REVIEW: The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

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“Falling in love was so tragic. No wonder it made people so sad.”

Back of the book blurb:

They say your first kiss should be earned.

  Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

  They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

  Mine were broken before we left church.

  They say your heart only beats for one man.

  Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

  I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

  Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

  They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

  I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

  One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

  And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: January 7, 2019

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My rating:

            Thank you to L.J. Shen and Candi Kane PR for sending me an ARC of The Kiss Thief in exchange for an honest review!

I am livid with myself. Want to know why? The Kiss Thief was my very first L.J. Shen novel. How could I be so ignorant to the vivid and heart-clutching stories that this fantastic person has written? It’s a brand new year and The Kiss Thief was the second novel that I read in 2019 and… just wow. I’ve never been more in love or more frustrated with a novel in so long.

            The Kiss Thief will leave you swooning, but the journey there will be heart-wrenching but so worth it.

“Our hearts were tarnished. Stained. And guilty. Unpredictable to a fault. And bound to break.”

            I want to start with L.J. Shen’s writing, just because The Kiss Thief was my first novel by her. There is something so elegant and wistful about Shen’s writing style. Even though The Kiss Thief was set in present day, it almost felt like I was reading a historical romance. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I very much enjoyed this aspect of The Kiss Thief.

            L.J. Shen’s words were eloquent and captivating to a point where I stayed up so late reading that I had to use two scoops of pre-workout and drink a Bang energy drink just to stay awake throughout my workout and my work day. It’s been such a long time since a book has kept me up throughout the night because I wanted to find out what happened so badly.

            Let’s not mention that I tried to take it slow, mainly because I never wanted The Kiss Thief to end.

“He was not my playmate. He was my monster.”

            I love a good alpha male, I do. It can sometimes be hard for me to read asshole heroes, though, just because I hate it when guys are mean. (Don’t judge me.) I’m not going to lie, The Kiss Thief was sometimes hard to get through, because I wanted to throw my Kindle every other page! A.H. (Asshole Hero… don’t want to spoil anything.) was so completely frustrating, because it was so clear how he felt about our lovely heroine, Frankie, and yet, it took him forever to figure it out.

            There was a back and forth slow burn that hurt so good. The angst of it all constantly had me on the edge of my seat, mainly talking to myself and saying, “This cannot be good.” Over and over again.

            Also, there was a scene in The Kiss Thief that will probably stay with me forever. I cried so hard. It was one of the most devastating and emotional scenes that I’ve ever read in a book. Trust me, once you read it, you’ll know exactly which scene I’m talking about.

“Ours is not a love story.”

            And a love story, it is not. It is so much more. Packed with a unique cast of characters, Chicago mobsters, and 19th century practices, The Kiss Thief will leave you breathless until the very last page. This book will make you feel. You will feel everything.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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