Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Heart Stealer

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Heart Stealer
Tiphanie Thomas
Release Date:
April 20, 2011
Word Count:
approx. 95,000
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Movie star Randall Rowe catches sixteen-year-old runaway Kayla Denton stealing food and arranges for his ministry parents to take her in. His kind act, unknown to him, stirs a powerful crush in Kayla, but he soon disappears.

Eight years later after living a fast, irresponsible lifestyle, Randall returns to his small hometown to get his life in order and setup his newly built house. Kayla, now a part-time decorator, refuses the job, wanting nothing to do with the handsome charmer who’s all wrong for her. Yet when her circumstances change drastically, she’s forced to strike a deal.

Dumbfounded for the sparks their close proximity produces, Randall starts seeing uptight Kayla as an alluring woman who he can be himself with and truly love. But she doubts she fits into his lifestyle, while Randall struggles with his own fears, as Hollywood threatens to tear them apart.

Brandi's Review:
When I was about a fourth of the way into the book, I knew I was going to be pleasantly surprised and I was. I LOVED this book.

The author wrote such great complex and real characters that I felt what they did as I read along. Kayla was a totally normal person, with no severe issues or over-dramatics which you see a lot in books. And Randall was probably kind of mellow for a movie star, but with the way he was raised it was understandable. 

I simply adored this book, and the story that unfolded over time. The realization that you love someone, and then the pain of being scared and losing that feeling. What really pulled at me was the grief of being heartbroken. We've all been there and the author again totally captured the feeling to a tee. Even the minor characters were fun, and very vital to the main characters. And the moral of the story is that love can change you, if you want to change.  

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