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Thief of Hearts

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Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.

Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

***Thief of Hearts is a contemporary romance and can be read as a complete standalone.***

362 pages, Paperback

Published October 4, 2016

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L.H. Cosway

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L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

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5 Stars!!

If you are familiar with this author’s work, then you already know how talented she is, how every single one of her stories is unique and refreshing, how every character she writes is endearing and relatable in one way or another. 'Thief of Hearts' , the fifth installment in this author’s “Hearts” series was by far the best installment in the series. At least in my humble opinion. I loved everything about this story. I simply devoured it! I couldn’t put it down for one minute. It was that gripping! Stu and Andi’s story was fun, sweet, sexy with a bunch of engaging characters, an entertaining story line and a romance that for sure will make you swoon. In other words, the perfect romance for me.

“How could a man’s gaze seem so carnal, as if he was defiling me with just a look? Even worse, why did it both thrill and terrify me?”

Andrea ‘Andie’ Anderson is a twenty-eight years old woman who teaches continuing education courses for adult students at a local college. Once upon a time she used to have it all – a husband, a marriage, a ‘home’, but she lost it all when the one who was supposed to be her ‘forever’ passed away. His death left Andie not only with a broken heart, but also with many bills to pay, the tragic event eventually forcing her to move with her cousin.

“That’s the thing, I want to take advantage of you, Andrea. I want to so badly, in so many ways.”

Stu is an ex-con who is ready to do anything to protect his family. He has a new job, job he doesn’t want to do, but he has to since he wants so desperately to change his life. He has to stay focused, now more than ever, but his life is turn upside down when he enrolls in Andie’s class.

Andie is attracted and intrigued by her newest thirty years old new, infuriating student. His flirting affects her more than she likes to admit, finding his forwardness so very appealing. She feels he’s dangerous…at least for her heart, rejecting his advances numerous times, but Stu is perseverant wanting to show Andie that his interest in her is REAL.

First thing first, you have to know this fifth installment can be read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend reading the other installments as well, especially the previous one, just to have a better understanding of some events and aspects of this story.

I liked the way the story unfolded. A lot, actually. The plot was well developed and the story line engaging and interesting. I liked and appreciated the fact the story wasn’t the typical teacher/student romance. You won’t find those tropes you usually find in this kind of romance either, so be prepared to find, like I mentioned above, a unique and refreshing story. There are many interesting, to say the least, twists and turns as the story unfolds that I found to be so very gripping.

"Everyday you're deeper under my skin, and I have no cue how deep I'm under yours."

This story sucked me in from the very beginning. Not only because I found the story line to be entertaining, but also because I was charmed by our hero, Stu Cross, from the very beginning. I loved Stu! He was smart, fun, sweet, thoughtful, complex hero that won me from the start. I loved his personality, how flirty he was at times, the way he made Andie uncomfortable with every opportunity and how he slowly forced her out of her shell. Stu was not only flirty, but a sexy dirty talker as well. Oh, boy…I really loved his dirty mouth.

Andie was a heroine I liked from the start. She was fun, sweet, strong and overall an adorable character I really admired for her optimism and her big heart. I loved her determination as the story progressed to show Stu that he’s worthy, her determination to make him happy as the story unfolded and how she saw the real Stu.

"Even when you've given up on yourself, I won't give up on you..."

I simply loved the romance aspect, how the relationship between the main characters progressed, the banter and tension between them and most of all, their chemistry. Mrs. Cosway always writes great chemistry between her characters, but here she outdid herself with the one between Stu and Andie.

The cast of supporting characters were fantastic as well, well portrayed, endearing and engaging in their own way. I really loved catching up with all the characters from the previous installments in the series and also to meet new ones I’m dying to read about in the next and final installment in the series.

All in all, 'Thief of Hearts' was a fabulous addition to the series, with endearing characters, engaging story line and a lovely romance that will warm your heart.

“You shouldn’t always dismiss things before they’ve had a chance to wow you. If you do, you’ll miss everything that’s wonderful in the world.”

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November 14, 2021
5 Stars


L.H. Cosway does it again with this clever, sexy, story which can be indeed be read as a standalone. The only thing a reader needs to know which is explained clearly is that Stu Cross, the eldest Cross brother, had stepped up to the plate and took the fall for his family’s illegal car business in the prior book of this series. Other than that, I implore you to give this book a go and experience the wonder of this author’s talent.

”Well, wasn’t this just wonderful. The resident classroom bad boy fancied me. Some days the world really did have a sense of humour.”


After his two-year prison sentence, Stu Cross has been released and has been placed into Andrea Anderson’s adult education class. The plan for Stu was simple yet his feelings and attraction for this widowed beauty are anything but.

Seduce the teacher. Meet the cousin. Make a deal. Steal the painting.


Andrea immediately finds herself attracted and intrigued by the sexy UBER SEXY Stu Cross. His presence and manner are off the charts butterfly and blush-inducing.

”You should go.”

“I don’t want to,” he grunted, standing back to his full height and brazenly dropping his hand between my legs.

“Stu!” I yelped, stifling a gasp.

“I wanted to stay and taste this,” he continued, massaging me. I hadn’t been touched like this in such a long time that I was embarrassingly close to orgasm.”


While Stu puts the moves on Andrea in hopes of getting close to her artist cousin/roommate who is an expert at creating replica paintings it’s blatantly obvious that his attraction to her is for REAL.

”One of these days you’re going to look at me and think, now there’s a bloke I could fall in love with.”


The story has fantastic humor, a swoon-sexy type of love, and one great big caper. As our widowed heroine falls hard for Stu and takes a walk on the wild side and learns to live again.

"Stu Cross definitely had an unprecedented effect on me. I’d never broken a single rule before I met him, never mind the actual law.”


With the introduction of some new characters to the series and old favorites, this book is hands down my favorite so far. The end twist was simply perfection. A special shout out to Stu Cross…


The series is definitely not over because on October 14th there will be a short story called One Epic Night which is about Trevor and Reya that will be sent to fans of L.H. Cosway’s newsletter!



**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

Six of Hearts (Hearts, #1) by L.H. Cosway Hearts of Fire (Hearts, #2) by L.H. Cosway King of Hearts (Hearts, #3) by L.H. Cosway Hearts of Blue (Hearts, #4) by L.H. Cosway Thief of Hearts (Hearts, #5) by L.H. Cosway
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October 18, 2016
*****4.5 STARS*****
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”You’re not invisible like you think you are,” he whispered, eyes holding mine intensely. ”You’re beautiful. So beautiful. I see you.”

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L.H. Cosway has fast become one of my automatic must read authors!! I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series and that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of reading THIEF OF HEARTS because each book can be read as a standalone. I do have every intention of getting to the ones I’ve missed!! I have to admit, I didn’t really read the blurb, because like I mentioned this author is just an automatic one-click for me. I loved all the British slang, the quirky secondary characters, the sweet & unassuming heroine, but most of all I loved the brash and sexy hero who had the gift for dirty talk. Stu Cross is yet another book boyfriend that has been added to my favorites list!!

