As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. And when he meets endearingly grumpy and slightly awkward William Fox, he wants him more than he’s wanted anything. Vaughn is used to being desired for his name and his money, but Will doesn’t care about either.
When Vaughn falls back on old habits and attempts to impress Will by stealing a painting Will admires, their nascent bond blows up in his face. But Vaughn isn’t willing to give up on the glimpse of passion he saw the night he took Will apart. Before Will knows it, he’s falling for the man he should have arrested, and Vaughn has to realize that some things can’t be bought or stolen. Love has to be given freely. But can a man who lives by the rules, and a man who thinks the rules don’t apply to him, ever see eye to eye?
Heart of the Steal is a standalone romance with a happy ending. It features a Southern gentleman who thinks he’s always right, a buttoned-up FBI agent who secretly likes his buttons unbuttoned, and wall sex. And desk sex. And picnic blanket sex.
Hi! I’m Avon Gale, and I have a new book out on July 11th called Heart of the Steal, co-written with the always amazing Roan Parrish. It’s an opposites-attract romance about by-the-rules FBI agent who falls for a charming, wealthy philanthropist who thinks rules are for everyone else. The opposites-attract theme is one of my very favorites, and Roan and I had a blast writing it.
Here are some of my favorite romances that deal with opposites finding love with each other!
The Ruin of a Rake, Cat Sebastian
I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of this, and it immediately became one of my favorite historical romances – heck, probably one of my favorite books! It’s the story of a loveable, charming libertine, Lord Courtenay, who falls for the prim-and-proper Julian Medlock. The banter in this book is priceless, too. I also love found family narratives, and this book is a wonderful example of that. Basically this is a perfect book and everyone should read it (and the other two in the series, which are also excellent!)
After Midnight, Santino Hassell
I love all of Santino Hassell’s books, but this maybe my favorite. It’s set in a post-dystopian world and is a story about characters from Hassell’s “In the Company of Shadows” series (which is fantastic). Adam is a secret agent/assassin for a super-shady government agency who just can’t seem to keep his calm, cool and collected demeanor around Gordon, an irreverent and hilarious ginger who is, as Adam says, “The most careless person I’ve ever met.” Adam and Gordon meet when Adam has to use Gordon’s apartment as a hide-out after a mission-gone-wrong, and from then on the two can’t seem to stay away from each other. The world building is great (and can be read without reading ICoS, though of course I would recommend reading that too!), and Gordon is one of my favorite characters. Contrary couples are my favorite, basically.
Prickly Business, Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade
This is a book about a wolf shifter who finds himself mated to a hedgehog shifter. If that’s not opposites attract, I don’t know what is! I love the story of bratty, diva Avery and the gruff, down-to-earth Dylan. Reading about Avery and Dylan navigating their relationship – in human and shifter form – is a delight. The book’s sequel, Prickly by Nature, continues their story and is just as enjoyable. I really loved Avery’s character arc, and how he and Dylan found a relationship balance that complemented their differences. Also, the shifter worldbuilding in this series is fabulous, and I loved seeing that expand from the traditional wolves into other animals. I loved every. single. scene where Avery is in hedgehog form.
The Consequence of High Caliber (Mako Shark #1) by Nicole Castle
Nicole Castle’s “Chance Assassin” series is one of my favorites, and this is set in the same world. Castle’s writing is part dark comedy, part romance, and it just makes me so happy. This one is about Miko, an assassin who is…well, messy. He’s not very good at his job but it’s not his fault! Things just seem to go a bit crazy whenever he tries to make a clean hit. He’s just weird in this really delightful way, and his romance with the utterly normal Toby – a caterer – is sweet, hot and just a little bit disturbing. I highly recommend Castle’s books, she’s an author I wish more people would read. If you like a little dark comedy with your romance, you should be all over her books.
AVON GALE wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.
Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.
At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.
Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.