"This book sparkles and sizzles with Siskind's trademark humor and heat. Don't go missing this one!" USA Today bestselling author Jen DeLuca
The worst thing a con-woman can do is fall head over heels for her mark...
Clementine steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Not exactly on the up-and-up, but she knows what it's like to lose everything. Her latest heist involves swiping a priceless Van Gogh from its owner, who's supposed to be an egotistical trust-fund brat. Turns out Jack David is a sexy, kind-hearted man…and Clementine is in trouble.
Jack's factory, which employs half of the small town he loves, is on the brink of collapse. He barely has enough time to sleep, let alone date the newly arrived Clementine, but their sizzling chemistry is too alluring to resist.
And that earth-shattering kiss? He never stood a chance.
They fall hard and fast, but Clementine hasn't shared her secrets. And other nefarious sorts are after the same painting. Too soon, they learn what it means to risk it all for love.
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"Don't go missing this one!" ~ USA Today bestselling author Jen DeLuca]
"A funny, hot, and sweet but also raw and emotional story." ~ Goodreads reviewer
"My heart is full and I cannot recommend this story highly enough." ~ Bookgasms Book Blog
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Couldn’t stop reading!
So well written, fantastic love story, exciting mystery and suspense - 10/10.
wonderful standalone romance
Clementine is loner, trusting only her foster father/handler, Lucien. Since she was a teen, he’s trained her on the art of stealing expensive items, which they would sell and use the profits to help those in need, oppressed, and homeless. But when Clementine meets her current mark, Jack, she knows it is finally time to get out of the game. Jack is desperately trying to save his family’s company, and the jobs of the townsfolk who rely on his business. Meeting Clementine is the balm that heals his tired soul, but he knows she’s keeping secrets and worries what will happen to his heart when Clementine leaves town.
Don’t Go Stealing My Heart is another wonderful standalone romance from Ms. Siskind! (While this is a standalone, there is a reference to charters from another book.) Overall, I adore Ms. Siskind’s characters and the worlds she creates. Her characters embody hope, something that I appreciate and need now more than ever. They are quirky and fun, but three dimensional. There are layers and complexities that play out over the tale.
Clementine and Jack are two peas in a pod. Their upbringings as different as night and day, but their souls are alike. They both want to help others - are driven to do what they do so they can assist those around them or from afar. They share a love of reptiles; it’s kismet when they discover they both have bearded dragons named after characters from I Love Lucy. And they both suffer from trust issues, with Clementine’s a bit more severe. But because Jack dealt with and recovered from his own let-downs and double-crosses, he can understand, empathize, and help give Clementine what she needs to trust him. I loved their energy and passion.
Clearly, Clementine has a huge secret… she’s a thief, and Jack is her mark. While she falls for Jack, she (and the reader) knows these ginormous secrets must be revealed if she wants a future with him, and we understand that there will be severe consequences when the truth comes out. Stories built around this premise can stress me out. I don’t like bonds to form when I know they will be ripped apart once a secret is revealed. I am happy to report that Ms. Siskind took the ruse just to the point where needed, but not too far. I was pleased how Clementine reveals her hidden life to Jack, and more impressed with Jack’s ability to forgive.
The one aspect of the book that weighs on my mind is a twist of sorts that plays out in the climatic scene of the book. It was something I saw coming for quite a while, but really hoped wouldn’t happen. I am not going to give spoilers, but it was something that disappointed me slightly. And then the main story abruptly ends, picking up a year later in the epilogue. I am appreciative that the author outlined with loose details some important aspects of Clementine’s life in that year between the conclusion of the book and the epilogue. And I still enjoyed the story and loved the characters. I can see why the author chose to tell the story the way she did - it makes sense - but I didn’t love that part.
Ultimately, I really enjoyed Don’t Go Stealing My Heart. I adore Jack and Clementine - they have a wonderful bond and amazing energy together. Ms. Siskind writes stories that wrap me up in another world and soothe my soul for a time. I highly recommend this, or any of her books.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
Review copy provided by author
Unique storyline! Somewhat of a modern-day Robin Hood, Clementine steals from the wealthy to give back and save the poor. Starting to feel unfulfilled, she starts to question her job but continues to take jobs. Her latest is to steal an expensive painting from a trust fund kid named Jack who has done his staff from his family’s company wrong. But things end up different with this job when Clementine meets Jack and gets to know him and starts to realize things don’t add up with what she was told about the job and the actual Jack. As the pair continues to spend time together, the chemistry gains traction and the feelings start to emerge for each other. But when Clementine starts to relay her findings and thoughts to her handler/boss, things turn potentially deadly for Clementine, Jack, and his family. I will tell you that I didn’t see the end of this book coming, but it was what absolutely made it for me. I was a little disappointed by the epilogue of the book, where we find out that people got away and justice wasn’t really served, but I was happy that Jack and Clementine got their HEA.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.