Stone of Thievesby Diane J. Reed
The Stone of Thieves . . . for centuries its magnetic draw has twisted the hearts of ambitious men and women with the promise of power, passion, and intrigue until it fell into the hands of unlikely thieves Robin and her boyfriend Creek. But can they steal their destiny away from the curse that pursues this magnificent ruby heart? As the stone begins to spread its sorcery, Robin races to find her long-lost mother in Italy in the hopes of discovering the truth about her unique gypsy heritage and the ruby heart that is rumored to steal souls. Yet when the desire for this stone by powerful members of her family threatens their very lives, Creek decides to take matters into his own hands to protect Robin, his greatest treasure of all . . .
Stone of Thieves is a sensual, stand-alone new adult novel and the sequel to Robin in the Hood in the Robbin' Hearts Series. Due to mature themes, readership is advised for ages 17+.
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5 Stars From Sammy's Book Obsession! TITLE~ Stone of Thieves (Robbin' Hearts Series #2) AUTHOR~Diane J. Reed GENRE~ New Adult-Romance-Fantasy PUBLISHED~ May 8th 2014 by Bandits Ranch Books, LLC PURCHASED/COST~ ARC for Review MY RATING~ 5/5 MY THOUGHTS~ I chose to read this book because I was provided with an ARC for review and I absolutely LOVED the first book in the series. Stone of Thieves is an awesome continuation of the Robbin' Hearts series. It picks up right where Robin in the Hood left off. While Robin in the Hood only leaned toward being in the Fantasy genre, this one, Stone of Thieves, engulfed it. I'm normally NOT a Fantasy reader, but this book was well worth venturing outside my normal comfort zone for. Again, I was so drawn into this story just like the first one. Author, Diane J. Reed, has a way of doing that every time! This one was as well written as the last and the characters seemed to grow more in this book. Like I said in my review of Robin in the Hood, if you're looking for a book that's sort of just outside the box, but NOT all zombies and vampy stuff, this is it! Can't wait for more!
Stone Of Thieves has taken on a whole new feel and a change up with some of the plot from the first book. The first one, Robin in the Hood, was a fun, lighthearted YA story. Stone Of Thieves has taken on somewhat of a darker theme. Robin and Creek are now 18 and things have gotten hotter between them. This story went from YA to NA very quickly. I couldn't put it down. You will not be disappointed, this is a must read! The story picks up shortly after where the first one left off. Robin and Creek are heading to Italy to try and find Robin's mother. It's not long after they arrive that their lives are put into danger. They have people trying to kill them and have no one to trust but each other. They are on the run and have no where to hide but with the gypsies. This group of gypsies has known and loved Robin's mother for years. Now all she can do is hope that they know if her mother is still alive and if so where has she been hidden for the past 18 years. Robin continues to have visions of her late ancestors. She is trying to figure out what it all means. Does the ruby stone really have magical powers or is it cursed? Robin's grandfather will do anything to get the ruby stone back. I really enjoyed learning about the gypsy culture and how everything comes together. I liked the gypsies in this book but I was starting to miss the people back at Turtle Shores. I was surprised by the events and people that changed things up yet again near the end. This series just continues to surprise me. The adventure, suspense, action and romance gets better and better with each new book and I love it. This book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. * This series just keeps getting better!! I loved book 2, maybe a bit more than book 1 (but I can't tell you for sure) and that is only because we get to see more of Robin and Creek and the ways in which they are able to expand their love and relationship. My favorite characters are still Robin, Granny Tinker and Creek, but I have added two more favorites after reading this book and they are Zuhna and Alessia de Bargona. The characters are so much fun to spend time with and they stick with the reader long after the book is finished! The author does an amazing job with developing the characters, introducing more characters and showing us how the true meaning of family and that they are those that you choose to have - they don't have to be blood related. The author made the reader feel as if they were in Italy with the characters and that we are racing through the canals, touring the mansion and flying from roof top to roof top! There is a sense of adventure that the books leaves with you and one in which you just don't want to escape. The plot is smooth flowing, it's a racing page turner that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and they have no idea what is going to happen next! It is a roller coaster ride that has more twists, turns and drops and the reader is never sure what is going to happen next!! I am looking forward to book #3 in the series to see where the relationships go next! What will happen with Robin and Creek? Her dad and Alessia? Will the curse finally be done? Will they all live together? So many questions that I really want to know the answers to at this time....hurry up book 3, I need to know these things!!! Make sure you add this book to your TBR list and catch up with these amazing characters, situations and adventures! They are a can't miss for any reader who enjoys a bit of adventure, romance and fun! Enjoy -