Andrea Anderson is a professor at a local college where she teaches continuing education courses for adult students. She was widowed at the ripe old age of twenty-four when her husband died of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Her husband’s outstanding medical bills have left Andi in dire straits. She’s been living in a basement apartment in a less than safe neighborhood with her cousin because it’s all that her salary can afford her. Andi has become an expert at hiding her money troubles from her family and dodging the over-zealous bill collectors who come knocking on her door. Her love life has been non-existent because she hasn’t been able to move past the pain of losing her husband. Things are about to change for Andi when a new student is enrolled in her class.

Stu Cross is a convict who was sentenced to prison for committing grand theft auto. He’s recently out on parole for good behavior, but one of the stipulations for being on parole is that he must enroll and attend the local college. Or that is what he leads Andi to believe. From the moment he enters her classroom, Andi is captivated by Stu. His extremely handsome exterior and intense focus on her has Andi feeling more than hot and bothered. She rejects his advances time and time again because first off, he’s her student, and secondly, she thinks that he’s just trying to get a passing grade in her class. Andi doesn’t believe there’s any other reason Stu could possibly be attracted to her. But Stu’s persistence pays off and soon these two are throwing caution to the wind and giving in to their desires. OMG!! Was I more than a bit hot & bothered myself. LH Cosway can most certainly write some hotter than hell sexy scenes!!!

But things are not what they seem. Stu comes clean with Andi and confesses that the reason he enrolled in her class was so that he could get close to her which in turn would result in him meeting her cousin Alfie. Alfie is an artist who can recreate just about any famous painting and Stu’s in need of his skills to pull off a heist. There’s a crime boss in prison that Stu owes his life to and also if he doesn’t deliver on this heist, Stu’s family could be in danger. Andi is heartbroken, thinking that Stu’s affections were all just an act but he swears that his feelings are genuine and soon enough Andi’s defenses come down again.

Does Stu truly have feelings for Andi or is he a superb con-artist? Will they be successful in pulling off the heist or will they both land themselves in prison? What a fantastic journey that LH Cosway takes us on!!!!

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September 30, 2016
This book has several delightful twists and turns. I went into it blind (without reading the blurb). I recommend knowing as little as possible about the story before starting. Short story: JUST READ IT!!

But... if you want to be spoiled, here you go:

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how excellent L.H. Cosway is at the dirty talk? HOLY CRAP. She is a master at dirty talk during sex scenes. I aspire to her level of sexy-talk badassery.

So, that's it. I loved it (as usual). Go get it and love it as well.
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August 4, 2020
3 Stars

I’m really glad this isn’t another cliché teacher-student forbidden romance with the “ex-con hero” element thrown into the mix. But then again I didn’t expect anything less from this author. Her books are always unique.

Overall, this is a charming and fun read. The storyline is interesting and entertaining with the epilogue being the unexpected highlight of the entire book. I liked the hero but was quite indifferent towards the heroine. Sadly, I wasn’t wowed by their love story either. It somehow lacked intensity, depth and that powerful emotion that sweeps you off your feet. I feel like this book is missing something, that wow factor that would make it stand out as not only entertaining but also unforgettable.


Enjoyment:: 3/5
Writing style: 4/5
Storyline: 4/5
Hero: 4/5
Heroine: 3/5
Secondary characters: 4/5
Hotness/chemistry: 3/5
Romance: 3/5
Angst: 2/5
Darkness level: 2/5
Humor: 3/5
Depth of the book: 3/5
POV: (mostly) heroine, 1st person

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October 5, 2016
5 - "Even when you've given up on yourself, I won't give up on you..." Stars!


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The Hearts series by L. H. Cosway, is without doubt one of my most favourite series of all time. To be honest it moved into that category pretty early on, but I never expected it to offer up so many totally different, but all completely engrossing stories when it began.

The Cross family have played quite a pivotal part in the last couple of books. Stu Cross; not-so-much on account of the fact he has been in prison. Now out, he is looking to start afresh, and that includes taking adult education classes at the local college, which according to him are a part of his parole terms.

Even though I was the teacher in this situation, somehow it felt like I’d just been schooled.

This is where once again the genius of this author’s imagination ramps everything up, because rather than just take your average teacher/student type of relationship and all the usual tropes that go with it, she adds so many more layers to Stu and Andrea’s connection. They are polar opposites at first glance but the more time they spend in the class room, (and out of it) there is something about the fact they have very little common ground between them that ultimately pulls them even closer together.

"I’m not good for you, Andrea. Please remember that, because the next time I try to touch you, if you let me, I won’t stop."

Stu is a guy who challenges everything that Andie holds as her benchmark, and initially their time in class together is more a clash of wills rather than an educator/educatee scenario. Andie is used to being the one in charge and he pushes every protocol she has in place for her student’s, right to the very limits.

Sometimes the smallest number could be the biggest in the world.

For the most of the first half of the book I alternated between excited tingles, to uncomfortable clenching in my stomach because of it, as a reader, with the story being told from Andrea’s POV, I felt like I was feeling everything she was as it happened.

"I might be a shifty fuck, doesn’t mean my family is too."

Stu expects answers to his questions, even when they aren’t necessarily related to the classes that Andie is teaching, and I loved the push and pull between them. You know that more is going on in the picture that the author is painting, and that it is probably not all on the up-and-up in Stu’s case, but I just could not help myself from developing a bit of a soft spot for the guy, as he does essentially have a massive heart under his gruff, cockney charmer exterior and everything he ultimately does is for the good of his family.

You are in for a lot of twists and turns in this one, and just when you think you have everything sussed, the author takes you on another exciting diversion. With the addition of an exemplary cast of secondary characters including the Cross family as a whole, I have to say Andie’s cousin Alfie is the one that grabbed at my heart strings the most. L. H. Cosway has a way of making her background characters jump off the page in her books, so much so, that they become as integral to the story as a whole, as the main characters the writing is about.

"You shouldn’t always dismiss things before they have had a chance to wow you."

I am sad that we are at the point in this series now, where there is just one book left to come. Trevor Cross, the consummate Cheeky-Chappie is up next in Hearts on Air, no date as yet, but it gives me something to look forward too in 2017.

ARC generously provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity, and it was, as it always is, my pleasure to provide the above honest review in exchange.

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October 5, 2016
5 stars!

“Stu Cross wasn’t as predictable as I thought, and even though I was the teacher in this situation, somehow it felt like I’d been schooled.”


Thief of Hearts is the story of Stu and Andrea. We previously met Stu in the last two hearts books and know from those he was sent to prison, taking the fall for his brother Lee. Now two years later he’s out, and some demons came with him.

Andrea is his teacher for some adult learning courses, and the two feel a spark right off the bat. But Andrea’s past prevents her from moving forward, and on top of that teacher and student relationships are forbidden. But Stu and Andrea grow closer over time, finding they both understand the other more than the people around them.

“I guess you live and you learn.”
“But that’s just it, Andrea. Some of us never learn at all.”

