*This is a repost, but I've reread the book and changed the review some. If you've already commented, feel free to comment again! If you don't have anything new to say, no worries, I still appreciate your original comment!*
This book was laugh-out-loud hilarious! But it was also emotional with a heart-wrenching love triangle. And it had an intense plot. And three-dimensional characters. And sexy but also meaningful romance. And vampires. And a faery—
In other words, it just had everything.
*sighs dreamily* I just love this series. It has become a total comfort read for me. And since I’ve read it three times now, I’ve decided to update my reviews, and I’m not even gonna try to contain my affection.
First of all, this series has ruined me for all other books because it has more heart-wrenching emotion AND more laugh-out-loud humor than anything I’ve ever read, and I’m still waiting for another series that makes me feel as deeply or clutch my stomach in pain from all the laughter as much as this one has. Especially the first time I read this first book, I was devastated, I was tense, I was worried, I was amused, I was swooning, I was feeling.
Speaking of feeling, I really love this love triangle because the best ones are the heart-wrenching ones, and WOW does the relationship between Zoey and Daniel nail that. And let me tell you, what is between Zoey and Daniel is most definitely, without a doubt, LOVE. They grew up together and know everything about each other and have so many memories together and have always been there for each other (that is, until Daniel started pulling away due to vampire reasons). I swoon every time at the way they appreciate everything about each other and their relationship, flaws and all. #RelationshipGoals I know Dev is also in that triangle somewhere, but I was too busy being on Team Daniel the first time I read this book to notice ;-) Ok, ok, Daniel is totally the stereotypical tormented, brooding character who thinks he’s a monster but doesn’t want the woman he loves to see him that way, but he’s more than just that. He also brings all the vampire-y goodness, and I sure do love me some vampire-y goodness!
And speaking of the characters, I have rarely been so invested in characters as I was (and still am) in these. I kid you not, I once emailed the author to fangirl and ask her… a really strange question about how two of the characters’ relationships progressed after the series ended because I still cared about them and still wanted to know things about their lives. (Ok, fine, if you must know, I asked her if they’re sleeping together now, which honestly isn’t as inappropriate of a question as it sounds if you’ve read the series. She was super nice in her reply, by the way! And yes, they are sleeping together, in case you were wondering.) But these characters, they’re just so complex and developed and flawed-yet-lovable—and I do mean legitimately flawed. The things they do are not black-and-white, so sometimes you don’t know if you should trust them, and sometimes you’re disappointed in them, and sometimes you want to slap them, but in the end you love them anyway for the good qualities they have. And they have such dynamic and complex friend/family/romantic relationships with each other. Plus, the interactions between them are pretty much the best thing ever because that’s where so much of the hilarity and emotion comes from.
And not only that, each book also a fantastic, action-packed plot, always involving some sort of heist, along with all sorts of supernatural fun.
BUT I will admit these books have some things that are a little too romance trope-y for me. For one thing, there are a lot of sex scenes that seem to be there just for the sake of being there. And if I’m being honest, they’re not to my taste, other than the pleasurable biting. Zoey thought to herself at one point that she was willing to be the men’s sex toy, and that pretty much summarizes what those scenes are like (albeit a sex toy they give like 27 orgasms to every time). The men are pretty controlling sometimes, even though it’s all consensual. There’s some kink, like public sex rituals, voyeurism, and mild BDSM. The characters also seem to solve all their relationship problems by having sex; or sometimes they do at least talk things out, it’s just that when they do, they’re in a bed, or a shower, or a tub… Basically, they’re all just very preoccupied by sex. Both of the men have sex-related magic though, so I suppose that’s to be expected. Also, Dev’s feelings for Zoey in Book 1 seem instalove-y, and Daniel and Dev are both pretty alpha male.
Now you’re probably thinking, “Well, Kristen, that sounds like a lot of things you didn’t like. Are you sure you love this series as much as you say you do?” And the answer to that is, yes, I’m sure. Those are all the types of things that make me roll my eyes, but most were really only an issue during sex scenes, and everything that I love about these books completely outweighs the things I don’t. Plus, these are personal taste things and might not bother other people at all.
I realize that this was more of a series review than a review for Steal the Light (and more of a love letter than a review), but hey, at least now you don’t have to worry that the series will go downhill ;-) And I will say that this first book, just like all the rest of the books, was the perfect mix of humor, action, intensity, angst, emotion, romance, and badassery!
Anyone who likes laugh-out-loud hilarity, heart-wrenching emotion, complex and flawed but still lovable characters, heists, lots of sex, lots of supernatural creatures (especially vampires), and lots of adorable relationships.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: Steal the Light (Thieves Book 1) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Steal the Day (Thieves Book 2) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Steal the Moon (Thieves Book 3) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Steal the Sun (Thieves Book 4) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Steal the Night (Thieves Book 5) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Ripper (Hunter: A Thieves Series Book 1) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Addict (Hunter: A Thieves Series Book 2) by Lexi Blake
When dealing with demons, the devil’s in the details…
Stealing mystical and arcane artifacts is a dangerous business, especially for a human, but Zoey Wharton is an exceptional thief. The trick to staying alive is having friends in all the wrong places. While having a witch and a werewolf on the payroll helps, being partners with a vampire really opens doors.
Zoey and Daniel were childhood sweethearts until a violent car crash took his life and left her shattered. When Daniel returned from the grave as a vampire, his only interest in Zoey was in keeping her safely apart from the secrets of his dark world. He has vowed to protect her, but his heart seems as cold as the night he calls home.
Five years later, a mysterious new client named Lucas Halfer offers Zoey a fortune to steal the Light of Alhorra. The search for the Light leads Zoey into the arms of an earthbound faery prince. Devinshea Quinn sweeps her off her feet, showing her everything the supernatural world has to offer, but Daniel still calls to her heart.
As the true nature of the Light is revealed, Zoey discovers Halfer is a demon and much more than money is at stake. Per her contract, she must give him the Light or spend an eternity in Hell. What’s a girl to do except fight for her soul…and her heart.
Book Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment LLC
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Texas, USA
Non-Human Type: Demons, Faeries/Fae, Shifters, Vampires, Witches
Romance Type: M-F
Romance Aspects: Biting/Blood Drinking, Love Triangle
Extra Love: All the Feels, Favorite Book/Series, Favorite Male Character, Favorite Side Character, Laugh Out Loud Hilarious