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Don't Go Stealing My Heart

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“This book sparkles and sizzles with Siskind’s trademark humor and heat. Don't go missing this one!" ~ Jen DeLuca, author of WELL MET

The worst thing a con-woman can do is fall head over heels for her mark...

Clementine steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Not exactly on the up-and-up, but she knows what it’s like to lose everything. Her latest heist involves swiping a priceless Van Gogh from its owner, who’s supposed to be an egotistical trust-fund brat. Turns out Jack David is a sexy, kind-hearted man…and Clementine is in trouble.

Jack’s factory, which employs half of the small town he loves, is on the brink of collapse. He barely has enough time to sleep, let alone date the newly arrived Clementine, but their sizzling chemistry is too alluring to resist.

And that earth-shattering kiss? He never stood a chance.

They fall hard and fast, but Clementine hasn’t shared her secrets. And other nefarious sorts are after the same painting. Too soon, they learn what it means to risk it all for love.

336 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 22, 2020

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Kelly Siskind

19 books1,339 followers
Kelly Siskind lives in charming northern Ontario. When she’s not out hiking or skiing, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She loves singing while driving, looks awful in yellow, and is known for spilling wine at parties. Sign up for Kelly’s newsletter at www.kellysiskind.com and never miss a giveaway, a free bonus scene, or the latest news on her books. And connect with her on Twitter and Instagram (@kellysiskind) or on Facebook (@authorkellysiskind).

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Profile Image for Nilufer Ozmekik.
2,195 reviews40.6k followers
April 28, 2020
Romantic, sexy, witty, entertaining to consume with Chardonnay to cheer up my first week after home quarantine, yay, I’m not chasing my husband with an axe and calling him Wendy celebration!

When you gotta heist a man’s place that you have crush on him and turn yourself into prey when you’re hunter, how do you get yourself out of his dilemma?

This entertaining, sweet reading reminded me of Jennifer Cruise’s “Faking It” but at that one, entire heroine’s family were thieves and she met her hero at the closet during the heist when she was hiding from the house owners. But this story is about Clementine, a female Robin Hood not quite interested to wear tight pants steals from the rich to give to the poor. Actually she wants to help orphaned children. So she already melts our cruel hearts because she does wrong things to make things right! I know it doesn’t make so much sense but let’s give a try because writing is enjoyable and Clementine is likable character.

Now, she is about to get her most tricky, complex task because as soon as she meets charming Jack keeps his family business intact and taking care of his sick father, she knows that she’s in trouble because there is undeniable hot chemistry and witty banter around them growing on him. She is about to head over heels in love with him and thankfully her interest is not unrequited but what did she get herself into? She has a heist needs to conduct.

As her true identity reveals, the trust issues and relationship complications they need to deal put them into more intense, compelling situations. And a laugh out loud ending at annual Elvis contest in the town (I didn’t mention our charming, sweet, also Alpha hero-small spoiler: we had explicit hot sex scene proves his controlling manners- is also competing at this festival) gives you more than enough fun you expected.

Overall: It’s sweet, fun, action packed, feel good rom-com. There are still some holes about the progression and revelations but we got to be more generous grader when it comes to soft rom-coms and not to dig out for more logical explanations for everything.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4: this is another fast read and great feel-good choice for these depressing, lockout days. So give it a try to keep on smiling.

Special thanks to NetGalley and CD Books for sharing this entertaining ARC with me in exchange my honest review.
Profile Image for Debra .
2,280 reviews35k followers
March 31, 2020
She wants to steal his Van Gogh. He wants to steal her heart.

Don't go breaking my heart
You take the weight off me
Oh, honey, when you knock on my door
Ooh, I gave you my key

-Elton John

Actually, he didn't give her a key, she let herself in.....

Clementine Abernathy is a modern-day Robin Hood. She Robs from the rich to give to the unfortunate/children in orphanages. But she fell for her mark, and her mark fell for her. Jack David met Clementine when he was having car trouble and she helped him out. Ever since they each can't stop thinking of the other. When they meet again, she realizes he is the man she is met to con, when he sees her, he knows she is the one for him. To make things even more tricky for her, Clementine learns they have something in common and then there is that attraction she feels for him....

Like a breath of fresh air, this book came along right after a slew of some unforgettable books. This book is light and fun and isn't trying to be anything it is not. This is a rewarding fast read that is fun, light, sweet and sexy. The characters are likable, each have interesting back stories, and each brings a little baggage to the table.

So happy, I picked this one up when I did. In stressful times, we all need a little feel good reading in our lives.

Thank you to CD Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Amanda Hash.
278 reviews13 followers
February 8, 2020
This was an adorable, unputdownable book. I loved every detail, from the quirky names of the town and its businesses to the very dramatic and heartwrenching twist I honestly didn't even consider as a possibility. Clementine might be my new favorite heroine-- damaged, sarcastic, tough-as-nails, vulnerable, and utterly captivating all at the same time. And Jack? I fell in love with Jack IMMEDIATELY. It didn't hurt that I'm a huge Elvis fan...(I mean, I once dreamed of getting married in Vegas by an Elvis impersonator.)