So I went into this book completely blind as to the plot and I highly recommend you do that as well. It enhances the experience. I always had a soft spot for Stu in the previous books, but I totally fell in love with him in this book. His journey to the man he became was a rough one, and at many times we saw him in a very vulnerable state. It made him seem more human and easy to empathize with. When you grow up being shown only one path, it’s hard to look around at the other ones around you.

Andrea was a fantastic heroine, she was smart, kind and wanted her life’s work to mean something. She was a perfect teacher, valuing each one of her students for their strengths and differences, knowing they had the ability to change their own lives for the better. And the way she always believed Stu was more than he thought he was made me love her.

Thief of Hearts can be read as a standalone, but I recommend also reading the previous book as some of the story connects. Fantastic, original romance story, something I can always expect from this author.

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“You shouldn’t always dismiss things before they’ve had a chance to wow you. If you do, you’ll miss everything that’s wonderful in the world.”

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October 3, 2016

4 Artistic Stars

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I am a huge fan of the first three installments of this series so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this one. We met Stu in Hearts of Blue for the first time. He is Lee's brother and supposedly not the brightest bulb in the box. I remembered this little fact when I started to read Thief of Hearts and was a little bit nervous - I don't want my heroes to be dimwits!

Andrea works as a teacher for adult education. She loves her job - there is nothing more fulfilling than helping other people. She married her high school sweetheart, had a couple of happy years with him when he passed away. The treatment expenses have left her with a mountain of debt. The last thing she needs in her life is a student who rocks the James Dean look and gives her seductive glances.

After getting out of prison Stu has only one goal - protect his family, no matter what. Going back to school, seducing his teacher and executing the task he has been given is his focus. That he has to deceive the one person who shows him kindness and sees his potential makes him feel more guilty with every day. Add to that the growing attraction and feelings makes it more complicated to follow through with every day. Will she ever forgive him if she finds out?

"Everyday you're deeper under my skin, and I have no cue how deep I'm under yours."

Andrea is a very kind, upstanding, no-nonsense character. I have to admit, I struggled a little bit in the beginning with her . She was a little bit too teacher-like, to me she had something dry and bland about her in the first chapters. That changed when Stu started to make serious moves on her and feelings came to the surface - she turned into a sweet and sensual woman who bloomed under Stu's attention. Farther along I struggled with her again, I can't really give away too much since this would be a major spoiler However, it does involve her fast jump into a proposal, damn the moral dilemma - while this might be explained with her level of desperation the way she presented herself to me I thought she'd rather face the consequences of declining. In my mind this wasn't in character. She also got mad at Stu at some point, which was understandable but since she couldn't present an alternative way to handle this particular situation I thought her grudge was a little bit too strong.

Stu...what a cheeky, funny and smart guy. I loved that he had a different kind of intelligence. He was in no way dumb, kudos to L.H. Cosway for making me see past that impression.
Those who know me, know that I usually go easier on the heroes. Yes, I'm a tramp. Sorry, not sorry. So I was able to see past his faults and took his side.

"Nobody's ever seen me like you do."

See where I said I'm a tramp? I loved how he made Andrea uncomfortable with his naughty and cheeky approach, he forced her out of her shell. And boy does he have a dirty mouth on him.

Don't get shy on me now, luv. You stole my post-prison virginity cowgirl style."

We get to see Lee, Trevor, Reya, Karla and even Alexis and her son. Loved to catch up a little bit with them. Andrea's cousin Alfie is a very special and lovable person, he made me want to hug him and hold him when he had one of his bad times.

L.H. Cosway gives us again a very unique story with twists and turns and adorable characters. She really took me by surprise a couple of times and I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for Trevor and Reya in the last installment of this series.

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"You don't have to deflect.There's no judgment here."
"I'm not deflecting, Miss Anderson, I'm flirting."

Thief Of Hearts is without doubt one of my favorite books in this series! I loved it so much L.H. Cosway did an amazing job with this story and especially with her characters!


"How could a man's gaze seem so carnal, as if he was defining me with just a look?"

Stu was the main reason for this, it's been a long time since a character fascinated me and made me happy. He was smart, funny, hot and so sweet! Andrea was also sweet and lovable. I loved their chemistry and there were some really steamy moments between them!

Overall it was a sweet story with fantastic characters and the perfect amount of humor! I highly recommend it!



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October 5, 2016

Title: Thief of Hearts
Series: Hearts #5
Author: L.H. Cosway
Release date: October 4, 2016
Cliffhanger: No

Thief of Hearts has everything an experienced reader of L.H. Cosway's books comes to expect. Complex and unique characters, along with an unpredictable and completely engrossing storyline. I always know that there will be plenty of surprises in store, but I have to tell you, I was really impressed with what she created here. You couldn't have torn this book away from me while reading the tail end of this book for anything. And one particular moment...I had to actually sit for a moment to take in the little twist that blindsided me. It never ceases to amaze me how fresh this author always strives to make her stories. That is why I will keep coming back for more, no questions asked.

This book centers around Stu. The brother who had a bit of a bad reputation in previous books. He's the oldest, yet growing up he failed to assume his role of protector of the family. He was also perceived by everyone who knows him as not very intelligent. Easy to look at, but not a whole lot to brag about. So it goes without saying that I was curious to see how he would fare in the role of a hero. Would I wholeheartedly love him? Let me tell you, mission accomplished, because I couldn't wipe the constant smile off of my face of stop chuckling over Stu and his cheeky personality from the very start. And by the end, I was convinced of his sincerity and total devotion to the heroine.

Andrea endeared herself to me from the start. She's a widow, and having financial difficulties because of the expenses of her late husband's medical bills. Yet, she chooses a profession that will affect people's lives in a positive way. She chooses the struggle rather than an empty career, and she genuinely wants to make a difference. I loved how she was a perfect foil for Stu. Different in so many ways, but enhancing the qualities in each other. She was book smart, he's street smart. She's open and optimistic and he's...not. He's hardened and cynical. He struggled with poverty and people's judgements about him and she had a loving and safe upbringing. But they see each other. They understand the value of each other underneath the surface and I saw the beauty in that.

People like you give people like me a soft place to fall. Otherwise we'd just be cold and hard. That's how I was before I met you.

Andrea is Stu's teacher and from the first moment he walks in the classroom, he's relentlessly flirting with her. It was absolutely hysterical to see him bombard her with his hot stares and blunt teasing. She was forever flustered and confused over his behavior. Because really, he was movie star gorgeous, and she was a fashion disaster who had never been pursued this way by men. Surprisingly, her distrust and aversion to crossing the student-teacher line was not a deterrent to him. To her shock, it only seemed to encourage his boundary pushing. And I enjoyed every minute.

It was like some little Cupid baby had shot him with a love arrow and all of a sudden Stuart Cross was hot for his teacher.

Of course, things are not as they seem and intentions are not quite as innocent as they are presented by Stu. As the sexual attraction builds between them, it's clear that there are secrets and deceptions waiting to be uncovered. Stu is trying to break free from the choices he made in the past, he genuinely wants to start fresh and not be defined by his mistakes. And Andrea wants to be that person who believes in him. I love how she pushes him to better himself. She searches for ways to build his self-confidence and motivated him to work for a brighter future. He never really had someone in his life who encouraged him like that, and it was like seeing a flower reaching towards the sun.

