Thief of Hearts

Thief of Hearts

by L.H. Cosway

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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.***Thief of Hearts is a contemporary romance and can be read as a complete standalone.***

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537014289
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/21/2016
Series: Hearts , #5
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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Thief of Hearts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
cest More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars! L.H Cosway is one of my go to authors. She has this amazing ability to write different, out of the box stories and characters that are just so well written that you simply devour her books. Thief of Hearts is a great addition to this series. I didn't think I could ever like ex-con artist Stu, who we have met in previous books. He always seemed devious and dirty somehow with his cocky attitude and the snarkiness that would come out of his mouth. Well L.H does an amazing job because I completely fell in love with him and Stu is certainly more than meets the eye! I love the slow build romance in this book. Stu is recently out of prison and taking classes and his teacher is our heroine Andrea Anderson. Andrea is a widow which Stu realizes and I loved seeing him push her in a way that was sexy and fun yet not rushing her. There is just something about that forbidden aspect of a student/teacher romance that gets me every time. Stu puts a smile on our heroine's face and makes her realize that though she is a young widow, her life is still worth living and she can move forward without forgetting about her past. I absolutely LOVED the twist in this book and I can't reveal what that is because this aspect truly made the book exciting and intriguing. You have to just trust me and read the book! While this was not my favorite book in the series, L.H. Conway's talent can't be beat. Readers will fall in love with this recovering thief and a girl learning to love again. L.H. Cosway is a masterful storyteller and one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!
cordee More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the first three installments of this series so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this one. We met Stu in Hearts of Blue for the first time. He is Lee's brother and supposedly not the brightest bulb in the box. I remembered this little fact when I started to read Thief of Hearts and was a little bit nervous - I don't want my heroes to be dimwits! Andrea works as a teacher for adult education. She loves her job - there is nothing more fulfilling than helping other people. She married her high school sweetheart, had a couple of happy years with him when he passed away. The treatment expenses have left her with a mountain of debt. The last thing she needs in her life is a student who rocks the James Dean look and gives her seductive glances. After getting out of prison Stu has only one goal - protect his family, no matter what. Going back to school, seducing his teacher and executing the task he has been given is his focus. That he has to deceive the one person who shows him kindness and sees his potential makes him feel more guilty with every day. Add to that the growing attraction and feelings makes it more complicated to follow through with every day. Will she ever forgive him if she finds out? Andrea is a very kind, upstanding, no-nonsense character. I have to admit, I struggled a little bit in the beginning with her . She was a little bit too teacher-like, to me she had something dry and bland about her in the first chapters. That changed when Stu started to make serious moves on her and feelings came to the surface - she turned into a sweet and sensual woman who bloomed under Stu's attention. Farther along I struggled with her again, I can't really give away too much since this would be a major spoiler However, it does involve her fast jump into a proposal, damn the moral dilemma - while this might be explained with her level of desperation the way she presented herself to me I thought she'd rather face the consequences of declining. In my mind this wasn't in character. She also got mad at Stu at some point, which was understandable but since she couldn't present an alternative way to handle this particular situation I thought her grudge was a little bit too strong. Stu...what a cheeky, funny and smart guy. I loved that he had a different kind of intelligence. He was in no way dumb, kudos to L.H. Cosway for making me see past that impression. Those who know me, know that I usually go easier on the heroes. Yes, I'm a tramp. Sorry, not sorry. So I was able to see past his faults and took his side. See where I said I'm a tramp? I loved how he made Andrea uncomfortable with his naughty and cheeky approach, he forced her out of her shell. And boy does he have a dirty mouth on him. We get to see Lee, Trevor, Reya, Karla and even Alexis and her son. Loved to catch up a little bit with them. Andrea's cousin Alfie is a very special and lovable person, he made me want to hug him and hold him when he had one of his bad times. L.H. Cosway gives us again a very unique story with twists and turns and adorable characters. She really took me by surprise a couple of times and I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for Trevor and Reya in the last installment of this series.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
