To Steal a Heart

To Steal a Heart

by K. C. Bateman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804181501
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: K. C. Bateman's Secrets and Spies Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 82,041
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

K. C. Bateman is the co-founder and director of Bateman’s Auctioneers, a fine art and antiques auction house in the United Kingdom. Now living in Illinois with her husband and children, Bateman returns to England regularly to appear as an antiques expert on several popular BBC television shows, each of which reaches up to 2.5 million viewers.

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To Steal a Heart 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Marianne has been the sole support for herself and her sister, working at the Cirque Olympique. Brought to Paris, their cousin Duval is their “overseer” an official tasked with managing the city’s brothels, he threatened to place both girls (then 14 and 10I in one. Marianne, desperate to protect them both, deals away her free choice by making a deal to support them without Duval’s interference. In return, she needs to work for him, stealing and spying. Given an assignment to plant incriminating evidence in the apartment of Valette, a spymaster of renown and highly placed in society, Sophie heads out to do her cousin’s bidding and is caught in the act. But, Nicholas, after hearing her story makes a counteroffer: protect she and Sophie and bring down Duval if she works one mission, with and for him. Oh this was clever: Nicholas and Marianne are instantly attracted, but the game is afoot and the mission is a dangerous and wholly audacious one. Marianne’s quick wit and determination to succeed, part her personality and partly driven by her desperation to keep her little sister safe from the various monsters that exist in the world. While she’s raw and untrained, really, her innate bravery, talents and intelligence slowly work on Valette, something that has never happened before in his long career. Dialogue, while often more modern than one would expect, is perfectly timed and add to the story. Flirtatious passages carry double and triple meaning as they feel one another out, both denying the attraction until the other shows their hand. Clever, action packed and laden with sexual tension the story moves forward without a hiccup, and provides a wonderful read. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
clarkws 7 months ago
Bateman hits another home run! Found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion. Steamy romance and daring adventure. Fabulous book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried, this book had it all. This is Nicolas and Marianne's story. K.C. Bateman makes me feel like I am right there with them, great story teller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters, the plot, the writing, and just about everything about this book. I do not usually read French Revolution/Napoleon-era plots but this was exceptional.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
To Steal a Heart is my first book by K.C. Bateman, and I've already bought the next book. It was that good! Ms Bateman has delivered a well-written book and furnished it with phenomenal characters. Marianne and Nic's story is loaded with suspense, action, humor and sizzle. This book will grab your attention at the first page and keep you riveted until the last. I totally enjoyed reading To Steal a Heart and look forward to reading more from the talented K.C. Bateman in the future. To Steal a Heart is book 1 of the Secrets and Spies Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful historical! Bateman does an outstanding job making her characters unique and interesting. I didn't want to put this story down until the very end ....and then I wanted it to continue on. Bravo! A great read! ARC provided for an honest review.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This is a hard book to review. The book itself was good, the writing was very good and the story was good. The problem that I had with the book is that this is supposed to be an historical yet I wasn't drawn in and captured by the writing to stay in that time period. I found myself drifting from the time period and considering it more modern until they would mention an historical figure. I think it was just lacking enough description to keep the reader in the time period and draw them to that frame of mind. This story really could have been written in any time period so I was a bit disappointed when beginning to read I was prepared for an historical.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Mademoiselle Marianne Bonnard is a thief with unusual skills. She is a tightrope walker. Nicholas Valette needs her help. He knows how to do that. He'll blackmail her. So beings their dangerous adventure. They are going to rescue a royal prisoner being held by Napoleon. I was hooked. These characters are amazing. They engage in a battle of wills that is fueled by their attraction. They make a perfect team. They each have secrets that drive them to do the impossible. This story is filled will action and romance. I couldn't put this book down until I knew that Marianne and Nicolas were successful. If you love history, this novel is for you. The setting adds to the suspense and drama. K. C. Bateman did a phenomenal job. I felt as if I stepped back in time and was experiencing the danger and intrigue along with the characters. I want more! I hope Raven gets to tell his story. To Steal a Heart is an enjoyable and exciting experience. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Joy50 More than 1 year ago
This book was romantic & suspenseful, full of action & fun. It's set in the time of Napoleonic France. Marianne is forced to become a circus performer & a thief/spy. Nicolas is an aristocrat that has become a spy to avenge his brother's death. The sparks fly when the two of them meet.the story has romance & action. I was given ARC through NetGalley for an honest review
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story kept me in my chair. The heroine is a strong woman. Marianne will do whatever it takes to protect her sister. She even steals information and runs into a spy. Nicolas is a man who will not let anyone in. He carries more than his share of guilt. They push each other's buttons, and the heat builds. Nicolas promises Marianne that they will be together. Their hearts get involved, and things get interesting. The history of Napoleon fills in the background with some interesting tidbits. I really enjoyed this story. I will read more from K.C. Bateman. I had a chance to read this through Netgalley.
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
***ARC Provided by the publisher and NetGalley*** Debut novels are seldom as well written as well as To Steal a Heart. K.C. Bateman does a wonderful job showcasing England and France near the time Napoleon’s defeat. The history of the story is spellbinding. You feel that you have been transported to both locations with an attention to detail and accuracy that are charming. The characters are perfect, you feel like you get to know them. The dialog is witty, charming, and never misses a step. The pace is consistent and you never feel like it is moving too slowly, or too quickly. It was a pleasure to read this and is going on my “reread” list. Marianne and Nicolas are perfect for one another from the night (morning?) they meet all throughout the story. Watching them, you see Nicolas struggle to treat her as someone who he needs for a job while falling in love. Although, it takes him a bit, as it does for a lot of romantic heroes, to figure out that is what is happening. Marianne is a little quicker to the realization, although just as horrified by the idea, at first. Marianne is a refreshingly equal heroine. In historical romance, the women are often charming and beautiful, but rarely are they able to stand on their own feet as Marianne has managed to not only do, but to do successfully. She has been through so much in her life, details would give away too much of the story, and she has managed to come through it. To do what needs to be done. It was refreshing to be able to not only cheer for Nicolas and Marianne as a couple but also as individuals. To be able to cheer for them not only as who they are with one another and as part of a couple. Romantic leads are rarely as well developed as Nicolas and Marianne, and when they are it is usually the male who is given the depth. I could go on and on about how much I loved this book. I highly recommend To Steal a Heart and am looking forward to the next story K.C. Bateman chooses to tell and share with her readers.