I loved the incredible sexual tension between these two characters. The build up between Stu and Andrea was a nuclear reaction waiting to explode.

I'm not good for you, Andrea. Please remember that, because the next time I try to touch you, if you let me, I won't stop.

Cosway is a master at building those moments that make your heart flutter in delight, and once again she had me giddy in excitement. She balanced the perfect amount of angst and passion as the conflicts between them unfolded.

Andrea did a couple things toward the end that left me conflicted, but I encourage anyone and everyone to read this book. I'm a huge fan of the series, and I'm more than a little bit sad to see that there is only one book until it comes to a close. If you're looking for a sexy and thrilling read that will sweep you away, look no further. Thief of Hearts will connect with many readers and make you fall in love with these brothers all over again.


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December 3, 2016
I became a huge fan of this series and my excitement grew stronger every day until getting to read this book. I was not over the moon for "Hearts of Blue" and really wanted to have a proper book for one of the Cross brothers. I was not disappointed by Stu's story! It was brilliant, funny and kept me hanging until the epilogue.

We all know the Cross brothers from book 4 and got a glimpse of their different personalities and story. Lee, Trevor, Liam and Stu are one united family, being capable of the toughest of sacrifices for seeing their love ones safe. Stu was the one to take the hit for his brother's at the end of "Hearts of Blue" and got sentenced to 2 years of prison for robbing cars.

This book's story begins when Stu is out of prison and tries to have a normal life. I don't want to spoil much of the plot and I will try to focus on his relationship with Andrea. Stu enrolls in an adult schooling project, in which he meets Andrea, a young and beautiful girl, but who is also his teacher. Since the moment he walked through the door, Andie was mesmerized by Stu and had a deep connection with him, despite their student teacher relationship didn't allow them to explore it freely.

The characters were amazing, I felt so drawn to them and caught my attention especially because they were different but bind so good together.
After this experience in prison, Stu wants so change and everything seems like he is making the progress necessary by taking classes and aiming for higher education. He suffers from dyslexia, being difficult to read properly and keep up with the class, but despite that, he is very good with numbers, a quality that Andrea's sees and will expand later on. Well not all things are like we see them, and we soon discover that Stu has a certain reason why being in Andie's class, needing her help. I was a little angry at him at the beginning, because I didn't want him to use her this way, but he soon figures out what an amazing person she is, and came clean with the whole thing. Stu is kind of tormented and doesn't believe in redemption and second chances. He can't shake off the feeling that he doesn't deserved better, that he can't have a better life and a higher education, like having his past say a final word upon his future. His only goal right now is keeping his family safe, and will do everything for them.

Andie shows him what a bright future he can have, full of love and hope. She has been a widow for 4 years, and love is not on her menu. She wants to help people, seek satisfaction into seeing them evolve and be someone in life. Stu becomes her mission and she was right not to give up on him. After her husband dies, she is afraid to love again, being afraid of feeling lost and vulnerable, and experience pain.
Andie and Stu managed to heal each other in the most amazing way possible and I loved their story top to bottom. Andrea was a great heroine for me, with a heart of gold and a patience of a saint. Strong and determined, she helped him figure out a path in life and not be satisfied with low or medium.

"That might sound weird, but I'm proud of me, too. You should be, you're defying the odds, Stuart Cross.. Well, you know what they say, about the right teacher.. "

She thought him not only how to love again, but how to love himself as a person and never give up on aiming big : " Be my soft place to fall "
Stu made Andrea fell in love again, bringing down her walls and making her experience a part that was missing for a while.

" Stuart Cross made me feel alive. So much so that it took him coming into my life to make me realize I hadn't been living."

He made her be more confident, move on and show her that even if pain touched her in the past, her future could be brilliant and full of hope.
I loved their deep connection and the way they clicked, the way they healed each other and evolved together.

I truly recommend this book, it was an amazing an clever read, a true experience from the first page to the last.
Looking forward to reading the last installment from this series, Trevor's story.
5 stars!!!


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September 26, 2016
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

I absolutely love this series, and since the cheeky chappies from London that form the Cross family have come into the picture, I have had the most amazing time getting to know them and have fallen - hook, line, and sinker for these fabulous brothers.

Stu Cross is the eldest of the clan, but he feels like he's failed as a big brother and left Lee to take charge. However, if you are familiar with book 4, Hearts of Blue, you will know that he stood up to the plate, and spent two years in prison to take the fall when his families dodgy car business was busted. Now out of the nick, he has a mission to steal a famously missing Rembrandt painting, and the only way he can do that is to get close to adult education teacher, Andrea Anderson.

"He really was incredibly attractive. Sometimes I had to remind myself that he was my student and not some male model who’d lost his way and found himself in my adult education class."

Andie is a widow at the age of 28, having married young and lost her husband to cancer at 24. She is a kind, and gentle soul, who wants to make a difference to people's lives by teaching, and keeps herself busy to take her mind off her grief.

When Stu enrols in her course at the college she is employed at, she is shocked to find herself developing feelings that she thought were long since buried, and every time he is near her, she is more and more drawn to his contagious charm and charisma, the only thing is, she cannot for the life of her understand why he is pursuing her, and is adamant that he has an ulterior motive...

I just love the banter, and the tension that LH Cosway is able to convey so well, she is such a unique writer, and humour and good solid connections are always present in her stories, as are the very well thought out and likeable, supporting characters.

Stu was adorably vulnerable and self-deprecating, but also strong and fiercely protective of anyone he cared about. He was always surrounded by the love of his family, but always felt alone, and it's not until he meets a woman who gives so freely, that he realises what he has been missing his whole life.

"This isn’t about how far you’d go. It’s about how far I’d go, and I don’t think there’s anything I wouldn’t do to keep them safe."

Andie was soft to his hard, she is terribly scared of moving forward, but she's a woman who can fight, and she was incredibly determined to make Stu happy, even if she had to break the law to do it.

I loved the mystery of not having Stu's POV, and I thought the plotline involving the stolen painting added a great edge to the book. Lot's of butterflies whilst reading this one, I was in love with this couple and was championing their relationship from the start. Also, there was a forbidden element to the story, which I love, and of course it was set in the spectacular city of London, my home.

"Stu Cross made me feel alive. So much so that it took him coming into my life to make me realise I hadn’t been living."

Am I looking forward to the next book? Hell yes, this book set us up quite nicely for Trevor's story, and as usual, I am left finishing a Hearts book, wishing the next one was written already. I guess I will have to wait patiently, I am sure it will be worth it.

Thief of Hearts is book 5 in the Hearts series, but can be read as a standalone if you really must. Told from the heroine's POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Author 101 books25.7k followers
October 4, 2016
Another brilliant five star read from LH Cosway! This is one of my top favourite book series and Andrea and Stu's story is a wonderful addition to it.

Stu Cross.