The characters in Thief of Hearts are so unique. Andie isn't overly sexy or virginal. She's an actual 3D person with a real life that has rational ups and downs. Stu is quite hunky, but he's not perfect. He grows on the reader just like he endears himself to Andie. I liked both Andie and Stu, but I felt more of a draw toward Alfie, Jamie and Trevor. Alfie touched me. Jamie and Trevor come off with so much flare. All are rare individuals. Andie and Stu are both headed down a path that can't lead to happiness for them in the beginning. They make a lasting mark on each other and definitely change one another for the better. I enjoyed the storyline. I didn't see some parts playing out as they did. The author uses excellent wording and doesn't tend to use some of the tired phrases I've seen too many times in other romance novels. This was definitely worth my time to read.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars “Sometimes it’s the ones who don’t look like they need help that need it the most.” “Even when you’ve given up on yourself, I won’t give up on you.” Thief of Hearts is the 5th book in the Hearts Series, but can be read as a stand alone. Thief of Hearts is told from singular point of view and follows the story of Andie and Stu. Widowed at the age of 28 is something Andie never thought of. She married the love of her life, but fate took him away. Now, she finds herself working hard just to make ends meet. The last thing on her mind is love or her own happiness. She had no way of knowing that when Stu walked into her life, her whole world was about to be turned upside down…..Stu would do anything to protect his family and those that he loves; even if it means doing some unsavory things. He’s not proud of the choices that he’s had to make, but he doesn’t see any other way. Meeting Andie was no chance of fate. He had a plan. Only Andie was nothing like he thought she’d be. She showed him what true kindness and affection looks like. Suddenly, Stu’s job is harder than he ever thought it would be. He’s questioning the only life he’s ever known. Will Stu continue with the lie or will he let his feelings take over for once??? Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a very intriguing read. I’m usually not a fan of the singular point of view and actually prefer dual points of view, but I think for this story, it worked really well. If anything, it made me want to know more about Stu. I wasn’t really sure what to think of Stu in the beginning, but I have to say, I was really drawn to his attraction to Andie. I enjoyed the forbidden aspect of it. The two of them had amazing chemistry and even though them being together was wrong, it was never more right. I couldn’t get enough of the two of them. Between their entertaining banter and scorching chemistry, there was never a dull moment. Thief of Hearts was an exciting read from beginning to end. It pulled me in from the very first page and had me captivated the entire time, just wondering how it would all play out. This story had everything I could ask for. There was humor and romance. There was mystery and intrigue. There was smokin’ hot and steamy moments. And twists I couldn’t get enough of. I loved everything about this book and look forward to seeing where the series will go next.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
A beautiful contemporary romance that toes the line of forbidden love with a wonderful blend of hope, lust, love and angst. Andrea Anderson loves teaching, she’s fueled by the knowledge that she’s able to make a difference in people’s lives, the last thing on her mind is searching for love, especially not in the classroom and not after becoming a widow at such a young age. But all that changes when bad boy Stu Cross enters her classroom filling it with sexiness directed towards her and vibrancy and chemistry she’ll find difficult to ignore. Stu Cross had done his time and is ready to live his life on the straight and narrow, except he’s still in debt with a dangerous man who’s threatened his family if he doesn’t come through with a job only the unsuspecting Andie can help him with. After getting to know her sweet kindness and feel the connection developing between them, can he continue to mislead her in order to keep his family safe or will he tell her the truth? Can they find a way out of the tangled mess? