Monday, July 10, 2017

Blog Tour Review: Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish

Heart of the Steal
by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Subgenre: Contemporary queer romance

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? 
Heart of the Steal is a standalone romance with a happy ending. It features a Southern gentleman who thinks he’s always right, a buttoned-up FBI agent who secretly likes his buttons unbuttoned, and wall sex. And desk sex. And picnic blanket sex.

This story is simply delightful. Right from the first page to the last, I can't keep the smile off my face. Prior to this, I've never read anything by Avon Gale or Roan Parrish, but just from this alone, I'm calling myself a fan and will commence stalking for all future works.

We have a case of opposite attract. William Fox, an FBI agent in Art Crime department: Righteous, honorable and down to earth. Amory Vaugh: Philanthropist aka full time socialite. He is such a stuffy, snobbish, sexy silver fox who is a total rebel. In all things that Will and Amory are different, they both have similar appreciation in arts. When Amory decided that stealing an art piece is the best way to impress a man, it set off a chain of steamy and aggravating encounter between them. Tell me, isn't committing a crime for someone totally romantic? I think it is!

Will's morale code might not allow him entertain Amory's attempt at seduction, but he is a fool if he thinks he can withstand Amory's charm for long. I enjoy the sexual tension when Will got all 'Agent Fox' on Amory, but I love it even more that it doesn't take long for them to come to an amicable understand and take the leap together.

They started dating early on in the story, which I totally appreciate because I just love reading about a budding new relationship whereby both party learn how to navigate their lives around each other and learning every little details about someone else. 

There are plenty of funny, romantic and heartfelt moments in this book. Basically a light read, but come in a totally romantic and steamy package. Amory's snobbishness is a flaw that I find totally endearing. He make sneering at the cheap coffee totally cute because he got the biggest heart despite being raised in a cool and royalty-like family that feed him hors d'oeuvre instead of chocolate chip cookie. The nerve! Seeing how he care for and wanting to give the best for Will totally make me swoon aplenty. 

Overall, I'm totally impressed by Heart of the Steal. Great balance between humor, romance and heat. Totally lovable characters that left a big impression on me, especially Amory. Definitely marking this as a reread material.

“So, William. You came. But something tells me the sentiment behind my invitation has gone rather astray.”

“Then you admit that you left the Staunton painting and a note outside my apartment,” he said flatly, and my eyes narrowed.

“Have I miscalculated your interest?”

William looked like he couldn’t decide whether to laugh or yell. It was smoldering.

“You have miscalculated my profession,” he responded. We were standing close enough to kiss, and when he reached a hand into his jacket, my breath caught. I wanted to help him strip it off and kiss that spot of barbeque sauce off his perfect mouth.

But he didn’t take his jacket off. He slipped his hand out holding something from his pocket. A badge.

An FBI badge.

I was lightheaded. I spent three beats of my heart wondering what the medical diagnosis would be for dying of sheer irony. 

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.

Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.