Cosway has a wonderful ability to make a somewhat less than heroic secondary character into an irresistible hero in his own book. I didn't think I could love Stu as much as I loved Lee but I did. As always the chemistry between hero and heroine here was amazing. The scenes between Andie and Stu were slow build hot (my favourite kind!). I was reading this on a flight to the US and I kept grinning with giddiness at the banter between them. There were a few moments I found myself chuckling to myself and ignoring the bemused stare of the man next to me. And then there were the moments I cursed myself for forgetting my kindle cover - the kindle cover that would have hid the screen so people couldn't see the panty-meltingly hot sex scenes that Cosway writes. However, her writing is so addictive that I soon was too absorbed in the story to give a crap if anyone could see I was reading schmexy stuff :p

A book with true heart - emotional, edgy, angsty, and smokin' hot sexy! Thief of Hearts is just one more reason I keep one-clicking L.H. Cosway's novels
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January 6, 2018
4.5 Stars (Re-Read 1/5/2018)

4.5 Stars (First Read 10/10/2016)

STU!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍

Original Review


Now... I'm not saying I have an unhealthy amount of love for L.H. Cosway and her books, or that I become completely crazy when a new book of hers is released... but let's just say, my reaction is pretty much exactly like Buddy the Elf's when he finds out Santa's coming to town...


That's not weird, is it? *awkwardly looks around* Well, if you've ever read anything by her, I think you'll agree that her books make you feel like your birthday has come early. With stunning writing, engaging characters, and unique plot-lines, she's an auto-buy author I'd recommend everyone checking out! There was a lot to love in this novel, but I have to start out with the one thing that absolutely stole the show... Stu *le sigh*

I just finished a book and labeled that hero as my favorite book boyfriend of all time... yeah, so this one had a lot to live up to. And I can safely say, Stu was an amazing follow-up. In fact, I'm calling dibs on him right now.


He was the perfect combination of flirty and sweet, add a dirty mouth, and I was a goner. Examples, you say? No worries, I have plenty...

"I'm not deflecting, Miss Anderson, I'm flirting."
"You're sexy when you’re laying down the law, do you know that?"
"The next time I try to touch you, if you let me, I won't stop."
"Don't get shy on me now, luv. You just stole my post-prison virginity cowgirl style."
"I'll get you on all fours, spread you so fucking wide . . . don't stop, keep moving, fuck me, Andrea. I'm yours. Jesus, your pussy was made for me. I'm close. Are you close?"
"Bet nobody knows what a dirty little thing you are," he continued hoarsely, his gaze turning unfocused. "This is all for me, yeah?"
With a penchant for giving neck kisses...


And incredibly sweet...
"You're not invisible like you think you are," he whispered, eyes holding mine intensely. "You're beautiful. So beautiful. I see you."
"Did you ever stop to wonder if maybe you were my family now, too?"
"I love you. I love everything about you, your kindness, your open heart, your beauty. But look, I’m not an idiot. I know you don't feel the same way yet... But I'm going to make you see I'm worth it. We're worth it, luv."


It was impossible not to fall in love with him, and I loved that Andrea immediately noticed what a good person he was, even when he didn't believe it himself. Andrea was amazing in her ability to be kind and selfish without letting herself be walked all over. And despite the fact that she's a widow and lost the someone she loved young, she doesn't push him away. She has moments of hesitance, but it never felt forced or like it's purpose was to further the story.
"Stu Cross made me feel alive. So much so that it took him coming into my life to make me realise I hadn’t been living. I’d been imprisoned in the past, hiding behind a future that was lost to me."
I think my favorite part about this story though was that nothing happened the way it typically does. When we read teacher-student romance, an ex-con romance, or a romance where we know that the hero is initially lying to the heroine and seducing her, I think we all make a general assumption of how things will play out. But nothing played out like I thought it would, and this is one of the reason I love Conway's novels. She takes overdone plots and makes them fresh and unique. And I loved how every single preconception I had was challenged and that she took things a different way. I can't really say more without giving the entire story away, but it was awesome <3


I also must say, I love how more and more authors are taking the characters that weren't really liked in previous books and giving them their story. It's easy to write a character off as bad, mean, bitchy... but that's not how most people are. There are layers and I love that authors are exploring that. :)

And, as always, there was also wisdom...
"His weakness created his strength."
"I'm afraid I fall victim to stereotyping from time to time. And you're right, just because your muscles are big doesn't mean your brain is small."
And just general facts of life...
"Carbs and sugar were the food equivalent of getting a hug from a life-sized fluffy teddy bear."
The beginning was a little slow for me, but at a certain point (around 20%), I couldn't put it down! I'd definitely recommend if you're a fan of Conway's other works; and if you've never read anything by her before, I would urge you to give her a chance!! <3


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October 5, 2016
A beautiful contemporary romance that toes the line of forbidden love with a wonderful blend of hope, lust, love and angst.

Andrea Anderson loves teaching, she’s fueled by the knowledge that she’s able to make a difference in people’s lives, the last thing on her mind is searching for love, especially not in the classroom and not after becoming a widow at such a young age. But all that changes when bad boy Stu Cross enters her classroom filling it with sexiness directed towards her and vibrancy and chemistry she’ll find difficult to ignore.
“If you go around living your life indifferent to new experiences, you’re going to have a grey life. Wouldn’t you prefer it to be a rainbow?”

Stu Cross had done his time and is ready to live his life on the straight and narrow, except he’s still in debt with a dangerous man who’s threatened his family if he doesn’t come through with a job only the unsuspecting Andie can help him with. After getting to know her sweet kindness and feel the connection developing between them, can he continue to mislead her in order to keep his family safe or will he tell her the truth? Can they find a way out of the tangled mess?
““Even when you’ve given up on yourself, I won’t give up on you.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, L. H. Cosway is a brilliant storyteller, skilled at creating complex characters in interesting and original settings that hook you and keep you invested throughout the story. I love it when I get to meet well developed characters who at first glance might seem completely at odds with each other and as the story unfolds they connect in the most wonderful ways helping the other and together finding happiness they didn’t imagine and never would have achieved otherwise.
“Nobody’s ever seen me like you do,” Stu went on whispering now. “Not even my brothers.”
“You see me, too,”
I replied, my voice shaky. “Like no one else does. What you just said means everything.”

Andie is this incredibly caring person who chooses to pursue a career in which she can make a difference even while in debt instead of an empty, unfulfilling one where she could be rid of financial worries. I wish she were real or based on a real person because the world needs people like her, with sweet and soft hearts to assuage humanity’s sharp and dark edges. She’s also very relateable because she’s flawed, she avoids and escapes difficult situations.
“Stu Cross made me feel alive. So much so that it took him coming into my life to make me realise I hadn’t been living. I’d been imprisoned in the past, hiding behind a future that was lost to me.”

