Review: Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Title: Heart of the Steal
Authors: Avon Gale & Roan Parrish
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Philtre Press
Release Date: July 11th, 2017

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.

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I've seen both Avon Gale and Roan Parrish's name around a lot of Goodreads but I still hadn't gotten a chance to read any of their romances, so I jumped on the chance when I saw this one.  If you've been around my blog for a while, you know that I love "opposites-attract" romances.  That is definitely the case with these two.

William and Amory Vaughn first met at an art gala event that William's sister is catering.  The chemistry between them is sizzling and they don't even make it out of the event before things get a little physical between them.  They both feel a strong connection but before Amory can get William's number he disappears.  In an effort to make a impression on William, Amory steals the painting they were admiring and leaves it on his doorstep with a message on where to meet him for a date. There's just one really big problem with that; William is an FBI agent in the Art Crimes department.  William is torn because he really likes Amory but he also feels he needs to uphold the law and arrest him for what he's done.  It isn't long before he succumbs to Amory's charms, but can they make it work when they are so different.

I really loved these two together.  William is a very analytical and often awkward type, that has trouble catching on to sarcasm and flirting.  Amory is suave and has a likable personality.  He can come off a bit snobby at times, but he grew up with money and has no idea what it's like to do without.  He has an easygoing nature, but he also doesn't stand for things that don't seem right.  He can be a bit manipulative when it comes to his power and money, but he does things with the best of intentions.  Their differences lead to some difficulties between them but they balance each other out really well.  There was no shortage of steamy scenes between these two.  The chemistry between them were scorching and there is some role playing fun.  I really loved the how the authors were about to show that while both when were really tough and let things roll off of them, they each had their vulnerabilities.  It was nice seeing them both slowly open up to each other more and more.

Heart of the Steal is very much centered about their building relationship.  I think I expected maybe a little more of a plot, but these two were so sweet and steamy that I didn't mind too much.  I think I expected a little more action because William was an FBI agent and Amory was a thief, but that was dealt with pretty early on and then left alone.  Overall I enjoyed this one, and I will be sure to keep on the lookout for books from these two authors in the future.

* I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

About the Authors:
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.

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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.


  1. I love that tagline about the buttons. lol This is completely new to me and I do love the opposites attract trope. Thanks for sharing!

    1. haha yeah, I smiled at the tag line too. I'm a huge fan of opposite attract romances. They are so much fun! Thanks, Sara!

  2. I just skimmed because I bought this one yesterday and hope to read it this week.

    For What It's Worth

    1. Ohhh I hope you end up loving it! I really enjoyed these two together. Can't wait to see what you think

  3. Opposites attract is such a great trope!! Glad you enjoyed this one. Great review!

    1. Opposites attract is one of my favorites! It's always a lot of fun. lol Thanks Grace!


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