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The Kiss Thief

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  14,972 ratings  ·  2,670 reviews
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
Paperback, 1st edition, 320 pages
Published January 6th 2019 by Independently published
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Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*

⭐⭐6 STARS⭐⭐
”Ours is not a love story.”

It was bound to happen, but I had no idea it would happen in such spectacular fashion. Alas, all good things come to an end....With that said, several of my #1 loves have been dethroned! My new #1, Wolfe Keaton, is EVERY SINGLE LITTLE THING that ever was!

The Kiss Thief is unlike any other book I’ve read and is completely amazing. In fact, it’s the BEST OF THE BEST! I was utterly enchanted from the very first page. And just look at that gorgeous cover. I’
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of 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.


Hold on to your hearts ladies cause the Big Daddy of All Predators -Wolfe Keaton has gatecrashed the Booklandia. This masked marauder is here to whisk Princess Rossi away on his Black Stallion. You will lose your hearts too, to this Brutish Buccaneer and if you're extremely lucky- your panties too in the process. 
Vanessa When Vane Reads
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favoritos
English/spanish version

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

A standing ovation for ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS THAT I'VE EVER READ, and L.J Shen's best story to date. It left me with the worst book hangover of the year! ITS INTRICATE PLOT IS A NEW BRAND OF PERFECTION SO MIND-BLOWING THAT IT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS.

Have you ever felt that words are not enough to describe what you feel? that's me now after reading this story, I'm an emotional mess and nervous wreck. The Kis
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

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

I got two words for you here: Must. Read.

I know I say this each time I finish a book of hers, but this was my favorite LJ Shen book to date.
I was born into a glided cage.

If you like a modern day arranged marriage trope, welcome to your next addiction. This book? GAH! It had an anti-hero that only Shen can write; brutal and hard but completely redeemable. This is someone you won't be able to help
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, wow, wow. I’m in awe right now.

If you’re a lover of L.J. Shen’s Hotholes then The Kiss Thief is going to be exactly what you want because ladies (and gents), we have a new alphahole in town. Mr Wolfe Keaton, the man that makes men quiver in their boots and women drop to their knees. He’s sexy as sin with an attitude to go with it. He’s ruthless and harsh and keeps his true feelings locked away.

The Kiss Thief isn’t your typical romance. It’s a story about a nemesis and a villain. One th
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! The Kiss Thief (stand-alone). Butterflies-in-your-belly good!

5 stars, a glued-to-your-kindle read for me. I was inspired to make art while reading, but just fell behind on writing a review. I will post a full review as soon as RL calms down.

Hero: ★★★★★
Heroine: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Storytelling: ★★★★★
Sexual tension: ★★★★★
Sex scenes: ★★★★★
Story ending: ★★★★★
Angst: | LOW FOCUS |
Darkness: | LOW FOCUS |
Kink: |
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle


5+ Nemesis CROWNS

LJ Shen has rocked me world, tilted it on its axis, and I don’t which way is up or down after the whirlwind she just took me on. The Kiss Thief is EVERYTHING I love in a romance, and I never wanted this book to end. EVER!

Wolfe Keaton has taken top book boyfriend spot. With his confidence and intelligence and lethal charisma, I was utterly charmed by this man. His cold exterior makes him seem untouchable and
Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Gah!! You guys!! The Kiss Thief was everything we've come to expect from L.J. Shen and more!! BEYOND PHENOMENAL!! It was emotional, poignant and gut wrenching and filled with a brilliant story that had me glued to every page. It was so perfectly written with every intricate detail written with the utmost care. This is without a doubt THE BEST novel this author has written!!

Without giving away any spoilers, Shen did it once again with Wolfe Keaton. He undoubtedly is the new alpha-hole to top and
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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.

THE KISS THIEF: Is a full length contemporary Romance novel. Spoken in Dual Perspectives.

It all started with a wooden chest carved and made by a witch encasing three notes which would predict her f
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-five-stars
5 stars!

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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.

LJ Shen crafts a deliciously angsty and riveting tale of a Villain and his Nemesis. This was one of those books that had me glued to every page, unable to put it down for a minute. It was a story that captivated me from the start
Laurelin Paige
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arranged marriage? Older man? Virgin bride? Decadently dirty romance? Obviously Leigh wrote this book just for me.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My first LJ book was Sparrow (Loved), followed by Defy (Lovely), then it all went downhill as I couldn’t for the life of me get on board with subsequent books (particularly Vicious); yet, she stayed on my authors-to-read radar. So, to have this book be this amazing, to have an anti-hero so deliciously bad, to have a heroine who made me cheer, was everything I never knew I needed. Simply breathtaking.
Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
It's no secret that The Kiss Thief was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. L. J. Shen is one of my favorite authors of all time, and I look forward to every single book she publishes. This time was a little different though. The mystery surrounding this book and the collective excitement of all of the other L. J. fans I knew took it to a whole new level!


All the time wondering what the story would be about, what the name of it was, and basically, everything else about this book had alre

I really, really enjoyed this one. But that first sex scene? Yikes! RTC! <3

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Helena Hunting
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of the The Kiss Thief and let me tell you the chemistry between Keaton and Francesca is through the freaking roof. Once again, Ms Shen has created a damaged alpha, a-hole hero that I couldn't help but fall head over heels in love with.

Ms Shen has the amazing ability to take me through an entire emotional gamut. I wanted to throttle the hero and yet . . . I also wanted to ride him like a rodeo bull. My heart broke for Francesca and the impossible situation she fo
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favourite

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.

What a fantastic beginning to reading in 2019!