I had wanted a happy, happy ending for Stu for a while now and am so glad he finally did. He has a great heart behind the sharp edges. There were times when I felt his story was in some ways similar to one of my all-time favorite movies, Good Will Hunting. I could so clearly picture him being so gifted in Math with so many possibilities for him if only given the right push. I also loved that he would do anything to protect his family. Mostly though, I enjoyed the attraction between Andie and Stu and the edge of their forbidden romance that made for a delicious slow burn and kept me hooked.
“People like you give people like me a soft place to fall. Otherwise we’d just be cold and hard. That’s how I was before I met you.”

However this story isn’t just a romance between a teacher and his student, it’s also about an art caper with interesting twists and turns in which other interesting characters are involved. Andie’s artist cousin Alfie plays an interesting role in the plot. I particularly enjoyed the parts where L.H. describes his paintings with so much detail I could almost swear I’ve seen them in art gallery or museum somewhere.

Every character from Andie, Stu, Alfie to Andie’s students where interesting, but I especially appreciated the time spent with the Cross family. They are one happy bunch. I can’t wait to meet all of them.
Thief of Hearts is book #5 in the Hearts series by L.H. Cosway. It’s a standalone, contemporary romance with slow burn sexiness, clever twists and touching moments. It can be read as a standalone

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Wordsmith. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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October 4, 2016
★★★★★4 Stars★★★★

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"Seduce the teacher.

Meet the cousin.

Make a deal.

Steal the painting".

Andrea hasn't had it easy for the past four years. Losing her husband to cancer, a crap ton of bills in the aftermath, and being a strong force in her cousin's life whom she absolutely adores. One thing she loves to do is teach and help a lot of people. So When she gets a new student in her class, her main focus is to help him achieve his goals and pass the class. But what she wasn't expecting was the resident bad boy to turn her world and classroom upside down and sometimes bein too good is overrated.

Stu has always been on the wrong side of the law. Taking the fall for and going to prison for his familiy's shady car business, he's now out of prison and just wants to get on with his life. Being assigned to an adult education class was not on his list of things to do while getting out, but from the moment he walks into Andrea's classroom, he knew this could possible be the best decsion he's ever made. When the most forbidden thing is staring right in front of you, what do you do?

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"If you go around living your life indifferent to new experiences, you're going to have a grey life. Wouldn't you prefer it to be a rainbow? ".

Andrea and Stu's relationship was extremely complicated and they had ALOT of obstacles in from of them. I liked the fact that Stu say whatever he wanted and he stuck up for Andrea when it was necessary. What started as a game of sorts became so much more and I really enjoyed seeing how everything unfolded. They each had their own layers of being closed off but when they got together, everything was stripped down to nothing but the real Andrea and Stu.

If you've read the previous books in the series then you know you're going to get a story about love, family, and the true meaning of what it means to love and BE in love. Don't miss out on this one.

*Arc kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

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578 reviews117 followers
October 6, 2016
4 stars

Ex-con meets widowed teacher, finds a way to trick her but ends up falling in love with her. That's the jist of the story. Common plot line? Yes, but the author did a fabulous job! The main characters had a fantastic connection and those sex scenes...*fans myself* OFF THE CHARTS!!! Stu is no doubt my favourite Cross brother. Super sweet, super tender and those dark, heated stares....so many of those and I FELT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM. Stu Cross is palpably hot and i loved that he was so tender and held Andie with so much reverence.

I expected lots of angst but there was nearly none despite the blurb (ok, maybe a little at the end). That didn't bother me too much because the story had so much sweetness, which i'd gladly take in heaps. The first 'twist' in this story is also revealed very early in the book and i applaud the author for that. I loved reading the main characters work around that twist instead of unwanted drama.

Overall, a worth- your- time- read in my shelf and a definite recommendation.
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888 reviews697 followers
October 4, 2016
3.5~4 stars

This is a book about forbidden love - teacher/student romance but it’s about so much more than just that. It’s a story of friendship, family bonding, art crime and of course student/teacher. Andie is a dynamically complicated character, she goes along day after day playing the same role until she meets her new student, Stu. Stu is dark, mysterious and a dirty talker. I am a sucker for a good teacher/student romance and this one was a little different than others I have read. The teacher was female and there was no age gap issue between the two characters. Andie and Stu have great chemistry together. But Stu’s intentions aren’t as honorable and innocent as Andie initially assumes. When he reveals his secret plan to her to steal a famous painting asking for her help, will Andie find the power to do the right thing? Should she trust her heart?

The novel played out an interesting and unpredictable relationship between an intrigued student and quite cautious teacher. The characters’ dynamic is definitely worth considering for anyone interested in relationships between people with a work-related boundary. Part of my problem had to do with the flat primary characters and the story’s lack of power. I could say that I preferred the secondary characters more; they felt more likable and appealing. Overall, it was a sweet and very cute story that I truly enjoyed. Not your typical teacher/student plot.

Hero 3/5 | Heroine 3/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 4/5 | Writing Style 4/5 | Steam 3/5 | Romance 4/5 | Angst-Suspense 4/5 | Darkness 0/5 | Humor 3/5 | Secondary Characters 5/5 | Drama-Conflict 3/5 | Mystery 3/5 | Twists 3/5 | Pacing Moderate | Action 4/5

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August 1, 2017
First of all there is nothing hotter than an East London Cockney accent. Gets me all hot and bothered. Now that that vital piece of information is out of the way let’s move on to the important things.

4.5 ‘It’s a clean slate or nothing’ Stars.

Andie Anderson is a widow at the young age of 28 years old. The dead spouse trope is always somewhat difficult for me. This oddly enough worked though.

After the loss and pain of losing her husband it has been tough going. She hasn’t been living. Only surviving. What with all her problems there is no wonder with all the pressure that she is under and not being able to tell anyone.

Although isn’t Andie Anderson a goody two shoes. She did me bloody nut in sometimes. Andie has saint like qualities which I think was taking a little bit too far but hey, just my opinion. Don’t get me wrong I liked Andie but when she was talking about being a teacher and trying to help people which is noble it’s just teachers really wanting to help their students is like finding the one and only magical unicorn. Yeah I'm a cynic.

Stu Cross has been out of prison he was in for two years. I owned up to his past mistakes and went to jail for Lee taking the fall. Poor sod went through a lot of things in jail and had to do what he had to survive and he did. After his release the favour that he has to do has been called in. Stu has a James Dean vibe to him and how you can’t help but love those Cross brothers. I loved Lee but I think I love Stu more. But then there is Trev and not to forget Liam, can I have all of them maybe?
Stu has had a tough upbringing. His family has had to do a lot to stay above board. He doesn’t see the talents that he has and well I just wanted to hug him and jump his bones half of the time it took Andie long enough to get her shite together.

Andie and Stu meet when Stu joins her class. She recognises his untapped potential and he can’t quite believe it. Stu comes on strong to Andie she tries to fight it but she can’t that is until she finds out Stu’s hidden agenda and they come up with a plan. Andie doesn’t get Stu’s advances but Stu begins to see that he handled the situation wrong and that he makes up for it in the ways that count and least and I’m not talking about the dosh.

