Thank God for books during quarantine! Better still, thank God for quirky, feel good, romance books during quarantine.
Kelly Siskind’s Don’t Go Stealing My Heart will do just that. Steal your heart and leave you wanting for more. This modern day, role-reversed, retelling of Robin Hood will have you hooked from the very get-go. The protagonist, Clementine (love the name!), is a cat burglar (love the game!) who unwittingly forms a bond with her intended target. While she wants to steal a painting in his possessions, with the aim of redistributing wealth to the needy, he’s pulling out all the stops to steal her heart. Oh, what a whirlwind romance in the town of Whichway! Because, read it any which way, it will leave you bewitched.
What piqued my interest was how this book boldly turned every trope on i’s head with the guy’s car breaking down in the middle of the road and the girl coming to the rescue with all her knowledge of cars (and hot-wiring them, of course!). Moreover, the supposed trust fund brat turns out to have a heart of gold while the weather beaten, growing up in foster homes, cold and distant burglar experiences a thawing of the heart. What’s not to love?
Don’t just take my word for it though, here’s a little looksey into the book:
She wants to steal his Van Gogh. He wants to steal her heart.
Some people would call Clementine Abernathy a criminal. She considers herself a modern day Robin Hood, who 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. Falling for her mark would make her the World’s Dumbest Conwoman, but Jack is charmingly persistent, always singing sweet songs in her ear.
And that earth-shattering kiss? She never stood a chance.
Now she’s imagining a fresh start with this dashing man, but that means telling Jack about her past. And other nefarious sorts are after the same painting. Too soon, Clementine learns what it means to risk it all for love
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A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to enjoy the charm of northern Ontario. When she’s not out hiking with her husband or home devouring books, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.
Her novels have been published internationally.
*Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book in return for an honest review*