Review: Steal by Rachel Van Dyken (Seaside Pictures #3)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

Steal is the third and latest in Rachel Van Dyken's Seaside Pictures series and if you were able to read the second novel, Kept, you would have already gotten a smidgen of an idea that this newest story was going to be a lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers story between former boy band frontman and teen heartthrob turned agent to the stars Will Sutherland and former child star turned fallen teen star turned actress and former addict hoping to revive her career Angelica Greene. When they met and fell in love, he was twenty and she was a year younger and they were at the height of their careers. Her drug addiction and accusations of cheating led to them breaking up as did Adrenaline, the band Will was part of with his best friends. A decade later and Will is a successful talent agent who finds himself at Seaside, Oregon to play babysitter at the filming of a much-touted movie to the one person he hates most--his ex-girlfriend Angelica. She knows this could be her one shot at reviving a career that many consider too dead to even bother resurrecting, but could this also be her chance to make the boy she loved stop hating her?

Like I mentioned in my reviews for the first two books, I'm going to recommend that you read the books in this series in order. They're supposed to be standalones, but with the number of recurring characters not just from the two previous Seaside Pictures novels but those from the original Seaside series as well, you could feel as if you're missing something when they talk about past events. Will's feelings towards Angelica were quite understandable, but as their history becomes clearer, you'll realize that there was much more than meets the eye going on. There's no denying that Angelica had an addiction and that it played a major role in why they did end their relationship, but there were other factors as well that spilled over and the lack of communication ultimately destroyed them. While I didn't like Will and Angelica as much as I did the first two couples in the series, their story was intensely heartrending at times and it opens the door to the possible next book in the series. They say the line between love and hate is a thin one and that was glaringly obvious with Will and Angelica. I'm handing Steal four out of five stars. ♥

Date Read: 05 July 2017

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