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Jen TuranoBethany House / 2020 / ePubOur Price$9.895 out of 5 stars for To Steal a Heart (The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency Book #1) - eBook. View reviews of this product. 73 Reviews
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alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good readSeptember 17, 2021alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5
TO STEAL A HEART.
Gabrielle Hoodhue, former street thief has taken on a mission to clear her friends family name. By using her childhood skills, she sneaks into a home of a wealthy couple to break open the safe. Unfortunately in the middle of her en-devour she runs into an old flame from her life on the street.
Nicholas Quinn, former street kid, has lived the a good portion of his life with a respected gentleman of society. Gaining a college degree and financial success, Nicholas is now expected to marry well, the problem lays in the fact that every society woman he meets he has no interest in. When he attends a society party and opens the wrong door, he comes face to face with his past and a lost love.
Nicholas and Gabby must find a way to work together to find the thief that has been families in high society. Because of their turbulent history as children, it was so much fun watching them work through their issues and their feelings. Getting to know them as a couple as well as individuals. They has a wonderfully complicated history which added to overall story.
The story included a terrific assortment of secondary characters, although I do have to admit that, in my opinion, Daphane and Winston really stole the show. As always the author bring a unique, well written story with, that had me laughing out loud in places.
If you are looking for something light and fun I was highly recommend this book.
ccaudillky5 Stars Out Of 5A fun, exciting book you'll want to rereadApril 29, 2021ccaudillkyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jen's books are always packed full of humor, wit, danger, and unique characters. This story brought the levity I needed to a stress-packed month while also giving me the danger, mystery, and crime that I desire. I absolutely cannot wait to continue reading the series. Once a street thief, Gabriella has grown into a respectable woman with a heart of gold and a willingness to do whatever it takes to clear the name of a fellow boardinghouse mate. . . even if it brings her former partner and best friend back into her life. Gabriella isn't the only whose had a lifestyle change, Nicholas has not only changed his ways, he's done the impossible and moved into the social circles of the famed Four Hundred. Danger and social differences threaten to break apart the bond they once shared.
Any reader who enjoys banter, humor, adventure, danger, unique characters, and stories of friends to more will love this book.
What I loved: I am a huge fan of the combination of humor and danger, while still maintaining a realistic relationship strain. The characters were delightful, the crimes exciting, and the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency an absolute joy to watch grow.
Favorite Character and Why: The pairing of Gabriella and Nicholas is wonderful. I love their connection, the banter, and the romance. However, Daphne stole the show for me--which makes me absolutely delighted that she gets her own book next! Not only is Daphne an author, but she's also an absolute mess and a hoot!
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5So much fun!January 10, 2021kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This series opener by Jen Turano is one that her fans will not want to miss! It is full of her signature hilarity, quirky characters, mystery, lessons to learn, romance, and more!
Working together was a theme throughout the book. I loved that the boarding house women joined together to clear the name of one of their own. Gabrielle and Nicholas had been very effective partners in crime as children. After they reconnect, they work together to fulfill the missions of the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency.
Once the reader gets to know Gabriella and Nicholas, they become very endearing. What Nicholas has accomplished is quite impressive, and his willingness to adjust his aspirations and goals to more upright standards was impressive.
Fans of Turano's work will certainly enjoy this new offering! Highly recommended!
KatG5 Stars Out Of 5Delightful Sweet Story That Made Me SmileJanuary 10, 2021KatGQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book made me smile. The ladies at the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency are a delightful if forward thinking, bunch who come into themselves as they unite to help others. All of the things you love about Ms. Turano's stories are present including laugh out loud moments, witty and sometimes over the top dialogue, and character with whom you want to be friends. If I lived in 1886, I would want to live in that boarding house.
The sweet slow burning romance between Nicholas and Gabriella had enough twists and turns to keep you guessing while confident that all would turn out happily ever after. Even the characters that I wasn't so sure about showed in the end that they're coming around.
Despite the fact that there are A LOT of characters, I didn't have a problem keeping track or remembering who is who. They support the story well without overwhelming Nicholas and Gabriella's growing friendship. While I guessed a bit of the mystery part of the book early, it was a delightful ride seeing how it all came together in the end. After a satisfying end, I closed the book with a big smile on my face.
While I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher, I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are honestly my own.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5To Steal a HeartJanuary 10, 2021MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is always so fun to read a novel by Jen Turano. To Steal a Heart is the beginning of a new series involving the women of a boarding house on Bleecker Street in New York. One of the residents, Gabriella, meets Nicholas, a close childhood friend she hasn't seen in years, in most peculiar circumstances at a society costume ball. The reason Gabriella and her friend Daphne are there are best left for discovery by the reader. They all get into quite a few adventures, especially after the ladies decide to start an inquiry agency to help women. I really enjoyed the wide diversity of characters, including Winston the one-eyed eyepatch wearing dog. It is always fun when authors add a mention of something from their previous books, so the reference to Rutherford & Company made me smile. I am hoping the next books in the series will let us find out more about Daphne (as Nicholas says to Gabriella soon after their meeting, Daphne is quite entertaining) and about Eunice, the veiled mysterious owner of the boarding house. I highly recommend To Steal a Heart and look forward to book two.
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