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Thief of Hearts by Katherine Stone

Thief of Hearts

by Katherine Stone

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Jesse and Patrick Falconer are twins, estranged since they were 19. Patrick is now a surgeon and Jesse writes 'erotic thrillers.' Caitlyn Taylor, whose mother died of heart problems when she was 16 and never knew her father, is also a heart surgeon and Patrick's 'adoptive' little sister. ('Adoptive' is in quotes, because this is an agreement between them and not a legal-type adoption). Caitlyn's friend from college, Amanda Prentice is a psychiatrist at the hospital where Patrick and Caitlyn work as well. When Patrick gets sick and needs a marrow transplant, Caitlyn tracks Jesse down to convince him to be Patrick's donor.
Each of these characters have a secret and horrific past that is revealed throughout the book, through excessive and sometimes confusing flashbacks. It's not always clear what information exactly is being revealed to the other characters who are present at the time of the flashback, and what is just revealed to the reader. Also, these characters have an inexplicable tendency to imagine and articulate what is about to happen, in a way that is not evidently clear that these are speculations, and not what is actually happening next. However, despite these things, the plot is excellent and the characters are intriguing, with fascinating back stories. Actually, I'm kind of sorry that there aren't two books, one with Patrick and Amanda as the focus, and one about Caitlyn and Jesse. My only other...not complaint, so much...maybe reservation, is that the interconnectedness of all the individuals in the book is a little too coincidental to be believed. It's just a little too convenient and pat. I have to say, though, I that I thoroughly enjoyed the book anyway. A couple parts even brought tears to my eyes. Stone is an imaginative and evocative writer, whose only fault may be being a little too...imaginative. ( )
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The Falconer twins are as different as two men can be; Jesse is a mysterious writer of erotic thrillers inspired by the pain of his past, and Patrick is a bright and successful surgeon who basks in the admiration of his peers and friends. Though different as night and day, nothing could separate the two until suspicions of rape and murder tore them apart. Now, years later, Patrick is diagnosed with aplastic anemia and will certainly die without Jesse's blood, a gift that Patrick would never request. Only Caitlin Taylor, a doctor and Patrick's best friend, has the courage to seek out this remote man and ask for this sacred gift.

But when Caitlin meets the dark twin, she discovers Jesse is a complex and almost mystical man with whom she feels an intense connection. Can she convince this reclusive and wounded man to save his brother's life? Though Patrick faces death, he meets Amanda Prentice, a woman who has the power to inspire him with love, if she can overcome her own tortured history. As Caitlin, Jesse, Amanda, and Patrick move towards a future reunion between the brothers, they must all confront a past of heart-wrenching betrayals and unforgivable pain.

In Thief of Hearts Katherine Stone focuses on the intense and internal emotions of four beautiful people with deeply damaged hearts. Stone's characters are richly drawn and the suspense of Patrick's failing health and the blossoming romances is completely consuming. Stone masters the painful results of past grief with such acuity that no character remains unsuffering. Fluff up the pillow, place the tissues nearby, and prepare for a moving tale of exhausting emotional struggle. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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When heart surgeon Caitlin Taylor of Los Angeles learns that her mentor, another doctor, needs a bone marrow transplant she decides to do something to help. Taylor locates the doctor's estranged twin brother, novelist Jesse Falconer, and convinces him to be a donor. Now it's her turn to be repaid--with Jesse's love. By the author of Bed of Roses.… (more)

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