Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stone of Thieves by Diane J. Reed (Robbin Hearts #2)

Stone of Thieves
by Diane J. Reed

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Robbin' Hearts - Book 2
Publication Date: May 8, 2014
Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books, LLC
ISBN: 0984912983
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance | Coming of Age
Print Length: 240 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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+.

Stone of Thieves (Robbin' Hearts Series #2)My Review
Stone of Thieves by Diane J. Reed
My Rating: 5 Stars

After an amazing start with Robin in the Hood I knew there was no way I could miss Diane J. Reed’s second book in this series, Stone of Thieves, but could she deliver with the same fresh style? Not a problem! Robin has grown from a stereo-typical little rich girl to a young lady who has learned how to truly love and be loved by those around her. Instead of taking, she gives, and she believes in the unbelievable and how she may be the key to the impossible.

Stone of Thieves has grown up with Robin, no longer simply great YA reading, the quirky tone has changed, become more mature, and at times feels more New Adult than young adult, with a grittier edge as Robin and Creek head to Italy to uncover the truth about her mother and her heritage. Will she find the answers she seeks? Will she learn what became of her mother and finally meet the family she no longer knew she had or will those hidden in the shadows that chase her end her quest at the cost of her life? If Robin and Creek fail, what will happen to their “family” in Turtle Shores? The key lies in a beautiful red stone and the secrets it possesses. Will there be a fantasy ending or will evil win out?

Diane J. Reed has taken her writing to another level, colored her world with even more vivid strokes and added some dark edging that kept me mesmerized by each page. She has allowed her characters to mature, and followed their growth with a change of tone and sense of urgency that ramps up the pace to blistering at times. I found myself white-knuckling it through several scenes and near tears in a couple more. Looking for love, good vs evil, fact vs fantasy and the impossible becoming plausible? It’s all here in Stone of Thieves, a tale guaranteed to steal your heart.

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