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The Kiss Thief

Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Romance
4.4 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 L. J. Shen (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Terrible.

Urrgh. What a load of badly written shite. Abusive jerk + submissive damsel = total mysoginist claptrap. Did. Not. Finish. Life is too short for this drivel.

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Wow just wow!

I devoured this book. A beautiful story that was both mysterious and sweet. Great characters, and a great story. It made me feel right along with Wolfe and Francesca. I laughed and I cried, I especially loved the banter between the characters. I think listening to this book made the story even better as it made it more real, I loved the narrators chosen.

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Not a fan

Hi When I read the reviews, I thought it seems worth a read. But totally disappointed, story was so predictable. If your a fan of love stories, and don’t mind repetition when discussing how they are physically feeling, then this is the book for you. Narrators were good , story not.

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10/10

I can’t imagine why anyone would give this book a bad review. L J Shen is such a beautiful, intelligent writer and this book is just another example of this. Another great read.

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The Kiss Thief

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, it wasn't really a love triangle kind of story. I would actually say it had more of a Beauty and the Beast feel to it. Frankie could be very annoying through the book but she is only 19 and I think her actions in the book were true to her character and age. So while annoying at times it definitely fit into the story. It was an enjoyable read.

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Stole my heart

What a book. Wow I listened to this on my commute to and from work. I found myself sitting in the parking lot of work and my drive way at home just to listen to a few more minutes

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Proceed with CAUTION

You are most likely to enjoy this story if you have no hopes or expectations. Quite literally. With two provisions: that the narration is really quite good and that there is some unexpected crude sexual references alongside some tame and sweet references.

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great story and characters

great story ..it took me a long while to get use the the very dramatic female narrator..but over all it was good

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  • Niaboo2000
  • 30-01-2019

Why Are Women Written So Stupid?

I hate these types of books. The overall idea, I love but some of these authors are terrible at this. Evil guy manipulates stupid, ignorant, irrational, dumb female. Dumb female gets treated like crap but falls for him for no apparent reason. I have read/listened to other books with this theme but the females are more intelligent. The writing is better and the story flows much better. This book frustrated me. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.

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  • Heather Graham
  • 21-01-2019

Definitely a favorite for the year!

This was my most anticipated read/listen for 2019 and it did NOT disappoint! Ingriuging, gripping and original with an overdose of angst and tension, this book turned me into a twisted ball of emotions from start to finish. If you like your romances dirty, raw, messy and unconventional, GET THIS NOW!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-2019

Worst LJ Shen book

I LOVE LJ Shen. I was so excited to see a new book from her. However, I was soon disappointed. First, I've never liked the female narrator she uses, Savannah Peachwood. It's usually worth it, but not this time. The male narrator was good. The big problem is that there is no story. Nothing happens, except droning on, with many things being repeated over and over and over. One of these things is the heroine mentioning that she misled her fiance about the fact that she's a virgin. She led him to believe she's not, and this is mentioned over and over and over, for no effect. I have about an hour left in this, and I'm finally giving up. The sex has no chemistry, there isn't much of it, and the rest is hatred between the two main characters, which keeps coming back. They like each other for a few days, then have another misunderstanding and hate each other again. If someone really wanted to tell this story, it could be done in two hours instead of 12.

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  • jeniroxit
  • 13-01-2019

A refreshing “romance”

If you enjoy romance novels...you should definitely read/listen to this book. To be honest I’ve gotten tired of the monotony of romance novels, maybe I listened to my fair share. I began fast forwarding through most of them, listening to only some of it. This book is what and how they should be written, with a true love story and not so much about every sexual encounter and it drag on and on. I loved this book and it’s love story and I hope that if u read this comment, you trust that it will be what I say and take that chance and read/listen to it! I don’t think you will regret it!

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  • Lovingbooks1
  • 24-01-2019

Fabulous story

This is a new to me author and I have no regrets so ever picking up this one🤓 It’s a sweet, little dark, steamy and heartbreaking story that holds my attention from the first chapter. No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings and good dialogues It’s a good storyline with some suspense and things will be revealed slowly I love the writing style, it’s poetic and the characters chemistry is coming through from first meeting. Narrators: They read with feelings and makes the story coming alive in my head. Clear pronunciation is a must and they deliver I recommend this if you want a standalone, HEA and alpha male but a women that also stands up for herself. This author is now on my list of authors I want to read more from.

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  • DianaMoonGlampers
  • 14-02-2019

Ok...but

The Kiss Thief wasn't terrible. It was predictable. What you think is going to happen, happens. It's your run of the mill romance story. Of you like the genre this won't really disappoint. My biggest issue was the age of the protagonist. She's 19. Her love interest is 30. As a grown up, sex scenes involving teenagers are not my thing. The author makes frequent use of the word teenager, making sure you don't forget it. I wish the description would have mentioned her age I never would have bothered. A teenager getting married and pregnant to/with a 30 year old Senator just didn't work for me. Grown men who are attracted to girls fresh out of high school are a red flag not someone I swoon over.

