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Touch of a Thief (Touch of Seduction #1)

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London's most talented criminal is about to be fingered. . .

Lady Viola Preston can relieve a gentleman of the studs at his wrists without his being any the wiser and pick any lock devised by man in less than a minute. But she's careful to wear gloves when she steals jewels. Because when Viola touches a gemstone with her bare skin, it "speaks" to her, sending disturbing vis
ebook, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published 2011)
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3.5 stars

This was a pretty fun book, and quite different than I originally thought it would be.
Yes, it's a Trashy-Romance Novel, but it had a nice little adventure story to go with it. I've never read anything about a person with the ability to read gemstones before, so that was a nice surprise, as well.

It also has the distinction of having one of the Worst Lines Ever in it. I mean it.

Could Quinn's servant scent a whiff of her arousal over the yeasty aroma of bread and cheese?

See? I wasn't kidd
4 Stars. Engaging story about a feisty, honorable thief, Viola, and the man she preys on, the charming and delectable Quinn. You could feel the undeniable chemistry between them from the moment she stole into his home to lift his gems, but she ended up stealing his heart. Although they just met, it felt as if they had known each other forever. Their relationship felt comfortable and not strained.

This book had smart dialogue, an intriguing mystical story, and smokin hot sex scenes that were fill
Jul 09, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathleen by: Kris and KarlaP
I loved this book and very much look forwards to reading more from Mia Marlowe.

The story grabbed me right from the start and the H&h were fantastic characters. There was a bit of a paranormal element to this story that I thought was it was extremely well done. The love scenes were really spicy and there were quite a few to kept you hot romances readers really happy.

The only bad thing I can say about this book is I felt it ended too abruptly. I would have liked a few more pages at the end to
Very, very, very good; 4.5 Stars.
The dialogue in the beginning was SO snappy I felt like I was reading a book version of James Bond. You know, the James Bond movie where Daniel Craig plays opposite Eva Green, and they have a snappy snarky dialogue in the train? And you watch it thinking, Hot Smart Guy, Smart Hot Lady, why aren't THESE kind of people the ones having a gazillion kids and turning out more smart hot people?!!?!?
Anyways. I digress.
(Lady) Viola Preston's father, an Earl, died leavin
Nuria Llop
Jun 24, 2015 Nuria Llop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impecable. Un equilibrio perfecto entre narración y diálogo, entre acción, misterio, aventura, amor y pasión. La ambientación justa, sin exceso de descripciones, nos sumerge de inmediato en la época y los lugares en los que se desarrolla la trama, cuidada hasta el último detalle. Quizá los protagonistas pecan de una cierta frialdad aparente que nos impide que vibremos con ellos o nos emocionemos, pero son personajes muy bien desarrollados y cada uno encaja a la perfección en su papel y en la épo ...more
Elis Madison
P 77: "She bit her lower lip. His butt cheeks were lightly dusted with fine dark hairs…."

Sexy, that.

Greydon Quinn needs the services of the Mayfair Jewel Thief to retrieve a red diamond stolen from the Temple of Shiva in India. The stone is on its way to be gifted to Queen Victoria, but Quinn objects. His people have stolen enough from India, and he means to restore the stone and maybe some power to a good friend, Sanjay, who should have been a prince but he lost his throne to the British Doct
Altamente recomendable...

No me gusta hacer comparaciones, pero me ha recordado mucho el estilo de otra autora que me gusta muchísimo Jennifer Ashley.

Es una historia donde las escenas hot... abundan, pero no por ello menguan la historia, con aventuras... pero lo que más me ha gustado son los personajes. Ella principalmente, moderna pero sin pasarse, valiente, decidida... pero no por ello en contra de la sociedad... él, duro pero tierno, comprensivo.
Hay escenas muy cotidianas, y sobre todo, muy h
Pity about the historical goofs. I was excited to find the first few pages set in one of my favourite historical periods: Victorian India. But the bubble of excitement popped the moment the author introduced the fiendish thugs and exhibited a complete ignorance of their history, practices and beliefs.

The stolen gem could have come straight from Sax Rohmer, and the aristocratic lady thief from a dozen other sources.

And when Ms Marlowe spelled 'Eton' as 'Eaton', well, either she's too busy to do h
Marian Lopez
Oct 16, 2016 Marian Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
A man on a mission to recover a priceless red diamond and pacify a restless nation. A woman with a talent for liberating the Ton’s jewels and a gift that often feels like a curse. She is Lady Viola Preston aka the Mayfair Jewel Thief. He is Lieutenant Greydon Quinn and is on a quest to fulfill a promise to friend, but will Quinn ultimately lose his heart to one “Lady Light Fingers”?

From the talented imagination of author Mia Marlowe comes a page turning adventure that crosses the continent and
Marta Fernández
Apr 15, 2014 Marta Fernández rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Qué novela más refrescante! Por fin, una protagonista con garra, que cuadra dentro de la contextualización de la época, a veces, algunas autoras pretenden modernizar demasiado el papel de la mujer dentro de estas épocas históricas, y roza lo absurdo, por no decir que queda fuera de lugar totalmente.