Despite the number of times I found myself laughing or just grinning like an idiot (and there were a LOT), this book had plenty of depth and true feeling. The gritty, raw pain of Clementine's childhood was instrumental in helping me truly connect with her character, and Jack's devotion to his family and to those made him even more attractive. Siskind did an amazing job balancing the heavy and the humorous, making her characters come to life.

Don't Go Stealing My Heart was such a fun read, and I don't know how I'm going to wait until Siskind's next book comes out.
Profile Image for Lacey (laceybooklovers).
2,018 reviews10.1k followers
July 14, 2020
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It’s adorable, quirky, dorky, and so, so sweet. I loved the shy hero - he was the perfect guy for the Robin Hood heroine. This book had so many random things, from Elvis impersonators, bearded dragons with matching names, to a painting heist, but it all completely worked for me! If you’re looking for a rom-com (with a hint of suspense) to read this spring, let it be this one.

Don’t Go Stealing My Heart had me hooked from the blurb. A Robin Hood heroine who steals from the rich to give to the poor? And her next mark is none other than the hero?? Sign me up for ALL of that. I had high expectations going into this, but I was truly taken by surprise with how charming this romance turned out to be, with such lovable main characters. Clementine is a sweetheart of a heroine, despite the not-so-good things she does for a good cause. Jack is a cinnamon roll of a hero - pure and kind-hearted! He’s also so adorkable - he’s a freaking Elvis impersonator! I fell head over heels in love with him. He’s shy and blushing at first when it comes to Clementine, but as they get to know each other, his swooniness (is that a word?) and a bit of an alpha edge to him comes out. They were just PERFECT for each other and I really can’t describe how much I loved both of them.

Obviously, Clementine is trying to hide the fact that she’s planning on stealing from Jack, with Jack being none the wiser. There’s a little bit of angst and heartache when it comes to that, but this book as a whole just made my heart happy. I can’t recommend this enough if you want something feel-good that will put a smile on your face. This book is already going on my “best of 2020” list!
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496 reviews1,141 followers
March 16, 2020
2.5 stars

I was so excited when I got a copy of this book thinking it’s gonna be a cute fun read. However, my problem with this book is that it kinda failed to fit into a category. It failed to be a cute fun romcom or an emotional serious book. It was just laying there somewhere in between. I didn’t know how I should look at it as it has failed in achieving either. And I hate to say that, but it felt like the book was just filled with many pity parties. The idea was cute and could have been enjoyable if it was just done well. Everything was rushed that it felt kinda clumsy. I found it kinda hard to connect with the characters or take any of them seriously. Actually, they both really annoyed me. The story had potential, it just took a really cheesy route. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it as much as I hoped.

*A copy was kindly provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest. Thank you.*
Profile Image for Dilushani Jayalath.
905 reviews160 followers
April 6, 2020
Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Unfortunately I have to only say the same thing that I have been telling for the past New Adult genre. It is simply not doing it for me. But in the sake of this one I will admit it did have few sweet moments that really got me smiling. It was a romantic story but nothing to change my opinion on the romantic genre I have these days.
Profile Image for Lisa Tantsits.
148 reviews2 followers
April 22, 2020
This book was amazing! Clementine and Jack’s story was unexpected and beautiful. I love how a moment of weakness when she first meets Jack leads to more truths than she’s ever told anyone. I love how their relationship evolves and to say the end of this book was heart pounding would be an understatement! Fantastic and a must read!
Profile Image for Addie H.
492 reviews235 followers
March 20, 2020
NB: Spoiler free ARC review – expected publication April 22nd 2020

(Tropes: Class Difference, Work Relationship, Fake Relationship, Mistaken Identity/Disguise, Forbidden Love, Unstarched (her))


Love was everything you needed and nothing you didn’t. It was Clementine Abernathy, cat burglar, who’d stolen his heart.

An adorable story that really warms in these trying times. The main lead is a gorgeous dork, who matches well with the heroine despite being almost opposites in ways.

At times there is a lot of back story, which makes the story drag a little, and the heroine has quite the convenient history so we can sympathise, and ultimately have the main lead forgive her. That said, their chemistry is sizzling and their interaction is quite adorable and I was immediately hooked.

The last 25% goes a bit haywire, but it is related to the obstacle, rather than the actual romance, so it does not necessarily affect your view of this as a romance, but I did end up skimming as I got quite bored.

Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend this.

- She popped her trunk, found the greatest invention known to humankind, and held it in the air. “Consider yourself saved.”
“Duct tape?” He grinned, and the effect had her stumbling over non-existent stone.
Someone should follow him with a road sign: Beware of dimples, shortness of breath ahead.

- “Winning is important to me, and she doesn’t live here anyway. There’s no point pursuing her.”
Marco rolled his wrist absentmindedly. “Sounds like you don’t need my advice, then.”
“Guess I don’t.”
“Yeah, you’ll be way better off without a dragon-loving woman who isn’t offended by your recessive seduction gene and seems attracted to an Elvis impersonator-“
“Tribute artist.”
“I’m just saying, forgetting her seems like a swell idea. One you won’t regret at all.” Marco’s sarcasm was annoyingly insightful.


