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The Kiss Thief

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  78,315 ratings  ·  8,189 reviews
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 Bandin
Paperback, 1st edition, 320 pages
Published January 6th 2019 by Independently published
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Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of Nemesis and a villain with no chance at a happy ending.
Where the Prince doesn't save the princess
He tortures her.
And the beauty doesn't sleep.
She's stuck.
In a nightmare.


Hold on to your hearts ladies cause the Big Daddy of All Predators -Wolfe Keaton has gatecrashed the Booklandia. This masked marauder is here to whisk Princess Rossi away on his Black Stallion. You will lose your hearts too, to this Brutish Buccaneer and if you're extremely lucky- your panties too in the process. 
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*

⭐️⭐️6 STARS⭐️⭐️
”Ours is not a love story.”

It was bound to happen, but I had no idea it would happen in such spectacular fashion. Alas, all good things come to an end....With that said, several of my #1 loves have been dethroned! My new #1, Wolfe Keaton, is EVERY SINGLE LITTLE THING that ever was!

The Kiss Thief is unlike any other book I’ve read and is completely amazing. In fact, it’s the BEST OF THE BEST! I was utterly enchanted from the very first page. And just look at that gorgeous cov
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! The Kiss Thief (stand-alone). Senator Wolfe Keaton stole a kiss, he stole her everything, or did he?!

“All I could do was hope for his mercy. I felt safe, but not secure. Desired, but unwanted. Admired, but unloved.”

The Kiss Thief (stand-alone) opens up to the mapped-out-life of nineteen-year-old mob princess Francesca Rossi aka Nemesis. While attending a dinner she is mocked by senator and heir Wolfe Keaton aka Villain. A stolen kiss later and she finds hersel
Vanessa (When Vane Reads)
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favoritos
English/spanish version

“Falling in love was so tragic. No wonder it made people so sad”

A standing ovation for ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS THAT I'VE EVER READ, and L.J Shen's best story to date. It left me with the worst book hangover of the year! ITS INTRICATE PLOT IS A NEW BRAND OF PERFECTION SO MIND-BLOWING THAT IT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS.

Have you ever felt that words are not enough to describe what you feel? that's me now after reading this story, I'm an emotional mess and nervous wreck. The Kis
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Our hearts were tarnished. Stained. And guilty. Unpredictable to a fault. And bound to break.

I got two words for you here: Must. Read.

I know I say this each time I finish a book of hers, but this was my favorite LJ Shen book to date.
I was born into a glided cage.

If you like a modern day arranged marriage trope, welcome to your next addiction. This book? GAH! It had an anti-hero that only Shen can write; brutal and hard but completely redeemable. This is someone you won't
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, wow, wow. I’m in awe right now.

If you’re a lover of L.J. Shen’s Hotholes then The Kiss Thief is going to be exactly what you want because ladies (and gents), we have a new alphahole in town. Mr Wolfe Keaton, the man that makes men quiver in their boots and women drop to their knees. He’s sexy as sin with an attitude to go with it. He’s ruthless and harsh and keeps his true feelings locked away.

The Kiss Thief isn’t your typical romance. It’s a story about a nemesis and a villain. One th
Listen, I've had it. I can't sympathize anymore. We've given authors enough and more chances to redeem themselves and stop hating their female characters. It's 2019 & this is BS. I can't read such pathetic heroines anymore. All the writers need to grow up because the readers certainly have a long time back. You have to be one step ahead of your readers not 5 steps behind.
5 chapters in and I just couldn't seem to go on. Forced myself to to reach 15. But no more.
And please God that age gap & how
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing


5+ Nemesis CROWNS

LJ Shen has rocked me world, tilted it on its axis, and I don’t which way is up or down after the whirlwind she just took me on. The Kiss Thief is EVERYTHING I love in a romance, and I never wanted this book to end. EVER!

