Thief of Hearts (Hearts #5) by L.H. Cosway

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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.


Wow. Thief of Hearts. I'll be honest, it took me a while to get into this story. At first I thought this is okay, but not amazing. Good, but not great. I think part of it is I didn't care for Andrea that much. She wasn't my favorite character to read. So I kept reading a bit and then getting distracted by other things. 

And then everything changed. Then I couldn't put the book down and I had to see what would happen. What will everyone do in this situation? Plus I had other engagements, but I really wanted to blow them off and just sit at home and finish this book. Yeah, it started off slow for me, but it picked up and turned into this amazing read. I still don't think Andrea is my favorite, but by the end I didn't mind her that much. Another great addition to this series. 

Andrea is a teacher. She married her high school sweetheart, but he was taken from her too young. So she is a widow, but a young widow. She still wears her ring as she tells herself she is sentimental about objects. It doesn't mean anything, she just liks wearing it. It has been four years, but she has never once even though about moving on with someone else. She is not ready. 

Stu is an ex-con. He was put away for theft and shows up in Andreas class one day. I loved him even if he did come on too strong at first. He was all in her business, wanting to get close to her, telling her how sexy she is and such, and she just doesn't believe it. Her sexy? No way. Why would someone like Stu, someone who could have any lady he wants, want her? Her of all people. Plus she is his teacher so there can't be anything going on there. She is not ready to give up her job to be with some guy who will probably leave her in a few months anyway. So she tries to stay away from Stu. 

Of course Stu doesn't make it easy. He knows what he wants and he wants Andrea. I was reading this and then stuff happened, things I wasn't expecting, and man. I didn't read the synopsis beforehand, as is my usual, so I was quite surprised by the turns this book took. I loved it. Andrea and Stu are so great together. I will say I did get annoyed with her at times, like when she tried to keep Stu a secret from her cousin Alfie. She is way too overprotective of Alfie and treats him like a small child. I didn't like that. I understand he is fragile, his upbringing was not so good, but eventually you guys will have to work out how to deal with things. Andrea is a bit...I understand it would be hard to move on after losing someone you loved, but it has been 4 years. I understand wanting to protect Alfie, but he is a grown man. I get it, but at the same time I wanted to shake her and tell her to get some help. Her and Alfie. They obviously need it. 

So yeah, this story was fun. There were some times when I hurt for these characters, but everyone makes choices they have to live with. Stu was great. I loved how he was with Andrea. I loved how intense he was. I just loved him. I wanted nothing but the best for him. And Andrea. And all of them. This was a really great read.

Note: I received a free copy of this book

Rating: ★★★★

About the Author:

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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