Review & Love Letter To The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen
This book was crack! I listened to it every moment I could because I could not get enough. I even switched to my Kindle version during lunch. Thank you Audible/Kindle connection. There was no way I could chance any kid overhearing it. This was my first LJ Shen novel, and I know I will be reading her others as fast as I can.
In case you have not already read the synopsis, which I guess you haven’t since you are not currently reading this novel. So, here it is:
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 LOVE Alphas & Burgeoning Goddesses.
I love Arrogant. Anti-heroes. Overbearing Assholes. Manwhores with Secrets. Who are Hellbent on Vengeance.
Ok, I DON’T love them ALL the time…considering how I swoon from a certain James "Jamie" Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser who is none of those things…Oh, Jamie. *sigh*
BUT I ate Wolfe Keaton right up! The Big Bad Wolf.
Wolfe, his name alone told me what I was in for. Francesca, arrived at her first big ball in Chicago waiting for her true love Angelo to kiss her, but instead with nothing but moonlight a handsome man in a mask gave her the most passionate, heart-pounding kiss of her life. Her first kiss. Yet, it wasn’t Angelo.
This story goes back and forth between hate, hate, understanding, hate, like, hate, love, hate and so on! It is a twenty-first-century arranged-marriage with two unhappy participants. You have to like suspenseful darker enemies to lovers stories as well as love-triangles. However, as you read you know which two of the three need and belong together!
***Small warning. I do have vague allusions to people and situations, which might qualify as spoilers, but I don’t think they are. You’ve been warned.
Book controversy is going to be discussed.
Now with disclaimers out of the way…I found this book to be incredibly sexy. I was on the edge of my seat, mouth half open, always in shock as to what was about to happen next. These two people are complete opposites in both experience and feelings towards making love vs. having sex. Though the Senator uses another phrase. Because of these differences and circumstances, I’ve seen some label this book with “Trigger Warnings,” they call it cruel, and abusive behavior disguised as romance.
Personally, I hate “Trigger Warnings,” and I might even dedicate a post to how and why I hate them, but I will save that for another day. Overall, I disagree with those who feel that way. You are entitled to your opinion, but I just don’t agree. This is a darker, mafia romance, and you know this information going into the book. You have a nineteen-year-old virgin marrying a thirty-year-old playboy. There are going to be some intense problems.
Granted between other characters there is physical and mental abuse, but I am not talking about them.
You need to read the novel and come to your own conclusions. Examine the characters. Examine the world they live in. Take into account the purpose of these relationships, their creation, personalities, ages, and experience. Deception and truth play a large part, and another is the concept of The Gilded Cage. I’m not making excuses for some actions that take place, but in this fictional story they make sense, and they are entirely consensual. A character chose to show instead of talk, and there were consequences for both parties.
If you want to keep reading here is my Goodreads Review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2580896512
I’d love to hear your opinions on The Kiss Thief or mafia romances! Books you love or hate?
For some reason, I feel a March Mafia Giveaway coming on. We shall see!
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