Wolfe Keaton has taken top book boyfriend spot. With his confidence and intelligence and lethal charisma, I was utterly charmed by this man. His cold exterior makes him seem untouchable and
Laurelin Paige
Arranged marriage? Older man? Virgin bride? Decadently dirty romance? Obviously Leigh wrote this book just for me.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My first LJ book was Sparrow (Loved), followed by Defy (Lovely), then it all went downhill as I couldn’t for the life of me get on board with subsequent books (particularly Vicious); yet, she stayed on my authors-to-read radar. So, to have this book be this amazing, to have an anti-hero so deliciously bad, to have a heroine who made me cheer, was everything I never knew I needed. Simply breathtaking.
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A story of a Nemesis and a Villain with no chance at a happy ending. Where the prince doesn't save the princess. He tortures her. And the beauty doesn't sleep. She's stuck. In a nightmare.

THE KISS THIEF: Is a full length contemporary Romance novel. Spoken in Dual Perspectives.

It all started with a wooden chest carved and made by a witch encasing three notes which would
Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Gah!! You guys!! The Kiss Thief was everything we've come to expect from L.J. Shen and more!! BEYOND PHENOMENAL!! It was emotional, poignant and gut wrenching and filled with a brilliant story that had me glued to every page. It was so perfectly written with every intricate detail written with the utmost care. This is without a doubt THE BEST novel this author has written!!

Without giving away any spoilers, Shen did it once again with Wolfe Keaton. He undoubtedly is the new alpha-hole to top and

“A story of a Nemesis and a Villain with no chance at a happy ending.”

Francesca Rossi thought she had her life already figured out, even though she was only nineteen, and regardless of what kind of life she has ever wanted for herself. Her father is very powerful and has built an empire in Chicago, even if he deals with and in some very dark things. And Francesca’s hand in marriage is going to be connection to another powerful family one day. And it appears that the day is coming ver
if you asked me why i picked this up, i couldnt even make up a excuse. it was an impulsive and mindless decision, just like my choice to continue reading it.

i found a lot of things wrong about this book, but the biggest thing that was so off-putting to me was the unbelievable ‘romance.’ not the unrealistic plot, not the immature characters, not the lackluster writing. its the fact that the reader is told the two MCs are in love with other but there is NO PROOF to support this idea. maybe im jus
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-books

raging hormonal dickhead with a tragic past?
girl who proves to be different from the rest?
cringing sex scenes?
check that fucker.

honestly......yes, you take what you get; it's a smut book but honestly?

I've read better.

more to come later.
I'm in class atm.

(a week later) :

this book was honestly a short unnecessary mess.
so will this review be a short mess.

I disliked everyone in this book.
There was honestly no plot. (Very little happens).
The sex
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
It's no secret that The Kiss Thief was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. L. J. Shen is one of my favorite authors of all time, and I look forward to every single book she publishes. This time was a little different though. The mystery surrounding this book and the collective excitement of all of the other L. J. fans I knew took it to a whole new level!


All the time wondering what the story would be about, what the name of it was, and basically, everything else about this book had alr
chan ☆
yeetus deletus

yeah i dunno, i usually sum up my thoughts in bold but i can't think of a good tag line for this book. first thoughts though: much better than dirty headlines (which is a book i wish i could forget forever).

i think i'm starting to realize a pattern with lj's books and tbh once i start seeing patterns it's all downhill from there. 98% of lj's heroes are dickheads. i mean BEYOND dickheads. and you always fall for them which is fine and dandy. except that it's really hard to believe
Helena Hunting
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of the The Kiss Thief and let me tell you the chemistry between Keaton and Francesca is through the freaking roof. Once again, Ms Shen has created a damaged alpha, a-hole hero that I couldn't help but fall head over heels in love with.

Ms Shen has the amazing ability to take me through an entire emotional gamut. I wanted to throttle the hero and yet . . . I also wanted to ride him like a rodeo bull. My heart broke for Francesca and the impossible situation she fo
Rochelle ♡
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

A story of a Nemesis and a Villain with no chance at a happy ending. Where the prince doesn't save the princess. He tortures her. And the beauty doesn't sleep. She's stuck. In a nightmare.

What a fantastic beginning to reading in 2019!

