REVIEW – THIEF OF HEARTS (Hearts #5) by L.H. Cosway

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SYNOPSIS:

Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.

Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

*****Dee’s Review*****

5++++ Heart Stars*******

(ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review)

Once again another one of the Cross brothers has stolen my heart. Sweet and edgy, this novel was a great addition to the already wonderful series. Each book can be read as a standalone but together they make the most amazing books and an all-time favorite series of mine.

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Andrea Anderson; teacher, widow, twenty-eight years old, and deeply in debt. Having lost her husband to cancer at such a young age was one of the hardest things she’s ever had to face. He left her feeling empty and with so much debt from all the medical bills, that she’s having a hard time finding the light at the end of the tunnel. Andrea lives with her cousin Alfie in a tiny apartment and she teaches adults at a local collage.

Stu Cross; sexy bad boy, thirty years old, newly released ex-con. One condition of his parole is that he needs to enroll in school, but Stu’s in Andrea’s classroom for other reasons, meeting the beautiful teacher and getting to know her better.

Stu has a plan, a live or die plan that he needs to complete or his family will pay the consequences. What wasn’t part of the plan was how deep into the beautiful brown eyes of Andrea he was going to fall. And Andrea had no idea she could have feelings again after losing her husband, let alone for a gorgeous bad boy like Stu Cross.

“Stu Cross made me feel alive. So much that it took him coming into my life to make me realize I hadn’t been living. I’d been imprisoned in the past, hiding behind a future that was lost to me.

“Just be my soft place to fall. I need you.”

This novel had so much heart, so much soul, that it is impossible not feel it, deep within you. The loyalty and love between the Cross brothers, the bond between Andrea and Alfie, the chemistry of all the characters, everything was just so beautiful. I loved the contrast between how edgy and strong Stu was, and Andrea’s softness and charisma, a stunning combination that made the most amazing novel.
A story easy to enjoy and to relate to, a book that everybody would love…

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****

{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”You’re not invisible like you think you are,” he whispered, eyes holding mine intensely.”You’re beautiful. So beautiful. I see you.”

 

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L.H. Cosway has fast become one of my automatic must read authors!! I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series and that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of reading THIEF OF HEARTS because each book can be read as a standalone. I do have every intention of getting to the ones I’ve missed!! I have to admit, I didn’t really read the blurb, because like I mentioned this author is just an automatic one-click for me. I loved all the British slang, the quirky secondary characters, the sweet & unassuming heroine, but most of all I loved the brash and sexy hero who had the gift for dirty talk. Stu Cross is yet another book boyfriend that has been added to my favorites list!!

 

Andrea Anderson is a professor at a local college where she teaches continuing education courses for adult students. She was widowed at the ripe old age of twenty-four when her husband died of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Her husband’s outstanding medical bills have left Andi in dire straits. She’s been living in a basement apartment in a less than safe neighborhood with her cousin because it’s all that her salary can afford her. Andi has become an expert at hiding her money troubles from her family and dodging the over-zealous bill collectors who come knocking on her door. Her love life has been non-existent because she hasn’t been able to move past the pain of losing her husband. Things are about to change for Andi when a new student is enrolled in her class.

 

Stu Cross is a convict who was sentenced to prison for committing grand theft auto. He’s out on early parole for good behavior, but one of the stipulations for being on parole is that he must enroll and attend the local college. Or that is what he leads Andi to believe. From the moment he enters her classroom, Andi is captivated by Stu. His extremely handsome exterior and intense focus on her has Andi feeling more than hot and bothered. She rejects his advances time and time again because first off, he’s her student, and secondly, she thinks that he’s just trying to get a passing grade in her class. Andi doesn’t believe there’s any other reason Stu could possibly be attracted to her. But Stu’s persistence pays off and soon these two are throwing caution to the wind and giving in to their desires. OMG!! Was I more than a bit hot & bothered myself. LH Cosway can most certainly write some hotter than hell sexy scenes!!!

 

But things are not what they seem. Stu comes clean with Andi and confesses that the reason he enrolled in her class was so that he could get close to her which in turn would result in him meeting her cousin Alfie. Alfie is an artist who can recreate just about any famous painting and Stu’s in need of his skills to pull off a heist. There’s a crime boss in prison that Stu owes his life to and also if he doesn’t deliver on this heist, Stu’s family could be in danger. Andi is heartbroken, thinking that Stu’s affections were all just an act but he swears that his feelings are genuine and soon enough Andi’s defenses come down again.

 

Does Stu truly have feelings for Andi or is he a superb con-artist? Will they be successful in pulling off the heist or will they both land themselves in prison? You’ll need to pick this one up if you want to get the answers!! What a fantastic journey that LH Cosway takes us on!!!!

 

THIEF OF HEARTS is available now!!

 

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