Friday, July 14, 2017

Spotlight + Review ~ Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish

Heart of the Steal

Philtre Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook):
July 11th, 2017

Length (Print & Ebook):
about 80K words

Contemporary queer romance

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Book Blurb:
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.

Quotes from the authors  about the book:
“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


“So, William. You came. But something tells me the sentiment behind my invitation has gone rather astray.”

“Then you admit that you left the Staunton painting and a note outside my apartment,” he said flatly, and my eyes narrowed.

“Have I miscalculated your interest?”

William looked like he couldn’t decide whether to laugh or yell. It was smoldering.

“You have miscalculated my profession,” he responded. We were standing close enough to kiss, and when he reached a hand into his jacket, my breath caught. I wanted to help him strip it off and kiss that spot of barbeque sauce off his perfect mouth.

But he didn’t take his jacket off. He slipped his hand out holding something from his pocket. A badge.

An FBI badge.

I was lightheaded. I spent three beats of my heart wondering what the medical diagnosis would be for dying of sheer irony.

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This is a light, fluffy, super sweet read. 
A little awkward and a little funny. William being a little awkward and Amory being a little funny, and a lot charming. 

I didn't have a hard time getting into the story, but I did have a little trouble staying focused in the middle. I guess I expected more action, like some Thomas Crown Affair shit. (yes, they even mention this movie in it) So I was a little surprised at all the fluffy moments. Avory is a gentleman through and through, even when he's being a dick. So you can't NOT like him. At the same rate, I also can't connect with that, because I don't know people like that in real life. Yes, yes, I know it's fictional, but I need something to connect me to these characters. I thought he would be a little more "villainous" in his thievery, but it was actually more comical. I also loved Amory's explanation in the end about why he took the things he did. It's a pretty different way to view the world. 

I also thought it was cute how Amory thought William was being cute when he as being so "moral". William would get a little huffy and grumpy fighting between his body and his mind. Though,  I thought he could be a little immature at times. 
I also loved his twin sister, she was a breath of fresh air. 

Yes, there's insta-lust, but I thought it was done pretty well. It only escalated from there. I won't say it's insta-love because it took them months and a whole lot of dates to get to where they got. I will say Amory doesn't give up when he wants something. 

All in all, I loved the sweetness, Audrey (the cat), and the way they worked on their relationship and didn't give up. Especially being so opposite. That Amory understood William, paid attention, and did things for him he knew William would appreciate. Being from a different "world", he wanted William to be himself and enjoy their time together Also, the Harry Potter references tickled my fancy. 

I just think it dragged a little in the middle, and maybe it's because I *was* expecting more action. Hopefully, for you, going into this knowing it's going to be a silly, sweet book, it won't have the same effect on you. 

I give the book a 3.5*

About the authors:

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.

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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