Beneath Stu’s gruffness there is a really good guy. He warns Andie away on numerous accounts but he can’t not help flirt with her especially after the two year period of hell. Stu is the ultimate underdog and I was rooting for him the whole way. I get his reasons for doing what he did. And how he is with his feelings in the end is adorable and had me sighing.

“Nobody’s ever seen me like you do,” Stu went on whispering now. “Not even my brothers.” “You see me, too,” I replied, my voice shaky. “Like no one else does. What you just said means everything.”

I was starting to get bored until I found out that it was about pulling off a heist and the ultimate heist is pulled. Clever. I like clever books and well heist books as well. Who of us didn’t’ want to be Charlize Theron in The Italian Job?

I am. A. Huge. L.H. Cosway. Fan. And I don’t think that it will change so soon. Ms. Cosway takes the most unlikely characters and makes it work and it works well. Stu and Andie couldn’t be any different.

This is one of my favourite series and I hope this is kept up as it would be a crying shame for it to go all tits up you know.

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Book received by Wordsmith in exchange for an honest review.

Two years later.

"This is me, Stu. There's nobody else here. No bullshit, so stop blocking me out." I keep my voice measured not letting my temper get the better of me.

All of sudden, Stu slumps in his seat. His breathing goes funny, and he closes his eyes. I stare at him, not knowing what to do. . It seems like he is ignoring me again, but I see the wetness on his cheeks and I realise that he is crying.

This is me:

Don't worry Stu, come to Mama I'll take care of you.
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October 14, 2016
Thief of Hearts is the fifth book in the Hearts series. Since each book features different characters they can be read as standalone. As much as I hate to admit this, this is my first book in this series. It definitely won’t be my last, I am already so excited to go back and read them all!

I was immediately pulled into this story when I met Andrea. Andrea is twenty-eight and a widow. Her life hasn’t gone how she planned, but she still makes the best of things and continues to put others first. For instance, she lives with her cousin who is an artist and antisocial, she takes care of all his basic needs because he is family and she loves him. She is also selfless in her career choice, choosing to teach adult students because she wants to make a difference in their lives.

From the outside Stu appears to be Andrea's complete opposite. He is a convict who enrolls in her class and immediately begins to challenge her. He doesn’t want to be there and makes a point to prove over and over again that he is there out of obligation to his parole. When I first met Stu I wasn’t sure what to expect, naturally I thought of a bad boy criminal and what kind of trouble he could bring to her world.

Stu proved to be so much more than I originally thought. This whole story turned out to be more than I thought. Cosway exceeding my expectations by delivering a unique plot that was written fanatically. I felt completely connected to the story and truly got to know the characters. There was no question who these characters were and I loved that about the story.

I have read a few Cosway books and they are all so well written. I love her character and plot development and how she brings everything together. This story was different with the added suspense and excitement, but not so over the top I lost focus of the romance and connection between Andrea and Stu. I enjoyed this series so much and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

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957 reviews452 followers
October 16, 2016
3.5 stars

Perhaps my expectations for Thief of Hearts were a tad too high. When I read the synopsis, I had visions of Julia Roberts and George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven dancing in my head as I envisioned a massive heist/love affair placed in a fine art setting. The book may lack the wow factor I anticipated, but it is still quite charming.

Andie is an isolated young widow and devoted teacher who is struggling financially. I sympathized with her and appreciated her nurturing loyalty, yet for some reason I felt a disconnect. She’s almost too good and too even tempered. Basically, I found her to be rather dull.

I really liked Stu. He’s more than his label of a criminal; he’s truly a good, self-sacrificing man who has always put his family first. He broke my heart with his incapacity to see the good inside himself and his stubborn refusal to recognize his potential.

Did I feel a huge spark between Stu and Andie? Not so much. Did they still appeal to me as a couple? Yes. I loved their ability to positively influence each other. Surprisingly, I was more interested in the student/teacher forbidden romance aspect of their relationship than the questionably deceptive seduction. At any rate, I was definitely rooting for them. Stu’s family members are rowdy and highly entertaining, and I loved Andie’s sensitive soul of a cousin.

I was prepared for the whole painting heist plotting to lead up to an epic showdown, but I felt let down. The climactic conflict seemed abrupt, too easily resolved, and then forgotten. I wanted more suspense, and the lack of it made my attention wane.

The prospect of a former convict finding redemption and love with a lonely, kindhearted woman is sweet, and I’m sure Thief of Hearts will appeal to many readers. I just wish it had sustained my interest more throughout. The epilogue is really clever, though, and not to be missed!

Recommended for fans of:
Second chance romance
Con jobs

**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**

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June 5, 2017

I recently switched jobs and part of the requirements of my new job is to take my licensing exam. This means hours of studying giving me less time to read. It has taken me 8 days to finish 'Thief of Hearts'! 8 DAYS!! What a travesty. I was so glad to have this one to read during my study breaks. It was the perfect distraction. I simply adored this book. I found I loved it so much I would get up early and read it in the morning before work, and think about it all day!

L. H. Cosway's writing has always captivated me. She has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are part of the story she's created. Her characters are perfectly flawed and real. It is impossible not to relate to them, let alone love them.

I have enjoyed every book in The Hearts series. Topping my favorites list is 'Thief of Hearts'.

I was extremely excited for Stu's story after his self-less act in the 'Hearts of Blue' I wanted to crack his tough exterior and peel back the layers. And that is exactly what Cosway did.

Starting out as a broody, agitated man who was disturbed by his time in prison, we soon discover Stu was never given the opportunity to achieve his true potential. It isn't until he meets Andie (Andrea) and enrolls in her adult education class that he sees a possibility of being something other than what others see. She is the first person to treat him special, to see his brilliance, and treat him differently than a common criminal.

Andie lost her husband, the only man she'd ever loved, 4 years prior from cancer. Mourning her husband's death, but also wanting to celebrate his life, she decided to change careers and become a teacher. She enjoyed her students and helping them improve their life circumstances.

Both Andie and Stu are fiercely loyal and protective of their families. Doing anything to keep them safe. Stu is forced to get Andie and her cousin Alfie involved in a deal he made in prison.

This would test their relationship. Because Andie has been holding back from forming emotional bonds with men since her husband passed. It's easier to not get involved, then fall in love and be heartbroken. But Stu finds a better man when he looks at himself through Andie's eyes, and he doesn't want to loose that.
❝...just be my soft place to fall. I need you, Andrea.❞

I have to mention Alfie, he is an interesting character and one who I wanted to know more about. I am glad he got some sort of HEA in this book.

A slow burn romance? Eh, maybe. But their connection was undeniable, it was intense and it was electric. The sexual tension in this book was perfect. There wasn't anything I didn't love about it. Another winner!

<***An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.***

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October 7, 2016
5++++ Heart Stars*******

(ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review)

Once again another one of the Cross brothers has stolen my heart. Sweet and edgy, this novel was a great addition to the already wonderful series, where each book can be read as a standalone but together they make the most amazing books, and an all-time favorite series of mine.

