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Thief of Hearts Hardcover – February, 1999

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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

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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.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; 1st edition (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446521817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446521819
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,062,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of Ms.Stone BETTER books I give it a five star rating and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read. Looking forward to as ny of next books she puts on ebooks. I would love to get Pearl Moon and Another's Mans Son on e books soon
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By A Customer on February 8, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read a number of the author's other books and for the genre they're not too bad. But this book had me throwing it down in disgust. A totally ridiculous story - estranged twins, one of whom has a lion, a bone marrow transplant, two fatherless female doctors, and then some little sick girl enters the story. The totally aimless meandering of the flashback episodes had me skipping miles ahead. Yawn, who cares about these people? I don't even care to continue reading to find out if Caitlin ever finds her father.
Besides being boring, this book could have used a good editor. I nearly screamed out loud after one too many sentences that began with "which." Someone should tell Ms. Stone that a comma is a helpful device to string those thoughts together. I'm just glad this book only cost me 99 cents at Goodwill.
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Format: Paperback
Don't pay any attention to the reviewer who said she threw down the book. This a very well written story that is totally plausible and gives one a feeling of satisfaction at the end, for "things work out" against many odds and very romantic. The person who "hated" it obviously does not have any imagination to give this story such a bad reeiew or hope for the human spirit. I have read it three times over the years. It embraces a broad spectrum of lives and occupations that are intertwined and it defintely holds one's attention. I also see no reason to go on and on about the story when this leaves nothng for the reader to discover. Take a chance on this one. I think you will be glad you did.
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Format: Hardcover
Thief of Hearts is nearly the same as Katherine Stone's other books. Two main couples who deny their feelings for each other until the end and all live happily ever after.
I must admit that I like her books for the most part but feel that I am reading the same story over and over. Her characters are always beautiful, accomplished and dedicated...and so tortured by painful past that they are emotionally unable to function. They dwell on the past on almost every page and when not in the past they are imagining some hurt being put upon them by the object of their affection. I am beginning to find the stories almost painful to read and want to shake these characters and tell them to "get over it, already".
Having said all that, I admit to being hooked and at least for the time being will continue to read her works. I just wish she would come up with some characters who weren't so fragile...men and women alike.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jesse and Patrick Falconer are twins, estranged since they were 19. Patrick is now a surgeon and Jesse writes 'erotic thrillers.' Caitlyn Taylor, whose mother died of heart problems when she was 16 and never knew her father, is also a heart surgeon and Patrick's 'adoptive' little sister. ('Adoptive' is in quotes, because this is an agreement between them and not a legal-type adoption). Caitlyn's friend from college, Amanda Prentice is a psychiatrist at the hospital where Patrick and Caitlyn work as well. When Patrick gets sick and needs a marrow transplant, Caitlyn tracks Jesse down to convince him to be Patrick's donor.
Each of these characters have a secret and horrific past that is revealed throughout the book, through excessive and sometimes confusing flashbacks. It's not always clear what information exactly is being revealed to the other characters who are present at the time of the flashback, and what is just revealed to the reader. Also, these characters have an inexplicable tendency to imagine and articulate what is about to happen, in a way that is not evidently clear that these are speculations, and not what is actually happening next. However, despite these things, the plot is excellent and the characters are intriguing, with fascinating back stories. Actually, I'm kind of sorry that there aren't two books, one with Patrick and Amanda as the focus, and one about Caitlyn and Jesse. My only other...not complaint, so much...maybe reservation, is that the interconnectedness of all the individuals in the book is a little too coincidental to be believed. It's just a little too convenient and pat. I have to say, though, I that I thoroughly enjoyed the book anyway. A couple parts even brought tears to my eyes. Stone is an imaginative and evocative writer, whose only fault may be being a little too...imaginative.
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Format: Hardcover
I didn't want Thief of Hearts to end. In fact, I think I'll just start reading it again.
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By A Customer on August 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book since the story synopsis sounded interesting. AND, I'm sure it could be if half the descriptive narratives were removed. Jumping around between characters, present-day and past rememberances left me feeling very disjointed. I couldn't get a feel for the characters either.
I haven't finished reading the book yet, and can't decide if I'll spend any more time on it. I'm glad I didn't buy the hardcover edition.
I have just one question. Did anyone bother to edit the book for content?? Maybe I'm the only one who finds it extremely BORING. YAWN!!!
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