Mature, sensual, and mystical as always Stone of Thieves by Diane J. Reed isn’t the classic NA story. After discover her true story, Robin and her boyfriend Creek are traveling to Venice, Italy in order to find Robin’s mom. a heiress of Venice’s monarchy. The searching won’t be easy, they’re too young, in a strange city, looking for a woman who might be dead. With enemies everywhere and new mysteries revealing, this is going to be anything but boring. Will Robin find her mom? Will they have a second chance? I was excited for this book because it takes place on Venice and that’s one of my favorite city ever. Also the gypsy vibe is evident when you see the backcover of Stone of Thieves. The first difference between Stone of Thieves and its predecessor is the sexual content. Since chapter one you can perceive it. Robin has an intense, erotic dream where she’s almost a voyeur. That dream mixed up with a sexy boyfriend and a strange need of tasting his blood start Robin’s desire for Creek. I must confess I felt a little disconcerted with such intense scenarios when Robin is a 16 years old teenager, but when a new twist in the story is revealed everything is great again. The gypsy factor I mentioned on my previous review is more intense in Stone of Thieves, Robin and Creek run into a gypsy community who will help Robin in her realization in order to she can find her mom by herself. Action, mysteries, heartbreaking moments, and anguish keep my heart beating hard and my fingers running fast through the pages. I was so immerse in the story that I finished in just a few hours. Robin and Creek have an amazing personal growth, they have to affront dangerous situations, new beginnings, and wonderful decisions, and they’re so courageous. It’s pretty amazing. The supernatural essence is more intensified, ghosts and mystical characters are present through the story. Also you’d learn two o three things about gypsy tribes and Venetian culture.
After an amazing start with Robin in the Hood I knew there was no way I could miss Diane J. Reed’s second book in this series, Stone of Thieves, but could she deliver with the same fresh style? Not a problem! Robin has grown from a stereo-typical little rich girl to a young lady who has learned how to truly love and be loved by those around her. Instead of taking, she gives, and she believes in the unbelievable and how she may be the key to the impossible. Stone of Thieves has grown up with Robin, no longer simply great YA reading, the quirky tone has changed, become more mature, and at times feels more New Adult than young adult, with a grittier edge as Robin and Creek head to Italy to uncover the truth about her mother and her heritage. Will she find the answers she seeks? Will she learn what became of her mother and finally meet the family she no longer knew she had or will those hidden in the shadows that chase her end her quest at the cost of her life? If Robin and Creek fail, what will happen to their “family” in Turtle Shores? The key lies in a beautiful red stone and the secrets it possesses. Will there be a fantasy ending or will evil win out? Diane J. Reed has taken her writing to another level, colored her world with even more vivid strokes and added some dark edging that kept me mesmerized by each page. She has allowed her characters to mature, and followed their growth with a change of tone and sense of urgency that ramps up the pace to blistering at times. I found myself white-knuckling it through several scenes and near tears in a couple more. Looking for love, good vs evil, fact vs fantasy and the impossible becoming plausible? It’s all here in Stone of Thieves, a tale guaranteed to steal your heart.
Stone of Thieves was a wondrously mystical read! I loved book one of the series, Robin in the Hood, and couldn't wait for this book to be released. Diane Reed has created a series full of magic, mystery, and romance, written in a way that only she is able. The story and characters are flawless. This book has taken on a more serious tone than the first, so I would say that it has moved on from YA to NA. Stone of Thieves shows us the mature side of Robin and Creek's relationship...and it's beautiful. For two people to connect in such a way, is what fairy tales are made of! Creek has a haunted past and a protective nature, which we see in this story, as Creek will do anything to protect Robin. They travel to Italy in search of Robin's mother with the guidance of a heart shaped ruby. Adventure and suspense grow as they work their way through clues and meet new people along the way. But, not everyone in Italy is welcoming of their presence and their desire to have the ruby heart drives them to hunt Robin and Creek down in an attempt to steal the heart, using any means necessary. Finding safety amongst a group of gypsies, who surprisingly teach them many lessons about themselves and their capabilities. I love the details of this story! The charms and enchantments, accuracies and knowledge of Gypsies. I am fascinated with this series and am really looking forward to the release of book 3. I recommend this series to everyone who believes in true love, to those who love suspense and mystery, and to those who love finding a new book addiction!