Stone of Thieves (Robbin’ Hearts Series #2)
Release Date: 05/08/14
Summary from Goodreads:
The Stone of Thieves . . . for centuries its magnetic draw has twisted the hearts of ambitious men and women with the promise of power, passion, and intrigue until it fell into the hands of unlikely thieves Robin and her boyfriend Creek. But can they steal their destiny away from the curse that pursues this magnificent ruby heart?
As the stone begins to spread its sorcery, Robin races to find her long-lost mother in Italy in the hopes of discovering the truth about her unique gypsy heritage and the ruby heart that is rumored to steal souls. Yet when the desire for this stone by powerful members of her family threatens their very lives, Creek decides to take matters into his own hands to protect Robin, his greatest treasure of all . . .
Stone of Thieves is a sensual, stand-alone new adult novel and the sequel to Robin in the Hood in the Robbin’ Hearts Series. Due to mature themes, readership is advised for ages 17+.
This book picks up almost exactly where the first book left off. We find out that Robin is actually eighteen instead of sixteen. She has a vision of a woman who looked just like her getting murdered in Renaissance times. When Robin and Creek get to Italy, they begin the fight for their lives almost immediately. They end up with a band of gypsies that make them think of their home at Bender Lake. I still enjoyed this book, but for the first three quarters of the book I felt like I was reading a book written by someone else. I felt like I’d gone from reading a YA book to reading an NA book; it wasn’t bad, but it just seemed a little odd.
Robin in the Hood (Robbin’ Hearts Series #1)
Release Date: 10/01/12
Summary from Goodreads:
“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?”
But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…
Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth:
Her stepmom has skipped the country.
And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad’s hospital room to collect on the millions he’s racked up in debt.
Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.
Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy…
This was a really good book. I devoured this story in less than a day, and was excited to move on to the next story. I loved seeing how Robin went from being a total rich priss to being a thief. I loved her interactions with Creek and Granny TInker! It took me a really long time before I could really get any kind of feeling about her dad; I didn’t know if I should like him, if I should feel sympathetic, or if I should dislike him. I really liked the intrigue of the story.
About the Author
Diane J. Reed has a Ph.D. in English and a lifelong passion for books—both popular, forgotten & literary—as long as they touch her soul & make her want to tuck them under her pillow at night to remember them in her dreams. She writes novels that are infused with enchantment, where characters dare to break through boundaries and believe in true love. She also has a soft spot for artisans & outlaws of the heart, those who burn brightly to live each day as a gift—because it is! She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to visit Diane J. Reed’s website at www.banditsranch.com or message her here to share the whispers of your spirit.
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