- They were nearing uncomfortable territory. “I’m not good enough for you.”
“Ah.” He brushed his lips against hers. “At twenty-eight, you, Clementine Abernathy, are taking a leap of faith. Staying the course is easier than admitting wrong or changing. I’d be proud to call you mine.”
There he was with that hypothetical persimmon again, teasing her out, offering her the roots she craved. “You should also know I read the newspaper backwards.”


- “I’m feeling…things,” she said. She bit her lip, a hitch to her breath.
They were both feeling plenty of things. Fear things. Too big things. But her affection for him was written all over her flushed cheeks.


3.75 stars

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Sabi.
741 reviews185 followers
February 24, 2022
This was so cute and spicy, loved it!

(The movie is Honeymoon in Vegas and well, I kept thinking of it while reading the book)

Things I liked:

⭐ The writing: It is so easy-going. The book doesn't feel ling or short. Will check other reads by the author. If you are a fan of Jennifer Cruise, Janet Evanovich, you'll definitely like it.

⭐The romance: Both the leads- Clementine and Jack had the perfect amount of wit and fun. Even as individuals, they were such strong personalities. Loved their meet cute.

⭐ The setting: I do not read much small town right romances. But, this one was so good. It was sucha a cute town with nice secondary characters. Plus, an Elvis Presley Festival? Sign me up!

⭐ The twist: It is not much of a big twist but I didn't expect that in a romcom.

⭐ The ending: It was so funny. Definitely one of my favorite ends of the novel.
Profile Image for Caryn - iam.caryn.
741 reviews84 followers
February 12, 2020
If anyone knows me at all, then you know how much I LOVED New Orleans Rush when I read it in 2019. So needless to say, I was beyond excited for Don’t Go Stealing My Heart.

I read the synopsis and I knew it sounded exactly like the type of story I would devour. And devour it I did!

One of the things I loved most about New Orleans Rush is that Siskind added a bit of intrigue. She did the same thing in Don’t Go Stealing My Heart.

It’s what makes Siskind’s books stand out. She doesn’t write “just a romance”. It’s so much more than that. She writes a STORY. You get all of the swoony and adorable content you’d expect from a romance. But you also get emotional depth, stress induced heart palpitations, and some wicked twists.

The sparks between Clementine and Jack left me not wanting to put this book down. They have banter that’s equal parts delicious and sincere.

I loved everything about the town of Whichway. From the names of everything within, to every single one of its residents. It’s somewhere I wouldn’t mind moving to.

If you haven’t read Siskind yet, you need to. Her books are wonderful. New Orleans Rush is marvellous. Don’t Go Stealing My Heart is sensational.
Profile Image for Jemi Fraser.
Author 20 books48 followers
February 19, 2020
So Much Fun!!!
I adored Clementine - a unique and quirky character who melts your heart. Chemistry zips between Clementine and Jack (another quirky sweetheart!) while they get to know each other. Their vulnerabilities make them struggle to find their way. The story takes more than a few unexpected twists and turns and I stayed up WAY too late to finish it. Give yourself a treat and pick this one up!
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1,524 reviews60 followers
May 3, 2020
I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Don't Go Stealing My Heart
By: Kelly Siskind

Don't Go Break-sorry, Stealing My Heart (is that song in your head now?) is a wonderful romcom. And, I love romcoms, so yay! Kelly Siskind is new to me, and I will be checking out her other books. Her style is so eccentric, like the mom in the school pick up line who dresses like a gypsy, has pink hair and piercings, that you can't help but take note. This story is unique, and I am all about that. The characters, Clementine and Jack, are unconventional to say the least. Clementine is a modern day Robin Hood, except, you know, she's not a dude, but her ideology is the same. In this case, she plans to steal a Van Gogh painting from the wealthy bad guy, Jack. Clementine soon realizes, however, that Jack is not the bad person she took him for originally. Jack is a caring family centric man who just happens to be an Elvis tribute artist (so awesome!). Clementine and Jack have painful pasts, too, but, both have used their misfortunes to become better people. The attraction is obvious, but these two are bumbling around, which is adorable. Still, the past must be excavated to build a foundation for the future. It's the little idiosyncrasies that really make Clementine and Jack special. I was on their side because I found commonality, authenticity and truly good hearts in Clementine and Jack. Fingers crossed that Robin Hood and Elvis can live happily ever after, maybe? Don't discount the secondary characters in the overall picture, though, because they were also excellent in the town of Whichway. The whole thing was a warm hug from a friend or, a Starbucks iced latte, whatever makes you happier. I loved reading this quirky, charming, entertaining book(with a twist, by the way), and I think you will, too. Pick up a copy for a little happy!
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2,897 reviews634 followers
March 8, 2022
I have to admit, I was not expecting I like Don't Go Stealing My Heart this much. I was pessimist when I picked up this book. This is also my first read by Miss Siskind.

