Title: Any Old Diamonds
Author: K.J. Charles
Publisher: KJC Books
Lord Alexander Pyne-ffoulkes –Alec–is estranged from his father, the Duke of Ilvar. Angry and bitter at the way he and his siblings have been treated, Alec decides to take revenge on his father and the Duchess. His plan is to hire thieves to steal the diamond parure the Duke is giving his wife for their wedding anniversary.
He approaches the Lilywhite Boys–Jerry Crozier and Templeton Lane–who agree to steal the jewels. Crozier will pose as a society gentleman and new friend of Alec’s. Alec, meanwhile, will publicly reconcile with his father and get an invitation to the anniversary party.
But Crozier soon uncovers Alec’s secret desires and the two of them end up in bed together. Will the heist come off as planned? Or will there be twists and turns in the road?
This book was fantastic. It kept me hooked from beginning to end. I loved all the characters. Like, I want to say, “I loved all the characters, especially Susan,” but, in reality, it’s “Especially Susan and Alec and Jerry and Templeton and…” Okay, so I didn’t like the Duke and Duchess, but they were marvelously horrible. Believable in a way you wish people weren’t like, but just awful people.
The relationship between Jerry and Alec was amazing. It started subtly and then just exploded. It was hot and steamy and just wonderfully written. I think they’re my favorite pair since Lucien and Stephen from A Charm of Magpie series. They had some of the most heart-meltingly romantic dialogue. I seriously was just a puddle.
This book also managed to take me by surprise. I thought I knew exactly where it was going when, suddenly, it just went bonkers. In the best way. I was so excited by the twist and the new characters that were introduced. It was exciting.
I can’t praise this book highly enough. If you like heists, revenge, people learning how to be strong,and steamy love scenes, this is definitely the book for you.
Have you read anything by K.J. Charles? What’s your favorite of hers? Or, if you haven’t, who is your favorite romance novelist? Drop a comment below and let me know!