Crimes of the Heart #2
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
When a gorgeous stranger wanders into his life one summer night he knows he’s in trouble; he’s going to break all his rules and probably his heart.
Duff Cleveland knows better than to open himself to love, that’s how you get hurt.
Jacob De Rossi is a family guy; he’s got the house and the picket fence he’s just missing the man.
Something about Jacob has Duff wanting more, but how many just one more time’s can a dedicated hookup artist justify? He can hardly handle the life he’s living, having an actual boyfriend is impossible.
Jacob’s not letting Duff go easily. It’s obvious, to him at least, that Duff needs someone in his corner, and he is the man for the job.
Will Duff admit his heart is safe in Jacob’s hands, or turn his back on the one thing in his life that makes sense?
The Heart Heist is a first-person, dual POV, following Duff Cleveland and Jacob De Rossi as Jacob woos Duff’s reluctant heart. No cliffhanger, HEA guaranteed. Heat level, 4+. Can be read as a standalone but you may enjoy it even more if you read Feinted Heart first.
I’m enjoying this series, and loved Duff and Jacob’s story. It was great seeing characters from the previous book as well, especially seeing Arnie from someone else’s perspective (other than Tobias’). I thought this was a lovely feel good story with wonderful characters, and I was rooting for Duff and Jacob to get their HEA as soon as they met.
Both Jacob and Duff are good guys, and are very clearly attracted to each other. I liked how Duff slowly opens up to Jacob, and how patient Jacob is waiting until Duff is ready. I love Arnie, and how he steps in when someone needs to. Rob’s a good friend too, and it’s obvious that she’s worried about Jacob getting hurt. I felt for Duff convincing himself that he can’t expect someone to deal with his life, there’s no prince, and he won’t get his HEA.
This is very much a story about friendship and family. Jacob’s family is his grandparents who raised him. I loved the scenes with them in, as they’re fabulous characters, and they love they share for each other, and for Jacob, left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. On the flip side, Duff’s aunt is a huge commitment with her issues, but when she’s not battling mental illness, it’s also obvious she loves him and feels bad for being a drain of his time, finances, and emotional energy.
Cat Bourne needs a mention as he’s an integral part of the story. I think his connection with Charley says a lot too. I’m looking forward to reading Charley’s book. He’s intrigued me from his first appearance on page.
I loved the ending, and the scene with Duff’s dad, and thought it was perfect for this wonderfully satisfying read.
5 out of 5 stars.