Lady Viola es una mujer de armas tomar, no se deja amedrentar por Quinn, y le deja las cosas muy claras, tampoco se avergüenza de querer vivir entre la alta sociedad, aunque no se lo pueda permitir,
If you like your historical romance deliciously naughty then you'll love Touch Of A Thief. But there's more to this one than smokin' hot sex scenes; the characters are fully fleshed out, the plot is packed full of adventure, mystery and danger and loosely touches on aspects of British rule in India in the 1850's.

Lady Viola is a strong, sassy heroine, an impoverished aristocrat supporting her family through her aptitude as a jewel thief. Quinn is of the English ton, a lieutenant serving in India
Jan 31, 2014 AerinLuvs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars Overall!

Plot: 5 stars
Character development: 5 stars
Character likeability: H, 5; h, 4
Erotic tension: 4 stars
Sexual Heat/descriptiveness: 5 stars
Word usage/ writing: 4 stars
Denouement: 4 stars

I liked this book a lot! I will definitely read books by Mia Marlowe, I am definitely a fan. The plot may have involved the Crown jewels, a woman with a psychic-type of gift, a man who studied the Kama Sutra in India, passionate love scenes, erotic love fantasy talk and danger! If I hadn't been so b
Laurie Evans
I don't usually read historicals, but I loved this book! I really liked the strong female character, and the unusual storyline about the gems.

Great back and forth dialog between Viola and Quinn, and several steamy love scenes in different settings. I really enjoyed their relationship.

I also liked the author's use of language and strong visuals. Great historical setting, with suspense and adventure. I'll have to read this one a second time. I have Mia's book Touch of a Rogue, I'll be reading that
Dr. Bronwyn Ph.D of Smutology
An interesting premise for a historical read. I loved that Viola was the well renowned jewellery thief but I thought she didn't get to spread her wings enough. Here is a woman who (view spoiler).
Apr 26, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won an ARC of this book in a blog contest. I thought it was a very exciting romantic adventure. The hero is a perfect very sexy gentleman; the heroine is an alluring, accomplished, aristocratic jewelry thief. The story is set in India, England & France, on land and at sea. Naturally, there are many twists and turns... lots of erotic sex... I's well worth reading... You won't want to put it down until you are finished. Pick it up!
May 10, 2017 Gogol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This books is one of those which I'd gladly give negative stars to, if it were possible. Apart from the awful writing, this person has no business writing historical romance stories set in England of all places! I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Or the author.
Jun 04, 2013 marta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gdybym od samego początku wiedziała, że Mia Marlowe została okrzyknięta „królową pikantnych romansów historycznych”, pewnie bardziej zastanowiłabym się nad sięgnięciem po „Dotyk Złodziejki”. Erotyki na rynku wydawniczym w ostatnim czasie nie brakuje i – powiedzmy sobie to szczerze – scenom opisywanym w większości takich książek bliżej do taniego porno niż do miłości fizycznej. Okazuje się jednak, że kiedy magazyn „Book Monthly” nadawał autorce to zaszczytne miano, doskonale wiedział, o czym mówi ...more
Eli Yanti
Mar 15, 2012 Eli Yanti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1 word for this book : wow

i love the whole of this story, love the character of viola and quinn, especially viola's talent that bound with her work. looking forward to read mia's other books ;D

Quinn and Sanjay had to go to Francis to collect back the precious diamond which belong to India, the diamond's name is Baaghh Kaa Kkhuun or Bloof of the Tiger and to collect back the red diamond, they need the profesional thief to help and that is Mayfair of Jewel Thief but they dont realized that the thi
May 20, 2011 jo_t rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The lady thief touches his heart and steals his soul.

Touch of a Thief is an erotic romance with layers of suspense and paranormal in an international setting during 1857. It has three main characters without being about a love triangle. The romantic couple, Viola and Quinn. And Sanjay, whose story leads up the premise. Every one of them experienced a loss that marked their destinies. All of them know injustice, abuse and deceit. Being wronged by the successions laws of the time.

Lady Viola Presto
Feb 23, 2017 LIbros en FAMILIA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia preciosa, donde la atracción da lugar al nacimiento de sentimientos puros y verdaderos. Como podréis ver la trama principal es el amor, pero hay una subtrama: el misterio que rodea al diamante rojo y son los protagonistas los encargados de devolverlo al lugar que le corresponde. Ese toque de fantasía que envuelve al diamante rojo, sumado al don que posee Viola de poder oír y sentir las piedras preciosas hace que estemos muy enganchados y que no podamos dejar de leer. Sí es verdad, q ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powieści erotyczne przeżywają w naszym kraju swoje wielkie pięć minut. Od czasu gdy ukazały się pierwsze zapowiedzi Pięćdziesięciu twarzy Graya, wydawnictwa dosłownie „zalały” rynek wydawniczy tego typu historiami. Jednak Nasza Księgarnia dała swoim czytelnikom coś ciut innego. Dotyk złodziejki to faktycznie erotyk, ale historyczny. Jego autorką jest Mia Marlowe, która tą częścią otwiera swoją sagę opowieści pobudzających i rozgrzewających do czerwoności, zmysły czytelników.

