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To Kiss a Thief

(Runaway Desires #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  74 reviews
In this captivating new series set in Georgian England, a disgraced woman hides from her marriage-for better or worse...

Sarah Pevensey had hoped her arranged marriage to St. John Sutliffe, Viscount Fairfax, could become something more. But almost before it began, it ended in a scandal that shocked London society. Accused of being a jewel thief, Sarah fled to a small fishin
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Lyrical Press
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4.5 Stars

I always feel as if I've hit jackpot when I find a really angsty historical romance to gorge myself on. To Kiss a Thief by Susanna Craig was an angst filled historical romance, whose two main characters had to fight against all the odds including themselves to be together. The story starts of with a beautifully painful catalyst, our heroine Sarah a newly wed is found in a compromising position with a man who is not her husband, and two make it worse she's accused of theft. My heart was
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
The beginning of this one held promise – so much intense, growly, promise – but it ended up falling quite flat for me.

Sarah Sutliffe, Lady Fairfax is newly married (oh how I do love a marriage in trouble trope) to St. John, Viscount Fairfax and when she overhears her husband and another woman profess love for one another, she has a freak-out session. She ends up drinking too much wine and another man at the party, helps her loosen her dress (as she is having a panic attack) and they are caught i
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgian
2.5 stars.

A tale of an arranged marriage between an impoverished nobleman and a merchant daughter is nothing new. It has been done hundreds of times before. But I’m a sucker for this type of plot, so I decided to give this debut a try.

I found this novel well-written with good sense of historical setting but it relied too much on my least favorite plot device- misunderstandings. The biggest problem for me, though, was the romance itself. For most of the story I wasn’t sure if the hero even liked
Mar 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
There is much to be said for simplicity. There’s certainly much to be said for simplicity done well. Craig missed that memo. It’s particularly annoying because, actually, the fundamentals of her historical writing are sound. The language is period appropriate, I didn’t spot any glaring anachronisms and she has a nice way with description.

Shame about the rest of it.

The book starts with some complicated multiple perspective ~dramaz~ The heroine - daughter of a merchant - newly married to the impe
Jul 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2016
ARC, NetGalley, &c

I've had to let this one percolate. A disappointment from start to finish. Flimsy premise, deeply unlikeable hero, heroine who was honestly doing her best given the circumstances, extremely sloppy and offensive handling of a delicate issue, i.e., slavery. Maybe white readers might have had an easier time with this? I'm not white. Never mind, I'm getting ahead of myself.

THE PLOT: A sort of bog standard, impoverished noble family needs filthy lucre to renovate their crumbling es
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
What a fabulous start to what promises to be a phenomenal new series! To Kiss A Thief by new-to-me-author Susanna Craig kept me up well into the wee hours and was worth every minute of lost sleep.

Sarah Pevensy Sutliffe has a disaster of a nuptial ball. Not only does she overhear her husband of two weeks declare that he could never love her, but she is also caught in a compromising position she cannot explain and is accused of stealing the beloved Sutliffe family jewels. To avoid scandal and mis
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Kiss a Thief (Runaway Desires #1) by Susanna Craig is a fantastic debut Historical Romance. Set in Georgian England. What a debut!! A phenomenal new voice in Georgian Romance.
Meet, Sarah Pevensey and
St. John Sutliffe, Viscount Fairfax. Bound together in an arranged marriage, but when a scandal erupts on the of night of their marriage, Sarah is persuaded to run away to a small fishing village on the coast.
With secrets abound, suspense, a bit of mystery, passion, betrayal, deceit, challenge
Cathy Skendrovich
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!

I won this book at a Facebook party, and what a charmer it is! Starting with the cover, which is gorgeous, I was drawn in by it and the blurb. The author's descriptions of scenes, emotions, and romance kept me turning page after page. "The moon was rising, the horns of its crescents seeming to snag on the day's last delicate clouds." I found that line, and many others, beautiful. How could I stop reading? I couldn't.

The characters were drawn so well, I felt like I was in the st
Tracy Emro
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

3.5 stars

I can find no fault in the writing of this book - it flows well and the writing is excellent. My problem with the book was the hero.

