The Reluctant Thief (The Stolen Hearts, #4)

The Reluctant Thief (The Stolen Hearts, #4)

by Mallory Crowe

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The Reluctant Thief (The Stolen Hearts, #4) by Mallory Crowe

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Former cop Scott Hart's life as he knew it was taken in a fraction of a second when his wife was murdered. After years of research and questionable alliances, he's finally about to come face to face with the man who killed her. Except when he's arrested for a crime he didn't commit, his revenge plans are put on hold. But he has one ace in his pocket. He has one of the best hackers in the world on his side.

Computer hacker Toni knows Scott is off limits. Even if he weren't totally hung up on his late wife, they work together. In her line of work, pesky things like crushes and emotions get you killed. But when Scott is framed, Toni knows she needs to pull out the big guns to get him out of trouble.

As much as she wants to get over Scott, she knows she can't let him go at it alone. So she's going to stick with him as long as he needs her, come hell and heartbreak. Who knows? Someday he might even love a thief like her.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154166086
Publisher: Mallory Crowe
Publication date: 08/07/2017
Series: Stolen Hearts , #4
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 115,984
File size: 702 KB

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The Reluctant Thief (The Stolen Hearts, #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Thi More than 1 year ago
This series gets better and better. Can't wait to see what's next.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--THE RELUCTANT THIEF is the fourth installment in Mallory Crowe’s contemporary, adult STOLEN HEARTS romantic, suspense series. This is computer hacker Toni Murray, and former Chicago police officer Scott Hart’s story line. THE RELUCTANT 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, professional thieves and sisters Toni, Melody and Jennifer Murray vow revenge against the men who killed their mother. Told from dual third person points of view (Scott and Toni) THE RELUCTANT THIEF focuses on the hunt for a killer. Several weeks earlier Toni, Jennifer and Melody’s mother was murdered on the job- a job meant to set the family up for life-but the theft of a thirty million dollar piece of jewelry resulted in the death of their mother, with the sisters on the run. Vowing to avenge their mother’s death each sister set into motion a series of events to track down the man responsible. Toni Murray will make things a little more personal when she gets up close and personal with the man ultimately responsible for her mother’s demise but interference from a former cop pushes all of Toni’s buttons and riles up her independent side. Enter Scott Hart, a man with a personal agenda of his own, and the man with whom Toni has fallen in love. THE RELUCTANT THIEF is the culmination of four story lines that saw three sisters seek retribution and revenge for their mother’s death. With the formation of a new security team by Scott and Toni, THE RELUCTANT THIEF introduces the readers to a new series arc, as well as Peter Slade, Gage and Tristan-three men whose owns lives were destroyed by the man the Murray sisters had targeted for revenge. Slade’s story line is next in THE VENGEFUL THIEF. The premise is suspenseful and engaging; the characters are colorful and animated; the $ex scenes are limited without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
The Reluctant Thief is a satisfying conclusion to this segment of the Stolen Hearts series which features the Murray sisters. With her sisters and their significant others safely in hiding with new identities, computer hacker Toni Murray is hell bent on one way or the other taking out the man who killed their mother. Ex-cop Scott Hart, whose late wife was also a victim, is right there at her side determined to protect her while satisfying his own need for vengeance. The romance is understated and slow brewing. Toni's tough girl persona hides a secret love for Scott that she despairs of ever leading anywhere, while Scott is slowly becoming aware of his own feelings for Toni. This story is another well-written action packed romantic thriller by Mallory Crowe. I can't wait to see where Slade's story in book five takes us. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Tweeds More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Mallory Crowe ‘s books but this one was like a great big yummy candy bar! You want to just gobble it down, each bite is so good, but you hate knowing that you will soon be finished with it! Toni and Scott’s adventure hits the ground running from the first page and it never stops to catch a breath. I like a story that keeps moving and I think this is my favorite yet. The characters are all very believable, even the minor ones, and although this is the fourth in a series, a reader could pick up this book without having read the previous ones and still enjoy a great story. But I suggest you read the others as they are also great!! Mallory is a very good storyteller and she keeps getting better. I can’t wait for the next candy bar, I mean, book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At last the story of Toni and Scott! And what a story, Mallory can sure keep you on your toes. And what’s with the four ‘baddies’, are they going to be ‘turned’ in another series? Don’t hold your breath! This story didn’t seem as sexy as the previous ones in the series, and that’s not a criticism, there was much more suspense, and things not going quite right. This is the fourth one in the series, and is a standalone, but it’s so much better to read them in order, apart from anything else to be able to remember who is with whom! Well done Mallory another GREAT story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At last the story of Toni and Scott! And what a story, Mallory can sure keep you on your toes. And what’s with the four ‘baddies’, are they going to be ‘turned’ in another series? Don’t hold your breath! This story didn’t seem as sexy as the previous ones in the series, and that’s not a criticism, there was much more suspense, and things not going quite right. This is the fourth one in the series, and is a standalone, but it’s so much better to read them in order, apart from anything else to be able to remember who is with whom! Well done Mallory another GREAT story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At last the story of Toni and Scott! And what a story, Mallory can sure keep you on your toes. And what’s with the four ‘baddies’, are they going to be ‘turned’ in another series? Don’t hold your breath! This story didn’t seem as sexy as the previous ones in the series, and that’s not a criticism, there was much more suspense, and things not going quite right. This is the fourth one in the series, and is a standalone, but it’s so much better to read them in order, apart from anything else to be able to remember who is with whom! Well done Mallory another GREAT story!
