The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen ~ Review & Teaser (@lj_shen)

Honestly, this book blew me away! I picked it up and could not put it down! I enjoyed everything about it: the passion, the intensity and how it was all pieced together into one incredible read!
The Kiss Thief
Title: The Kiss Thief
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 6th 2019

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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.

I cannot begin to express what a fantastic read The Kiss Thief turned out to be! It had so many elements that I enjoyed and I couldn't put it down! I loved that it was an enemies to lovers kind of read, that it involved the Mafia, and the writing was so well done that it always felt so intense!

Francesca did come across as the spoiled daughter of a mob boss, promised to another member of The Outfit, and had dreams of marrying Angelo. However the more time I spent getting to know her I could see there was a lot more to her. She wanted more for herself, but was raised to think that she would never be anything more than a trophy wife and a bearer of children. When she met Keaton, he turned her world upside down, taking some of her firsts and getting under her skin.

I was unsure as to why Keaton wanted Francesca at first, so it was interesting to see the reasons unfold. Keaton had every intention of keeping her at arms length, but she somehow broke down his walls. He was a hard, determined guy who found it hard to trust anyone. He had big plans to fix the corruption in his area and wanted to bring all those to justice. He didn't count on Francesca getting under his skin, changing all his plans and the future he envisioned for himself.

This is the second book I have read by L.J. Shen, and honestly she has redeemed her self as I didn't enjoy the first book that I read of hers. This one had so many gritty, heartbreaking and intense moments. I adored the characters and my heart ached for what they had lost, but I loved what they became together. They weren't perfect, they made mistakes, but together they were a strong and passionate couple.  

I love the intensity in both of these passages. The first one is of Wolfe letting others know that Francesca is his, and the second Francesca has given in to her desires!

“This is the last time you raise your voice to my fiancĂ©e, not to mention throw things around like a poorly trained circus monkey. Nobody—and I do mean no person on this planet—talks to the future Mrs. Keaton like this. Any wrath she is to endure is mine. The only person she answers to is me. The only man to put her in her place—if and when needed—would. Be. Me. You will be respectful, agreeable, and polite to her. Tell me if I’m not understood, and I’ll make sure to make my point by destroying everything you care about.”

Kindle Page 115

“I need you inside me.”
“I can’t explain.”
“Yes, you can. You’re just afraid to.”
Wolfe Keaton was a kiss thief, but it wasn’t only a kiss that he stole. He stole my heart, too. Ripped it from my chest and put it in his pocket. I did what he promised me I would do, and willingly—I spread my legs and begged him, once again, this time meaning every word. “Because you were right. You said I’d come to your bed willingly—and I am. So, take me.”

Kindle Page 231

L.J. ShenL.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and 
never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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