The Beautiful Thief (The Stolen Hearts, #2)

The Beautiful Thief (The Stolen Hearts, #2)

by Mallory Crowe

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BN ID: 2940153568379
Publisher: Mallory Crowe
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Series: The Stolen Hearts , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 28,502
File size: 1 MB

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The Beautiful Thief (The Stolen Hearts, #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
GJRA. Enjoyed this 163 page romance anbnd suspense book. Keeps you interested all the way to the end. GJRA
mkferryman More than 1 year ago
The Beautiful Thief is the second book in the Stolen Hearts Series by Mallory Crowe and it's a darn good one! This can be read as a standalone even though it is book two of the series. Mallory gives enough back story to help a new reader not feel like they are lost and she doesn't rehash a lot to slow the story down for anyone that has read The Cocky Thief. It picks up shortly after the Cocky Thief ends with Melody in deep withdraw after seeing her mother (Isobel) shot and killed in front of her. After speaking with her sister Toni and getting no new information on the men responsible for her mother's death, Melody decides that she needs to get up and out and stop relying on other people to find those men responsible. She wants revenge. She decides to start looking for "Baldie" the one that actually pulled the trigger and "Blondie" the other man who was there at the time of the shooting. She ends up at a gala for an associate of Baldie and Blondie's boss when see spots Blondie. Adam (Blondie) is surprised when he looks up and sees Melody across the room. She is not supposed be here. He didn't let her go so she could end up here and get herself killed. Melody can't believe her eyes when she see Adam but then he is gone and she can't find him. She finds him in the stairwell getting beat on by four other guys and intervenes on his behalf so she can question him about her mother's killer. They end up at her hotel room where Adam is pretending to be more hurt than he really is and ends up drugging Melody and escapes. She can't believe how she let him drug her and now she goes looking for him. She ends up finding him in the swamps of Louisiana where they negotiate a deal for him to help her find Baldie. This is where it gets good! There is action, suspense, cons, armed goons, running from police and those goons, and sexual tension that leads to hot, steamy romance. It grabs you with chapter one and does not let go. I could not read it fast enough! I recommend this book, series and author! You will not be disappointed! I volunteered to read a free pre-released copy for my honest opinion. My honest opinion is that I liked it so much, I went ahead a bought it even though I already had a free copy!
Tweeds More than 1 year ago
This book is fast paced and the characters will engage you from the first. You will understand who the characters are more easily if you have read the first book in this fun series, The Cocky Thief, before reading this. Both books are well written and hard to put down!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
THE BEAUTIFUL THIEF is the second installment in Mallory Crowe’s contemporary adult STOLEN HEARTS series. This is Melody Murray, and mercenary Adam Smith’s story line. THE BEAUTIFUL THIEF can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although I recommend reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion. SOME BACKGROUND: Following a theft that went horribly wrong, Melody, along with her sisters Jennifer and Toni vow revenge against the men who stole from the sisters something that can never be returned. Told from dual third person perspectives (Melody and Adam) THE BEAUTIFUL THIEF follows Melody Murray on the hunt for the men responsible for destroying the Murray sisters’s lives. Adam Smith aka Blondie is one of the men present the day that Mallory witnessed the murder of someone close to her heart but a murder for which Adam was not directly responsible. What ensues is the building relationship between Melody and Adam, and the cross country journey of Melody and Adam as Melody seeks revenge for a murder and betrayal. Adam Smith is a mercenary; a gun for hire whose first encounter with Melody ended with chaos and death. Melody Murray is a reluctant thief; a cautious thief who wants nothing to do with her family business but a thief seeking retribution for the murder of her mother; our heroine is determined to use Adam Smith to get what she wants. The relationship between Melody and Adam is quick to develop as our couple must work together toward a common goal. The $ex scenes are limited, seductive and intimate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There are a number of secondary and supporting characters including Melody’s sister Toni, and her partner in crime, former Chicago police officer Scott Hart; hired killer James Weston; the daughter of one of the men Melody is hoping to destroy –Willa Belli, and Jadon Belli, COO of Cordon Enterprises. The world building focuses on revenge, retribution, family and love. Melody Murray is determined to avenge her mother’s death but too many distractions including a threat against Willa Belli; the interference of Melody’s ex-husband; a police warrant out for Melody’s arrest find our couple seeking refuge in out of the way places. There is a limited amount of trust between our leading couple including the fact that Melody was willing to kill the man with whom she is falling in love. THE BEAUTIFUL THIEF is a story about revenge; about one woman’s determination for retribution for the murder of her mother; about one man’s penance to help the woman he could never forget. The premise is fast paced, entertaining and captivating; the characters are passionate and determined; the romance is sensual. THE BEAUTIFUL THIEF is an animated look at love on the run.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
