Thursday 17 January 2019

[Blog Tour Review] THE KISS THIEF by L.J. Shen

by L.J. Shen
Release Date: January 9th

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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.

About the Author

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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There are certain authors whose books you will pick up no matter what, and for me L.J. Shen is on the absolute top of that list. As soon as I hear about any of her new books, I immediately add them on Goodreads and I wait in eager anticipation for any information. The Kiss Thief kind of snuck into her pub schedule, so it came quick and fast, but once I heard about it, it immediately grabbed my attention! I was eager to see how the book would unfold based on the description...and I have to admit that it definitely wasn't what I expected, but I ended up loving it even more than I thought I would! 

If I haven't made it already obvious, I'm a self-professed L.J. Shen fangirl! I'm a huge fan of her dark heroes and I absolutely adore the stories that she tells. I've actually yet to read an L.J. Shen book that I didn't enjoy and The Kiss Thief was no exception! The characters were riveting, dynamic, and flawed in the most poetic of ways. The story was raw, emotional, and had me glued to the page...I seriously didn't want to put this book down. When I did have to put it down, it was constantly on my mind. Even though parts of The Kiss Thief left me sobbing and a total mess, I absolutely loved every moment of it! It was spectacular!

 As far as the characters go, I really enjoyed Francesca and I loved seeing her grow, but I adored Wolfe even more! He was amazing!!! Broody and stoic at first...when we finally got to know more of him, he was impossible not to love! He was actually so standoffish at first that I wasn't sure how to feel about him and I wasn't sure if I even liked him at all...but ooooh boy, he really grew on me! Page-by-page, I fell for him harder and the end of the book, I was spellbound and he became a new book boyfriend of mine. ;) It reminded me of the way that I originally felt about my fave L.J. Shen hero, Baron "Vicious" Spencer from my fave of her books, Vicious (I love Vicious sooooo much, so trust me...any time I compare one of her guys to him, it is the HIGHEST of praise). With that in mind I loved Wolfe and The Kiss Thief soooo much! Wolfe was utterly amazing, and seeing his relationship with Francesca shift and grow was wonderful! This book gave me so many feels and I'm already looking forward to reading it again! 

Overall, I would highly recommend The Kiss Thief! The characters and story were wonderful, and it left me reeling and feeling so many things! If you're a fan of darker romances, especially ones that feature hate-to-love and arranged marriage tropes, then definitely pick this one up! It's right at the top of my favourites out of all of L.J. Shen's books and I think anyone who likes darker heroes will absolutely love this one!  


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