Title: The Kiss Thief
Author: L.J Shen
Release Date: January 6, 2019
Length: 320 pages
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.
And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.
**** My Review ****
So many mixed emotions and feelings …. hate and love, fidelity and infidelity, lust and rejection, revenge and forgiveness …… are intertwined in an interesting mixture, which makes you turn page by page, eagerly awaiting the end of this sweet and sour romance,and yet you want it to last longer.
Is the light of a new love strong enough to drive away the darkness of the years spent with a single driver – revenge? Can the desire for a better tomorrow overcome all obstacles, shrouded in blood and pain?
And we meet him, an infinitely irritating, handsome and attractive devil, who has the power to release the flames of hell with just one breath. He, Wolfe, is powerful, self-assured, with a dose of impatience and rudeness that makes you scream in frustration and try to hate him as he slowly introduces you to that world of his, filled with a single desire – revenge. You see his indecency, arrogance and cruelty. And you want to condemn him for the not-so-famous actions that shock you, and yet you fail to reject all that knowledge that you get from the few cracks in its infinitely perfect shell, you do not want it but somehow you understand and accept it. And you do not manage to condemn him, as you slowly discover all those layers of his character that manage to make you believe that there is something, something that looks like a rough diamond. Rough on the outside but a real gem on the inside.
And she, Francesca, a delicate flower in a glass vase. Guarded and protected all her life only to be used as the most ordinary chess piece, an ordinary pawn in the game of the powerful men. Collateral damage, disenfranchised in every sense, without the opportunity to fight. She has not even started living, at the age of 19, and she already feels that life is ending. The rift between her father and the man to whom she has to swear allegiance. Torn between the tender, childish love for Angelo, whom she assumed was the love of her life and the pleading passion and developing feelings for her husband. The one, who tried to destroy her. So quiet and peaceful, and yet we can not characterize her as weak. She is strong. And are not deeds always stronger than words spoken? If that is the case, then Francesca speaks through her deeds, and uses every chance given to her to grab a piece, to regain something that has been taken away from her.
The Kiss Thief is much more than just a romantic book. Parts of mythology intertwined with modern themes and beliefs, the power that lies within ourselves, as the only ones who govern the helm of their lives. The power of love to rise to the heights or to be destroyed. So many aspects that force you to devour every word, every sentence of this amazing book.