Steal by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: July 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Steal, the follow-up standalone rockstar romance to the #1 NYT Bestseller Keep…
It’s easy to lose yourself in someone you love.
Easier to lose yourself in someone you hate…
I didn’t think it could get any worse than having to babysit a bunch of spoiled musicians on set — keeping them out of trouble is a cakewalk compared to seeing my ex every day.
Seaside, Oregon isn’t big enough for the both of us.
She hates me.
I loathe her.
The plan was simple — stay the hell away and make sure she gets to set on time.
What I didn’t expect was to be faced with our past in front of an audience — and be forced to face it again.
The way she looks at me.
The way I try to look through her.
Words left unsaid.
The lingering aftermath still as powerful as ever.
I feed the chasm between us, for fear that she’ll make me feel again — and steal the last shred of heart I have left.
We have everything but each other.
It’s not enough.
Not when you’ve lost love.
And replaced it with the only thing left — hate.
**Disclaimer** I received a digital ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
Steal is the 3rd book in the Seaside Pictures series, but can be read as a standalone novel. This was my first in this series and I can attest that it, indeed, can be read by itself, but I do think it’s best to read the series as a whole. I always felt kind of left out when the other characters made an appearance.
With that said, I loved every character in this book. You could really tell they were a family and Rachel created their lives in a way that made you want to be a part of that. Even though life was sometimes rough and every single one of these characters had a past, they were still around for each other and stuck it out. This is what really made this book work for me. I loved it…I was jealous…and I definitely wanted more.
In Steal you follow Will and Angelica and their twisted and messed up road to redemption. Both have made mistakes and both have lived through some pretty brutal situations and at times it was hard to watch/read. We get their past and their present with this story; RVD pulled me in instantly and I was hooked. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion…you want to look away but you just can’t and in the end you’re happy you stayed through the tragedy because you feel as if you come out stronger for it.
I believe if I would have read the others in this series then I probably would have started off hating Angelica more than I did. I actually didn’t hate her at all…instead I felt sorry for her. My heart broke for this shell of a woman trying to pull her life back together from an addiction that caused so much pain for not only her but for the people around her. I know Will was justified in his hurt and in his anger, but at times I wanted to shake him and make him see that she was trying. Heck….everyone seemed to have forgiven her, but he just couldn’t. That showed just how shattered his heart was, but it hurt to watch at times. Again, I’m sure my viewpoint would have been totally different if I would have read the previous novels.
“Hate isn’t a strong enough word for how I feel about the woman I gave everything to —the woman who took it all away from me. Must suck to have the tables turn, to lose all the power you used to have.”
I’ve read a lot of second-chance romance novels this year, but this one was really amazing; one of the best. The romance was there, the history was off the charts crazy, and their little family made you feel right at home. RVD definitely did not disappoint with Steal.
Meet the Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!