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Sleight of Hand (Stolen Hearts #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  163 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Chance Spencer, doesn't steal. Not anymore.
Suddenly suspected of stealing half a million dollars of original paintings, Chance can't afford to have the FBI delve too closely into his covert past. When one agent in particular endeavors to put him behind bars, Chance coerces the real thief's daughter, Sarah O'Sullivan, into helping him flush her wily father out of hiding. B
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published September 5th 2011
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This copy was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Kindle Edition, published September 5th, 2011
Kate Kelly

Chance Spencer’s only goal is to finally find the one person that dominates his every thought. His need for revenge so strong he doesn’t hesitate to involve the man’s daughter. O’Sullivan is a cunning art thief and his offspring Sarah might be able to flush her dad out of the woodwork. With the FBI hot on Chance’s heels (not entirely unjustified), he has no time to lose
Feb 05, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
Sleight of Hand, the first book in the Stolen Hearts series by Kate Kelly, brought a smile of recognition to my face from the very first page. Not just because Chance Spencer reminds me, just a little, of John Smythe, who drives Vicky Bliss to distraction in Elizabeth Peters' series. But mostly because I've been to the Gardiner Musem. The real one. It's the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the theft occurred in 1990, and the crime is still unsolved. The spaces where those 13 paintings ...more
Christi Snow
Feb 27, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
My Review:
Chance has one purpose in his life at this point...stay out of jail. A Harvard law student who graduated at the top of his class eight years ago, his life took a turn that he never expected. He's done things that he's not proud of, but he had his reasons for doing them. He's extremely smart and methodical, but when it comes to Sarah, he loses all perspective.

This is a suspense novel, but for me the suspense came from Chance rather than the stolen art story line. The reasoning behind al
Jun 03, 2012 Jody rated it it was amazing
I love a good character-driven story, and I was not disappointed in Sleight of Hand. The chemistry between Chance and Sarah starts with an angry spark as Chance's scheme to get her involved in finding her father brings her hundreds of miles from home to a small Canadian town in winter, and slowly builds as we watch these characters grow and understand how much they need each other. The cabin setting was charming, the snowy weather dreadful, and the bad guys dangerous.
Chance Spencer, in trying
Jan 23, 2013 Lesley rated it it was ok
Giving this book 2 stars is probably being generous, but I just couldn't feel a lot of love for this book. I bought this on Nook and it's a Smashwords book - something is lost in translation. The book itself has no concept of spacing - especially for scene changes. The next paragraph immediately starts and it's confusing until you realize there should have been a space to denote the change. Lots of spelling errors and grammatical issues as well. My personal favorite was when the heroine licks hi ...more
Redheads Review it Better
You know what I loved the most about this story? The characters we extremely believable. Take Sarah for example, she has a father who worked all the time and even though she knew he loved her, it wasn't enough and between that and her family, it left her feeling insecure. I also loved that she was willing to step up and try to protect Chance when the time came about. She is the perfect combo that makes me love her character.

Let's not forget about the mysterious Chance. Throughout the book you ha
Jun 04, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
SLEIGHT OF HAND is the story of one woman's search for the only family she has: her father. Sarah O'Sullivan spent her life in expensive boarding schools and never made any real relations. Now, with school over and her best friend settling down, she's on her own. Chance is a thief with a long history who wants to clear his name.

While the characters were well defined and enjoyable, I found that the novel moved slowly. Sarah finds herself falling for Chance but then reminds herself that she is on
Jul 19, 2012 Urbanfaerie rated it really liked it
Admittedly, i was excited to read the book after reading the prequel to the series. I was not disappointed. The story was quite romantic without it being too sappy (which i LOVED), with characters you can invest in. I also love how the pace was set, and how each character was built up. It's always great to come across a book that engages you, and i found myself caught up in the action. Sarah and Chance's story was very sweet, and their adventure was a fun read, so much so that i caught myself sm ...more
Lindsay Johnston
May 20, 2014 Lindsay Johnston rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I believe I found it on bookbubs for free and I am always looking for a good romantic suspense book. So many are labeled that way but don't have a good story line.

There's more to Chance than meets the eye and you have to wonder who exactly he is. I know there was more than once where I was completed off base on everything and that includes Simple Simon. I would have liked to know more of the back story between Chance and when he worked with Sarah's dad but it was stil
3.75 stars. Would be a 4 star read with a good editor. I think the author has potential. I would like to see the backstory and motives fleshed out a bit more and in a more linear fashion. I was never clear on who Derek was to Sarah exactly. I also did not like Sarah having a TSTL moment. Her choice of how to try and save her father and Chance and the wine trick was obvious and stupid. I did like the characters relationship although it developed at warp speed.
Brandi Reeves-Pearson (Saints and Sinners Books)
Anticipation, suspense, action and two people fighting their feelings is what makes this book a great read! The characters made the story and I thought that they worked well together even though they both fought their feelings. This was a great read and was full of twists and turns! I cannot wait to start book 2 in this series!
Jan 05, 2013 Lynn added it
I expected a lot of suspense with a small romantic component/side story. This story was more romance with a small suspense component. Because of the expectations I had going in it made it not as good for me since it was not what I was in the mood for. I think it goes to expectations and this book could be enjoyable for those who are looking for more romance.
Autumn Jean
Jan 04, 2013 Autumn Jean rated it it was amazing
Very cute romance novel. Well, novella, but still cute. No BDSM (but that's okay) and just suspenseful enough to keep me from putting the book down. There were a few times the book dragged a little but overall it was a good read. A fresh break from the usual Harlequin types.
Juliette Townsend
Apr 20, 2012 Juliette Townsend rated it really liked it
This was definitely a unique read for me. When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure how I felt about either one of the characters. Read the rest of this review here:
May 01, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
Quick read

Fast paced story and a quick read. Loveable hero and heroine. Would have probably given it 4 points except the grammatical and typing errors were distracting. I will read more by this author.
Patti Ashley
Apr 22, 2015 Patti Ashley rated it it was ok
Art theft and betrayal

Chance is a thief "simple Simon" and he has been set up. In return he has to set up another thief O'Sullivan to take the fall. The problem is that he likes O'Sullivan and loves his daughter. Pretty good plot but the tension is forced.
Sara Tieszen paschal
Mar 05, 2013 Sara Tieszen paschal rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this the characters were believable right from the start. I loved the suspense scattered just so throughout. Bottom line, I loved it and will read the entire series;)
Sibylla Matilde
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Black Butterfly
May 16, 2014 Black Butterfly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: NA
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: BOOKBUB
Shelves: mystery-romance
Adele Ratzlaff
May 14, 2014 Adele Ratzlaff rated it it was ok
this book confused me so much, especially in the beginning.
Oct 14, 2012 Marina rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Loved it from beginning to end!
Shelley Des Forges
Dec 10, 2016 Shelley Des Forges rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I'd read this author again :)
Oct 13, 2012 Wminbc rated it really liked it
Cute, fun read...could have had some more loving...but still like able leads and excited for Agent Gage's story.
Kathy Buhler
Oct 09, 2013 Kathy Buhler rated it really liked it
Great story and love the characters.... I couldn't put the book down...It's definitely a must read book.
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Kate Kelly has had a love affair with books her entire life. Writing came in fits and starts, and she didn’t take it seriously until her forties. Now she can’t get along without it. She has finaled in the RWA Golden Heart and has been the recipient of the RWA Daphne du Maurier award. She has the good fortune to live on the east coast of Canada with her husband (the children have flown away). She w ...more
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