Stealing His Heart by Diane Alberts
Series: Shillings Agency #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 25, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
How I got it: From the publisher
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Shillings Agency employee Jake Forsythe is not happy to discover that the thief who he has to track down is none other than his ex-partner from his past. Now he’s forced to blackmail her into submission…or throw her in jail.
Tara Harris steals from the rich and corrupted, returning objects to their rightful owners one case at a time. When Jake shows up in her life, at first, she’s thrilled. But then when she finds out that she has to help the man she stole from or go to jail…it’s the choice between two evils.
These two can’t deny the burning passion between them, but when push comes to shove, they’ll have to lay their hearts and their lives on the line.
I’m pretty new to Entangled’s Brazen imprint and I could kick myself for not discovering its pure, sexy awesomeness sooner. I swear I love it more with every single book I read. They’re perfect little bite-sized books with alpha men and sassy women and I just love to devour them in one sitting. I love how the characters in each book all intermingle in some way with the characters in the other books, particularly in the Shillings Agency series, because I just love these characters.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m a sucker for a good second chance story. That’s exactly what I got with Stealing His Heart. Tara and Jake have history. They were partners, friends and, briefly, nearly lovers. Now they’re at odds with each other. Tara is a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing items from the rich – items they, themselves, stole – and returning them to the rightful owner. Jake is part of the Shillings Agency private security company and her latest target is one of their clients. He’s tasked with getting the item back and returning it to the client. She’s not willing to play along, even if it means she has to go to jail. As they are shoved together again, a great battle of the wills breaks out between them.
Tara and Jake were complete opposites, but still a perfect match. She was light, sassy and even kinda goofy at times. He was cold and dominating and didn’t find much joy in the world. Tara remembers when he wasn’t though and she keeps seeing glimpses of that man underneath his hard exterior. She’s determined to get that guy back. He’s determined to get the info he needs so they can go their separate ways before she wiggles her way back into his heart. Combine their history with the sexual tension that oozes from them and this book becomes a great, steamy read.
I loved reading along as Tara and Jake broke down each others walls. It was obvious from the start that there was something between them and it didn’t take too long into the story before it all came to a head. The feelings were real. The sexy scenes were HOT. (I love a good dominating dirty-talker.) They were both protective of the other and I liked where that led the story.
Whether she’s writing adult books as Diane Alberts or new adult as Jen McLaughlin, I love this lady’s books. They have the perfect combination of HOT men, smart and sassy women, sweet romance and steamy sexy times. She’s definitely on my auto-buy list. I’m already looking forward to see what she writes next!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.