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To Love a Thief

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,864 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Lily Masters has a gift for picking pockets and telling stories—skills that come in handy for surviving London's slums. She's proud of providing for herself and her lively young sister, Alice, and she's never been caught. Well, there's always a first time.

Gideon Cole is a brilliant barrister with an unfortunate weakness for clients who can't pay. His late
Paperback, 355 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Warner Forever (first published January 1st 2005)
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This was such a hidden gem. I really enjoyed the story and it was brilliantly executed. I have never laughed so much while reading a book!

Lily was raised a lady by her mother who married below her class, and without parents she survive on pick pocketing to support herself and her little sister Alice. One day she tries to pick pock Gideon Cole and barely gets away. The next day she gets caught for real and Gideon saves her. In return, she agrees (somewhat reluctantly) to pose as his friend's cous
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness

Miss Long seriously just rocked my boat the wrong way with that ending !? :/ how could she just end it like that ...NO NO NO NO !!!! :'( This book was sooo going to pull a five star from me ! But now i cant help but give it a 4..... the very end was waaay to anti-climatic to me :(

oh well :/
Aster Park, this was where all the magic happened..

I loved Lily and Gideon and Alice and Laurie and Uncle Edwards even Constance too. This was a funny (a bit predictable maybe) and enjoyable read. Lily's internal POV was very witty and cracked me up.

In order to be among the ton Gideon, a barrister has to marry for title and money. He even had his Master Plan laid out to achieve just that. And he needed Lily's help to speed things up. And boy, did she ever.

And the bedroom scenes were H.O.T too
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
Historical Romance (The Book Club) BOTM August 16-31, 2015

JULIE ANNE LONG! I SPEAK YOUR NAME! And when I say it, I do it with eyes heavenward, hands clasped to my bosom, and with the reverence of Mr. Collins (wonderfully portrayed by David Bamber) from the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice whenever he rapturously spoke the name of his patroness "Lady Catherine deBurgh!"

This is my first experience with this author--Just WOW!

In this book, JAL used the "pygmalion/My Fair Lady" trope to tur
Mary B.
I loved this book! Loved!! Like clutching-to-me-and-sighing-deeply loved. More review to come later. Basking in glow... Now must sleep as I stayed up to 1:30 a.m to devour this book.

9:07 a.m. I have not been this giddy over a book in a while. This is the type of read that comes along only once in a while, making a romance reader remember why she loves the genre so much. This was a beautiful story. I adored the good and altruistic Gideon, who was always trying to battle his true self to be who he
Mar 12, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This was a fantastic historical romance. I loved the characters and the tension between Gideon and Lily. The "My Fair Lady" feel of the book was enchanting and the secondary characters made the story light and fun, while still emotionally charged. I read the ending with tears in my eyes - the love expressed between Gideon and Lily and the fantastic way the last scenes were written had me tearing up. I love when I finish a book and just want to sit and digest it for a minute. When I finished TO ...more
This was a great story from start to finish. All the characters are simply wonderful. Fantastic book.
Mar 20, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-hrs
Edit on 3/20/2016: Having read a slightly better Pygmalion retelling, The Proposition, I don't feel entirely comfortable having rated this 5 stars. I think that at the height of my Julie Anne Long kick, I hadn't yet read most of the books I now consider my favorites in this genre. Having seen more of what's on offer, I still love many of her books, but I do think I'd over-inflated some of my ratings. Anyway...this book definitely remains of my favorite shelf, but it's a solid 4 star read.

Sep 23, 2010 Kasha rated it did not like it
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Elaine Mcdonald
Apr 11, 2012 Elaine Mcdonald rated it it was amazing
Shelves: julie-anne-long
I am really enjoying this book! Sometimes it is just nice to have a laugh instead of such a serious book. Long has a knack for making you laugh!
Jan 12, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
Cute little take-off on the Pygmalion theme.

