Author: Alec Nortan
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/30/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance
To Steal His Heart: The best way to catch a thief is to act like one—or at least that’s how Matt Glenn operates. He’ll protect your valuables, but the one thing he can’t protect is his own heart. His life is looking up when he meets hot client Ben on his latest assignment. But when Matt comes back into contact with police lieutenant Jordan Cobbers, the man who could have been the love of his life, things get complicated. As the danger rises and lives are placed at risk, will Matt survive?
To Lose His Heart: Things should be going great for Matt Glenn. His business as a security consultant is thriving and he’s rekindled his relationship with sexy detective Jordan Cobbers. But the pressures of work are driving Matt and Jordan ever further apart. Luckily Matt’s old flame, Ben, is on hand to make thing right. But tragedy strikes, and Matt is in danger of having everything ripped from his world, including his sanity. When he loses his heart, how far must he go to find it again?
The blurbs for these books really intrigued me and I was excited to read them. However, I never really found the excitement. I finished both books because I’d agreed to review them. If I hadn’t done so I doubt I would’ve read past book one.
One of my biggest problems is that it was written in present tense which is hard to pull off by even the best author. The fact that Nortan’s first language isn’t English may have affected this as well. There are several words or phrases that just seem odd and pulled me out of the story.
Another part of one of the overall arcs of the two books is the love triangle between the MC, Matt Glenn, and two other men. Love triangles on television works because viewers have time to see the characters fall in love and become invested in all sides of the relationship. Here things progressed too quickly for me to care about either relationship.
Ben and Matt meet during one of Matt’s cases and BOOM! they’re in love. There was too much telling not showing here. We’re told Matt and Ben are in love and there’s not even a chance to see why before Matt dumps him for his own sake. I won’t mention the reason but I didn’t buy it whatsoever. And instead of just dumping him he instantly moves on with a cop named Jordan who he shares a past with. And we’re now told Matt and Jordan are in love.
Then in book two it all changes again. Because of what happens in book one Jordan and Matt are having problems, even though it seemed like Matt made the problem worse by not talking to Jordan. Instead we’re treated to the cliché of him leaving a note and having someone dispose of it before Jordan reads it.
As soon as Matt dumps Jordan he’s suddenly back to Ben and they’re supposedly in love.
Matt’s cases are interwoven with his relationship issues and those are interesting but it was just too hard to get over the sloppily written supposed love connections.
Even the shocker toward the end of book two wasn’t enough to make me care about Matt and his romantic endeavors. There’s a third tale coming out but I won’t be reading it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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