Release Date: May 27th, 2008
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: I own a copy of this book.
Blurb from Goodreads: My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.Review: Well, this went better than the last Elizabeth Scott book I read. I do think it's time I pack it in with this author though and call it a day. We just aren't meshing well together. Stealing Heaven wasn't a bad book if you are looking for something cutesy, corny, and over the top. It is all of those things and more. Sometimes I don't mind books like that. Anyone that watches romantic comedies knows what I mean. This book is exactly like that but WAYYYYY overboard. To the point it's almost hard to suspend disbelief. Why? Because of some of the dialogue between Dani and Greg--the love interest.
Dani has been trained as a thief by the best--her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy homes and making a living by stealing antique silver. They never stay in one place long enough to make real connections, real friends--a real life.
In the beach town of Heaven, though, everything changes. For the first time, Dani starts to feel at home. She's making friends and has even met a guy. But these people can never know the real Dani--because of who she is. When it turns out that her new friend lives in the house they've targeted for their next job and the cute guy is a cop, Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known--or the one she's always wanted.
Dani is a thief and Greg is a cop. She meets him in line for donuts. No, I am not kidding. The way the author describes him at first, he does not seem attractive at all. He has wonky hair, crooked teeth, and he speaks in an incredibly cheesy manner.
So right from the very beginning I was not into this romance at all. Dani doesn't want anything to do with Greg because he is a cop and she knows her mother will kill her if she compromises their mission in this town. So this results in some incredibly ridiculous scenes in which Greg tries to find out her name and get her to go out with him etc. I mean the dialogue was utterly ridiculous. Nothing about this relationship was believable. They keep running into each other everywhere (because how often does that happen in real life?) until finally she realizes how charming and not ugly he is (I guess he never was but his descriptions are terrible) and agrees to go on a date with him.
Before I ruin the entire book for you, you should know it is also loaded with tons of angst, mother-daughter conflict (the mother is batshit crazy--but she's supposed to be), and has a very unsatisfying and abrupt ending. At the same time, I don't know how else it could have ended so I will have to just let that go.
So why did I give it three stars if it seems like I hated it so much? Well, I didn't hate it. Not exactly. I am fully able to realize when I am just nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking and that may be the case here. Simply put, this book was just not for me. It didn't have much of a plot, and what it did have was all about the romance and there is a reason why I don't usually read romance novels. They rarely work for me. The writing was decent and I thought the book was okay, so this results in a 3-star rating from me. I can't really justify it. I should be giving it a two, but it wasn't THAT bad. It was just incredibly corny.
And there you have it. Meh.
So I am not sure if I would recommend this one, but I'm putting Amazon links anyway because...the book is really CHEAP. So if you want to buy it from Amazon, click the following: Stealing Heaven. At the time of this writing, the Kindle edition was only 5.69 and you can get the hardcover for 6.99. If you like lighthearted cheese-fests, you might like it.