August 23, 2014

Sexy Saturdays with Andrea & Autumn: Stealing His Heart (Shillings Agency #2) by Diane Alberts

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Stealing His Heart (Shillings Agency #2) by Diane Alberts-Adult Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by Entangled: Brazen for review
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Shillings Agency employee Jake Forsythe is not happy to discover that the thief who he has to track down is none other than his ex-partner from his past. Now he’s forced to blackmail her into submission…or throw her in jail.

Tara Harris steals from the rich and corrupted, returning objects to their rightful owners one case at a time. When Jake shows up in her life, at first, she’s thrilled. But then when she finds out that she has to help the man she stole from or go to jail…it’s the choice between two evils.

These two can’t deny the burning passion between them, but when push comes to shove, they’ll have to lay their hearts and their lives on the line.

This second installment of the Shillings Agency brings readers two criminals, a second chance fiery romance, and some seriously funny moments that will have you giggling. Tara and Jake have a thieving past…one that left her bitter and sent him running. Now, the tables have turned for Jake and he’s on the side that’s trying to keep out the would-be criminals, but she’s still sneaking her way in to grab the goods. As Jake’s latest job with the private security company has him finding the culprit that managed to get by their system, he comes face-to-face with the woman who used to be his partner. She’s still in the game, but now she’s acting as a sultry feminine version of Robin Hood as she steals from the deceitful and gives items back to their rightful owners. Too bad that doesn’t make Jake’s job any easier, as he has to find the secret to Tara’s ability to break into even the most complex systems…or send her off to pay for her crimes.

Tara and Jake had great chemistry from the start; from the moment she realized it was him who had her caught in the act, there were sparks flying! Jake has this underlying dom side that led to some smokin’ hot dialogue between them, and Tara held her own and certainly gave him a run for his money whenever she got the chance. You had to respect her position, despite the fact that what she was doing was illegal. So when Jake was so insistent on her admitting how she managed to break in, part of me was kind of cheering her on when she stood her ground and refused. It did drag a little in parts given that she was just pretending to be busy figuring out how she’d done it, but there were also some great moments between her and Jake that were a lovely distraction!

Underneath the sexual tension and years of frustration built up, Jake and Tara had this cute banter thanks to her silly side. She brought out the fun side to him with her childish but completely goofy pranks and comments, and they had me laughing out loud. I loved her strength as a heroine, with the ability to cave when the moment called for it. She made them a fun couple, and it was definitely entertaining to watch their relationship morph into something new. Stealing His Heart was a fun and sexy read, and a great end-of-summer romance to kick back with!

Quotes:
~“We’ve had every single high-tech person we can possibly think of try to get past the security system I set up. Everyone has failed. Everyone except you.”

She pursed her lips. They’d never been so damn kissable. “So what? I can’t help it that I’m smarter than the average theif,” she said. ~p. 26

~“You still smell good. Like flowers.”

Her stomach clenched. One simple sentence, and she was ready to jump him. ~p. 31

~“You’re so ridiculous. Cats? Cats?”

He lost it again.

Her lips twitched, and she joined in, laughing harder than she had in years. “It seemed fitting.” ~p. 98


Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She's hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat.Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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