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Title: The Devil’s Thief
Release Date: Nov. 12, 2012
Publisher: Bantam Loveswept (Random House)
In Samantha Kane’s sensual tale of wicked passion, a desperate woman must resort to burglary—but the beautiful thief ends up stealing the heart of a rogue.
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.
Miss Juianna Harte sneaks into her neighbor, Mr. Alasdair Sharpe's, window with the express intent of stealing The Stewart Pearl...she doesn't realize she's actually stepping into a sticky sticky web that will only pull her tighter in. When Alasdair proposes a trade ~ a night in his bed for the pearl, she hops on it. She's sponsoring a Foundling home, and is behind on the rent...she has no other choice, does? And of course, it doesn't help that she's very attracted to Mr. Alasdair Sharpe and he's yet to even realize she's alive...but he's realizing it now.
When Alasdair wakes the next morning to realize that not only is his thief gone, but so is his pearl, he drafts his two closest buddies, the other "Devils" and they begin to track down the unknown thief. It isn't long before he finds his Shakespeare quoting thief, and Alasdair truly begins to wonder about himself because he can NOT keep his hands off of her...or his thoughts.
This was really a great read! At first I wasn't sure ~ it took me a few chapters to get into it, and I still want to kick Alasdairs butt for being such an ass at times, but I love that he and Julianna were so drawn to one another. From the moment they met, it was apparent that this rogue was going DOWN. I loved that he seemed to grow up quite a bit during the story, with the help of his fellow Devils (and I can't wait to read their stories!) and began to see Julianna as the true treasure.
The passion between them is sizzling, and the love scenes will scroch you! I loved the whole cast of characters Samantha Kane brought on board with this one, and I'm anxious to see where she'll take us!
I'd give this an absolute 4 out of 5!!