October 4, 2016 | by Alexis | Thief of Hearts

by L.H. Cosway
Series: Hearts #5 on October 4, 2016

Genres: Love & Romance

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.

Thief of Hearts is the fourth book in the Hearts series. But trust me, this one can definitely be read as a standalone. L.H. does a great job by giving the reader the foundation or backstory that would be necessary to know if you hadn’t read the others.

Stu Cross is fresh out of jail and is enrolled in Andrea’s adult education class. Immediately she is drawn to him, obviously he’s the bad boy to her very good girl. A widower for four years, Andrea is pretty much selfless, giving most of her time and energy to her eccentric cousin Alfie, also her roommate.

This one was a bit of a different take on student/teacher romance. I spent half the time waiting for them to finally hook up and at the same time loving the sexual tension they had going on.  Stu eventually wore her down…I’m honestly not sure that there would be a woman he couldn’t wear down.

“just be my soft place to fall. I need you, Andrea.”

Once Andrea finds out that Stu has some ulterior motives for enrolling in her class as well as getting close to her, she starts to second-guess everything.  But there was never a doubt in my mind that his feelings were just for his “job”.  It was obvious he was falling for his teacher.

There were some twists and turns that I did not see coming and OyMG that ending was fabulous. I LOVED IT!  I swear the whole time I was reading this book, one of my favorite movies came to mind.

“One of these days, luv, you’re gonna let me kiss you again. Everywhere.”

Though this wasn’t my favorite in the series, I would still recommend it I’m one of L.H.’s biggest fans. Her books are totally different from others out there, which is a great thing.  And I need to mention how much I enjoyed Alfie, I think he deserves his own book.

Definitely check this one out and fall in love with another Cross brother.


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