The story is fun. Rwally fun. It is rom com with a cat burgler for the heroine, Clementine. Jack is so cute. He is a nerdy with a soft heart for the poor. Some of theie banter is cute and sweet. I love it. The chemistry is also hot but not sexual explicit.

Overall, I liking it very much.

4 stars
Profile Image for madandelion [hiatus 160420].
223 reviews70 followers
March 26, 2020
This book wasn't for me. I went into it thinking, or rather hoping, it would be different from New Orleans Rush (book by the same author). Because I didn't like that book for reasons I ultimately didn't like this book either. Yes, unfortunately, this one isn't much different from that.

The cute covers are so so misleading. Yes, there is some cuteness here and there, but I just don't like it when the main characters are shown having extremely sad pasts, just to gain empathy, add exaggerated character traits (like being either very averse emotionally or too involved), and later on add conflicts due to the above to keep the story going. And when this past just keeps coming up in between the story, like one minute, you finally start enjoying it, and then it's like the character slaps you for forgetting their sadness, and ugly circumstances and blah blah, even for a moment.

I'm not saying this is a bad thing in books. But I don't like it in books that are being showcased as fun rom-com. Maybe it's a case of it's-me-not-you, but I'm not sure.

Oh, and most importantly, nothing related or art, or Van Gogh, which I stupidly kept waiting for. So, might be some of my disappointment comes from that. Alas.

Note: Recieved an ARC of this book from CD Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 19 books1,339 followers
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April 18, 2020
Fan art of Jack and Clementine by the crazy talented Micheline of Whimsical Illustration!!! How stunning is this???

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2,760 reviews1,330 followers
December 27, 2019
Oh for the love of all things quirky, fun, and heartfelt!

I was so lucky to get my hands on an early copy of this book and it took me approximately no time to fall head over heels for Clementine and Jack. Their chemistry sparked immediately, and their banter drew me right in. Add to that the many unexpected and adorable quirks? And I was a complete goner.

Loyal fans of Kelly Siskind will not be disappointed (and, in fact, may find themselves delighted by at least one Easter egg tucked into this story), but new readers will have no trouble sinking right in. It's a prefect standalone, and it truly is perfect. The love between Clementine and Jack burns hot very quickly, but i wouldn't call it insta. It's just intense. But that makes sense because there is an intensity about their characters, their backgrounds, and the way their lives crashed into each other. Everything about them burns so brightly, it makes sense that their feelings for each other would too.

This is an exciting, fun, offbeat story - but that doesn't mean it's without emotional punches. My heart hurt for Clementine and Jack - for different reasons and in different ways. But overall, this is the perfect blend of heart, humor, and heat -- with a fair bit of suspense mixed in. There were some twists I didn't see coming, and some of them broke my heart wide open. But there's so much goodness that helped piece it back together. From the beautiful true-ness of Jack and Clementine's hearts, to the merry band of secondary characters who taught a lovely lesson about the power of friendship, and - of course - the wonderfully satisfying happily-ever-after. It's so good. My heart is full and I cannot recommend this story highly enough. ~ Shelly, 5 Stars
Profile Image for Caitlin Reads.
178 reviews52 followers
April 15, 2020
I absolutely loved this book. It reminded me of the Thomas Crown Affair in the form of a romantic comedy. Clementine is a con woman with a heart of gold who falls for her mark, Jack. Both characters were completely lovable and had great chemistry. Don’t Go Stealing My Heart was a fun light read and the perfect distraction from everything going on in the world right now. Be prepared to fall in love with Jack and Clementine. This was my first book by the author and I can’t wait to read more from Kelly Siskind.

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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279 reviews60 followers
April 13, 2020

Don't Go Stealing My Heart isn't the lightest (or most realistic) read out there, with the heroine having lost both her parents early on and having to be put into foster care, and the hero being bullied in the past and having to deal with a sick father. I thought this was drag the story down, but I've always loved the 'two lost/lonely souls find each other' storyline. And that's what Clementine and Jack seemed like to me: lost and lonely. I loved the characters of Clementine and Jack, even though at times I wondered if there were actually people out there who were as good as they were (maybe I'm just a cynic, though). Both Clementine and Jack were fairly strong people, but they had such vulnerable sides too. I especially loved the fact that Jack could be confident and swoony, but he could also be so shy at times.
The romance between Clementine and Jack made me want to squeal and cry and jump up and down!! One of the reasons I liked it so much because of the fact that they were both so flustered when it came to the other. You could tell they were stupid for each other, and it was just adorable. But I think most of it came down to the fact that I was just rooting for these two people to be happy, and being together did that for them.
As I said before, throughout the book there were some things that I questioned because I thought they were unrealistic, and other things that I felt were unnecessary (c'mon, give Clementine a break), but overall I really enjoyed the book. I'll be checking out Kelly Siskind's other books, and I recommend this to people who want to read an adorable romance.

