The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

Overall: 4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
Steam: 2/5 🔥🔥
Feels: 🤨🤔😏😣😟🥰

Tear jerker: 1/5 😢
Paranormal/Fantasy: No
Location: Chicago, IL (USA)
Character age range: 19 and 30
Lead: Francesca Rosi
Love interest(s): Wolfe Keaton
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: Yes – narrated by Savannah Peachwood
Series: No – stand alone.

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: loss of virginity, manual, oral, penetrative
Possible triggers: loss of virginity, mild violence, violence against women, misogyny,

The Quick and Dirty: Flew through it in one sitting. The feels… especially mid way through had my eyes wet and chest tight.

Honesty first and always so I will say it is slightly predictable and felt to me like a mob version hybrid of Beauty and the Beast and 50 Shades without the BDSM/red room (see my blog for the full Beauty & the Beast/Ana Steele & Christian Grey comparison) but overall a great read with lots of drama and a HEA.

Francesca Rossi is mob boss Arthur Rossi’s only daughter. Her life is planned out for her and she accepts that. Knowing she will need to forego college in order to fulfill her duties to “The Outfit” she has chosen her childhood friend Angelo, who is also in the life and the man she’s in love with, to be the one she will marry. When US Senator Wolfe Keaton meets her, he makes a bid for her that Arthur can’t refuse,  blackmailing him with enough evidence to take him and “The Outfit down for good. Francesca thinks her life is over and hates Wolfe for being the cause of it. He’s brash and rude and cares nothing about her. Except as they live together she finds his softer side, but will Keaton be willing to give up his vendetta against Arthur for her?

Sheltered and virginal She has a childhood friend who is
interested in her and causes the
male lead to be very jealous
Saves her father (though in this
case he’s a mob boss and it was his choice not hers)
She plays the piano very well. –> In this case the opposite sex but like Christian Grey
She hates her captor because he is
rigid and brash. Refuses to dine
with him
Doesn’t tell the male lead about he being a virgin (in this case she
outright lies about it)
Is in awe of his huge library Loss of virginity during what
would be her college years
Ends up finding her captor’s softer side and falls in love with him Could have avoided being hurt by
the male lead if only she’d opened
her mouth and communicated/not
  Is taught by the male lead how to
give blowjobs
  Female lead is physically hurt by
the villain while trying to save
another female
  Wakes up to him curled around her despite him insisting he never
sleeps with women
  Gets pregnant and is nervous about telling the male lead because he said he never wanted kids
  There is a scene wherein the
female lead gets to drive a
schnazzy car. Someone ends up tailing them and a car chase ensues. She’s the driver
  Finally grows more of a spine by
the end of the book
Makes a deal in order to keep the
daughter captive
Goes to ivy league college for a few years but doesn’t finish
Threatens that if she doesn’t dine
with him she can starve
Is an technically an “orphan”; had a crappy childhood
Lets her go home to visit her father (and mother) as a show of faith Insanely successful despite his
Ultimately saves the female lead
from her boring, predictable life
that the female lead didn’t really
want but accepted anyway
Has a fear of abandonment
The villain tries to kill the male
Doesn’t ever sleep/share a bed overnight with women, but does for the female lead
Has a huge library in his mansion Has a sweet, older housekeeper
who is nurturing and means more to him than he’s willing to admit
  Hurts the female lead due to his
own needs but doesn’t realize how bad until afterward and
immediately regrets it
  Takes down his opponents
businesses as means of revenge
  Likes it when female lead “fights
  Has a connection with the villain
from when he was much younger.
  The villain tries to kill the male
  Crazy jealous ex causes a huge shit storm
  Finds out what the female leads
interests are and purchases her a
very expensive gift
  Due to a miscommunication, male
lead leaves during female lead’s
pregnancy and spends time with
another woman causing the female lead to think he cheated even though he didn’t
  Realizes he truly loves the female
lead only after she leaves him
  Comes to terms with the pregnancy after they reconcile


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.



L.J. Shen is USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author of contemporary romance books. She lives in California with her husband, son and lazy cat.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading a good book with a glass of wine and catching up on her favorite HBO and Netflix shows.  Yeah, she’s a badass like that.