Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Debut Novel Review ~ To Steal a Heart by K.C. Bateman


Set in the Napoleonic era in France this debut novel was exquisitely unique!


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It starts off with Marianne getting caught by Nick trying to plant evidence. Did I mention that she's tightrope walking?!

Marianne is a 21? year old former aristo turned civilian. She's a circus performer and thief that's under the reign of a corrupt government official. Marianne is one hell of a girl! She survives a shit load of rotten things in her life and it never overcomes her.

Nic appears to be another corrupt official and seems a bit oily at first. there are so many more facets to discover in him. Nic is bent on revenge against Napoleon for his brother's death. He's stubborn, uncompromising and so sexily mysterious.

Nic succeeds in basically purchasing Marianne's' virginity and that of her sister Sophie, of course, he really needs her for a mission against Napoleon. While trying for and completing the mission they fall quickly into love, but they both resist the feelings. This happens over a week but such intense circumstances always lead to such passionate encounters.

I found the book a unique experience. Full of passion and intrigue! After the first few pages, I couldn't put it down. What a wonderful debut book by K.C. Bateman! I'll be looking for more from her!


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Synopsis


In a dazzling historical romance that’s perfect for fans of Sabrina Jeffries, Lisa Kleypas, and Courtney Milan, debut author K. C. Bateman brings Napoleonic France to life as a master spy and a beautiful thief find love and intrigue in each other’s arms.

Forced to do the bidding of a corrupt government minister, Marianne de Bonnard agrees to plant incriminating evidence in the offices of France’s most notorious spymaster. Under cover of night, the tightrope-walking thief puts her skills to good use—until her aerial stunt is foiled when her target appears in the window and, with consummate poise, helps Marianne off the wire and into his lair. The tremors that run through her body are not just from fear; there’s an unwanted frisson of desire there, too. But is it because of her elegant, wickedly handsome host . . . or his proposition?

Nicolas Valette has had plans for his graceful trespasser since he witnessed her unique skills at the Cirque Olympique. Sinuous as a cat, Marianne is perfect for his next mission, but she refuses his generous offer for fear of disobeying her family’s tormenter. When their mutual enemy auctions off her virginity to the highest bidder, Nicolas leaps at the chance to purchase her cooperation. Keeping her will be like trying to tame a wild animal, but what’s life without a little risk? Besides, Nicolas and Marianne both want the same thing: revenge—and, perhaps, something else that’s equally delicious.

 

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