Viola to arystokratka
RATING: 4.5)TOUCH OF A THIEF by Mia Marlowe is an exciting historical romance set in 1856 India and 1857 London,England.When an accomplished,beautiful,talented,sexy jewel thief meets the handsome,talented,sexy lieutenant only sparks and steamy nights can come in the future. Lady Viola, is not only sexy,beautiful,and alluring but is also an accomplished jewel thief of the ton.She became a jewel thief to protect her family,after her father left the bulk of his estate to his nephew,upon his death,t ...more
Jun 17, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew! I thought that I had outgrown romance novels, because every single one I've read recently has seemed stupid or repetitive. I don't know if I was in the right mood or this book was just that good, but wow-wee! The story line is fun, and even somewhat unique in the world of recycled romance plots. Viola is an impoverished aristocrat/jewel thief and Quinn is a military man/aristocrat/lover of Indian culture who needs help stealing back a jewel that was stolen from the kingdom of his Indian Pr ...more
Amarilli Settantatre

E’ il primo romanzo che leggo di quest’autrice, e dico subito che non mi ha del tutto convinto.

In realtà lei si impegna a mettere molta carne al fuoco, e vi sono vari spunti originali rispetto alle trame classiche: c’è una nobildonna caduta in povertà, dotata del particolare dono della psicometria (ovvero la capacità di interagire con le pietre preziose e di assorbire le loro energie positive o negative, riuscendo a percepire persino i ricordi delle persone che hann
Feb 15, 2012 Sharyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touch of a Thief is the first in Mia Marlowe's Touch of Seduction series. This is the first time I've read Mia Marlowe and I loved this book! The book has a "touch" of paranormal to it in that Viola Preston, the heroine, can touch a gemstone and "hear" it. She also sometimes gets a vision from the gem of something that happened to a previous owner. Viola is the daughter of an Earl, who has found she needs to steal in order to provide for her mother, sister, and young niece. Her father died witho ...more
Oh my god, this is hilariously mediocre. First of all, it could have used some more intensive historical research and double-checking - things like how one eloped in 1850s England (Gretna Green was not the only option!), or the spelling of the boarding school (Eton, not Eaton). Then again, as we all know, I'm a Heyer nut, and nobody researches like Heyer, so I think Marlowe can probably be forgiven.

Second of all, the author is guilty of at least one of these indicators of Bad Sex Scenes (the one
Feb 13, 2017 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suka dengan ide ceritanya,tentang seorang pencuri perhiasan yg sangat terkenal dan diburu oleh polisi.pencuri tersebut seorang wanita yg sangat cantik dan tentunya tak terduga sebagai seorang pencuri.selain ahli dalam mencuri wanita tersebut memiliki sebuah rahasia,yaitu dapat merasakan suara2 dari batu permata sehingga bisa merasakan dimana keberadaannya dan memastikan keasliannya
I didn't care for this book very much mostly because I didn't like Viola. While I didn't dislike Quinn, I didn't really care for him so my investment in their 'happy ever after' was pretty low.

For most of the book Viola is greedy and a bit selfish. (She's a thief. Granted she steals only from the rich, but she steals because she wants rather than out of actual necessity. (view spoiler)
Jan 19, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Viola has two secrets. The first, that she's the Mayfair Thief, is bad enough--even though thievery is better than prostitution for a destitute gentlewoman. The second secret, however, is much more dangerous, and that's a unique affinity for gems. Both secrets get her into Lt. Quinn Greydon's bedchamber, but he only discovers the first when he catches her at his safe.

Quinn Greydon is recently returned from India where the injustices Britain has perpetrated against the locals has left him fu
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Mia's work has been featured in PEOPLE magazine's Best of 2010 edition. One of her books is on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. Her books have been tapped for numerous awards including RomCon's Reader's Crown, RT Reviewers Choice and Publishers' Weekly named her Touch of a Rogue one of their 10 Best Romances!

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Touch of Seduction (4 books)
  • Touch of a Lady (Touch of Seduction #0.5)
  • Touch of a Rogue (Touch of Seduction, #2)
  • Touch of a Scoundrel (Touch of Seduction, #3)

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“Quinn lifted Lady Meade's hand and pressed a very correct kiss on her bony knuckles. Then he bent and brushed his lips over Viola's cheek.

Smart man. If he'd put her hand anywhere near his mouth, she'd have curled her fingers into a fist and clouted him a good one.

"I'll see you at home later, dearest."

"You know how we women are when we're shopping," She smiled venomously at him. "Don't wait up."

Quinn lifted a brow at that, but kept a smile firmly in place for her mother's sake. "Yes, well, try not to spend all my money in one place."

"Of course not," she said sweetly. "I know lots of places to spend all your money.”
“Sanjay, we've never talked about your domestic relationships, but you're a married man, aren't you?" Quinn asked over his shoulder, trying to sound nonchalant though his gut was jumping.

"Oh, yes, sahib. I have six wives and eight concubines."

Perhaps Sanjay wasn't the right one to give him the counsel he sought...”
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