Author: Diane J. Reed
Release Date: 05/08/14
Blurb Description: The Stone of Thieves . . . for centuries its magnetic draw has twisted the hearts of ambitious men and women with the promise of power, passion, and intrigue until it fell into the hands of unlikely thieves Robin and her boyfriend Creek. But can they steal their destiny away from the curse that pursues this magnificent ruby heart?
As the stone begins to spread its sorcery, Robin races to find her long-lost mother in Italy in the hopes of discovering the truth about her unique gypsy heritage and the ruby heart that is rumored to steal souls. Yet when the desire for this stone by powerful members of her family threatens their very lives, Creek decides to take matters into his own hands to protect Robin, his greatest treasure of all . . .
Stone of Thieves is a sensual, stand-alone new adult novel and the sequel to Robin in the Hood in the Robbin’ Hearts Series. Due to mature themes, readership is advised for ages 17+.
Book One: Author: Diane J. Reed
Blurb Description: “Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?” But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…
Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth:
Her stepmom has skipped the country. And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad's hospital room to collect on the millions he's racked up in debt.
Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.
Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy…
From a rich girl in a snobby boarding school to a trailer park bank robber to someone with a mission, Robin McArthur/ Robin McCracken/ Rubina De Bargona has seen it all- at the age of just eighteen.
After accepting who she really is, and that her whole life was a fabrication of a dream meant to dissolve at some point or the other, Robin and her soul mate, Creek set off to Venice to find her long lost mother.
I read both books in the series together and so fast, that I barely had any time to breathe. Diane J Reed has this… superpower, let’s call it, to put things together SO fast that you’ve barely overcome the previous revelation when the next fun is hitting you in the face. I LOVED both books and will definitely be looking out for book three!
That being said, I must also do this. A few days after, you know, as I sat down to think about the story in general- I can only say that I wished it would have been a tad slower. I would have LOVED to see how Robin’s and Creek’s relationship evolved slowly, not how they rob a bank and then, after hating each other- or hate-lusting- suddenly start heavy duty making out.
That was book one, but, book two was SO different. There were no banks, but asylums, no hounds but guns and of course, gypsy queens and rubies, but the writing makes you take it all in stride!
Honestly, if someone asked me to describe this book, I have nothing but one word- explosive!
Highly recommended- just walk in with an open mind!