I knew I’d fall in love with this, because it is L.J. Shen. One of, if not, my favourite author. Ever. She’s a proficient and excellent writer—her sentences are carefully and beautifully constructed into gripping scenes and concise prose—who continues to astoun
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This is the best book I have read from L.J. Shen!!!Lately I'm saying it each time I finish a book from her but it's so true!She doesn't stop surprising me, her stories are so unique! The Kiss Thief is addictive,full of tension and angst.It is so hot and captivating!


"My sweet poison, my gorgeous rival."

I was hooked from the prologue and I couldn't put it down!Each chapter hooked me even more.The characters were fantastic and
Olga therebelreader
Huge 5 stars for The Kiss Thief. This story was better than I expected and unique in many ways. Wolfe and Francesca are so hot together! Wolfe is alpha, dark, brooding and cold but the author shows us he is vulnerable and honorable. Francesca is sweet, innocent, smart and kind. Her beauty glows bright from within and out! She is really a lady but she is strong and a fighter as well! And she is caught in the middle of a fight between two men. If you really love someone, do you fight for them or l ...more
NinaDonata Delfs
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: acrs
First thing I was able to think about when this book hit my kindle, was to start the journey with these two characters. When I found out this book the book was coming I was so exited that sleeping was hard for me. The exitement for this book got to an unhealthy level.
I’m so glad to say that this book was clearly worth my whole exitement.
L.J. showed me a way of writing a love triangle in a way that didn't annoy me . Because most of the stories I’ve read until now which mostly had fantasy stories,
Em Lost In Books
Ms. Shen has become one of my go to author for romance genre. Her books, for me, are something that I like to read in between my fantasy/historical fiction. They are fast paced, and a bit predictable but I like them. So when I found this on my new release by the authors that I have read, I was very excited. That cover and blurb, of course I was going to read it as soon as it was released.

Wolfe and Francesca's story is very much similar to Sparrow. A forced marriage where the couple slowly fell
B.B. Easton
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS. BOOK. Y'ALL. This book will ruin you for all other books in 2019. I would give it 10 stars, if I could. I would ask ot to marry me, if that were legal. I would stand up and slow clap, but I already did that at 4:00 a.m. when I read the final word. So go ahead and request January 9th off of work because trust me, when this thing hits your Kindle, you're not going ANYWHERE.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Surprise! Surprise! There's no surprises in this book. We have the same characters and plot, again. To be fair the book was engaging and well written. The MCs had great chemistry. Those things might be enough for you to enjoy and I didn't finish the book, so I might not be a fair judge.

The amount of sexism, double standards and cliché was disturbing and unbearable for me. His thoughts about sex and women were vomit inducing. And her insecurity because she is inexperienced virgin were cringe wort
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woweeeee! I read this in ONE day and oh my word! I knew it was going to be good but it blew me away! It's a fresh, dynamic, intoxicating read. I loved the way LJ built these characters, how she created their world, and all the angsty feels she brought with each page. It was so so so good. Full review coming around release day.
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
If you know me you know how much I love L.J. Shen. She’s one of my favorite author’s of all time so when I read and saw the cover of The Kiss Thief I couldn’t contain my excitement. I am so sad to say that even though I enjoyed it, it fell kinda short for me.

Wolfe and Francesca’s sexual chemistry is off the charts from the moment they meet. I enjoyed their banter but I don’t know there was something missing.


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3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I enjoyed this. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I'm in the minority yet again here. I do really enjoy this author's ability to write a nasty H. And I enjoyed this H for the most part, but I think I just needed some more of the good to balance him out. I didn't like the fact that their dates were skimmed over. I think that would've helped a ton in redeeming him and his impulsively jerkish behavior! Yes, he groveled -- but because some of it felt skimmed ov
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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OMG I loved it so much!!! 😍😍😍

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yeah i dunno, i usually sum up my thoughts in bold but i can't think of a good tag line for this book. first thoughts though: much better than dirty headlines (which is a book i wish i could forget forever).

i think i'm starting to realize a pattern with lj's books and tbh once i start seeing patterns it's all downhill from there. 98% of lj's heroes are dickheads. i mean BEYOND dickheads. and you always fall for them which is fine and dandy. except that it's really hard to believe
Samantha I Love HEA Romance Book Blog
This book hit my kindle and I literally dropped the other book I was reading just to start this one! Nothing was going to stop me from devouring this book! Well except for the annoying part where I had to adult! But between that,I devoured this book completely! What a fantastic way to start the new year! I am not usually one for love triangles or arranged marriages for that matter, but this book is written in a way where it does not feel like either of these things! Ms Shen has shown us a passio ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2019
I'm going in... 💃


L.J. Shen is one of my favourite romance authors and she has never disappointed me with any of her books. The Kiss Thief is no different.

I went into this book bursting excitement and high expectation and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this The Kiss Thief .

Even before I was halfway done with the book, I had to take a breather because the chemistry in this book? Oh Lordy! It's electrifying! The chemistry that's aggravatingly intense and frustrating  and charged
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
3.5 Stars

So I am a big fan of this author so was so excited to get my mitts on an advanced copy of the Kiss Thief and for the most part I really did enjoy this: it was as usual extremely well written and such a page-turner and I, of course, read it in one entire sitting.
The kiss thief tells the story of senator Wolfe Keaton a powerful man with a hidden agenda and secrets that run deep and Francesca Rossi first daughter of the Chicago outfit whose father has built his legacy on the backs and hear
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L.J. Shen is USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author of contemporary romance books. She lives in California with her husband, son and lazy cat.
When she's not writing, she enjoys reading a good book with a glass of wine and catching up on her favorite HBO and Netflix shows.

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