Thanks to netgalley for the ARC, provided in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Finitha Jose.
298 reviews46 followers
June 6, 2020
This was one of my comfort reads last month and with its quirky setting, Elvis festival and a female Robin Hood, the story was nothing short of spectacular. We feel a kinship with Clementine from the very beginning. The story of a thief who steals from the rich to help the orphans is in itself extraordinary and when a shy hero is added to the mix . . . hmm! Can you really fight the urge to pick up a copy?
Siskind firmly establishes a jovial atmosphere throughout the story in spite of the traumatic events and the impending danger that loom all the time. Both Clementine and Jack hit it off from their accidental meeting and their chemistry grows as the time passes. Jack's family (especially his sister) and his home with all the abandoned reptiles did make a unique impression. The lengths Clementine goes to protect them all clearly earns her the title of Robin Hood. Who would have thought that a quaint little village known as 'Whichway' will witness such thrilling incidents quite worthy of a K-drama?
I cannot really go into the story without endangering the climax, so let me stop right here. On the whole, a lovely story with adorable characters. Highly recommended!
Profile Image for Micheline Ryckman.
Author 5 books381 followers
March 26, 2020
I had the privilege of receiving an arc of this book and I’m so thankful. I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance, but Kelly Siskind’s books are an exception to the rule. Her writing is smooth, I envy her skills! Her settings and characters are quirky, unique, and beyond loveable!!! This book and my other favourite of hers, New Orleans Rush, are definitely not to be missed!!
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Author 51 books507 followers
December 12, 2019
What a fun book! Kelly Siskind has a way of taking off-beat characters and making them completely relatable. Despite her checkered past, I was totally cheering for Clementine throughout the whole book. Engrossing, super entertaining and swoony. What more could you want?
Profile Image for Sophie's Reading Corner .
808 reviews325 followers
April 26, 2020
"Be here with me. Nowhere else. Just here, right now."

We have Clementine that's a modern day Robin Hood and steals from the rich in order to give to charities and the poor kids in need of support. Her next victim is Jack , who owns a Van Gogh portrait that if they sell it they will help an orphanage in India. Clementine has a plan for this and she needs to get close to him in order to do that. Things get really unexpected though when she meets Jack and her plan doesn't go as she wished for.

This was such a CUTE and FUN read!!! I really enjoyed reading it and if you need something to be entertained, this is a great choice! I laughed a lot and swooned over Jack and there were some twists in the story that I didn't see coming!

I also loved how it wasn't a completely light book and the author touched a few topics with the seriousness that they required. Both stories touched me deeply, but I have to admit that my heart felt for the heroine. The secondary characters were also amazing and the way things progressed was just .. perfect! The only thing that bummed me is that the ending seemed somewhat rushed and some things were over the top, but since this is a rom com, I also didn't mind them ;) It's a really great story and I definitely recommend it!
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992 reviews502 followers
April 14, 2020
April 11, 2020: An average romance read can leave you happy for the love birds but not so happy for yourself because your expectations weren't ultimately met. I wanted a fun con-romance where there's this thrill of hiding identities or faking personalities...nah, this didn't give that. Though, I understand I shouldn't judge a book by what I think it should entail and instead take in the story. Anyway, I do appreciate the sweetness this one gave.

April 10, 2020: This one gives me summer vibes with that cover and it's already so hot where I am so I guess, give me a reason to sweat...okay, this sounds so weird. Basically, I'm happy to be picking this up during the Easter Readathon for the prompts: book with yellow cover & book with spring vibes!

March 7, 2020: Sometimes I think I read too many dark, complex fantasy books and always need a lighthearted fun contemporary to balance my reading, and THIS is exactly what I'm excited for in terms of the latter. Thank you, Xpresso Book Tours & CD Books for the review copy via Netgalley!
Profile Image for Dayle (the literary llama).
1,078 reviews166 followers
March 26, 2020
3.8 Stars if I’m being technical. A little thin in places but overall it was adorable.

I love the way Siskind writes and builds characters. They have depth and delightful quirks that make them relatable but interesting to read. I only wish there had been more space devoted to more secondary character building. I felt a lack of supporting cast.

The Elvis Festival and place names were adorkable and fun. Jack’s rivalry was a great story arc. Clementine’s backstory was a touch up and down for me, I can’t say much critiquing here because of spoilers. There was a naïveté in our main characters irked at times but overall, I enjoyed them.

Mostly, I just like that author infuses a seriousness to the characters and situations that keep it from being too fluffy. I enjoy that touch of heavy that makes it feel more real, even if the premise is a romantic make-believe.

* I received a free ARC through Netgalley
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Author 24 books440 followers
April 22, 2020
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this and oh man! It's such a fresh and unexpected romance, with hilarious quirky characters and thrillingly high stakes. Plus, I can never resist a suave con-woman. I loved watching her be unwillingly charmed by Jack, and...oh I can't give away the end, but the ending scene is UNFORGETTABLE! It's this blend of romantic, funny, scary, oh shit did that really just happen, and badass. Don't miss it.
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351 reviews27 followers
May 8, 2021
„Deine vergangenen Fehler sind nicht deine zukünftigen Entscheidungen.“
(Jack zu Clementine in Stealing your heart)

Worum geht’s?

