Danny was raised with wealth and privilege by parents who were ashamed of being werewolves. As soon as he could, Danny left and started a foundation for young supernaturals who are having difficulty fitting into society. He lives in a rough area of Brooklyn, and he’s completely focused on his work, and he’s most certainly not looking for an alpha mate. One night, Danny returns to his apartment only to discover he’s been burglarized and a closet full of expensive gifts for the kids has been stolen.
Max is a detective working on a big case. He also lives across the street from Danny and winds up looking into what happened there. Max is a binturong shifter and is the alpha of his pack. He feels a pull toward Danny, but Danny’s not a big fan of alphas. However, there’s no denying their attraction, and once they realize the break in at Danny’s place is associated with the case of Max’s career, Max and Danny may have fallen too far to look back.
There are obstacles, but can Max and Danny maneuver around them and stay together? Only time will tell.
Oh, how I love shifter/alpha/omega stories! They’re some of my very favorites, so when I read the blurb for Stealing His Heart, I eagerly snatched it up…especially when I saw it was about a detective. Yeah…I love detectives 🙂 I had high hopes for this story, but I found it to be just a bit off.
I liked Max and Danny. They were both good guys and they cared about their community. Danny came from a family who were more concerned about money and status than helping people, and he was able to get out of that life and create some good out of it. Max came from a big, loving, supportive family. In fact, they may have been a bit too supportive…and nosy. Still, I liked both guys for their personalities, dedication to their jobs, and love for those around them.
I thought Max and Danny had a nice chemistry between them. I especially liked how attentive and sweet Max was to Danny. They quickly developed feelings for each other. Perhaps too quickly. I know the book wasn’t very long and there were time constraints, but I was left with a feeling of whiplash. It’s not that it wasn’t adorable. It was. I enjoyed their banter and my heart beat a little faster when they sat close to each other. It just didn’t feel very organic. Yes, yes, I know. Being a fan of shifter/alpha/omega stories, I’m aware that mate bonds are nearly always immediate and powerful. This one just seemed a little too manufactured. I will say, though, I liked how Max and Danny didn’t jump right into bed. There was a heat between them, but they didn’t act on it until they were sure things were going to work out between them.
The men’s relationship with their families were central to this story. Max’s family was big, and caring, and loving, and he was a big part of that. Danny’s was the exact opposite. His parents were focused on status and money. In fact, it almost felt like they were a caricature…like everything that could have made them evil was included. Mean and distant father? Check. Social climbing mother obsessed with money? Check. Unsupportive of Danny’s career choice? Check. You see where I’m going with this. I will say I liked how it eventually came to a head, and I was pleased at the way everything came together.
It’s pretty obvious the case Max is working on is connected to the break in at Danny’s apartment, so I don’t think I’m giving anything away there. I do have to admit I was a little bit confused. It all comes down to something supernatural involving some beings other than werewolves or shifters. I didn’t feel like I got the proper explanation about certain things (I’m trying very hard not to actually reveal too much), and I felt it wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly.
I was pleased with the end of the book and I felt it was a perfect conclusion. There was a bit of a surprise that made me very happy and I didn’t really see it coming. It was sweet and heartwarming. I have no trouble recommending Stealing His Heart. If you’re a fan of supernatural books with some great characters and a decent mystery, this one is right up your alley.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.