JennieF More than 1 year ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation The Reluctant Thief by Mallory Crowe is the 4th book in the series it can be read as a standalone, but reading the first three books gives you more background into the story line and sets you up for the next book in the series… This book is about Toni and Scott and while we have seen the sparks fly between them in the other books this one is explosive! ! They are determined to finally take Sterling down forever but will they end up destroying themselves in the process??? Lots of twists, turns, suspense, seeing multiple layers happening at the same time, new plots for the next book…. And also enjoyed catching up with Toni’s family too! !
specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
This story fulfilled all my expectations with non-stop action, twists and turns, well-developed plot, strong writing, multilayered characters, and a highly satisfying finale. This series has been a roller-coaster ride and one I'm thrilled to have been on. The only reason I gave it 5 stars is because I couldn't give it more. I knew Toni and Scott's story would be top-notch and Mallory Crowe didn't disappoint me. Their relationship is convoluted but they have been my favorite couple in the series. Toni is much more complicated than her sisters. Both Toni and Scott have to do so many things outside their comfort zones which adds another layer to this story. When I read the first three books in the series, I kept thinking how easy it would be to continue the series even after the initial arc was completed. I'm thrilled to see that my wish came true. I've already pre-ordered Book 5: The Vengeful Thief. I strongly urge you to read The Stolen Hearts Series. It is a superb set of 5-star books that once you start reading, you won't want to put them down.
green____ More than 1 year ago
The Former Cop and The Thief... I am so happy that we finally get to see how Scott and Toni's story plays out! We get a closer look at Scott, his feelings and his past...also meet some new characters along the way! This book had a great balance of romance and action! I love this series and am really looking forward to seeing what direction it takes next! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book and truly enjoyed it!
Melody-19 More than 1 year ago
Ooo! What a great read! I've been anticipating Scott's and Toni's story, learning a little more about Scott's history, the wife who was murdered at the orders of Sterling, and if he would ever recognize what he could have with Toni who was already in love with him. It answered all those curiosities and more. 'The Reluctant Thief is book four in the 'Stolen Hearts' series by the wonder woman of wordsmiths, Mallory Crowe. As we left off in book three, Scott was set up to take the fall for a terrorist bombing at the hotel where the 'thief gang' had been staying. This book starts us off as Toni works her magic with the aid of her computer and by a deterrent is able to break Scott out of jail. She definitely wants him away and in hiding until she can work this situation out and put an end to the infamous Sterling and prove Scott's innocence. Scott refuses to stay hidden and wants to know what Toni is planning. He is very concerned she will give her life to put an end to Sterling. We also become acquainted with new characters in this book whom I suspect may have stories of their own to tell in future books. Great work as always Mallory. My kids start back to school in two weeks and I will be taking my leisure savoring this book for the second time. I highly recommend this book and suggest they be read in order.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
FINALLY! The Reluctant Thief is the fourth book in the Stolen Hearts series. This can be read as a standalone with a HEA. It has a soft cliffhanger ending for the next book. It is a quick read so it's perfect for an afternoon curled up somewhere comfy. There is some violence and hot steamy sex scenes so 18+. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. The storyline is predictable but this book is still worth reading. I do want to find out more about this group and will continue to read the rest of the series. I received a copy of this book from the author and chose to leave a review for other readers.
mkferryman More than 1 year ago
Finally we get Toni and Scott's story!! Just let me say "WOW"!! I was wondering how she was going to finish this up and Mallory has done an awesome job. I think this is my favorite one with Melody's story coming in second. It grabs you from the start and does not let go. I could not read it fast enough. I recommend this book, series, and author. You will not be disappointed. This can be read as a standalone but I also recommend reading the series in order to better enjoy the story. I received a pre-release copy for my honest opinion. I liked it so much, I bought it and pre-ordered the next.
JigsawGirl More than 1 year ago
This is a good series. I'm not sure if this book was shorter, or if I was so engaged that I read faster. Scott and Toni's story had an edgier feel to it. They had a very reluctant romance in the sense that they both fought their feelings. Along with the romance and a couple of sexy scenes, this book was full of action and suspense. There were a number of "hold your breath" moments. Another chapter that will hold your attention from beginning to the somewhat surprising ending. You can read each book in the series as a standalone, but I believe they are much better read in order. I voluntarily read and reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy, and then purchased a copy of the book.
Llin More than 1 year ago
>>>>>I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Review Copy of this book
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
Vengeance Achieved. Scott Hart, Toni Murray and her sisters finally get to take down Sterling and claim their vengeance for the murders of Catherine Hart and Isobel Murray. I have been waiting for Toni and Scott to get their story and I wasn't disappointed - read in one sitting, the story was fast paced and enjoyable. Highly recommended. This is book four in a series and readers will enjoy it more if they have read the previous books. 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.