself* I loved them together... especially after some time, when they began to open up more to one another... to be able to see a different side, especially of Stu... was fantastic ;)
Besides the main couple we of course have quite a few secondary characters ;) there’s defnitely Stu’s family ;) but again, don’t worry if you haven’t read any previous books, because yes... those scenes are a bit better if you have a background on those characters, but you can totally enjoy them even if this will be your first encounter with the Cross family... either way it will make you wat to read, or re-read ;) those other stories ;) I need to single out one brother... Trevor ;) I am soooo curious about his book ;) which is next in line actually ;) he is... definitely entertaining ;) but people without filters on their mouths usually are ;) I can’t wait to read his book also because of who the heroine will be, but I won’t spoil you that little detail in this review ;) from new characters I want to mention Alfie, Andrea’s cousin and roommate... he is a... peculiar artist that lives a little bit in his own world... and even though I didn’t understood him all the time, I definitely appreciated him ;)
All in all I gave this book 4,5 stars ;) normally I would probably rate it at 4 stars, but I just had to add another 0,5 for Stu... damn, he was totally swoonworthy... ;) but that’s mainly because he uses *luv* as term of endearment, and that’s my favourite word... ;) *sighs dreamily* seriously, every time he said it in this book I melted... ;) #TrueStory ;) before I started reading it, I thought it would be an easy 5 stars from me, but some of Andrea’s decisions and choices bothered me, so I had to lower my rating a little bit ;) but hey, we all have the right to our own opinions, right? ;) besides that, the book was absolutely fantastic ;) the writing style was amazing, the only thing that would made it better, would be if there were 2 POVs in it ;) because the majority of the book, and by that I mean all of the chapters except the last one, were written from Andrea’s perspective ;) don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it, but... *sighs* what I wouldn’t give to be able to glimpse more into Stu’s mind... ;) but I had so much fun reading this story... not to mention that it was surprisingly emotional and sweet at times... and at other times totally steamy and hot... ;) and then hilarious ;) I can wholeheartedly recommend you this book ;) it’s a great addition to this series, if you are already a fan of L. H. Cosway ;) and if you are new, it’s also a fantastic place to start your journey with this amazing author ;) because trust me, if this will be your first book written by her, I bet it won’t be the last ;) go check it out ;)
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I organised my things and opened my laptop, pulling up the morning’s lesson plan when I heard the friendly chatter quieten down. Glancing up, I saw our new student had arrived, and I had to take a second to catch my breath.
Stuart Cross looked dangerous, in a James Dean, careless male beauty, leather jacket-wearing sort of way. He was tall, with chestnut-brown hair, hazel eyes and dark, expressive brows. He looked like he drank beer straight out of the bottle and drove a motorbike.
Mary placed a hand on her hip and smirked as she looked him up and down in a very ‘I’ve got your number, sonny Jim’ sort of fashion. I imagined she’d eat him for breakfast if he even gave her so much as a hint he was interested in becoming her boy toy.
And I, well, I couldn’t seem to take my eyes off him either. He was just so unexpected. It was like entering Alfie’s bedroom and discovering a newly finished painting. He seemed too much for our ordinary, comfortable little classroom.
He made eye contact with me just as he pulled out a chair in the third row and sat, a whoosh of air capturing my lungs. I rubbed my palms on my skirt and leaned forward, about to introduce myself when a student approached him. It was Harold, a small, bespectacled man in his early fifties, who liked everything to be done just so. In other words, he was set in his ways, and Stuart was currently occupying his usual seat.
“Pardon me, but I sit there,” he said, tapping Stuart on the shoulder.
Stuart rested an elbow on the desk, and slowly turned to look at him. “You what?”
Harold cleared his throat. “This is where I sit. I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to move.”
Stuart let out a quiet chuckle, shook his head and leaned back to spread his legs. “I don’t think so. I’ve just gotten comfortable, mate.”
I frowned and rose from my seat. Making my way past the desks, I felt the others watching as I approached our new student. I stopped just in front of him, briefly placed a reassuring hand on Harold’s shoulder and leveled Stuart with a strict look.
“We actually have a set seating plan. Come with me and I’ll show you where you can sit.
I’m Miss Anderson, by the way. Your teacher.”
Stuart took his time raising his eyes to mine, slicing his teeth across his full bottom lip for a second as he contemplated me. I rested my hands on my hips, trying not to fixate on his mouth as I felt a tiny flicker in some long-neglected part of my body.
“All right then, Miss Anderson. I wouldn’t want to cause a fuss,” said Stuart, standing to his full height and allowing Harold to take his seat. His attitude rubbed me the wrong way, but nevertheless, I led him to the only free seat in the front row. He stepped forward, his chest brushing mine before he sat. I caught my breath for a second; the contact took me by surprise.
In fact, it almost felt like he’d done it on purpose.
Yep, I was definitely going to have to keep an eye on this one.
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L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
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