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Heart of the Steal

Narrated by: Iggy Toma, Kirt Graves
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

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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  • AAHickman
  • 17-10-18

Never thought I'd say this

But Iggy Toma was the weaker narrator for me on this. Kirt Graves kept Amory's accent consistently, and did it better. Sadly the more emotional chapters were done by Toma. It was still good, but this didn't need two narrators (something else I never thought I'd say) and I would have given it five stars if Graves had been the sole narrator. I will be looking for more of Graves' work.

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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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  • 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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  • Patricia
  • 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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  • Amanda L.
  • 07-06-19

I'm disappointed

I recently discovered the awesomeness of audiobooks and went on a listening binge on all my 5 stars read. unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one at all. Vaughn sounds too creepy for my liking.

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  • pdxBooks
  • 11-05-19

Fantastic Story

Loved this book. Kirt Graves was terrific (as usual). I had a hard time with Iggy Toma's voice choice in this story -- I kept seeing an older man for some reason. Overall, though, I highly recommend the book.

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  • An old lady
  • 14-04-19

Great book - rotten audiobook

I bought the audiobook and started it while swimming (I have a waterproof i-pod I use) - regretfully - because the story is told from both protagonist points of view - and the narrator used the worst possible fake southern accent for Amory. It was one that never existed in the south (and I have lived in the south for almost 70 years, in 6 different southern states, and am a bit of an expert on all permutations of southern accents.)
But, I had heard the accent before - Warner Brothers made some racist cartoons in the 1940's with this old southern Colonel, and I swear, that is the accent the narrator was imitating. I kept picturing Amory as this horrible cartoon caricature. Had to give up on the audiobook and read the book instead

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  • Kelly
  • 08-12-18

Well

If you like incendiary passion this is not the book for you. It has a different storyline which might be interesting if you are tired of the typical tropes. I foumd it somewhat tame. Anytime a character is involved in an inner monologue during sex, about something unrelated to the sex, the sex isn’t being done right. I don’t think I have ever pondered the universe during sex, unless I just wasn’t into it. For me, this was a little disappointing. It may get more interesting as the book goes on, but I stopped listening about an hour in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-18

Art thief falls for FBI agent in Art Recovery Division

Men from two different worlds in every possible way end up being a great love match. These guys help each other grow by opening their eyes to another perspective.
The characters were fun, the story was good and the narration was great. I definitely recommend this book if you like opposites attract romances, criminal meets good guy romances, or a romance where one character has way more wealth than the other.

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