Hero Ben comes across as overly noble and trusting, and his immediate “live with me and be my love” jump into being gay seems too early and too easy. Cavin, the Seven Dials pickpocket, shoulders all the conflict, and the menace of the Bill Sykes-esque crime boss is eliminated much too conveniently.But in spite of the rushed pacing, the passionate writing really brings out their desperate need for intimacy and connection:As his hands roamed over Cavin’s back, his hips, his firm arse, Benjamin reveled in the blunt honesty of their kiss. The stark, unbridled lust, the voracious need. Nothing tempered. Nothing held back.I think the premise of Thief would have worked better as a full-length novel. Ben needs more time and more conflict to appreciate his HEA.Also: That cover? Oooooh yeah, baby.