Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: Stone of Thieves




Stone of Thieves (Robbin' Hearts Series #2)
by Diane J. Reed
Release Date: 05/08/14

Summary from Goodreads:

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+.

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Book One: Robin in the Hood (Robbin' Hearts Series #1)
by Diane J. Reed
Release Date: 10/01/12

Summary from Goodreads:

“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:

They’re broke.

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…

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My thoughts:
     I finished Robin in the Hood as quickly as I could because I really enjoyed it. Then it was on to Stone. I'll just say that this was a really good book. Yep, that's it. No, I'm kidding, I actually have a review.

I love the story idea and plot. It follows Creek and Robin to Italy to find Robin's mother. Along the way, they discover that a stone necklace she'd been given is magical and holds the secret to finding her mother. I also really like how the characters make decisions. They have internal conflicts before choosing something, whether it be a good or bad decision, even for something so small as leaving camp with a stranger without telling the other. I think it's so important to show that in literary novels, because if not, way too many characters just go wherever they are told, no matter what, and they can find themselves in so much trouble because of it. Or, even worse, they turn out to have a perfect life that convinces readers to just do anything without thinking about it.

I liked how the story resolved itself. We go through trying to find Robin's mother, and we do, except in such an unlikely way. I enjoyed the surprise felt with the reveal of her location, along with the intrigued feeling while they were in their...case (no spoilers here). I also loved how Robin gains the strength in the end to win over the sorta-antagonist (there is a much bigger antagonist they defeat right after). She never seemed weak before, but I also wasn't totally convinced she could take on a spirit. But in the end, she developed herself quickly and won. I liked it.

The style is very easy to read and Diane uses easy-going diction that lets you flow with the story. Very fun read that I enjoyed.

What I didn't like:
Not necessarily a 'didn't like', more of a thing that could be improved. I liked the detail of Robin in the Hood. I do feel like Stone could use a little more in some places. It's extremely good, but there were a few parts that I got slightly confused when the characters did something maybe too fast, and I didn't notice how fast, or something similar. Details are key:).

This didn't count off on my rating because it is simply a personal preference. I think everyone has something that just bugs them in a book. Mine is when anyone calls their lover/partner/romantic interest "babe" or "baby". I have no idea why it bugs me. For some reason it does. I thought I'd mention that; maybe talking about it will get it to go away.

Rating: 4 stars. I really did enjoy this book. It was nice to get a book that's only 230 pages (only, ha!) It was a nice refreshing breath. Cannot wait for Book 3! Will recommend.

*Also, I went out in public with Stone and someone asked what I was reading so I showed them. The first thing they could say was "Who is that?" So I will say your cover model is much appreciated. I actually had been more intrigued by the color scheme and how it matches Book 1, but he is quite nice;).



About the Author
Diane J. Reed has a Ph.D. in English and a lifelong passion for books—both popular, forgotten & literary—as long as they touch her soul & make her want to tuck them under her pillow at night to remember them in her dreams. She writes novels that are infused with enchantment, where characters dare to break through boundaries and believe in true love. She also has a soft spot for artisans & outlaws of the heart, those who burn brightly to live each day as a gift—because it is! She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to visit Diane J. Reed's website at www.banditsranch.com or message her here to share the whispers of your spirit.


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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring my novels on your blog & for your wonderful reviews! I'm truly honored that you enjoyed my books :D Have a lovely fall & happy reading!

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    1. Thank you so much for writing them! I'll put my review of Robin up on Goodreads really soon!

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