Title: Heart of Steele
By: Alysha Huddleston
Publication date: April 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Magnus Steele grew up on the outside looking in. Now wealthy and powerful, he never lets anyone get in his way, even if he has to use blackmail to stop them. When he becomes the target of an FBI probe, Magnus fights back in his usual way, setting off a chain of events that threatens his hold on everything he thought he needed and leaves him fighting for the one thing he thought he could never have.
Autumn grew up the youngest of a boisterous Italian-American family on a vineyard in Santa Barbara. She follows her brother, FBI agent Matt Moretti, to NYC to attend law school & gets thrust into the middle of an investigation of one of the city’s most notorious businessmen.
*For mature readers due to explicit language & sexual content.
Okay, there wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about this book. It was hot, and I mean hot.
The character Magnus Steele was probably rated among my top list of dreamy book boyfriends. Suave, coy, seductive, dangerous and surprisingly very gentle. His development in the book was beyond well done. It is rare that character shifts are written well in today’s society paranormal hot guys.
Autumn was his exact polar opposite. Innocent, shy, reserved, a real girl next door type. It was a fire meets ice situation and this author did deliver.
The story begins with Magnus being a real mob boss type who is out to protect his own backside against the law. When he met Autumn, he suddenly began to realize there was more than blackmail and manipulation in the world. I loved that about this book. As it progresses, the two share multiple intimate scenes which are beautifully written save for a few grammatical errors but believe me, that most likely won’t be a deterrent.
The above being said, there was an over abundance of run-on sentences. It was often hard for me to overlook simply because there were so many. Separating them into many smaller or compound sentences could have helped this issue.
I also had trouble because of the lack of conflict which was shoved towards the end of the book. The scene was well-done but it seemed very rushed and put in as an afterthought. I would have almost liked the conflictual tension mixed in with the sexual tension. I think it would have further aided in the development of the characters as well.
Strange as it seems, there was almost too much sex and the conflict suffered because of it. The opening scene provided the perfect venue and the fact that the character Murphy sided with Magnus’ rival could have really pulled some trouble for him.
However, I would recommend this to anyone who loves the bad boy, boss type meets innocent girl contemporary romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love a paperback copy if the author ever saw fit to create one. I will be returning for book two for sure.
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