Gideon is a well respected gentleman barrister in London who has painstakingly repaired his depleted family fortunes. However he still isn't rich (he quite poor actually) and he's a bit of a do-gooder when it comes to his cases (he's pretty much pro-bono). But he keeps up excellent appearances and is the heir of a fantastic estate once his perennially ill uncle dies. But all will be fixed if he can just marry the fantastically, wonderful Lady Constanc

This was the case where the story started with a bang but defused into predictability and cliché galore.

Gideon Cole, a successful, but near-penniless barrister, has a Master Plan:
He'd formulated it from the wreckage of his family's fortunes: wealth and property and position, security and permanence-all of the things his father had managed to smash to kindling-he'd have them all before the age of thirty.
His plan, if successful, would also save his sister from abusive marriage and would see him
4.5 stars
To Love a Thief was an engaging read - very humorous, full of great dialogue and surprises. There were two scenes that I was laughing so hard (Lily's first dancing lesson and the archery contest) - just that alone was worth reading this book. Lily is an orphan and raising her younger sister, Alice, who is 10. Unfortunately, their parents left them with nothing - her mother was a lady and raised them to speak well and read - but no skills. Lily took to thieving. She meets Gideon while tr
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
4 Stars

I read this for the 2016 TBR Challenge -- July -- Award Nominee/Winner. The challenge is hosted by Wendy the Super Librarian.

To Love a Thief is a stand-alone historical romance that was nominated for Best Short Historical Romance at the 2006 RITA awards. Julie Anne Long is a popular author and one whose backlist I've been meaning to dive into for awhile. Before this book, I had only read What I Did For a Dukeand really enjoyed it so I had high expectations for this story. And I was not di
Addicted to Books
Wow I loved reading this book! Been bed ridden and I sort of prefered reading than to watch TV. I love the fact I discovered Julie Anne Long.

I felt this book had the Lisa Kleyas brand or kind of magic in this book. Because you can see how the relationship develops over a period of time.

Gideon was a breath of fresh air as he was not a rake. You know all the HRs are all full of rakes. He is a good looking man who had his fun but not a rake. Someone who earned his way through the army and graduate
Kat Desi
Aug 17, 2015 Kat Desi rated it really liked it
Historical Romance (The Book Club) August 2015 Group Read (Regency)

I adored Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series and it's no surprise that I enjoyed this one as well.

Lily Masters is an orphan, along with her sister, Alice. She lives in St Giles and picks pockets just so the two of them can survive. Gideon Cole is a brilliant barrister, but penniless because he has a weakness for taking on clients who cannot pay. Lily has never been caught, but when she finally was, Gideon swoops in to save
Mar 30, 2016 Brianna rated it really liked it
I've finally finished a book, and read a new author! I've heard nothing but good things about Julie Anne Long's books, and when I saw this story had a rags-to-riches theme, I immediately had to try it.

I loved the heroine, Lily. Stubborn and proud, Lily would do whatever she had to to protect her little sister Alice. That included becoming a thief. Yeah, she stole for a living, but the author really helped me understand and love Lily.

I liked the hero, Gideon, too. He was kind, and also just wante
Feb 09, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
This was a nice little surprise of a historical romance for $.99 of a young woman living as a pickpocket on the streets of St. Giles in order to feed and house both her 10 year old sister and herself. Being raised in the ways of a lady, she had no other skill to turn to after her parents died and resorted to a life of theivery. She happened to pick the wrong pocket (or perhaps the right pocket) of Gideon Cole, a successful and compassionate barrister in London. Successful doesn't always ...more
RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
Jun 27, 2011 RomReader *Spoiler Giver* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Heroine & her family used to be well-off when she was younger until her alcoholic father drank away their money. She & her mother & younger sister survived living in St. Giles with her wit & pickpocketing skills. She finally gets caught stealing a gentleman's watch but gets the chance to escape prison if she agrees with attractive & ambitious barrister's scheme of pretending to be his new love interest. Hero wants to make the woman he wants to marry choose him among her ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I've recently re-discovered Julie Anne Long (read her What I Did for a Duke and loved it). To Love a Thief is, as others have said, a re-imagining of My Fair Lady. Lily Masters is a young lady fallen on hard times. Her genteel mother died destitute and Lily has been left to fend for herself and her younger sister Alice. To that end, she ekes out a living picking pockets. When an attempt goes awry it falls to Gideon Cole, a barrister who has a master plan, to "save" her. Of course his saving Lily ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it
Not quite Pygmalion. Successful London barrister Gideon catches a grimy female pickpocket dipping into his pocket, then catches her again, this time dipping into someone else's pocket. Her second victim is all for sending her to jail, but Gideon mollifies him with cash he can ill afford, and then demands that she repay her debt by metamorphosing into an elegant lady companion, thus arousing the jealousy of the beautiful debutante he wants to marry.