Sie ist gekommen, um zu stehlen. Doch am Ende verliert sie ihr Herz. Clementine ist Profidiebin, die mit ihrer Begabung teure Gegenstände klaut, die ihr Mentor Lucien versetzt und mit dem Geld dann soziale Zwecke unterstützt. Ihre neuste Aufgabe? Sie soll ein unbekanntes Van Gogh Gemälde klauen. Doch als Clementine den Elvis-Imitator Jack kennenlernt und sich in ihn verliebt, wird es schnell kompliziert, als sich herausstellt, dass er ihre Zielperson ist…

Stealing your heart ist ein Einzelband und in sich geschlossen.

Schreibstil und inhaltliche Hinweise

Das Buch ist chronologisch aufgebaut und wird aus der Erzählersicht mit wechselndem Fokus auf Clementine und Jack erzählt. Das Buch lässt sich recht flüssig lesen, der Schreibstil ist oftmals humorvoll angehaucht. Das Buch beinhaltet Sexszenen.

Meine Meinung

Eine moderne, romantische Version einer weiblichen Robin Hood, die sich in ihre Zielperson verliebt? Klingt toll. Das war mein Gedanke, als ich Stealing your heart auf meine Wunschliste schrieb. Monate vergingen und meine Vorfreude auf das Buch stieg. Als ich es endlich in den Händen hielt, find ich direkt an, es zu lesen. Und schon bald musste ich feststellen, dass dieses Buch nicht mein Herz, sondern mir meinen letzten Nerv geraubt hat. Aber fangen wir vorne an…

Es geht um Clementine. Taffe Protagonistin, die als Profidiebin andauernd tolle Coups macht, die viel Kohle bringen und von ihrem Mentor in Waisenhäuser, lokale Projekte und jede Menge andere soziale Bereiche gepumpt wird. Denn Clementine ist selbst Opfer des Pflegekind-Systems geworden, aus dem sie ausbrach, in die Arme eines Fremden lief und von diesem Mentor Lucien fortan ausgebildet wurde. Wenn sie gerade nicht stiehlt, sich auf neue Coups vorbereitet oder ihre Spuren verwischt, lebt sie mit einer Bartagame zurückgezogen und ohne weitere Kontakte da, wo sie ihr Schicksal hintreibt. Ihr neuster Auftrag führt sie nach Whichway, einem kleinen Kaff, wo ein Elvis-Imitatoren-Festival stattfindet, wo sie Jurorin sein soll, um so an ihre Zielperson heranzugekommen. Vor Ort trifft sie auf Jack, in den sie sich schnell verschießt, dann aber feststellt, dass er ihre Zielperson ist. Sie kann sich aber irgendwie nicht von ihm losreißen und so beginnt eine wirre Reise zwischen Rummachen, Selbstzweifeln, dem Druck von Lucien zur Erledigung des Jobs und jede Menge anderer Nebensächlichkeiten, die hier den Rahmen sprengen würden. Bis Clementine irgendwann einfällt, dass sie den Van Gogh noch stehlen muss und sie so vor der Frage steht: Es tun und alles verlieren oder aufgeben und vielleicht ein neues Leben anfangen?

Ehrlich gesagt fällt es mir wahnsinnig schwer, diese Rezension zu schreiben. Nicht, weil ich nicht weiß, was ich sagen will, sondern weil mich jeder Buchstabe, den ich tippe, jede Sekunde, die ich diesem Buch widme, nervt. Wirklich selten war ich so oft so kurz davor, ein Buch abzubrechen, es an die Wand zu schmeißen, in der Badewanne zu ertränken oder sonst etwas mit dem Buch zu machen. Nach einem durchaus netten Start in das Buch stellte sich bereits nach ein paar dutzend Seiten zunehmend die Frage: Ist dieses Buch eigentlich ernst gemeint? Ist es ein Humor, den ich nicht verstehe? Ist es ein durchweg selbstironisches Werk? Bis zur letzten Seite kann ich es nicht sagen. Nur eine Erkenntnis bleibt: Leider habe ich das Buch gehasst. Hass ist ein wahnsinnig starkes Wort, was ich ungern benutze, aber leider trifft es in dieser Situation absolut zu. Gekämpft habe ich bis zur letzten Seite in der Hoffnung, dass noch irgendetwas kommt, was mich abgesehen von dem Cover an diesem Buch überzeugen kann. Kam nicht. Gab es nicht. Das Buch ist eine undefinierbare Mischung aus einer absurden Geschichte, die sich in unglaublich vielen Nebensächlichkeiten verrennt, einer absolut nicht greifbaren Liebesgeschichte mit zwei irritierenden Charakteren (wobei Jack noch mehr überzeugen kann als Clementine) und wahnwitzigen Entwicklungen, die in einem unbeschreiblich peinlichen und überzogenen Finale enden und mich am Ende fassungslos, enttäuscht, wütend und ehrlich gesagt auch ein wenig beschämt zurückgelassen haben.