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, L. H. Cosway is a brilliant storyteller, skilled at creating complex characters in interesting and original settings that hook you and keep you invested throughout the story. I love it when I get to meet well developed characters who at first glance might seem completely at odds with each other and as the story unfolds they connect in the most wonderful ways helping the other and together finding happiness they didn’t imagine and never would have achieved otherwise. Andie is this incredibly caring person who chooses to pursue a career in which she can make a difference even while in debt instead of an empty, unfulfilling one where she could be rid of financial worries. I wish she were real or based on a real person because the world needs people like her, with sweet and soft hearts to assuage humanity’s sharp and dark edges. She’s also very relateable because she’s flawed, she avoids and escapes difficult situations. I had wanted a happy, happy ending for Stu for a while now and am so glad he finally did. He has a great heart behind the sharp edges. There were times when I felt his story was in some ways similar to one of my all-time favorite movies, Good Will Hunting. I could so clearly picture him being so gifted in Math with so many possibilities for him if only given the right push. I also loved that he would do anything to protect his family. Mostly though, I enjoyed the attraction between Andie and Stu and the edge of their forbidden romance that made for a delicious slow burn and kept me hooked. However this story isn’t just a romance between a teacher and his student, it’s also about an art caper with interesting twists and turns in which other interesting characters are involved. Andie’s artist cousin Alfie plays an interesting role in the plot. I particularly enjoyed the parts where L.H. describes his paintings with so much detail I could almost swear I’ve seen them in art gallery or museum somewhere. Every character from Andie, Stu, Alfie to Andie’s students where interesting, but I especially appreciated the time spent with the Cross family. They are one happy bunch. I can’t wait to meet all of them. Thief of Hearts is book #5 in the Hearts series by L.H. Cosway. It’s a standalone, contemporary romance with slow burn sexiness, clever twists and touching moments. It can be read as a standalone.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "Even when you've given up on yourself, I won't give up on you..." Stars! The Hearts series by L. H. Cosway, is without doubt one of my most favorite series of all time. To be honest it moved into that category pretty early on, but I never expected it to offer up so many totally different, but all completely engrossing stories when it began. The Cross family have played quite a pivotal part in the last couple of books. Stu Cross; not-so-much on account of the fact he has been in prison. Now out, he is looking to start afresh, and that includes taking adult education classes at the local college, which according to him are a part of his parole terms. Even though I was the teacher in this situation, somehow it felt like I’d just been schooled. This is where once again the genius of this author’s imagination ramps everything up, because rather than just take your average teacher/student type of relationship and all the usual tropes that go with it, she adds so many more layers to Stu and Andrea’s connection. They are polar opposites at first glance but the more time they spend in the class room, (and out of it) there is something about the fact they have very little common ground between them that ultimately pulls them even closer together. "I’m not good for you, Andrea. Please remember that, because the next time I try to touch you, if you let me, I won’t stop." Stu is a guy who challenges everything that Andie holds as her benchmark, and initially their time in class together is more a clash of wills rather than an educator/educatee scenario. Andie is used to being the one in charge and he pushes every protocol she has in place for her student’s, right to the very limits. Sometimes the smallest number could be the biggest in the world. For the most of the first half of the book I alternated between excited tingles, to uncomfortable clenching in my stomach because of it, as a reader, with the story being told from Andrea’s POV, I felt like I was feeling everything she was as it happened. "I might be a shifty duck, doesn’t mean my family is too." Stu expects answers to his questions, even when they aren’t necessarily related to the classes that Andie is teaching, and I loved the push and pull between them. You know that more is going on in the picture that the author is painting, and that it is probably not all on the up-and-up in Stu’s case, but I just could not help myself from developing a bit of a soft spot for the guy, as he does essentially have a massive heart under his gruff, cockney charmer exterior and everything he ultimately does is for the good of his family. You are in for a lot of twists and turns in this one, and just when you think you have everything sussed, the author takes you on another exciting diversion. With the addition of an exemplary cast of secondary characters including the Cross family as a whole, I have to say Andie’s cousin Alfie is the one that grabbed at my heart strings the most. L. H. Cosway has a way of making her background characters jump off the page in her books, so much so, that they become as integral to the story as a whole, as the main characters the writing is about. "You shouldn’t always dismiss things before they have had a chance to wow you." I am sad that we are at the point in this series now, where there is just one book left to come. Hearts on Air is due sometime in 2017. ARC generously provided in exchange for the above honest review.