by L.H. Cosway
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 4th 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.
One of the things that I like about LH Cosway is that she writes unique stories and characters. Thief of Hearts is a great example of what makes LH Cosway work for me and a lot of readers.
The book follows the story between a young widow, Andrea Anderson and an ex-convict, Stu Cross. Andrea has something or someone that Stu wants, and he’ll do just about anything to get it, including enrolling in an adult learning class that Andrea teaches. His plan was simple: seduce Andrea and then accomplish his goal. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, everything changed when Stu got to know Andrea very deeply, and his plan just became complicated.
I love stories where the hero sets out to seduce the heroine but ends up being the one who is seduced (in every sense of the word) instead. Stu might be a genius when it comes to complex mathematical equations but his genius is not match for the sizzling attraction and chemistry that burned between him and Andrea. And it’s delightful to watch a hero being brought to his knees his Stu did.
Thief of Hearts started of slow. Not surprisingly since Andrea is still hesitant to move on and start another relationship after the death of her husband four years prior. Burdened with debt due to his husband’s illness, she can’t afford to risk her teaching job no matter how sexy her new student is. I understood her wariness. It made sense.
Despite Andrea’s misgivings, Stu was relentless. He’s an enigma, not just to Andrea but to this reader as well. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about him until he showed his vulnerability to Andrea. Cosway has this gift of writing perfectly imperfect male leads, and Stu definitely fits the bill to a tee. He’s a deeply flawed and complex character and like Andrea, I can’t help but be enamored with him.
Another thing that I liked about this book are the secondary characters. They are vivid and they stand out. You can’t help but notice them. From Andrea’s cousin, Alfie to Stu’s brothers, they are a fascinating bunch. Especially Stu’s brothers. They are hilarious. And they brought the comic relief needed for this book. I can’t wait to get to know them more.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book even if you haven’t read the previous in the series. You can definitely start this Thief of Hearts without worrying about previous characters or story line. If you’re in the mood for sweet, slow burning romance, then this book has your name on it.