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Review: The Kiss Thief by L.J Shen




Release Date: January 9thCover Designer: Letitia Hasser at RBA Designs.

Genre: Dark Romance, NA Romance, Contemporary



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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.


“No love is fully requited. No love is equal. No love is fair. There is always one side that loves more. And you better not be that side—because it suffers.” 

TKT, Holy Shit was a whirlwind story. Think of it like beauty and the beast Godfather style. L.J Shen is relatively new to me but damn she did her thing on the book. A fantastic read to start 2019 and weave its way into my top books of the year. I was astonished at how her words affected me, I was glued to the pages of The Kiss Theif from just the first few sentences. Wolfe And Francesa’s story is going to put you on one hell of a ride. One you will be seriously attached to by the end.

Francesa Rossi has had her life planned out since she was born. Following the Rossi Tradition, she is to get married to her betrothed, live the lavish mob princess lifestyle and pop some babies out. Everything is going according to plan until she reveals secrets to a masked man at a ball. A man she equates to a villain upon meeting him and exclaiming someone like him could never understand the magnitude of love and her fate. 

“Nemesis is my spirit animal. She was the one to lure Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection and died of vanity. Pride is a terrible illness.”

Wolfe Keaton is a no bullshit senator. He’s on the path to destroy the Outfit and takedown Arthur Rossi. What he doesn’t expect however is meeting Francesca, a woman who has been seriously sheltered and is weak on the surface. Wolfe becomes his name literally…. and turns into the big bad wolf, eyeing Francesca as his prize. 

“Maybe I am the monster. After all, I come out to play at night. But so do you, little one. You’re out in the darkness, too.

What he doesn’t know yet is Frankie is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. She has a fire to her that she’s been waiting to release and Wolfe is her outlet. Together their relationship is explosive, between the sexual chemistry and the fights. They’re almost volatile together, like a match waiting to be lit in a gas room. However, the fire in them runs deeper than the surface and layers are pulled back between the two. Frankie has more dreams than most know and is such a compassionate soul. While Wolfe is hard both with his words and actions. But the subtleness of his feelings is what hits you hardest about his character. He shows his affection rather than saying it and that was the most touching. 

“A story of a Nemesis and a Villain with no chance at a happy ending. Where the prince doesn’t save the princess. He tortures her. And the beauty doesn’t sleep. She’s stuck. In a nightmare.”

TKT is my favorite work so far my L.J Shen, and Frankie is probably my spirit animal. This book was incredible, so much so that I stayed up until 5 am just to finish it. It has so many elements to it, it truly is a unique book. And don’t let the idea of a love triangle deter you from reading it, because everything is not what it seems when it comes to this book. The characters were great, and both of them progressively developed over the book. I’m not used to such dominant men so it took me a while to adjust to Wolfe’s initial personality. Overall it was amazing and I highly recommend this!

My Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Stars

L.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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