St. John was very hard for me to understand - he says he doesn't love his wife and will never love her - but runs away after a duel for three years because he is scared of his feelings for her. Then when he returns, he seeks her out (to find the stolen jewels)
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the style so if this is the debut novel, I will be willing to try her ext book.

I cannot rate this book higher because the hero St. John seemed kind of like an ass to me. Now, I do not have a very active asshole radar. So for me to say a hero seemed like an ass, that is quite a statement. St. John was forced to marry Sarah for her dowry and was determined to stay away from her as much as he could. To be nice or civil to her would be like surrendering to his father's manipulation. So St. Jo
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2016
St John needed to marry for money. He resented and hated that. His father picked out Sarah, a rich merchant's daughter. During their courtship and for the first weeks of their marriage, St John remained aloof, resentful and determined not to care. Sarah, meanwhile, dreams of a love match and does fall in love with her husband. She overhears him telling a friend of his something that she doesn't want to hear. Distraught, she ends up in a situation where she finds herself both accused of stealing, ...more
Great new author. Love the angst. Love the strength and self-sufficiency of the heroine, who did not allow herself to be defeated by paltry obstacles in her way, such as abandonment by family and husband and being forced to raise a child on her own with little monetary support. She did not allow herself to be weighed down by false accusations and the petty gossips of those around her, but rose above them and held her head high, her dignity and self-belief intact and allowed her intrinsic goodnes ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, arc
Disclosure: I received this ARC via Netgalley. Thank you to Susanna Craig and Lyrical Press for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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To begin, I read this book in one night -- with all the things that are happening in my life, that's a big deal for me, because it usually takes me a week to finish one book.

Sarah Pevensey's father arranged a marriage for her with St. John Sutcliffe, Viscount Fairfax, and heir to the Marquess of Estley -- after two weeks of married life, Sarah still
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susanna Craig's debut novel kept me engaged from beginning to end. Forced to marry the daughter of a wealthy merchant to bring much needed money to the family, St. John Sutcliffe married Sarah Pevensey, but but within weeks, he finds her in a compromising position and the a sapphire family necklace she was wearing missing. Presumed to be a thief, Sarah is convinced by her mother-in-law that fleeing and moving faraway is her best option instead of staying to argue her innocence. Three years later ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This was an exciting and marvelous read from a brand new author. She has written a fabulous story that will grab the reader from the first page. The characters were developed with thoughts and feelings of their own. I liked how the story flowed throughout the book keeping my interest.
St. John Sutcliffe had to marry for money per his father's instructions. He really didn't want to be forced to marry Sarah Pevensey, to keep his family from being destitute. After they are married, Sarah is caught i
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to believe when reading this that it was a debut novel! I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this novel! It was set up nicely in the beginning (with the jewels going missing and the scandal in which that was discovered), and only continued to improve from there. It was obvious pretty much from the start that this author has a gift in story-telling. She was able to weave together the different events and locations in such a way that the reader actually felt that they were there. I co ...more
Lisa Day
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have known Susanna Craig since 2001, when both of us came to our university as new faculty members. Over the years, she and I have worked closely, often on the same page when it comes to standards of writing and research, despite our pond-crossing affiliations with British Literature and American Literature. When I found out she was moonlighting as a romance novelist, I had to check the calendar. Was it an April Fools joke? Good one! Then I realized she was serious. I was probably one of the c ...more
Heather C
Sarah thought that her marriage to St. John would be one of the best days of her life, but little did she realize that it would all quickly be snatched away from her, and she had no idea how everything transpired! Within a day of their nuptial ball and accusations thrown at her of thievery, Sarah is whisked away to a small and poor seaside village where she is left to survive on her own. Several years later, St. John finds his wife and is determined to prove she stole from his family, but what h ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susanna Craig’s debut novel, To Kiss a Thief, is the first in a new series. Her writing is strong and the story entertains – though it’s a tad too predictable, and relies on two of my least favorite romantic tropes – the Big Misunderstanding and the ‘good, but really bad’ relative – before it concludes. I wish the author had spent a bit more time developing her characters before introducing the Big Mis, mostly because I struggled to like two protagonists with such poor decision-making skills and ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC via NetGalley

