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- Print Length: 250 pages
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- Publication Date: June 25, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B072ZC584V
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Heart of a Thief (An Unforgivable Romance Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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This book makes me think of a fairly literate teenage girl trying to write a titillating novel about a real 'bad boy' who wants to 'destroy' women by stealing them from their boyfriend/fiancé, preferably right before the wedding. Unfortunately, Asher's incessant internal musings about said destruction never conveyed any real passion for the goal and the author hadn't, at the point that I threw in the towel, revealed the impetus for his nasty behavior. As a result, his mental mustache-twirling comes off flat and is at best, petty, and at worst sociopathic.
Sloan is described as strong, independent, and goal oriented. Yet she is passively 'go along, get along' with her fiancé, Wes, who she doesn't seem to like very much let alone, love. Further, after token protest, she allows Asher to manipulate her into going on a date with him even though she is just days away from her wedding. It becomes clear early on, that her actions don't match her description and 'she just wants someone to love her.' The handwriting is on the wall as the reader slogs through Asher's meant-to-be-menacing actions to seduce Sloan when what he's *really* doing is falling in love with her. Horse hockey! I didn't buy it for one moment.
Bottom line: The author's notes warn the reader that he/she may not like the main character(s) and that the path to true love would not be easy. She's certainly right on the first count. Unfortunately, I'm not interested enough to tread the boring path to the foregone conclusion.
Asher is a real douche at the beginning of Heart of a Thief. He has addictions to lots of things, but his biggest high is stealing women who belong to other men. "There is one feeling that is better--the feeling of stealing someone's happily ever after. The thrill of chasing a woman already claimed by another man just does something to me that nothing else can. It twists my soul and makes me want more of the drug that pulses through my veins every time I finally make the woman mine instead of his. It's a drug that pulls me in over and over again, a thrill I can't resist. But why would I want to? I'm a thief and a surfer. Both things keep me completely satisfied. And neither makes me feel guilty. I don't feel bad for the women or the men I hurt. I'm doing them a favor really. They believe in true love and happily ever after. They believe in the fairy tales they have been fed their whole lives. I just teach them how wrong they really are. In the real world, love doesn't exist." Yeah...he's not exactly Prince Charming. But, when he meets Sloane, and he thinks she's going to be just another conquest that he can seduce then dump, he's got another think coming because she's not that easy. You see, she's got an agenda of her own. And when he finds out what that agenda is...it'll knock him on his devilish ass and tear out his heart, the heart he doesn't even realize he has until Sloane rocks his world.
I love Heart of a Thief. At first I was pretty disgusted and wondering if I was going to have to put this down and not finish, because Asher was so sleazy and so remorseless about all the hurt he inflicted on people. But once I realized he was really just a damaged soul who needed to find the heart he had buried, then I was all in. And Sloane, wow, that woman is kind of awesome. Just as damaged as Asher, if not more so, but with a core of loyalty that Asher never possessed until he met Sloane. I admired her, even as I kinda hated her toward the end. But, because Ella Miles is such a great writer, she made fall in love with her again, after making me fall for Asher, a man I despised at first. And she made me fall in love with their whole story.
Revenge tales can be really distasteful if not done right, but Ella did right by this trope. You'll fall in love with Asher and Sloane, even if you kind of despise them at first (especially Asher). And you'll love this sexy, twisty tale.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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