I knew I’d fall in love with this, because it is L.J. Shen. One of, if not, my favourite author. Ever. She’s a proficient and excellent writer—her sentences are carefully and beautifully constructed into gripping scenes and concise prose—who continues t
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I enjoyed this. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I'm in the minority yet again here. I do really enjoy this author's ability to write a nasty H. And I enjoyed this H for the most part, but I think I just needed some more of the good to balance him out. I didn't like the fact that their dates were skimmed over. I think that would've helped a ton in redeeming him and his impulsively jerkish behavior! Yes, he groveled -- but because some of it felt skimmed ov
Em Lost In Books
Ms. Shen has become one of my go to author for romance genre. Her books, for me, are something that I like to read in between my fantasy/historical fiction. They are fast paced, and a bit predictable but I like them. So when I found this on my new release by the authors that I have read, I was very excited. That cover and blurb, of course I was going to read it as soon as it was released.

Wolfe and Francesca's story is very much similar to Sparrow. A forced marriage where the couple slowly fell
B.B. Easton
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS. BOOK. Y'ALL. This book will ruin you for all other books in 2019. I would give it 10 stars, if I could. I would ask ot to marry me, if that were legal. I would stand up and slow clap, but I already did that at 4:00 a.m. when I read the final word. So go ahead and request January 9th off of work because trust me, when this thing hits your Kindle, you're not going ANYWHERE. ...more
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This is the best book I have read from L.J. Shen!!!Lately I'm saying it each time I finish a book from her but it's so true!She doesn't stop surprising me, her stories are so unique! The Kiss Thief is addictive,full of tension and angst.It is so hot and captivating!


"My sweet poison, my gorgeous rival."

I was hooked from the prologue and I couldn't put it down!Each chapter hooked me even more.The characters were fantastic and
Olga therebelreader
Huge 5 stars for The Kiss Thief. This story was better than I expected and unique in many ways. Wolfe and Francesca are so hot together! Wolfe is alpha, dark, brooding and cold but the author shows us he is vulnerable and honorable. Francesca is sweet, innocent, smart and kind. Her beauty glows bright from within and out! She is really a lady but she is strong and a fighter as well! And she is caught in the middle of a fight between two men. If you really love someone, do you fight for them or l ...more
NinaDonata Delfs
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: acrs
First thing I was able to think about when this book hit my kindle, was to start the journey with these two characters. When I found out this book the book was coming I was so exited that sleeping was hard for me. The exitement for this book got to an unhealthy level.
I’m so glad to say that this book was clearly worth my whole exitement.
L.J. showed me a way of writing a love triangle in a way that didn't annoy me . Because most of the stories I’ve read until now which mostly had fantasy stories,
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woweeeee! I read this in ONE day and oh my word! I knew it was going to be good but it blew me away! It's a fresh, dynamic, intoxicating read. I loved the way LJ built these characters, how she created their world, and all the angsty feels she brought with each page. It was so so so good. ...more
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
If you know me you know how much I love L.J. Shen. She’s one of my favorite author’s of all time so when I read and saw the cover of The Kiss Thief I couldn’t contain my excitement. I am so sad to say that even though I enjoyed it, it fell kinda short for me.

Wolfe and Francesca’s sexual chemistry is off the charts from the moment they meet. I enjoyed their banter but I don’t know there was something missing.


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Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Kiss Thief is now live! 😍

OMG I loved it so much!!! 😍😍😍

*ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review. ❤❤❤







Sophia Triad
It's been a while since I read this book, but I still remember everything about the story. So, I am sure this means that it was a great and very entertaining experience.

Maybe the reason that I loved it so much is that I also love Harlequin Presents books.
There are so many similarities between this kind of books and The Kiss Thief.

Let's see:
1. Arranged marriage with an unwilling bride who loves someone else.
2. There is the virgin trope that it is valued more than anything. If the girl is no vir
Karima chermiti
Feb 04, 2019 rated it did not like it

Trigger warning : Toxic relationships, shootings, Violence, Infidelity, Absence of consent in one scene and a disturbing scene where the protagonist loses her virginity, vulgar and crass language and a lot and I mean a lot of swearing so If you are bothered by any of these things, don't read this book

I rolled my eyes so hard I gave myself a headache, I sighed with exasperation and dismay and I giggled with discomfo
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L.J. Shen is USA Today, WSJ, Washington Post and #1 Amazon Kindle Store bestselling author of contemporary romance books.

She writes angsty books, unredeemable anti-heroes who are in Elon Musk's tax bracket, and sassy heroines who bring them to their knees (for more reasons than one).

HEAs and groveling are guaranteed.

She lives in Florida with her husband, three sons, and a disturbingly active imag

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