REVIEW: Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish
Responsible, disciplined William Fox channeled his love for art and his faith in the rules into being an FBI Art Crimes agent. Right and wrong, justice and injustice—the differences are clear, and Will has spent his career drawing a line between them. Maybe his convictions have cost him relationships, but he’s not willing to compromise what he knows is right. Until the night he meets Amory Vaughn.
As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. And when he meets endearingly grumpy and slightly awkward William Fox, he wants him more than he’s wanted anything. Vaughn is used to being desired for his name and his money, but Will doesn’t care about either.
When Vaughn falls back on old habits and attempts to impress Will by stealing a painting Will admires, their nascent bond blows up in his face. But Vaughn isn’t willing to give up on the glimpse of passion he saw the night he took Will apart. Before Will knows it, he’s falling for the man he should have arrested, and Vaughn has to realize that some things can’t be bought or stolen. Love has to be given freely. But can a man who lives by the rules, and a man who thinks the rules don’t apply to him, ever see eye to eye?
SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW, BEWARE OF SPOILERS.
Dear Avon Gale and Roan Parrish,
There was a reason why I was a bit hesitant to get this book and it spent a few months on my Kindle before I attempted to start it and actually forced myself to get beyond chapter one. The blurb was pretty clear about the “unprofessional professional” trope, but I suppose I hoped that the authors could write something that at least would make me swallow this trope. No such luck.
Will and Amory meet at the art related party which Will’s sister Charlotte (aka Charlie) was hired to cater. This is Charlie’s chance to get new clients, could make or break of her career, so as always she insisted her brother should come ( and if needed to help her out).
Will meets Amory, a super generous, very rich patron of arts ( he leads the foundation that supports many different projects) and lo and behold they have sex during the party amongst all the beautiful paintings – they are that attracted to one another. Only we don’t know yet to what extent Amory is attracted. Will especially admired one of the paintings and Amory wants to continue their um bidding friendship with sex, so what do you do when you want to WOO somebody?
I know, I know: YOU STEAL THE PAINTING THE GUY ADMIRED FROM THE PARTY AND DELIVER IT TO HIS DOORSTEP.
Only oops, Will’s profession is revealed, he works in the arts division of the FBI and he realizes that he now needs to go and arrest Amory Vaughn.
One guess as to whether he did. Oh he tried, but eventually one of them dropped his pants indeed, sorry I cannot be bothered to go and double check who. It was so ridiculous I started laughing.
As I said, I expected to be bothered by FBI agent’s conduct, but hoped to be convinced. What I really didn’t expect is to laugh and roll my eyes at hilariously bad characterization of Amory. Tell me again, why a super – rich patron of arts (he genuinely likes to support student artists and other people who struggle – not like his foundation is a fraud, he inherited it from his parents and spent a lot of time running it) needs to steal on the side? That’s a serious question, because the character was giving me whiplash. He says he cannot call himself a Robin Hood because he steals for himself, then he talks about all kinds of things he could do and he does not have to steal for years.
So is that super smart and super rich genius thinks that if he met the guy for the first time it is totally okay to reveal that he is a thief? Because Will gets it all right, it was hard not to get it. It was very weird.
Oh and hey, apparently since he cannot steal for years, now he needed to steal two paintings one after another. Why? I skipped to the end after chapter 12 and there was a monologue at the end, something about changing the world because of his stealing. I was irritated and frustrated and just could not bring myself to continue.