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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review #303: Stone of Thieves- Diane J. Reed

Title: Stone of Thieves
Author: Diane J. Reed
Series: Robbin' Hearts Series #2
Pages: 238
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: 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+.
Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange from an honest review.
I just want to start off saying that I loved Robin in the Hood, the first book in this series. But for me, Stone of Thieves feel a bit short of it. I think it's just me but I don't know how I feel about book one being a young adult novel and then book two turns gritty, a paranormal/ fantasy and x-rated. I still enjoyed the plot and storyline and I love that it involves gypsies, but I feel like some parts were a bit too graphic. I didn't need the play by play of Creek taking Robin's virginity to know that they love each other. I was just so shocked that me cute little characters from the first book aren't little and cute anymore. 
Overall, I did enjoy seeing these characters again and following them along on their journey, I just feel like some parts weren't needed. Also if a lot of the readers are younger, young adults they should be made aware that this book is a lot more explicit then the first.

About this 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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