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Heart Stealer by Tiphanie Thomas

Heart Stealer by Tiphanie Thomas
*I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

After years of disapproval for his fast lifestyle, movie star Randall Rowe returns home to Summerdale to rebuild his life and asks Kayla Denton, the runaway he’d once helped, to decorate his new home. Kayla reluctantly accepts, but soon finds herself struggling to keep her guard up with the handsome charmer, as Randall makes it clear he wants more than a platonic relationship. As she starts to realize underneath Randall’s bad reputation lies more than she could’ve imagined, Hollywood threatens to tear them apart, and they’re forced to resolve their past–no matter how painful. Or lose a love that will only come once in a lifetime.

Kayla has been in love with Randall for as long as she can remember, she just doesn’t like him very much right now.  She lives in a small Midwestern town and is content with her life as a school teacher.  She was raised by Randall’s parents and brought up in a loving home.

Randall is a movie star that lives the movie star life with the women, liquor and parties.  He seems to have forgotten where he came from and has snubbed his home town.  His movies have not been doing well and he is not happy with his life or his relationship with his dad.  He has decided to return to his home town to try and make some sense out of his life; he never expected to fall in love with Kayla.

The love story between Kayla and Randall was touching; you could feel not only their love and pain but their happiness too.  It was nice to see Randall as a real person like everyone else, even though he is a famous movie star.  He has issues with self confidence and trusting in his abilities.  He and his father have not seen eye to eye since he left home at eighteen and this has been the root of a lot of his problems.

Kayla’s father walked away from her when she was a young child after her mother died.  She ended up at the Rowe’s thanks to Randall but she still has her own issues with relationship commitments.  She is afraid to get too close to Randall because she is afraid he will leave her like her father did so she runs away every time something happens between them.

Their relationship has developed and grown over the years following a natural progression.  They are good for each other and bring out the best in each other, they just have problems opening up and being honest with each other.

This was a really good book and I enjoyed it, my only thought is the writer included some filler scenes that were not needed at all.  The story of Kayla and Randall was more than enough to fill the pages.  The secondary characters were interesting but some of them didn’t need to make as big an appearance that they did.  I loved the Rowe’s and I had a bad feeling about Randall’s dad.  I love how things have a way of working themselves out.

Overall I enjoyed this book and the characters.  They are so compelling that you can’t help but feel for them. I give Heart Stealer 3½ Flaming Hearts. 


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