Excellent addition to the Stolen Hearts Series! Melody Murray's upbringing was unconventional, to say the least. Raised to be a con artist and thief, she tried living a "normal" life but it didn't work out and found herself drawn back into the game by her mother, Isobel, who died during a robbery gone wrong (see book one, The Cocky Thief). In book two Beautiful Thief, Melody, who is hellbent on revenge, makes a deal with Adam Smith, one of the bad guys involved in her mother's death. She needs his help to find the person who pulled the trigger. She knows she shouldn't trust him but can't fight her attraction to him. Adam is not a nice man but he was drawn to Melody from the first and the same instinct that made him risk it all to save her before is driving him to do everything in his power to protect her now. He saved her once. Can he do it again? Mallory Crowe is one of my favorite authors. She excels at writing romantic suspense with strong characters and exciting stories. The intricately woven plot ties each book in the series together so it is definitely best to read book one first. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
green____ More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book! Another great read! This time we follow along with Melody and see what happens when she goes hunting for her Mother's killer. When her path crosses "Blondie" again things get interesting fast. More is revealed in this book and this motley crew gives us an exciting journey! Loved this book and am really enjoying this series and its characters! Looking forward to seeing what happens next! This can be read as a standalone, but you get more from it if you read them in order. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Melody-19 More than 1 year ago
Oh my! I loved this book. You've done it again Mallory. A definite five-star read! This begins a few weeks after the girls' mother was murdered at the end of book one. Melody is feeling really down because she is taking personal responsibility for her mother's death. Toni went by to check on Mel since she realized Mel would be troubled after witnessing her mother being shot in the head and killed. Melody is the one they consider the weakest sister and she wants revenge on the man and his accomplice who killed their mother. She feels the need to do this alone because every time she calls her sisters for help they walk in and take over telling her to just stay at home and they will handle it. She doesn't like feeling she's not their equal but Jennifer and Toni have had a lot more experience then Mel. For a while Mel was married and was doing her best to live a normal life...unsuccessfully...with a cheating, lying husband! When she fakes her way into an event that could bring her the information she needs to find, lo and behold she runs into Blondie, aka Adam Smith, who was in on her earlier kidnapping when her mother was killed...and Blondie was really hot. She got him out of a bad situation that he may not have lived through. She practically drags him back to her hotel room and while she is trying to care for him, so badly beaten, he drugs her and leaves. She is determined to find him so he can give her the name of the killer since he was involved. Track him down she does and he agrees to help her. They don't tell each other but since the kidnapping and murder she had been thinking of him a lot and he has her as well. So what happens when a beautiful spitfire set on revenge and a handsome devil-may-care security expert go on a manhunt for a killer and his assistant? Whoa...two intimate scenes and they were pretty sizzling. What made them so special was this couple had truly fallen for each other. I highly recommend this book as well as the series. You will want to read these in order for a better understanding of all the players. Such a great book with excellent writing and watching these two come into their own.
JigsawGirl More than 1 year ago
Great romantic suspense. This book can be read as a standalone, but I think you would appreciate and enjoy it more after reading the first book, The Cocky Thief. I had to give it to Melody that she was determined to go after the people responsible for what happened to her mother. I liked that there was something between Adam and Melody (other than just the attraction) that neither could quite put their finger on at first. I also could appreciate that the whole white picket fence scenario didn't work for either Adam or Melody. She had more with her mother and sisters than she ever believed. The book became more intense and suspense laden with each page. The last few chapters I spent holding my breath. There was a nice twist thrown in with the introduction of Willa. An exciting, fast paced book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Can't wait for Book 3! I voluntarily read and reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy.
