Audio Review Tour: Thief of the Heart by Rena Koontz

Author: Rena Koontz

Narrator: Verla Bond

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Publisher: Reena Koontz⎮2020

Genre: Romance

Series: Heels & Handcuffs, Book 3

Release date: Jun. 26, 2020

Synopsis: 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. Five simple words will 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.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rena Koontz. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

My Rating: 4 Stars

So Jennifer has had a rough time of it when it comes to men in uniform. From the friendly neighbourhood postman turning out to be a child predator to her ex-fiance being a big ol’ cheat she cannot really say she has ever had a good experience when it comes to a man in a uniform. And her first impressions of Max aren’t really all that great either. When Max is called out to investigate her burglary he puts his foot in his mouth – on more than one occasion.

This was a really lovely story. Jeffifer’s growth from (lets be honest here) a wall flower to this amazingly secure and confident woman was really nice to witness and watching her relationship with Max unfurl was sweet and precious. I loved that there was no rush in their story (other than their little surprise).

Max was also a really great character – if a little too perfect. I mean every man has got to have some flaws and he didn’t show us to many of them. He was a bit of a stereotypical male character.

And then all the supplementary characters were really good. From best friends (Laney & Lenny) to over protective brothers (Jerry) their wasn’t a character left out. Add in a bit of a mystery that needs solving a long with some loss that needs to be overcome and I feel like this book had some real grit to it.

My issue with the book was mostly due to the narration. I felt it was a little lacking. The tone of voice came across as all being on one level and I wasn’t an overly big fan of the narrator’s ‘male voices’.

All in all though – a really good listen. Easy to fall into no matter my mood and at times a little tough to switch off.

I’m a lifelong journalist and an award-winning author. My writing career has taken me on to sports fields and  into the  political arena. I’ve written life features, editorials,  and reported on my favorite, cops and courts. I’ve chased fire trucks and police cars, covered all sorts of crimes, including double homicides and murders-for-hire, and reported criminal, civil, high profile and ordinary trials.

And that’s what I write about.

In my books, cops are the good guys and the good guys always win.

I’m a Pittsburgh native and an avid sports fan. I work Pittsburgh connections into all of my stories and my characters often wear black and gold or reference the city’s outstanding sports teams — the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

My books are based on real incidents. Plus, I’m married to a retired FBI agent whose stellar career fuels my ideas and whose technical advice is invaluable. He also takes credit for the steamy scenes!

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About the Narrator: Verla Bond

Verla Bond is an American actor, improvisor, and storyteller. For many years, she traveled around the world making a living as an entertainer, but she now spends most of her time entertaining from the comfort of her home studio, exploring the world through literature

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