Thursday, 17 January 2019

Book Review: THE KISS THIEF by L.J. Shen



Release Date: January 9th
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser at RBA Designs.

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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 Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit. 
Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage. 
They say that all great love stories have a happy ending. 
I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter. 
One kiss. 
Two men. 
Three lives. 
Entwined together. 
And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.


I loved Shen’s 2018 releases; MIDNIGHT BLUE and DIRTY HEADLINES were some of my top reads last year, but THE KISS THIEF has fallen woefully short of my expectations.  

Apart from a few instances where Shen’s writing shines in a manner I know she is capable of, I found little to like about this book.

The Kiss Thief just felt wrong. There were holes in storylines, character credibility was just about non-existent, character behaviour was inconsistent, language often swerved into purple prose territory and there was always this niggling feeling in the back of my mind that this book would play out much better if it was set hundreds of years in the past. 

I think a reread of one of Shen’s titles that I enjoy is in order for me to regain my equilibrium.

Mine is only one opinion, and there are plenty of favourable reviews that offer alternate views. 

About the Author 
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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