The Devil's Thief
by Samantha Kane
This is my first HQ Loveswept and I enjoyed it. It's short, sexy, and gets the job done.
Julianna Harte was raised watching her father steal so they could keep up appearances to the ton around them. Now, she needs to steal on her own so she can pay the rent on a charitable home she runs. But while she's thieving she is caught by Alasdair Sharpe and they agree that if she spends the night with him he'll give her the pearl she came to steal.
The next morning Alisadir wakes up to discover the pearl and the woman gone. The thing is, he had no intention of actually letting her take the pearl. And she was a virgin so this all seems a lot more complicated. Determined to find the woman he can't get out of his head and his priceless family heirloom, he starts to look for her.
Julianna is having some trouble too. It seems she didn't really think about how she was going to sell a well known, priceless pearl. She doesn't want her father to know that she can't seem to handle the books for her charity without the need to steal so she can't ask him for help. Also, he might not understand her giving up her maidenhead for a pearl...
Yeah, the plot is bad. I mean B A D. But the sex is hot, and the writing decent. If you think of Alasdair as a stupid jock type and Julianna as a dimwitted debutante everything make sense. The two deserve one another, and did I mention the sex was hot?
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a hot read that you can skim through in an hour, this fits the bill.
“A quick romantica read.”
November 2012, 297 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Loveswept Historical
The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn't know if it's masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.
Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna's heart.