Die enorme Vorhersehbarkeit der Geschichte macht das natürlich auch nicht besser. Die Autorin hat eine in meinen Augen derart widersprüchliche und inkonsistente Geschichte geschrieben, dass ich wirklich verwirrt war. Ist es alles ein Witz, den ich nicht verstehe? Sehe ich alles zu eng? Sind die Äußerungen von Clementine, die ständigen Fettnäpfchen und die komplette Geschichte mit der Elvis-Tribute-Show eigentlich etwas, worüber man lachen sollte? Ich weiß es nicht, wirklich nicht. Für mich war die Geschichte vor allem eins und es tut mir leid um dieses wirklich harsche Wort: Lächerlich. Von Anfang an ist Clementine wahnsinnig vorurteilsbehaftet, während Jack von der Autorin wirklich 100% gegenteilig zu der Vorstellung von Clementine über ihre Zielperson gestrickt wird. Denkt sie, er ist geldgierig, zeigt die Autorin, wie sparsam er ist und wie sehr er sich um seine Umgebung sorgt. Denkt sie, er ist eingebildet, wird Jack ganz schnell unglaublich unsicher, tollpatschig und liebenswürdig. Ja, es hat mich wahnsinnig aufgeregt. Denn so mochte ich ganz schnell weder Clementine noch Jack. Zunehmend verliert Clementine den Fokus, verrennt sich in dem Leben in Whichway und ihrer Vorstellung von einem normalen Leben. Vielleicht sollte es Clementines innere Zerrissenheit darstellen, aber ehrlich gesagt wirkte es für mich die erste Hälfte des Buches nur hochgradig manipulativ und berechnend, wie sie sich systematisch in Jacks Leben drängt, aber von dem Jack, den sie kennenlernt, so begeistert ist, dass sie unsicher wird. Dann aus dem Nichts knutschen beide rum, Hals über Kopf wird von Liebe gesprochen, Clementine zweifelt an ihrem Leben, Jack hat hingegen Probleme mit seiner Firma, was dann aber für die Handlung gar keine Rolle spielt. Das Buch ist so wirr aufgebaut, dass die Szenen permanent springen, die Charaktere in ihren Handlungen wenig nachvollziehbar sind und ich sowieso das Gefühl hatte, dass es kaum Handlung gibt.

Es ist ein Buch in a nutshell, was irgendwie 300 Seiten im Kreis läuft, bei dem man nie weiß, was gespielt und was ehrlich ist (nicht positiv gemeint im Sinne von spannend) und dann in einem derart wahnsinnigen Finale endet, dass es wehtat. Ich habe die letzten Seiten so fassungslos gelesen, dass ich weinen wollte. Auflösungen, die hochgradig vorhersehbar waren, wenn man aufmerksam gelesen hat und zumindest ein minimales bisschen an Menschenkenntnis mitbringt. Unnötige Entwicklungen, die für Spannung und Drama sorgen sollten, aber für mich vollkommen verpufften und mich nur weiter nervten. Ein ekelhaft kitschig-klebriges Liebesgedöns, was so wenig greifbar, so wenig tief war, weil beide Charaktere kaum miteinander redeten, sich dann aber aus dem Nichts alle Geheimnisse anvertrauten und regelmäßig miteinander rumgemacht haben. Garniert wird das Ganze mit halbgaren Familienproblemen bei Jake, die keine Relevanz haben, mit dem verzweifelten Versuch von Clementine, taff und gleichzeitig liebevoll zu wirken und mit ihrer sozialen Arbeit das Herz zu erreichen. Auch die Namen der Orte (Whichway, Whatsnot Dinner, Whenever Bar) wirken so ironisch-befremdlich-lachhaft, dass ich das Buch einfach nicht ernstnehmen konnte. Vielleicht war das die Intention der Autorin und vielleicht empfinden viele das Buch deswegen auch als Meisterwerk, für mich war es einfach überhaupt nichts.

Clementine entwickelt sich im Buch zu einer wahren Witzfigur. Anfangs wird betont, wie professionell sie ist, wie gut vorbereitet. Im zunehmenden Verlauf des Buches habe ich nur immer wieder vernommen, wie leichtsinnig, unkonzentriert, unprofessionell Clementine ist. Auf der einen Seite wird sie als Superschurkin mit Superskills dargestellt, auf der anderen Seite ist sie ein – es tut mir leid – naives Dummchen, was das ganze Buch hindurch von verschiedenen Personen vorgeführt wird. Gerade eigentlich mit Clementines Vorgeschichte fand ich es widersprüchlich, wie blind sie Leuten vertraut und wie wenig sie offensichtliche Lügen nicht erkennt. Jack hingegen ist – ebenfalls sorry – ein treudoofer Lauch, der so unsicher ist, dass ich nur den Kopf schütteln konnte. Er geht neben Clementine komplett unter, dabei ist er eigentlich interessant und liebenswert. Zwischendurch begehrt er auf und tut auf hart und bestimmerisch, aber das verpufft direkt wieder komplett. Selten waren mir zwei Charaktere in einem Buch so egal und haben mich gleichzeitig so genervt wie hier.

