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To Love a Thief

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,518 ratings  ·  124 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
Gabriella ♥ Liam Callahan's girl ♥

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
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
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 L ...more
This was a great story from start to finish. All the characters are simply wonderful. Fantastic book.
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Elaine Mcdonald
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!
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
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
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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
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 translat ...more
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 suito ...more
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
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

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
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. Fir ...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 !!
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!
This is my second book by this author, and I loved it!

I was hesitant to pick up this book- the whole "hero catches a thief and trains her to be a lady in order to make another lady jealous" seemed about as ridiculous as that sentence. I should have had faith in the author, for she managed to make it not only non-ridiculous but also enjoyable and unique.

One thing I'm noticing about Ms. Long is that she isn't as prone to clichés as the rest of her peers. The hero has a soft belly. Sigh. When was t
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
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 d ...more
A sort of Pygmalion/My Fair Lady story; a young lawyer picks a pickpocket off the street to pass her off as a lady. The point being, to make the young woman he actually wants to court jealous. And, to make it easier on Long who can't write dialogue phonetically like G.B. Shaw could, the heroine is actually a member of the gentry fallen on hard times, so it's easy for the hero as well. So, you can see the end coming at you like a freight train, but nowhere near as scarily. It's a kind of sweet, l ...more
This was my first book by Julie Anne Long and it won't be my last. I loved this book...especially the heroine Lily. I loved her wit and spunk, but she also had me in tears at various points in this book as she struggled with her feelings for Gideon and her and Alice's future.

I liked Gideon too. He seems like a stick in the mud, but as he spends more time with Lily she brings out his true self. A man who secretly likes to make a little wager or be a little frivolous.
What a simple, beautiful read. I loved Lily so much. Her chemistry with Gideon, the story of how they met, their wedding was just perfect. Alice was adorable. At the end, even though Gideon's master plan did not work out the way he planned, he still found his happiness.
Kate  K. F.
Julie Anne Long is an author that I'm slowly working my through her back list on because she writes the kind of Historical Romance that works for me. To Love a Thief captures all that she does incredibly well, the plot seems like it might not work, Lily is a woman raised by a family that lost a great deal of their money and is now a thief protecting her younger sister. Gideon is a barrister who is well known and respected but for all his reputation doesn't make much money as he tends to take job ...more
Author: Julie Anne Long
First published: 2005
Length: 4415 locations
Setting: Regency-ish.
Sex: infrequent but reasonably explicit. Sex with no expectation of marriage.
Hero: Barrister who wants to marry wealthy.
Heroine: Lives on the streets with her young sister.
Includes: Excerpt from What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long.

I liked it well enough but... She was a bit of a doormat. Lily gave in. And she really didn't seem to consider Alice in the equation. It's a good, solid romance but it felt rush
This book is the first I have read from this author but definitely not the
A very fun read! I loved Gideon and Lily.
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