Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale + Roan Parrish // Blog Tour & Review

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Hello, my wonderful travelers of the book world! You must have seen me scream about this book in Twitter a lot lately. You know why? Because it's so frigging good! Today I bring you to my tour stop in the blog tour of Heart of the Steal. And I hope I convince you to buy this book and read it because it will be one of your favorites as well. 

Title: Heart of the Steal
Author(s): Avon Gale, Roan Parrish
Publisher: Philtre Press
Release date: July 11, 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.

I am obsessed with Heart of the Steal. It is one book I couldn't stop reading since start to finish (only taking time for sleeping and eating). But I tell you all ~ this is one book you will definitely enjoy if you love adorable domestic ships, a cute kitten that is adopted, a rich southern art thief/philantropic business man, an fbi agent working in the arts crime department, some hate to love, lots of delicious food and fun soft times between these two.

I can't help to say that this book brought me feels just as much as Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell (coming out August this year). They both have a very adorable couple who just wants to be together forever and even *cough* Vaughn thinks of marriage at one point? This makes me so happy and it's so cute to see it in books.

Let's talk about my experience: First of all, this is my first time reading books by these two authors, I believe. Yes. And it didn't disappoint me AT ALL. I want to read more by them! I already have some Avon Gale book in my Kindle and I have some Roan's books in my WL ready for me to get them. I can say that this duo of authors is 10/10 in my list. If they write more books together, you bet I'm going to be there first in line to get their books. Heart of the Steal was fun and romantic and had some pretty sexy scenes in there as well. But most of all, what I enjoyed is the way it made me so happy to read about Will and Vaughn finding their way to each other.

The relationship starts as a light hate to love mainly because Vaughn steals a painting to impress Will though he didn't know Will worked as an FBI agent in the Arts Crime department. So Will of course gets really mad and conflicted because he has to go and arrest Vaughn. Let's skip all of the spoilers and I will just say that what comes after is very much a fun story about love and family and life, to be honest. The simple things almost always are the most important. 


“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.


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.

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.

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