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  • amy berkowitz
  • 04-03-2019

A poor choice

This was one of the most poorly written book. A very weak story which was highly predictable!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-2019

I want my two hours back

I kept reading this book only because I was hopeful that it would improve. It just continues to get worse. I finally threw in the towel. I am absolutely floored that there are "good" reviews for The Kiss Thief. In this day and age when women are empowered and celebrated for seeking knowledge and individualism, why is ANYONE reading misogynistic porn in a poorly written book with an unrealistic plot? This trashy book is ridiculous and degrading. I want my money back!! 😡😡

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  • Jan
  • 10-02-2019

horrible

terrible..poorly written and totally manipulative. Even the sex scenes were disappointing. characters were unbelievable and ridiculous

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  • Bethany
  • 23-01-2019

loved

loved this book. listened to it none stop for 2 days! couldn't put it down. has very stong sexual language. well written and well read.

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  • Zen
  • 06-02-2019

God-awful pathetic woman

I have real issues with the ‘heroine’. She really was TSTL, emotionally dependent and with no life or interests of her own. I could not abide her childishness, too ‘embarrassed’ to get contraception and too fluffy headed to consider what might result. We are taking about an adult woman! Why women writers create such pathetic female characters is beyond me. It’s insulting.

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  • Maggie Stark
  • 01-02-2019

Excellent

This story was brilliant and you could feel the sparks flying of them but Francesca was a bit to Young as I would of stood up to a Father more especially at the end of the book when he made my husband kneel I would of barged into the room after he said I was the only good thing in his life

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  • Maria Fernanda G. Lechuga
  • 17-01-2019

Villian & Nemesis

First of all, the narrattion. WOW Savannah Peachwood and Stephen Dexter were beyond amazing, their performances truly magnificent. The way they express all the characters emotions, the tone and paced of their voices was simply great throughout the entire Audiobook. I cannot express how much I loved this book, it was perfect from beginning to end, it's raw, emotional, with so much angst that will draw you nuts and won't be able to think of anything else but this story. It is so amazingly well written, it's the right mix of a perfect historical book, but set into the modern world, that only L.J  Shen knows how to deliver it with so much perfection. Wolfe Keaton and Francesca Rossi were amazing characters, with their complete different personalities, but they complemented each other so well. Their story wasn't easy, the pad to achieve their HEA full of many connflicts that teared them apart and many knots that tied them together. And you are left with no other choice but to suffer along the way with them, and be drowned in a pool of many emotions while trying to figure everything out. *Wolfe Keaton was a kiss thief, but it wasn’t only a kiss that he stole. He stole my heart, too.*

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2020

Too much for me

This book is brilliant if you don't want to be challenged in any way with regard to the storyline. The narrators did a fair job with what they were given. It was so contrived and the epilogue made me want to be sick in my mouth! But people do love this stuff even if it is run of the mill.

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  • mikki100
  • 10-05-2020

A refreshing take this kind of genre. Thoroughly enjoyed it!!

This was a different flavour on a well known genre and I found it refreshing. Senator Wolfe Keaton confident arrogant handsome alpha, Francesca Rossi beautiful sheltered virgin. Both have their plans mapped out for their lives, one seeks revenge and the other seeks love and happiness with another. Unfortunately just like reality life happens and craps all over their plans. The two constantly bicker and argue, distrust each other and that usual elephant in the room called miscommunication frequently stomps amongst them. However what neither can ignore is the passion and lust that ignites between them when in close proximity and especially when they touch. I haven't read this author before, I will seek other book because this was well written.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-2020

amaizing story

this book is amaizing it holds you tight until the next chapter loved listening it

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  • For Old Times' Sake
  • 08-12-2019

A 5* story and a 5* listen!!

I have read this story in book form and really, really enjoyed it, so I thought I would add the audio and have a listen. I thought this story was fantastic. Right from the start I was drawn into the world of Wolfe and Francesca, and what a nasty world that is. This is an enemies to lovers story, and boy was Wolfe a difficult man from the outset. Francesca, I'm happy to say, could stand up for herself. Sparks flew - good and bad. It is simply a delightfully written enjoyable listen. The narrators were fantastic. They really did capture the characters perfectly. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys contemporary romantic fiction.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-2019

Heard it all before

A story of a good girl and a stunted emotional sexuallt charged man have we heard this before?

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  • Alix Webster
  • 06-08-2019

Keep Going Back

This quickly became one of my favorites, I must have listened to it at least four times now. Francesca was such a passionate character, she never let herself be defined by her childhood experiences. She's naive and admits it but has a heart of gold and yes, a backbone. Wolf was an interesting character, charming, mysterious and powerful. His determination to be the best at serving his country as admirable even if his morals weren't always up to scratch. You can feel his pain and understand why Wolf is the way he is, he's had to fight for everything and it makes him even more determined to get his revenge. The love story is unique and doesn't fall the way you would expect it to, this book had me hooked and despite being almost 12 hours, it was never boring and I was never tempted to skip anything. Another plus is the narrators, they made the book what it is, so easy to listen to. I would recommend this to everyone!

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  • Jules
  • 13-06-2019

WOW

This was truly amazing, the book was intense but listening to it was so much better, it made everything heightened and exciting, the narrators were amazing and brought the book and the characters to life. The book is a must read but this, This is something you should never go without I could listen to it over and over and not get the slightest bit board.