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Heart of the Steal

Narrated by: Iggy Toma, Kirt Graves
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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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.

©2017 Avon Gale and Roan Parrish (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Loved it!

I never wanted this book to end! The story was warm and sweet, the characters interesting and loveable and the narrator has a voice that made me feel warm and snuggly. Great book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-18

The beginning made me stop.

Not gonna lie, about an hour and a half into this story I stopped reading it. SPOILER ALERT I found it unrealistic that Will is this work-centric man and law-abiding yet he gets off for 5 minutes with a random stranger and is suddenly willing to cover up crimes for him? I feel like if it was stretched out more, let us see them truly get to know each other instead of seeing them talk about how much they love each other when they met like 2 weeks ago and then I could understand William wanting to protect Vaughn from the law. But seriously, I couldn't take Will seriously after that. He's built up as this serious man who's determined to protect art, yet now all I can think about is "well if you suck his dick he'll let you go" I ended up finishing the book because when I exchanged it for another I forgot to download that one, and working in a warehouse I had to listen to something for my 10 hour shift. So I grudgingly finished it. I liked it. It was cute. More in a fanfiction-y way than an actual novel. The voice actors are pretty good, except I HATED when they would voice the other character during their chapter. Will's narrator when he imitated Vaughn's drawl made me cringe, and vice versa with Vaughn's narrator, although I grew to like his towards the end. All in all, book felt really rushed. Could have been a lot better if more played out, stretched out, if we could really feel the transition in feelings, and not just jumping to "they fucked now they're in love". I just couldn't respect or take serious Will's character after seeing the contrast of his described loyalty to his job to his opposite actions, he felt very weak and like a pushover, so I feel like the author really kind of did him dirty.

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  • Jessica
  • 09-10-18

Really good!

Im not much for books with multiple narrators, but how am I supposed to resist when 2 of my absolute favorite people do it together? I really liked the story, both Iggy and Kirt were perfect for there charachter and I really enjoyed there performance. Thou I must say I prefered Iggy Tomain this case, he just has this way of highlighting moments with his voice and since he had more chapter than Kirt Graves I found myself suprised at times when the narrator changed. This is probably the first dual narration I have actually not hated haha! Defenately gonna listen to it again.

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  • Aerielle
  • 16-10-18

Great story and great narrators

I’m usually pretty iffy about dual narrations. It’s annoying when the narrator use different pronunciations and accents. I was a little nervous when I heard Kirt’s accent for Vaughn since I’ve never heard Iggy use the same cadence but the nervousness was for nothing. Both narrators knocked it out of the park with this one. The sorry was very interesting and held my attention the whole time. There are no big bad guys or super crazy action scenes. It’s just a story of two unlikely men falling in love and figuring out how to mesh their lives together.

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  • Roxanne M.
  • 06-10-18

Great narration! Great story!

I really enjoyed the story and narration made it even more enjoyable. The story was funny, sexy with good character development. Worth the credit for sure.

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  • Roberta A Tidball
  • 17-09-20

Wasn't Ready For It To End!

I just adored this book. I stumbled upon it because of Iggy Toma, who gave a fantastic performance as usual. But Kirt Graves blew me away! Unlike some reviewers, I loved the old timey southern accent for Vaughn. Do people still talk like that in the real world? Maybe not. Do I care? Nope. It was delightful to listen to and made me chuckle. Toma and Graves did a good job of matching their narrations for the MC's, which you don't always get when there are two narrators. Now, if you are looking for an art heist book, this isn't for you. There isn't actually much of that here, which made it a little more realistic for me (but again, I read fiction books as just that--fiction! In a fictional world, a cop can fall in love with a thief and they will live happily ever after and I'm happy with that. Real life can just go away while I'm reading/listening.) But what you do see here is a cute love story where the MC's grow as people and learn to live with each other. And they learn to love a kitten, which is too adorable. I was disappointed when the book ended, because I could have just kept listening to the adventures of William and Avery forever. But eventually it would have gotten boring, so I guess it's good it ended when it did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-20

Quality read and narration

I love Iggy Toma, and his narration is what led me to this story which was truly wonderful. No cliches, tropes, or insta love. A true love story that wasn't sappy yet somehow sweet in the way these complex and terribly human characters came together. It was so enjoyable to listen to such a quality story in this genre.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-20

Cute story, excellent performance

I was happy with the pacing and the love scenes. Narrators did a great job. The characters were well balanced and I liked that they didn't fall into cliched rolls.

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  • TL Cunningham
  • 18-05-20

Breathless

Two totally opposite minds, finding true love by understanding the Truth: there is no such thing as Black & White, life or in relationships. It is the multitude of color & spices, gently mixed together that truly make life worth living. Heart of the Steal reminded me of this Truth.

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  • Grimm
  • 02-03-20

So impressed!

I rarely write reviews, bad, I know, but true. This book however is a hidden gem that deserves all the praise. Every once in a while you run across a book that transcends it's genre and this is one of those books. The narration only adds to an already great title. This one is a keeper.

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  • Wonderland
  • 18-02-20

I didn't find it as far fetched as some

some other review stated some thought that how the relationship between Fox and Vaughn started was too far-fetched because Fox was a art crimes FBI agent and Vaughn and art thief, what the heart wants what the heart wants. in real life you have those instances where you have an undeniable attraction to somebody and you do put your values aside whether or not it's good or bad it's what you do. that's exactly what Fox did. but as the story progressed, realize characters Vaughn in particular aren't so black and white and his motives weren't so black and white. so did Fox really put his values aside? overall it was a very enjoyable book one I will reread again and Roan Parrish and Avon Gale have both been added to my authors to read lists. I love everything Iggy Toma narrates!