The unlikely transformation from unwashed pickpo

This book has just about everything I love in an historical romance. The only thing missing is an Alpha hero but Gideon is so fantastic that I have no trouble overlooking that.

The "My Fair Lady" theme was well done. Lily's internal dialogue was very funny and she consistently made smart choices.

The side characters were perfect. Just the right amount time devoted to them and no obvious sequel-baiting.

Lily and Gideon's love built slowly throughout the book. I'm not a fan of love/
Liz Talley
Apr 03, 2012 Liz Talley rated it it was amazing
Been a long time since I've enjoyed a Regency so much. I've really despaired of finding one that would hold my interest, but this one certainly did. A nice twist on Pygmalion (My Fair Lady) with even Laurie playing Colonel Pickering :) Thought Lily was interesting, realistic and an underdog to cheer for. Gideon was so believable my heart ached for him. The longing in the book was intense and the conflict well-drawn. The curmudgeonly aunt was a nice touch, especially when she welded her cane. ...more
This just might be my favorite historical romance. It's definately my favorite I've read this year. Lily is a pickpocket from St. Giles. She is a breath of fresh air because I love having a heroine outside the ton. I loved that the hero, Gideon wasn't stuffy or grumpy and could enjoy Lily's playful, sarcastic side. There are wonderful secondary characters. There's an adorable younger sister, an "always sick and dying" rich uncle, a devoted friend, and a self-centered-let's talk about me and my ...more
OMG this book was sooooo darn boring. I tried to get into it but there was just nothing between the hero and heroine that interested me. The plot was the slowest ever. I was waiting for something good to happen all the way up to 55% of the book but nothing ever did. I'm so gald I picked up another book so that I didn't waste my weekend reading this sleep fest. Thank you A Modern Love Story !!
Sep 06, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
This was such a great story! I had gotten this book as a freebee through Amazon and I'm sure glad I gave it a shot. The story line does have a My Fair Lady plot to it but for me that was a good thing, it was well written with great characters and secondary characters. I was drawn into the story and didn't want to put it down, I either found myself laughing out loud or feeling for the characters and what they were going through. Lily and Gideon's story was fantasic, wish there was a sequel!
5+ stars! I didn't expect it to be so good! Highly recommend it to all historical romance lovers! It truly is a beautiful story!
Jan 25, 2016 Riz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Stars

Lebih mendingan sih daripada Runaway Duke.
Katherine 黄爱芬
Gideon Cole adalah pengacara ambisius yg berniat menikahi Constance Clary, putri seorang marquis yg terpandang. Masalahnya, Constance adalah wanita dangkal yg prioritas utamanya adalah busana. Sampai akhirnya Gideon tidak sengaja berjumpa dgn pencuri kecil dr St. Giles, Lily Masters.

Gideon mendapat ide cemerlang utk mendapatkan Constance. Dgn memeras dan memaksa Lily utk mjd sukarelawati yg akan di makeover sbg lady yg pesonanya akan menyaingi Constance. Jadilah Lily digojlok dan ditempa habis2a
Mar 05, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that, when finished, made me cling my Kindle to my chest, grin, and sigh happily. I haven't had that response to a historical romance in a while, and it could be because I haven't read a ton in the last couple months - but regardless, I thought To Love a Thief was playful, funny, and full of great poetic imagery. In acting training, we are often encouraged to use imagery to key into things we have a tendency to over-think. So I was delighted to see Long use poetic thin ...more
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