Zu guter Letzt werde ich erstmals etwas in einer Rezension erwähnen, was für mich noch nie ein Thema war, ich hier aber als auffällig und störend empfand. An vielen Stellen des Buches gibt es inhaltliche Stolpersteine. Mal ist es der Satzbau, der in meinen Augen keinen Sinn macht. Mal ist es der Inhalt, der unangenehm ist- ich kann natürlich nicht beurteilen, ob dies an einer vielleicht unpassenden Übersetzung liegt oder von der Autorin im Original wirklich so krumm geschrieben wurde. Ich bin an vielen Stellen wirklich irritiert stehen geblieben und habe den Kopf über Formulierungen geschüttelt. Der Cringe-Faktor ist bei diesem Buch leider in dieser Hinsicht hoch.

Mein Fazit

Zum allerersten Mal kann ich ein Buch wirklich in keinem Aspekt empfehlen und muss sagen, dass Stealing your heart meine Nerven überstrapaziert hat. In Hoffnung auf Besserung habe ich mich durch die Seiten gekämpft, wurde aber enttäuscht. Es ist vielleicht eine nette Idee, aber die Umsetzung war in keinster Weise etwas für mich: Cringey, unangenehm, anstrengend und viel zu überzogen. Leider das erste Mal, dass mir zu einem Buch nichts einfällt, was mehr als einen Stern rechtfertigen würde.

[Diese Rezension basiert auf einem vom Verlag oder vom Autor überlassenen Rezensionsexemplar. Meine Meinung wurde hiervon nicht beeinflusst.]
Profile Image for İlkim.
1,386 reviews11 followers
July 22, 2020
Clementine modern zaman Robin Hood'u ama hırsızlık için gittiği yerde evin sahibine aşık oluyor ve olaylar gelişiyor. Bence gayet güzeldi, hiç sıkılmadan okudum. Sonlara doğru polisiyesi de var hem. İyi ki gözüme takılmış da kindle'a atmışım dedim. Bu kitapla dinlenmesi gereken şarkı tabi ki Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart. Zaten adını da buna bir göndermeden alıyor.
Profile Image for Meli  .
1,051 reviews188 followers
November 23, 2021
Clementine hatte keine leichte Kindheit und nun hilft sie bedürftigen Kindern, wenn auch auf eine unkonventionelle Art und Weise: Sie macht einen auf Robin Hood und stiehlt von den Reichen und gibt den Armen. Als nächstes steht der Raub eines Van Goghs bevor und dafür reist Clementine in eine kleine Stadt, zu einem Elvis-Festival, an dem ihre Zielperson teilnimmt.

Clementines Job als Diebin konnte mich leider nicht wirklich überzeugen. Man sieht nicht viel davon, weil sie sich in diesem Buch eigentlich nur diesem einen Auftrag widmet, aber dabei stellt sie sich nicht besonders gut an. Jack, der Besitzer des Van Gogh, entspricht nicht Clementines Erwartungen, denn er ist nicht so arrogant und geldgierig wie ihre anderen Opfer, bei denen es ihr nicht so viel ausmacht, sie um ihre Schätze zu erleichtern. Jack ist ehrlich, freundlich und er erkennt sofort, dass Clementine Geheimnisse hat, was Clementine verunsichert und aus der Rolle wirft. Jedenfalls stellt sie sich oft nicht besonders geschickt an und ich konnte sie mir gar nicht als erfolgreiche Diebin vorstellen.

Die romantischen Gefühle sind schon sofort da, aber zumindest bei Clementine konnte ich auch nachvollziehen, was ihr an Jack gefällt. Abgesehen davon wurden mir die Protagonisten nie so richtig sympathisch, sodass mich ihre Liebesgeschichte auch nicht wirklich interessiert hat.

Bei der Inhaltsbeschreibung hätte ich schon mit mehr Humor gerechnet, aber das war nicht das Einzige, das mich enttäuscht hat. Das Elvis-Festival spielt schon eine große Rolle, aber mich hat es kaum interessiert. Vielleicht bin ich dafür auch einfach nicht amerikanisch genug. Ich wollte ja eigentlich eine spannende Liebesgeschichte um eine Diebin, aber das kam mir viel zu kurz. Abgesehen davon war die Handlung dann nicht allzu interessant, sondern eher ziemlich vorhersehbar. Zum Schluss hin wurde es wieder etwas spannender, aber leider nur genug, um die Geschichte gerade so zu retten, dazu konnte man die Überraschungen auch meilenweit im Voraus erahnen. Einzeln stören mich Klischees nicht unbedingt, aber wenn dazu auch die Charaktere überhaupt nicht überzeugen können, dann passt es insgesamt auch nicht mehr.

Ich habe in "Stealing Your Heart" die Liebesgeschichte einer Diebin erwartet, aber ich konnte mir Clementine nie als Diebin vorstellen. Mir fehlte es an Spannung und Humor und da mich auch die Protagonisten nicht überzeugen konnten, hat mich die Geschichte insgesamt eher enttäuscht.
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