JennieF More than 1 year ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation, Mallory Crowe sure knows how to bring you in right from the start and doesn’t let up until the very last word…..awesome read! ! ! Although this is the 2nd book in the series it can be read as a standalone, but reading the 1st book gives you more background into the story line and sets you up for the next book in the series… Melody who has been kidnapped, survives a death threat only to watch her mother be murdered before her very eyes is out looking for revenge on the people who did this to her family. After she is rescued she need to find her captors “Blondie and Baldy”, she knows that if she find “Blondie” she can then find “Baldy” and get her revenge for killing her mother….. She shows up at a party and finds “Blondie” there doing security, when she finally tracks him down, he is being beaten by three other security guys, so she does what she needs to do to save him so he can help her. “Blondie” get away from her after he slips a mickey in the water so she tracks him down again from his fingerprints on the glass to Louisiana and finds his name to be Adam Smith. “Blondie” aka Adam Smith who has never forgotten the girl he left get away, knows he has to either kill Melody or works with her in order to keep her safe from the people who are out to kill her. When she shows up in Louisiana, the tensions between the two run high and after some discussion he decides that he needs to help her get her revenge and to keep her safe as the same time because he knows in his heart that the right thing to do…so will these two be able to clear the air between them and get the revenge or will it just have to wait for another time????? A story of revenge, suspense, intrigue, running from the law, and hot and heavy romance all rolled into this story with still a lot of questions to be answered…hopefully in the next book.
owl_lover More than 1 year ago
Mallory Crowe can create such fantastic stories that suck you right in and you never want it to end. The thing I like about her new series Stolen Hearts is that it is just pure fun! Yes, there is action, suspense... I mean, they are a family of thieves, and of course hot moments ;) but I can't help but just feel lighthearted when I read these books. I loved Melody in book 1 so I was so happy to be able to follow her revenge filled adventure in The Beautiful Thief. You could feel the tension (and not just negative tension) in the first book when Adam and Melody meet (well, meet might be too nice of a word)... were forced together and now they are forced together again, just under different circumstances. And when that moment we all love as the two come together as more than just partners in crime...! Let's just say it was one of my favorite hott scenes Mallory has written in any of her books. I am so excited to continue the series in book 3! I recommend this series and author.
Thi More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Melody's story and I'm glad it's finally here. I really enjoyed it. Melody comes in to her own and I can't wait to see what's next.
specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
Mallory Crowe has written another must-read book in a must-read series. The characters are well-developed, complex characters that I wanted to see get their HEA. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me turning the pages and hold my attention. As always, this author has produced a well-written, layered story that you don't want to put down. Not only do I recommend reading The Beautiful Thief, I recommend reading all the books written by Mallory Crowe.
Llin More than 1 year ago
******I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Review Copy of this book****** I thought the Cocky Thief was good but this one was outstanding with precision writing where the words flowed perfectly and amazing supporting characters. It picked right up where Cocky Thief ended with Melody Murray didn't wanted any part of her family traits; however, after dealing the ordeal she saw/endured in the Cocky Thief, she had a change of heart. I especially loved Blondie ( Adam Smith), who was dark, broody and dangerous yet he displayed courage, patience and expertise while dealing with Melody's carelessness. The story consists of suspense, betrayal and violence but it was amazing how the writer laid down the groundwork sketching every detail. I have to admit Melody was a complete pain in the a** at times with always getting in trouble but Blondie was there to correct her mistakes. It's much much more to this story that I'm leaving out so I truly recommend this one to be grab. An astonishing series that keeps getting better and better.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
Warning: Although this book focuses on another sister it is part two in a series, events and people are mentioned from the first book, with little explanation and you won't get the best from this book without reading it first. This was another well written book by Ms Crowe. Adam is a thug and a killer and his only redeeming feature is that he is attracted (and later cares about) Mel. Mel is an ex-conwoman who saw her mother murdered in front of her eyes and is prepared to get in bed with the devil himself if she can get her revenge on the persons responsible. I wasn't sure how I felt about this novel as I'm not into mafia type romances. You never get to find out Adam's back story except that it is obviously dark and he lives out in the backwaters because in the cities there are 'Too many people who wanted him dead'. I would have preferred it if he had been some kind of undercover agent and had more morals but that is a personal preference - even criminals have a love life! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.