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Andrea Anderson; teacher, widow, twenty eight years old, and deeply in debt. Having lost her husband to cancer at such a young age was one of the hardest thing she's ever had to face. He left her feeling empty and with so much dept from all the medical bills, that she's having a hard time finding the light at the end of the tunnel. Andrea lives with her cousin Alfie in a tiny apartment and she teaches adults at a local collage.

Stu Cross; sexy bad boy, thirty years old, newly released ex-con. One condition of his parole is that he needs to enroll in school, but Stu in Andrea's classroom for other reasons, meeting the beautiful teacher and get to know her better.

Stu had a plan, a live or die plan that he needs to complete or his family will pay the concequences. What wasn't part of the plan was how deep into the beautiful brown eyes of Andrea he was going to fall. And Andrea had no idea she could have feelings again after loosing her husband, let alone for a gorgeous bad boy like Stu Cross.

"Stu Cross made me feel alive. So much that it took him coming into my life to make me realize I hadn't been living. I'd been imprisoned in the past, hiding behind a future that was lost to me.

"Just be my soft place to fall. I need you."

This novel had so much heart, so much soul, that it is impossible not feel it, deep within you. The loyalty and love between the Cross brothers, the bond between Andrea and Alfie, the chemistry of all the characters, everything was just so beautiful. I loved the contrast between how edgy and strong Stu was, and Andrea's softness and charisma, a stunning combination that made the most amazing novel.
A story easy to enjoy and to relate to, a book that everybody would love...

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1,299 reviews701 followers
October 4, 2016

Title: Thief of Hearts
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 4, 2016

Book Description:

Seduce the teacher.
Meet the cousin.
Make a deal.
Steal the painting.

Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise, his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

**Can be read as a stand alone.

5 "Finding a soft place to fall" Stars!

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My Review:

This is the first book I've read that was solely authored by L.H. Cosway, and now I'm a believer!
I've read her co-author work with Penny Reid in their RUGBY series and I'm a HUGE fan, but this is the first time that I've experienced Ms. Cosway's writing voice, style, and storytelling.

From the first page, I was engaged in the story and the unique characters.
I didn't want to put the book down.
I loved the characters and their background. I was cheering them on right from the start and hoped that Stu wasn't just a poser trying to take advantage of a good woman.

It is no accident that Stu is Andrea's class.
He targeted her.
He's on a mission, and he'll do anything to protect the people he loves.
What Stu didn't count on was Andrea and how she would affect him and make him second guess his motives.

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Andrea's character is a little more complex.
She was widowed at a young age and has basically shut herself off from the world.
Her husband was sick for a long time, and she is now financially strapped.
Her only friends are her cousin and his mate.
She throws all her energy into her job where she's an adult education teacher.
Andrea has been in limbo until Stu arrives in her class and makes her feel things she's never felt before.

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Their relationship is complicated for Andrea because 1) She is his teacher, and she could lose her job, and 2) She doesn't trust that a MAN like him would be interested in a GIRL like her.

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What Andrea doesn't realize is that Stu doesn't think he's good enough for someone as smart, talented, and kind as her. She doesn't look at him like he's worthless but she treats him as though he can do/be anything.

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The added twists and turns to the plot were amazing and had me on the edge of my seat hoping that everything would work out for this amazing couple.

This is a wonderfully written story of loyalty and second chances, and how far someone will go to protect the ones they love.

READ this story!

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About the author:

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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"A copy of this book has been provided by the WORDSMITHPUBLICITY in exchange for an honest review"

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1,387 reviews319 followers
October 4, 2016
4.5 stars

I actually took the initiative to glance back to Hearts of Blue to refresh my memory of the hero, Stu Cross. He's the eldest of the Cross brothers and in that previous book, he make the sacrifice to go to prison to protect his brother.

Now Stu Cross is fresh out of prison and he end up in an adult course as part of his parole's requirement. From what I knew of Stu, he is a dyslexic, but gifted in maths. So what is Stu's plan for the future now that his family no longer wants to return to their life of crime? Is he really interested in pursuing an education?

Andrea Anderson is a young widow and dedicated her time to helping adult to get back to education. She is swamp with responsibilities and debt and living with her neurotic but talented cousin, Alfie. When Stu swaggered into her classroom, she knew he is too much for her to handle.

There is a reason for Stu to be in Andrea class and he did not plan to fall for the woman who is full of kindness and acceptance for him. But faith has it that he can no longer hide his feelings nor take advantage of her trust. Will Andrea forgive him and help him despite his dishonesty?

As usual Cosway created such three dimensional characters that you can't help but love them. Not only that I'm rooting for the main characters, I'm incredibly invested in the supporting cast as well, especially Alfie and Jamie.

Andrea is constantly reminiscing about her lost husband, Mark and usually I find such instances annoying. But the way Cosway deliver it, I don't find it bothering at all. In fact, I'm sad that such a good man died young. Andrea is a lovable heroine, she is totally selfless and kind, always putting others need before hers. I'm glad that I get to know Andrea's feeling to Stu transform each day from teacher-student to lovers. Not that Stu is a young man who had hots for his older teacher. This doesn't have any taboo at all considering he is in an adult class.

There is a light touch of suspense whereby Stu is planning for a coup, but it isn't overall dramatic and there isn't any danger per se. But is an interesting plot that have me guessing.

Overall, this is another strong installment for my favorite series. I especially love the epilogue. Too bad Cosway didn't plan an extra book for this special character. I'm sure many fans would love it. The Cross brothers are a constant presence in the book as expected. Trevor is such a riot and definitely looking forward to his story next.

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August 1, 2018

" Te amo. Amo todo sobre ti, tu amabilidad, tu corazon abierto, tu belleza. Pero no soy idiota. Se que todavia no te sientes del mismo modo. Pero voy a hacer que veas, que valgo la pena. Nosotros lo valemos, amor. "

Thief Of Hearts es el quinto libro de la serie Hearts escrita por la autora L. H. Cosway y narra la historia de amor entre Stu ( personaje secundario en las anteriores partes ) y Andie, un nuevo personaje.

Si cuando inicie esta saga hace años me hubieran dicho que estos libros iban a ser tan memorables en mi vida me hubiera reido a carcajadas, las primeras novelas me resultaron entretenidas y ligeras de leer pero para nada consiguieron encantarme, en cambio el libro anterior y este han conseguido cautivarme de una forma que no esperaba, ahora cuento los dias para poder leer mas de los hermanos Cross.

La historia de Stu y Andie no fue lo que imaginaba, quizas en parte porque lo que vemos de la personalidad de Stu en las novelas anteriores hace que tengamos una idea equivocada de como es realmente o al menos a mi me paso, no esperaba que fuera a ser un protagonista tan bueno, dulce y agradable, y Andie fue una protagonista genial, me gusto su forma de ser y me parecio un personaje muy verosimil.

Honestamente esta historia me encanto. Puede que no tenga una trama impresionante pero es de esos libros que lees y que te dejan una muy buena sensacion ( y una sonrisa enorme ).

Definitivamente estas novelas han ido de menos a mas, deseando estoy de leer los siguientes, ojala no tarde mucho en poder leerlos.

4 Estrellas!!
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