The Thief (Lost Boys) by Kelly Fox

The Thief
serves as an introduction to a new series from Kelly Fox, set in the small town of Seguin, Texas. A smart but oblivious barista tasked with social media postings gets into a war of words with the bar owner next door. Little does Tristan realize that Joel's whole reason for stealing his quips is in hopes of starting a relationship with Tristan.

From the blurb:

@theseguinbean: Joel Hays is a dirty rotten tweet thief.
Tristan: Graduation is coming up, I still haven’t squared away an internship, and now this. Joel Hays

has been stealing my one-liners and spinning them into posts for the Watering Hole, the bar he owns with his best friend.
This thievery will not stand.
Just because he’s hot as fire doesn’t mean I’m gonna let him get away with it. I’ve half a mind to make my way next door and give that tattooed, bearded charmer a piece of my mind.
@thewateringhole: I plead the fifth.
Joel: Tristan works next door at the Seguin Bean, and man, do I have it bad for that adorable barista. Hoping to catch his eye, I’ve been stealing his sassy little quips for a month now, but he’s been too busy to notice.
Sure, there are more mature ways to get a hold of a beautiful man’s attention, but this was way more fun.
Oh, look. Here he comes now.

The Thief is the spicy-sweet prequel to the Lost Boys series. This novella features a short-lived rivalry, a group of friends like brothers, and the shop teacher who brought them all together.

SNik's Review:

Prequel novella. #.5 in series (Lost Boys). Quick read. Dual POV. 

Tristan has been running social media for the local coffeehouse, but the back and forth between his posts and the ones from the bar owner next door are getting him riled up. Joel’s whole purpose in posting his funny alcohol comments, which may or may not have been stolen from Tristan, is meant to get the cute barista’s attention. 

Super funny way to get your crush’s attention, there is a quick fall into a relationship since there is mutual attraction and steamy chemistry that is off the charts. Joel is obviously head over heels and has no problem committing and demonstrating that to Tristan, and the easy build of feelings and an all-in relationship was fun to read. 

This brief look into the town of Seguin gives an introduction of a few characters which are sure to be the “Lost Boys” that the series will be based upon.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

The Thief is available to buy as an ebook or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.