St. John and Sarah are pressured into an arranged marriage because St. John Sutcliffe’s family needs money and Sarah’s family wants her to have a title. Though it was not a love marriage Sarah dreams of having a husband that she loves like in a fairy tale. After a very short courting and engagement time they are married. St. John knows that he will not love her and Sarah overhears him say that to a beautiful woman that is his friend. They are at the first ball of the
3.5 Stars

To Kiss a Thief is a decent debut that has me interested in what Susanna Craig will do next even if it was a bit flawed. It focuses on Sarah, Lady Fairfax, whose dream of a happy marriage with her new husband is dashed when she is forced to leave London after being accused of stealing a family heirloom. She tries to forget about her past life, but things get complicated when her husband goes hunting for her three years later.

I really liked Sarah. She was innocent and naive at the beginn
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads, arc
4.5 Stars

I loved this beautiful story of homecoming and redemption, set in Georgian England. The author’s writing is elegant and emotion inducing, the main characters are engaging and likeable. This book is a great debut by an author I will definitely follow in the future.

Newly married Sarah Pevensey is accused of infidelity and theft by her husband’s family. Unfortunately, appearances are deceptive, she was caught in a compromising position with another man and a family heirloom in her possessi
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All is not as it seems!

What do you do when your husband and others discover you in the arms of of a handsome officer, apparently somewhat tipsy, disheveled and with the family heirloom necklace missing from around your neck?
Sarah Pevensey Sutliffe tried to proclaim her innocence. No-one believed her, including her husband. And so she left, assisted on her way by her mother-in-law, with hints of transportation ringing in her ears.
Sarah's marriage had been arranged. She had fled to the library on
Cathy Geha
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking and different this book made me think and think hard about marriage, love, money, family, trust, responsibility, status, expectations and how difficult and strange life in England during the late 1700’s must have been. Knowing that if I had lived back then who I could marry and what my life might have been like would all have depended on what rank I had in society or perhaps the coin in my father’s coffers is rather unsettling to contemplate. On top of these facts expectations ...more
Amy Hay
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This debut historical romance charms (and sizzles) with its colorful locales, engaging characters, and sweet and sensual love story. St. John Sutcliffe, upon finding out that his wife is still alive, sets out to recover the family treasure - a beautiful sapphire necklace - she had stolen. What he finds, however, is a gifted, stubborn, complex woman (plus a surprise!) making her way as best she can, a woman capable of stealing his heart. Enjoy reading this captivating romance and discovering a wo ...more
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Laur Laur
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Almost 4 stars, but it dragged just a little bit. Liked that we knew right from the beginning who the thief probably was, and liked that after her first protest of innocence, the heroine didn't bother defending herself. She was totally correct in that she wouldn't be believed. ...more
Suze Lavender
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah truly loved her husband St. John, but the viscount broke her heart. They didn’t even have the chance to dance together as husband and wife before a scandal destroyed their brief marriage. Sarah fled and St. John was left behind with plenty of anger and even more questions. He thinks Sarah has stolen a precious family heirloom and will do anything to find it. When he finally locates her after several years he’s surprised he finds her in a small village without any wealth, working for a livi ...more
Book Reading Gals
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: To Kiss A Thief

Series: Runaway Desires Book #1
Author: Susanna Craig

Genre: Historical Romance

Blurb: Can a marriage made for money blossom into something more?

Sarah Sutliffe, Lady Fairfax, dreams of love—until she overhears her new husband proclaim his heart will never be hers. Devastated, she offers no defense when a sapphire necklace disappears during a ball and she is accused of its theft. Instead, she runs away from the scandal…and the heartbreak.

St. John, Viscount Fairfax, has sworn ne
Isha Coleman
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Kiss a Thief is my first Susanna Craig read and it's a show stopper. Sarah is an innocent in a world of betrayal, heartache and manipulation. Fairfax is forced into a situation that brings about scandal, resentment and a rush to judgement from his peers. A forced marriage and missing necklace leads to suspenseful romance that is crafted masterfully and a lyrical sonnet that's melody lingers after all is said and done. ...more
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