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Thief of the Heart
From the moment he saw Jennifer Roberts, his instinct was to protect her. But she wanted nothing to do with him.
In fact, the last thing Jennifer wanted to do that Saturday afternoon was call the police. She didn’t trust them. She’d fallen hard for a cop—the exact person every child is told to run to for safety—and he betrayed her and broke her heart. She wouldn’t make that mistake again.
But she has no choice when she discovers her apartment has been broken into and five simple words turn her world upside down: “You called for the police?” When blond-haired, blue-eyed Max Domer arrives he is ready to protect and serve. It is his motto. It will be her downfall.
Max is ready to leave Center City behind, cut all ties and make a fresh start as a detective on the West Coast. There is nothing unusual about the burglary call he catches, except that the woman is stunning and, for some reason, antagonistic toward police. But she’s caught in someone’s crosshairs—her car is stolen, her father dies, and murder comes to her doorstep—and, like it or not, she needs his help.
But while Max is on the trail of a master crime ring, the real thief sets about stealing his heart. And Jennifer, who innocently lets her guard down, learns she can’t judge a man by his uniform. They are polar opposites destined to stand together and fight for their future.
At almost 70 years old, it turns out I am romantic old fool. I confess to tearing up a bit while reading the last couple of chapters and the epilogue.
Rena has such a wonderful way of telling a love story! Her lengthy experience as a crime reporter gives her the background to tell a compelling adventure story to go along with the romance. I found this book to be an enjoyable read and fast-paced and hard to put down once I started reading it.
Her primary audience will certainly enjoy reading it, but I wholeheartedly recommend it to any man who enjoys a good crime novel as well. And who knows, they might also get a little insight into how to better deal with the romance part of their lives.
April 5, 2016 5/5 Stars
With her carefully crafted sentences and explicit word choices, Rena Koontz writes with precision and elegance. In Thief of the Heart, her writing style grabbed my attention and her characters and her story kept me engaged. I enjoyed the way she brought the heroine and the hero together naturally when the heroine's apartment was burglarized and she needed a policeman to keep her safe. A dedicated police officer, the hunky hero took care of her in every meaning of the phrase. As the danger escalated, the main characters faced it together and found tenderness and strength in each other's arms. Once again, Ms. Koontz has written a well-crafted and steamy story.
September 2, 2014 5/5 Stars
Rena Koontz has a way of immediately building chemistry with her characters and suspense with her plots. This police romance begins when Jennifer's home is robbed and Max responds to the call. Max is immediately smitten, but Jennifer is far from it. It takes a while for the two of them to connect as they both takes steps to solve the crime, but the wait is worth it. It's hard to put this one down.
November 16, 2016 4/5 Stars