The Falconer twins are as different as two men can be; Jesse is a mysterious writer of erotic thrillers inspired by the pain of his past, and Patrick is a bright and successful surgeon who basks in the admiration of his peers and friends. Though different as night and day, nothing could separate the two until suspicions of rape and murder tore them apart. Now, years later, Patrick is diagnosed with aplastic anemia and will certainly die without Jesse's blood, a gift that Patrick would never request. Only Caitlin Taylor, a doctor and Patrick's best friend, has the courage to seek out this remote man and ask for this sacred gift.
But when Caitlin meets the dark twin, she discovers Jesse is a complex and almost mystical man with whom she feels an intense connection. Can she convince this reclusive and wounded man to save his brother's life? Though Patrick faces death, he meets Amanda Prentice, a woman who has the power to inspire him with love, if she can overcome her own tortured history. As Caitlin, Jesse, Amanda, and Patrick move towards a future reunion between the brothers, they must all confront a past of heart-wrenching betrayals and unforgivable pain.
In Thief of Hearts Katherine Stone focuses on the intense and internal emotions of four beautiful people with deeply damaged hearts. Stone's characters are richly drawn and the suspense of Patrick's failing health and the blossoming romances is completely consuming. Stone masters the painful results of past grief with such acuity that no character remains unsuffering. Fluff up the pillow, place the tissues nearby, and prepare for a moving tale of exhausting emotional struggle. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien
From Publishers Weekly
Reclusive, mysterious novelist Jesse Falconer becomes the titular thief of hearts who wins the love of heart surgeon Caitlin Taylor in this heart-tugging contemporary romance. When Caitlin learns that her friend and mentor, trauma surgeon Patrick Falconer, urgently needs a bone marrow transplant, she sets out to find Patrick's estranged fraternal twin, Jesse, the most likely donor candidate. Caitlin locates Jesse at his estate on Maui and convinces him to come to L.A. and save his brother's life. Jesse is a tormented man, having been wrongly accused of attempted murder, and having served a prison term for a rape he did not commit. Yet Caitlin sees in him a lonely soul like her own. Meanwhile, psychiatrist Amanda Prentice, a victim of every imaginable trauma (rape, incest, her mother's murder), becomes Patrick's great love. Stone's plot depends heavily on coincidence: Caitlin saves the life of a billionaire's grandson who just happens to be connected to Jesse; later, she finds herself having to operate on the six-year-old girl whom Jesse has treated as his own daughter. Stone (Bed of Roses) has mastered most of the genre's conventions, handling its familiar metaphors (snow, lions, hearts) deftly; even better, she knows how to render sexual passion convincingly without anatomical details? though she knows anatomy well enough: she's a physician as well as an author, and her medical knowledge spruces up the surgical scenes. And when Caitlin and Amanda grieve together for their dead mothers, few romance fans will remain unmoved.
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