We’re celebrating the release of THIEF OF HEARTS by L.H. Cosway! Check out the review and giveaway below!

Title: Thief of Hearts
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Book Description:

 

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.

OUR ARC REVIEW

This is a book about forbidden love – teacher/student romance but it’s about so much more than just that. It’s a story of friendship, family bonding, art crime and of course student/teacher. Andie is a dynamically complicated character, she goes along day after day playing the same role until she meets her new student, Stu. Stu is dark, mysterious and a dirty talker. I am a sucker for a good teacher/student romance and this one was a little different than others I have read. The teacher was female and there was no age gap issue between the two characters. Andie and Stu have great chemistry together. But Stu’s intentions aren’t as honorable and innocent as Andie initially assumes. When he reveals his secret plan to her to steal a famous painting asking for her help, will Andie find the power to do the right thing? Should she trust her heart?

The novel played out an interesting and unpredictable relationship between an intrigued student and quite cautious teacher. The characters’ dynamic is definitely worth considering for anyone interested in relationships between people with a work-related boundary. Part of my problem had to do with the flat primary characters and the story’s lack of power. I could say that I preferred the secondary characters more; they felt more likable and appealing. Overall, it was a sweet and very cute story that I truly enjoyed. Not your typical teacher/student plot.

Hero 3/5 | Heroine 3/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 4/5 |Writing Style 4/5 | Steam 3/5 | Romance 4/5 | Angst-Suspense 4/5 | Darkness 0/5 | Humor 3/5 | Secondary Characters 5/5 | Drama-Conflict 3/5 | Mystery 3/5 | Twists3/5 | Pacing Moderate | Action 4/5

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Rating: 3.5~4 out of 5 stars
 About the author:

 

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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